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February 2006

Release Date: February 13, 2006

Physics Students Again Garner Top Chapter Award

The national Society of Physics Students has once again named the Angelo State University chapter among the top 10 percent of society chapters nationwide.

The award is based upon the chapter’s community outreach activities, the number of active members and the chapter’s involvement with the local and national physics communities. The award for the 2004-05 school year is the chapter’s fourth consecutive such honor.

Among the ASU chapter’s activities were the “Peer Pressure Team,” which visited area schools to teach students practical applications of physics. Chapter members also hold several social events during the year, and they put a scientific spin on their yearly Thanksgiving canned drive, using the cans to display physical properties such as gravity and friction.

There are 100 physics majors at ASU, and the weekly meetings usually attract about 20 attendees – a strong number considering the academic demands of a physics major.

“One of the things we have is a strong sense of community, and SPS is a part of that,” said physics professor Toni Sauncy, who advises the group along with professor Christian Poppeliers. “Physics students have rigorous course schedules. It’s amazing they can find any time for extracurricular activities.”

The chapter’s leaders are president Morgan Lynch, vice president Marshall Preas and secretary/treasurer Tina Klepac.

“We’ve been truly fortunate to have a number of strong student leaders,” Sauncy said.