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Boulder City woman among alumni featured in literary magazine

Claire Johnson of Boulder City, who graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2014, was among the alumni whose work was included in the spring 2015 edition of the North Carolina university’s student-published literary magazine, The Phoenix. She submitted poetry.

It was the first time in its 57-year history that entries from Pfeiffer alumni from across the U.S., as well as those from current students and faculty, were featured in the magazine.

Last fall, the magazine’s staff, composed entirely of Pfeiffer students, issued a call to alumni for essays, poetry, short stories, photography and artwork to be considered for publication. Nearly two dozen responses were received.

“The students took seriously their hands-on roles as editors during the selection process,” said Marissa Schwalm, assistant professor of English who serves as faculty adviser to The Phoenix. “As they considered the entries from Pfeiffer alumni, they saw firsthand how lifelong involvement in the arts enriches people’s lives no matter their age, profession or location; they were very impressed by the depth of talent among alumni.”

The magazine can be accessed at www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com.

Boulder City graduate vies in Missouri mathematics competition

Nine students from Missouri Southern State University, including Joe Miller of Boulder City, competed in the recent Missouri Intercollegiate Mathematics Competition in Rolla, Mo.

Held March 26-27 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the annual competition is a team event for undergraduates and consists of challenging mathematical problems. The university had three student teams in the competition.

Miller specialized in math and physics.

“Out of 36 teams, our student teams placed 13th, 25th and 28th,” said Rich Laird, a professor of mathematics who accompanied the students during the competition. “In recent years, we have moved into the top half and last year into the top third. We have several students returning for next year, so it looks good for the future.”

In addition to Laird, Grant Lathrom, associate professor of mathematics joined the students at the competition.

The contest is in conjunction with the Missouri Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The location moves each year; it will be held at Missouri Southern in 2017.

Grace recognizes students’ academic achievements

Grace Christian Academy recently honored its students for their academic achievements during the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

Those named to the straight-A honor roll were Emily Donadio, Ethan Ford, Addison Hinds, Jamie Jeffries, Natalie Jeffries, Ty Lehr, Cole Parrish, Meghan Mealey, Alehssia Reinhart, Lauren Tannehill and Moses WainWright.

Those named to the A-B honor roll were: Everynn Andrade, Grace Carnes, Olivia Carnes, Jack Dwyer, Gabe Edwards, Jack Ferrence, Makenzie Ford, Stella Finnegan, Julia Osier, Madison Palmer and Keifer Reinhart.

Harrison inducted into UNLV’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Joanna Harrison of Boulder City was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Harrison was initiated at UNLV.

Harrison is among 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees also may qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines.

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