Sigma Zeta science and mathematics honor society initiates 34 OU students and faculty

Oglethorpe University’s Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Zeta, a national science and mathematics honor society, recently initiated 34 students and faculty into its membership

The annual initiation ceremony, held on April 10 in Lupton Auditorium, featured retiring physics professor Dr. Mike Rulison, who gave a highly anticipated farewell address.

Dr. Mike Rulison stands with other Oglethorpe members of Sigma Zeta honor society.

Dr. Mike Rulison, who is retiring this year, gave a farewell speech to Sigma Zeta seniors.

“Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching and working with lots of bright and curious minds and it’s been an absolute pleasure for me to share my passion for science with you,” Dr. Rulison said in his speech. “I’m filled with hope and excitement for the next generation of scientists, who will continue to push the boundaries of what we know and what we can achieve.”

He also encouraged students to “never lose sight of the bigger picture…Science is not just about knowledge for it’s own sake. It’s about making the world a better place.”

This year, in addition to 24 students, the chapter added 10 new faculty members who were nominated by the student leaders of Sigma Zeta.

“This marks the first initiation of faculty since 2007,” according to the chapter’s advisor Dr. Allison Roessler, assistant professor of chemistry. “There is a long history of students and faculty recognized by this honor society.”

Oglethorpe’s Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Zeta was founded in 1971 and is the 10th oldest active chapter in the nation.

The following students and faculty were inducted into Sigma Zeta in 2023:

Dr. Lea Alford
Daniela Barragan
Thalia Boston
Kirsten Brown
Carlos Cavallaro
Benton Cogar
Daniel Cohen
Felipe De Araujo Ferreira
Dr. Linda deCamp
Marcus Egan
Caidyn Ellis
Wyaht Franco-Lopez
Dr. Gregory Gabriel
Dr. Lynn Gieger
Jasmine Inkabi
Lindsay Lerma
Elina Malancea
Dr. Mariel Meier
Ashleigh McLish
Faith Miller
Dr. John Nardo
Priscilla Omotara
Rebecca Oneill
Dr. Brian Patterson
Lizeth Ramirez
Mackenzie Roberson
Dr. Allison Roessler
Scott Roques
Emelia Sengstock
Wyatt Slocum
Dr. Morgan Vaughn
Viviana Ventosilla
Dr. Andrew Walden
Hannah Wilder


During the event, next year’s chapter leadership was also announced: President Faith Miller (chemistry); Treasurer Thalia Boston (biology); and Secretary Ben Cogar (chemistry).

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