The Somerset Community College (SCC) Math and Science Club is pleased to announce the speaker for the spring 2014 initiation ceremony for Mu Alpha Theta as Marion Tracy Watson. Watson, chemical and environmental engineer at Valero Refining Company in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is a graduate of SCC, where he served as president of the Math Club and was initiated into Mu Alpha Theta. The induction ceremony is to be held on Friday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset Campus.
“It is an honor for me to speak at the Mu Alpha Theta induction,” said Watson. “These students are gifted and have proven to excel in math in order to be inducted into this honor society.”
Watson is originally from Somerset. After high school and service in the U.S. Army and National Guard, he attended SCC, where he obtained an associate in applied science degree. He pursued a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from University of Kentucky, and then a master’s degree from North Carolina State University. Though his resume is packed with impressive experience, Watson remains humble.
“It’s not about achievements,” he said, “It’s about lifting everyone up, and I know that’s the spirit of the College (SCC). That was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. The student/teacher relationship is sincere at Somerset Community College, and I learned a lot. “
Watson spent several hours on campus earlier this year with Eric Wooldridge, associate professor of Computer Aided Drafting at SCC, recording video for the Engineering Seminar course, offered by Wooldridge. “He is very knowledgeable and excited about his field,” stated Wooldridge of Watson. “You can tell he feels the impact of the work he does and the benefit it has, as well as having the mentality of looking out for folks. As a chemical engineer, he has a thorough understanding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the environment, people and our world.”
“We are very excited that Tracy is willing to come back to Somerset to speak to this group,” said Kathy Lewis, math professor at SCC, Mu Alpha Theta member, and sponsor of the Math and Science club. “The students invited for membership in Mu Alpha Theta have met the high standards required and a have worked hard to achieve their results.” She added, “Tracy has accomplished a lot in his career and will be an inspiration to the students as they think about their futures.”
Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with 99,000 student members in June 2013 in more than 2000 schools. SCC has sponsored a chapter since 1980, and currently averages 24 members annually. For more information about Mu Alpha Theta, visit mualphatheta.org.