Category Archives: Society of Physics Students

New SPS Officers

Congratulations to the new SPS officers, elected for the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • President: Ben Ryan
  • Vice President: Staci Small
  • Treasurer: Gavin Teague
  • Secretary: Nick Vann
  • Historians: Amanda Rebovich and Wolfgang Troth

SPS Meetings

SPS Meetings are in full swing at LU, even as we head in to Spring Break. At our most recent meeting we tore each other up on the Wii, and tried to charge an Ipod using a onion soaked in Gatorade. Didn’t work. Check out the pictures! Continue reading

Operation Turkey

SPS is participating in Operation Turkey, sponsored by the Longwood chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. Operation Turkey was started up several years ago to help provide a proper Thanksgiving meal to the less fortunate in the Farmville Area. Individuals, groups of people, and organizations sign up to provide that meals. Phi Mu Alpha corresponds with several charity organizations in the Farmville Area such as Steps and Crossroads. These organizations provide Phi Mu Alpha with a list of families with the number of adults and children.

Our goal is to collect at least $50.  The money will be used for gift certificates to a local grocery store.  We’ll be collecting money from SPS members and anyone else who wishes to participate.  Please bring your money to the next SPS meeting, Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at 4:00 PM, in Room G-12, New Science Center.  If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can give your contribution to Dr. Dunning in 208-B, New Science Center.

Suggested donation: $5.00 per person.

Thank you for participating with SPS in Operation Turkey!

SPS Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Longwood chapter of the Society of Physics Students will be Wednesday October 23 at 4:00 PM, Room G-12, New Science Center.

Pizza, soft drinks, and some entertainment.  Join us!

SPS Activities

As we head into the second half of the Fall semester, the Longwood chapter of the SPS has four major activities underway.

Science Show for the Middle School Students.  We want to bring middle-school students from the Prince Edward County schools to LU for a science show, hopefully in conjunction with the Chemistry and Biology clubs.  Our goal is to create interest in science as a career option.

Solar-powered Car.  Several students will be working on an electric car built several years ago by former LU physics and 3/2 students, in the hopes of converting it into a solar-powered vehicle.  The car needs some work on the steering mechanism and suspension system.

Longwood Myth Busters.  In the tradition of Discovery Channel’s great show, we hope to address some commonly held beliefs about physics and engineering, and either substantiate them or debunk them.

LancerDots at Springfest.  The LancerDots were a big hit at Oktoberfest.  We’ll bring them back this spring, hopefully with an improved production method that uses less liquid nitrogen.

If you’re interested in participating in any of these projects, please contact Dr. Dunning at

Next meeting: Wednesday 17 October 2007, 4:00 PM, Room G-12, New Science Center.

SPS Meeting

This afternoon at 4:00 PM the SPS will have its regular weekly meeting in G-12, New Science Center: pizza, soft drinks, and some entertainment.  We’ll discuss plans for Spring Weekend, and a co-op educational program with the Biology and Chemistry clubs.

SPS at Oktoberfest

The Society of Physics Students kept Oktoberfest cool and refreshed with our homemade LancerDots. Look at the great pictures! Continue reading