Story & Photo by Yesenia Gonzalez
Pi Day is celebrated annually around the world on March 14. Pi is a constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
Kimberli Brownlee, a representative from the learning company Pearson, inspired Rose State’s Professor of Mathematics Andrea Xeriland to create the new event. Xeriland coordinated with Wellness Director Chris Leland and Student Engagement Director Alicia McCullar to begin a new tradition at Rose State. Throughout the day, additional math faculty helped track progress, Xeriland said. Students had the opportunity to either walk, run or bike 3.14 kilometers at the Wellness Center, paying tribute to the numerical values of the date. 3.14 kilometers is metric equivalent to the imperial system’s 1.95 miles.
“We do try to have events to encourage people to use Wellness Center several times a year,” Leland said. “This event was entirely the brain child of Professor Xeriland and I think she did a wonderful job putting it on.”
Events like the Pi K encourage students and faculty to engage in physical activity. According to Leland, the Wellness Center saw new faces.
“The turnout for the event was very nice,” he said. “There were several people in the facility at multiple times throughout the day that only came into [the] facility to participate in the event. I do believe that her event played a positive [role] in the amount of individuals that worked out [March 14].”
The event took place March 14 (3-14) from 8 a.m. until 3:14 p.m. During that time span, participants had the opportunity to win a $20 gift card to the Pie Junkie restaurant as well as other prizes. The third, 31st and 314th participants won prizes. There may be another opportunity to participate in the event next year for those who could not make it this year.
“This is the first year [for the Pi K] and we hope to make it an annual event,” Xeriland said.
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