Morken Madness

Morken Madness: March 13th - 17th

Join us the week of March 13 – 17th as the Mathematics and Computer Science departments host special events in celebration of their disciplines. All of the PLU community is invited to attend and participate!

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 13th, 10:30-11am, Morken 

  • Computer Science Post-it Pixel Project, wall outside of Morken 203
    • Help us create an image with post-it pixels! The corkboard wall outside of Morken 203 is the canvas for a giant neon image composed of post-its. It only takes a couple moments to stick the post-its on paper and affix the paper to wall. Anyone can participate and the project will be going on the entire week of Morken Madness. Piece by piece, we’ll see the picture emerge!
  • Discover hexaflexagons with the PLU Math Club on the first floor of the Morken lobby.

Tuesday, March 14th, 10:30-11am, Rieke Lobby

  • Pies for Pi Day!
    • Drop by the Rieke 1st floor lobby where the Math Club will be serving up slices of pie in celebration of Pi Day. (While supplies last.)

March 14th, 430PM, Morken Lobby

Buffon’s Noodle

  • Join the Math Club for an interactive event as they attempt to approximate Pi with pool noodles.

Wednesday, March 15th, 10:25-11:10am

  • Join Computer Science professor Jeff Caley in Morken 212 to attempt to solve a coding escape room.

Wednesday, March 15th, 10:30-11am, Morken

  • Two math students, Matthew Helmer and Eva Reutercrona will present their research posters.

Friday, March 17th, 10:30-11am, Morken

  • Join the Math Club in Morken’s 1st floor lobby for games, or visit the Espace Rachid Benkhalti (Morken 233) to check out more games,
  •  Post-it Mural Photo Session, outside of Morken 203
    • Take a picture in front of the finished post-it mural!

Friday, March 17th, 10:30-11:30am, Rieke

  • Stop by the Burton Ostenson Museum in Rieke 123 and learn about the value of biodiversity in collections, check out some specimens, or just engage in an informal museum-related conversation with Biology Professor Jacob Egge.


This Computer Science-sponsored project uses post-it “pixels” arranged in a specific pattern to create a PLU-themed wall mural. The giant neon design was created by PLU student Adrienne Slawik and  will cover the wall outside of Morken 203. We’d love to have your help building it! Printed instructions and supplies can be found on a table outside of Morken 203 during the entire week of Morken Madness. All members of the PLU community are welcome to drop by at any time and assemble a part of the image.

There will be lots of post-its to put up (1,980 to be exact), so we need all hands on deck! Not only is this a great opportunity to learn how pixels are used in computer images, but it’s also a chance to be part of creating a public art project in Morken. See the final image on the last day of Morken Madness week: Friday, March 17th!