Morken Madness: March 11th - 15th

Join us the week of March 11 – 15th 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 11th, 10:30-11am, Morken 

  • Kick off Morken Madness with fruit and doughnuts courtesy of the Computer Science Department. Meet outside Morken 203.
  • 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!
  • Search Morken each day this week to find a pair of hidden math socks. Finders keepers!

Wednesday, March 13th, 10:30-11am

  • Join Computer Science professor Jeff Caley in Morken 212 to attempt to solve a coding escape room.
  • Drop in the Math Meet-Up in Morken 233 for coffee, doughnuts, and fruit courtesy of the Mathematics Department. Learn how to make lanyards while eating and socializing.
  • Participate in a Pi-xel Art Activity in Morken 233. Pi has several famous out-of-the-box approximation methods. Using pompoms and glue, we will start creating an image to illustrate one of these methods using the greatest common divisor function. Anyone can stop by and help us illustrate that Pi ≈ 3.11.
  • Brain Awareness Week Poster Presentations
    • Join students of BIO 444 and PSYC440 classes as they present posters for Brain Awareness week in the Rieke Lobby.

Thursday, March 14th, 1:30-2:30pm

  • Pies for Pi Day!
    • Drop by the Rieke 1st floor lobby between 1:30 and 2:30pm where the Math Club will be serving up slices of pie in celebration of Pi Day.  (While supplies last.) Help us make a paper chain representing digits of Pi while waiting for your slice.

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

  • Join the Math Club in the Morken atrium for a Set tournament. All levels of skill are welcome, and the Math Club is happy to teach you to play.
  • Play board games and share snacks with the Computer Science Department in their student lounge. Meet in Morken 226 and 227.
  • Post-it Mural Photo Session, outside of Morken 203. Take a picture in front of the finished post-it mural!
  • Hunt down the last pair of math socks hidden in Morken.


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 15th!