Dr. James E. Lightner, mathematics and education professor at Western Maryland College, received the George R. Mach Distinguished Service Award from Kappa Mu Epsilon, the undergraduate mathematics honor society, at its 29th biennial convention last month at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Dr. Lightner was cited for his service to the society since 1965, when he founded the Maryland Beta chapter at Western Maryland. He has served as its corresponding secretary and adviser for 28 years.
He was appointed the first director of Kappa Mu Epsilon's Region I in 1971 and was elected national vice president two years later. From 1977-1981, he served as the society's national president.
His contributions to the society include developing print materials that present the Kappa Mu Epsilon story to prospective members and chapters, and serving as installing officer for several new chapters in the East. His award resulted from years of service locally, regionally and nationally.
Dr. Lightner, a resident of Westminster, has been a professor of mathematics and education at Western Maryland since 1977.
He also directs the college's mathematics proficiency program.