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AFTERMATH Plymouth State University Mathematics Department News 2006 Brian P. Beaudrie - Larry G. Blaine - Roger E. Blake - Barbara Boschmans - Thomas Boucher - Richard C. Evans - Keith R. Ferland - Gloria Ferland - Jon M. Maatta – Ferd Prevost - William J. Roberts - Natalya Vinogradova Mathematics Department Website: http://www.plymouth.edu/math/index.htm Chair’s Column 2006 By Jon Maatta I know! I know! It seems like it has been a long time since the last “Chair’s Column”. It has! Of course, last year we failed to produce an issue. But all is not lost, we have come back with renewed spirit! I am now starting my eighth year as chair. (Time flies when you’re having fun?!?) One of the best parts about being chair is the chance to look back at all the exceptional students we’ve had through the year(s) and who have graduated and started on a new journey. Many students have graduated since 2004! They are our success stories! Give three cheers to the following: Joy Bowen, Florence (Gayle) Coston, Casey Crouch, Jennifer Giallorenzo, Christine Hart, Rebecca Harville, Nicholas Hurley, Phillip Jones, Andrew Kenny, Kristin Noblet, Jayson Smith, Brittany Thompson, and Corey Wentworth. (I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone. If I did, please accept my apologies.) Again, congratulations to all! Since the last issue, there have been numerous changes within the department. They include: • The creation of MA 1200 – Topics in Algebra and Geometry. This course replaces our entry level MA 1070-1080 and MA 1100 courses and is reserved for provisionally-admitted students, it does not satisfy the Math Foundation or Quantitative Connection requirements in the new General Education Program. Thanks are due to Roger Blake and Gloria Ferland for all their efforts in the creation of this course. • The creation of MA 1900 – Statistical Literacy in Today’s Society. This is a lower-level, non-algebra based statistics course designed so that students will learn to interpret and evaluate reports and articles in journals, magazines and newspapers. This course satisfies both the Math Foundation and Quantitative Connection requirements in the General Education Program. Thanks are due to Robert Hayden for the work needed to formalize this course (and then he retired ;-) ). • The creation of MA 2350 – Statistics for Criminal Justice. In response to a request from the newly established criminal justice program, we developed an entry level statistics course that would serve the needs of their students. I did the preliminary work on the design of the course and taught the first semester of the course. Thomas Boucher has since taken over the teaching of this course. • The consolidation of our mathematics degrees and the implementation of the changes due to the new General Education Program. In the 2004- 2005 academic year, the department spent a great deal of time integrating the new General Education Program into our degree programs (see the PSU webpage for more info: http://www.plymouth.edu/undergrad/gened05/index.html ). Some of the programs were changed a great deal (our certification degrees), while others less so. All- in-all, our new degrees are quite streamlined, without removing any important mathematics courses, and still have at least 12 free electives that are required campus wide. • The creation of the Statistical Consulting Center. In response to the changing needs of the University, the department has established a Statistical Consulting Center. The Center, housed and operated within the department, will mentor, advise, collaborate with, and/or provide consulting to faculty and graduate students on their various statistical and mathematical needs. As the University continues to grow with more graduate degrees, a greater emphasis on research and outreach to the community at large, the department envisions an increased demand in the functioning of the Center. The University just finished with its last orientation/registration session for students who will arrive in the fall. We have at least 13 new mathematics majors. Many of these students will choose the teacher certification options for their degrees: the job market for teachers is still very robust. The department continues to work to attract other majors by adding new applied/statistics courses to support the actuarial and applied degree options (more on this next Aftermath). The job market for these degrees is just as robust. The Math Association of Plymouth (MAP) continues to thrive. Member have had a fun year with numerous social events: selling tickets at the Loudon racetrack; spaghetti dinner and pumpkin carving at the Maatta’s; bowling night in Meredith; holiday party and Yankee swap at the Frost Commons on campus, and the Annual Awards Banquet at the Common Man Inn. MAP was involved in events of academic interest as well as co- sponsor of world famous SUDOKU expert Wayne Gould’s talk and a monthly problem solving contest, with the winner receiving free movie passes. Our long-standing annual softball game was cancelled this year due to inclement weather. Technically, the faculty forfeited the game, so the final score was Students/Alumni = 1 and Faculty = 0. I’ve overheard many faculty saying, “Just wait until next year!” Changes continue to abound at PSU and within the mathematics department. Theodore Giebutowski and Robert Hayden have retired and we’ve added two new faces to our faculty, Dr. Thomas Boucher and Dr. Natalya Vinogradova. Ted continues to reside in Rumney and we see him often in the emeriti office. Bob now resides in N. Troy, Vt. (way-up north), and though we haven’t seen him lately, he can always be reached via e-mail (email@example.com) Until next time…… Changing Faces of the Department By Barbara Boschmans There have been many changes in the past couple of years in the department. Alumni would probably not recognize too many people anymore when visiting the department. So, let me introduce you to the current department membership (which will change again after December ). Brian Beaudrie is an assistant professor of mathematics education who joined the department in 2003. He teaches mathematics and mathematics education courses for our secondary majors, mathematics education courses for pre- service elementary teachers and many graduate mathematics education courses through the NH-IMPACT Center. He also observes student teachers. His interests are the use of technology in the mathematics classroom, distance education, and raising his daughter. He is currently working with the New Hampshire Department of Education on writing the new Grade Span Expectations for grades 11-12. Dr. Beaudrie gives numerous presentations each year at state and national conferences and served as the assistant conference chair of the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (http://nhtm.org) 43rd annual spring conference held in Plymouth on March 24. He is also the newsletter editor for the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE). Larry Blaine is a professor of mathematics who joined the department in 1985. He teaches a variety of mathematics courses from first year level to senior level. His research interests are in the areas of differential equations and dynamical systems. He is an accomplished violinist and relates his music expertise to mathematics in his Math and Humanities classes. He organizes department seminars, typically held on Fridays, and invites members of other departments to attend and even guest-speak at them. Roger Blake is a lecturer who joined the department in 2001. His primary teaching responsibilities at PSU have been Topics in Algebra and Geometry, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and Statistics I. Since coming to Plymouth State, he has periodically been involved with the NH-IMPACT Center consulting with several school districts in New Hampshire and high school teachers who are new to the profession of mathematics education. Roger also facilitated the New Hampshire MathCounts Competition held at PSU on March 11, and served as registration chair for the NHTM conference on March 24. Barbara Boschmans is an assistant professor of mathematics education who joined the department in 2003. She teaches mathematics education courses for pre-service elementary teachers, mathematics courses and graduate mathematics education courses for the NH-IMPACT Center. She is interested in integrating technology into the elementary classroom, the mathematical knowledge elementary teachers need to be successful, and what professional development works best for in-service teachers. Dr. Boschmans was the chair of the NHTM conference held at PSU in March, and has presented at several state and national conferences. Thomas Boucher is an assistant professor of statistics who is new to the department this year. He teaches both lower and upper level statistics classes. Dr. Boucher helped establish the Statistical Consulting Center (more on this later in the newsletter), which is housed in the math department to support faculty and graduate statistics-related research throughout Plymouth State University and beyond. Dr. Boucher has aided the department in its efforts to offer a graduate degree in statistics at PSU, and he continues to pursue his personal research interests, grant and publication efforts. Richard Evans is a professor of mathematics education and recipient of the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. He joined the department in 1970. He teaches mathematics education courses for secondary, middle, and elementary pre- service and in-service teachers. Dr. Evans spends a lot of his time working as the co-director of the NH-IMPACT Center. The IMPACT Center works with local school districts to review, select and implement standards- based curricula. The center also offers graduate courses at local schools during the academic year and a variety of summer courses for in-service teachers. Two of Dr. Evans’ research interests are education in foreign countries and how people learn mathematics. Keith Ferland is a professor of mathematics who joined the department in 1970. Dr. Ferland teaches a variety of courses in mathematics ranging from Math & Humanities and Finite Math at the first year level, Calculus and Logics, Proofs, and Axiomatic Systems at the mid level, to History of Math and Advanced Calculus at the upper level. His interests range from M.C. Escher tessellations to space-time topology and the 4th dimension. He coordinates the NH Regional MathCounts Competition each year in February and has given numerous talks at New Hampshire schools and State conferences. Gloria Ferland has been a full-time lecturer in the department since 2002, and taught part-time for several years prior to that time. She teaches a variety of mathematics courses which prepare students to follow a calculus sequence. She also teaches the Applied Calculus sequence for middle school mathematics education majors, and for chemistry, biotechnology, and computer science majors. Jon Maatta is a professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department. He joined the department in 1991. Dr. Maatta teaches all levels of statistics courses offered at PSU, and has been instrumental in the establishment of the Statistical Consulting Center this year . In addition to his duties as chair, he is a very active advisor to and supporter of the student Math Association. Fernand (Ferd) Prevost is the co-director of the NH-Impact Center and joined Plymouth State University in 1999. Dr. Prevost teaches graduate level professional development courses both at PSU and on-site at schools throughout the state. Among these courses have been the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) courses: Building a System of Tens; Making Meaning for Operations; Examining Features of Shape; Measuring Space in One, Two, and Three Dimensions; and Working with Data. He also teaches in the summer program for middle school teachers and has taught courses in Algebra and History of Mathematics for that program. Dr. Prevost is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers and the implementation of standards- based programs. dIn mathematics, his interests lie in geometry and measurement and the history of mathematics. William Roberts is a professor of mathematics who joined the department in 1971. He is interested in teaching calculus using technology and teaching geometry and statistics using appropriate software for investigation of concepts. His research areas and interests are integrating technology into undergraduate mathematics education and the development of appropriate mathematical software and technology-related materials. Dr. Roberts has given a number of invited presentation on the use of technology in these areas at regional meetings. He enjoys working with regional mathematics professionals at teacher institutes. Natalya Vinogradova is an assistant professor of mathematics education new to the department this year. She teaches mathematics courses for prospective secondary mathematics teachers and mathematics education courses for pre-service elementary teachers. Dr. Vinogradova is working with Dr. Evans and Dr. Prevost at the NH-IMPACT Center to offer workshops in New Hampshire schools and is teaching graduate mathematics education courses this summer. Her research interests are secondary school teachers’ understanding and use of number theory. More Changes... By Gloria Ferland In December, 2006, we will see yet more changes in the Mathematics Department with the retirements of Dr. Richard Evans and Dr. Keith Ferland, both of whom have been at PSU since 1970. Gloria Ferland, who has taught part- time in the department for several years and full-time since 2002, will join her husband, Keith, as they embark upon this new adventure in their lives-- RETIREMENT! Dr. and Mrs. Ferland plan to remain in the Plymouth area but look forward to traveling when the mood strikes them and spending more time with their five- year old twin grandchildren who live in Pennsylvania. Dr. Evans and his wife, Sue, will split their time between homes in New Hampshire and Florida never straying too far or too long from their own grandchildren and children in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Dr. Fernand Prevost, who has been involved in the graduate math program at PSU and the NH-Impact Center, will retire in May, 2007. Dr. Prevost was the N.H. State Math Consultant for many years before joining PSU and co-directing the NH Impact Center. Faces in the MAC (Math Activity Center) Dr. John (Jack) Barry is the director of the Math Activity Center. He is responsible for screening and supervising students who tutor in the Center. In addition to these duties, Dr. Barry teaches part-time in the Department, most often teaching “Problem Solving Using Technology ". Donna Kelley joined the Department in 1990 as a skills application teacher. In addition to her duties working in the MAC, she also teaches Problem Solving Using Technology and Math in Our World courses. Math Activity Center By Jack Barry At the end of this semester, the MAC completed its 13th year of operation at PSU. Over these past years, the Center has assisted thousands of students, has provided an opportunity for math education majors to gain experience and earn some money, and has been a hub for math majors and the Student Math Association. During a typical semester, the Center provides assistance to approximately 150 students enrolled in math courses, accommodates two to six practicum students, employs six to 10 tutors, and records over 600 hours of tutoring. The Center is supervised by Jack Barry, director and part-time math faculty member by Donna Kelly, a full-time member of the math faculty. The success and longevity of the MAC is owed primarily to all the math majors whose service and goodwill have contributed to the success of their fellow students and to math education at Plymouth State. It is, therefore, with great pride that I again thank all of you who have participated in the MAC and wish you the best! Mathematics Education News By Dick Evans The NH-IMPACT Center currently has two math and science partnership grants from the NH State Department of Education. One grant will help middle school mathematics teachers become highly qualified in mathematics, and is being implemented in collaboration with 12 different school districts. The other grant looks at the issue of helping high school students make the transition to college. This grant has PSU working with 10 high schools from around the state. In addition to the grants, the Center is working with school districts to help them review, select and implement standards-based mathematics programs. The Center also provides professional development on topics relating to mathematics education, and is also providing leadership on issues relating to mathematics education in the state, the New England region and nationally. New ! PSU Statistical Consulting Center By Gloria Ferland As PSU continues to grow as a regional university, the role the Mathematics Department is playing in this growth is evidenced by the establishment this past academic year of the PSU Statistical Consulting Center. Under the direction of Dr. Jon Maatta and Dr. Thomas Boucher, the Center provides assistance in the areas of data management, data analysis, study design and determination of analytical methods used in those studies. Services provided in the Center’s first year have included assistance with doctoral dissertations, campus graduate committee involvement and collaboration with researchers in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce College. Members of the Statistical Consulting Committee have also met with department members in other PSU departments (meteorology, psychology, criminal justice, biology, and environmental science) to gauge their s needs for the Center' services and to take steps to adjust Mathematics Department course offerings to better serve the needs of other majors as well as our math majors. The Statistical Consulting Center is currently seeking external funding to increase its resources and to fund student interns so that it might best serve PSU and the surrounding communities. For more information on the Center, contact Dr. Boucher at 535-3236 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Maatta at 535-2664 or email: email@example.com Student Awards 2005-2006 By Jon Maatta Since we skipped a year, I will mention all the awards that have been given since our last newsletter. 2005 Outstanding Mathematics Major Awards For the first time in 2005, the department presented these awards at our Annual Spring Banquet. Faculty in the department thought that presenting the awards at the banquet would create a special experience for all math students. They know how hard it is to major in mathematics. So, the kudos went to Joy Bowen (originally Walpole, N.H.; currently Manchester, N.H.), BS in Mathematics Education - Secondary Certification; and Kristin Noblet (Narragansett, R.I.), BS in Mathematics Education – Secondary Certification. Mathematics Department Fellowship The Mathematics Fellow for 2005-2006 was Jacquelyn (Trevethan) O’Donohoe (currently of Ashland, N.H.). This fellowship involves working in the Math Activity Center. The Fellow is responsible for tutoring students in the Calculus and Elementary Functions classes. Mathematics Scholarships The Barbara Dearborn Mathematics Scholarship for 2005-2006 was awarded to Jacquelyn O’Donohoe. The Scholarship was announced during PSU’s spring convocation ceremony and was presented, as it has been for many years, by Mitzi Dearborn, Barbara’s daughter. The Hunter Baney Barton Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Amanda Bagwell (Riverside, R.I.). The Geneva Smith Scholarship was awarded to four deserving students; Lennon Coronity (Lisbon, N.H.), Tara Damon (Union, N.H.), Danielle Guynup (Peru, N.Y.), and Wendy Wickman (Effingham, N.H.). 2006 Outstanding Mathematics Major Award This year the outstanding mathematics major awards went to Casey Crouch (Voluntown, Ct.), BS Applied Mathematics; and Andrew Kenny (Wayne, Maine), BS in Mathematics – Secondary Certification Option. Mathematics Department Fellowship The Mathematics Fellow for 2006-2007 was again awarded to Jacquelyn O’Donohoe (currently of Ashland, N.H.). Jackie had a successful year as fellow last year and was voted to continue as the fellow for the fall. Mathematics Scholarships In 2006-2007, the Barbara Dearborn Mathematics Scholarship was awarded to Lennon Coronity (Lisbon, N.H.). As has been the tradition, Mitzi Dearborn traveled from Wisconsin to present the award during Spring Convocation. For 2006-2007, the Geneva Smith Scholarship was awarded to four students: Lianna Gray (Plymouth, N.H.), Stephanie Lassen (Bethlehem, N.H.), Kristen Moody (Dalton, N.H.), and Lisa Morse (Barrington, N.H.). Congratulations to all of these deserving students! Math Association Update By Danielle Guynup The Math Association has had another successful year. With the wonderful leadership of our president, Lennon Coronity, along with vice-president Danielle Guynup, secretary Greg Veras, and treasurer Jackie O’Donohoe, we were able to accomplish many fundraisers and activities for the Math Department. With the help of many math majors and our advisors, Dr. Jon Maatta and Mr. Roger Blake, we were able to do much of our fundraising at the NASCAR races last September. During the fall semester, we enjoyed getting together for a spaghetti dinner and pumpkin carving at Dr. Maatta’s house. We also went bowling and had our annual Christmas party and Yankee swap in December. This past spring, the Math Association had a “problem of the month” contest in which a problem was posted for students to try to solve, with movie tickets as a prize. We also helped the Math Department sponsor a lecture given by the well-known Sudoku puzzle creator Wayne Gould. Our major event in April was the Annual Mathematics Banquet held at the Common Man Restaurant. Many awards were presented to the senior math majors, and we presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Dr. Brian Beaudrie. We are looking forward to another great year. We are proud to have Lisa Morse as the new president, Jessica Skillin as vice-president, Danielle Guynup as treasurer , and Lianna Gray as secretary. Alumni News By Gloria Ferland Tops in our alumni news this year is recognition of prestigious awards given to 93 99 two PSU grads, Greg Superchi ' ( G ' ) and April (Stone) Guinness ' for 03, their successes in mathematics education. Greg was one of the 100 national recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an award sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Greg has been a math and pre-engineering teacher at Lisbon Regional School since his graduation from PSU in 1993. He received his graduate degree in Mathematics Education at PSU in 1999, and is currently working toward his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). He has been a leader in mathematics education around New Hampshire, having spoken at several NHTM and NCTM conferences. At Lisbon Regional he helped update the s school' mathematics curriculum and he implemented Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program for high school students. Greg received his award in Washington , D. C. in May and was honored again at the NH EDies reception in June. Congratulations, Greg! April received the Fernand J. Prevost Mathematics Teaching Award, a NHTM award, initiated in 1995 , which recognizes a beginning mathematics teacher in N.H. in his/her first, second or third year of teaching who exemplifies the characteristics Dr. Prevost brought to his teaching during his many years as the State Mathematics Consultant. April has been teaching at Mascoma Valley Regional High School for the last three years. Her efforts, initiatives, and success with her students, especially students in the alternative program at her school, have been greatly appreciated and recognized by her administrators and fellow teachers. April s received a plaque, a $100 prize, and a year' membership to NHTM, all of which were presented to her at the NHTM Spring Conference held at PSU in March. Way to go, April! Other news... 04 Jonathan Wixson ( G ' ) is a graduate teaching assistant in the doctoral program at Montana State University at Bozeman. He is working toward his PhD in mathematics with a specialty in mathematics education. Jonathan did his undergraduate work at UNH and taught at Sanborn Regional High School before entering the graduate program at PSU. He was a s PSU Math Grad Assistant in 2003-2004 earning his master' degree in mathematics education that year. He hopes to complete his degree in 2008. Good luck, Jonathan! Faculty Emeriti By Ted Giebutowski m I' ba-ack. Well, not really. I was asked to write up something about mathematics faculty retirees a while ago and finding, this a.m., a postcard from Paul and Gigi Estes on the department bulletin board reminded me to get cracking. Speaking of whom, at this writing, the Estes are spending four weeks in the s south of France. Gigi' sister has an apartment near Nice which they are using as ' . home base'They are just 3 km from Italy and write that they just walked there; should be a piece of cake for a couple who are starting on the second round of climbing all the > 4,000 ft. mountains in N.H.! And Gigi wants to do them all in the ll m winter! After that, they' do them again; in the nude. Oh boy, I' going to have t some fun with this job. Oh, Paul has finally quit for good; he didn' teach any part-time courses at all this year. Bernadette Russek stopped by our house recently to collect a few veggie plants I had started from seed. She and Arnie are enjoying their home in Campton . . . Ed and Marilyn Wixson are keeping busy. Ed continues as chair of the s Plymouth Hospital' board of directors and also as member of the board of the Community Savings Bank here in Plymouth. Just to make sure he doesn' get t s board(!), he' also on the board of an economic development project re shepherding the construction of new facilities for the hospital; if you' in town, s take a drive to the Wal-Mart parking lot and look behind it; that' where the project is going. Marilyn is involved with the local hospice and an adult literacy ll project. They' be spending some time camping in North Carolina and Virginia this October. Norm Cote has been immersing himself in writings in French and Russian. His most recent book read is "Thaïs" by Anatole France. He gets across the border to Quebec occasionally for lunch with a friend and for a bit of French environment. For exercise, Norm takes daily walks, sometimes around his house, sometimes in the local Wal-Mart superstore. Yours truly has been up to his usual leisure time activities- gardening, fishing, hunting, mushrooming, wine making, cooking, yada yada yada. Also a little bit of politics; to quote Will Rogers, "I am a member of no organized political party… m I' a Democrat." Pat and I are hoping to get off someplace, probably Maine, for a couple of weeks this September. Thank You, Ted! By Gloria Ferland Dr. Ted Giebutowski compiled and edited AfterMath for many years prior to his retirement from PSU in December, 2004, and we in the Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Ted for his dedication to this endeavor. As evidenced in the previous article, he has kept in touch with those Math Department retirees who “went before him”, and he graciously agreed to write the article sharing news of them. We in the department regret that the task of compiling the 2005 newsletter somehow got overlooked, hence the combination of two years’ worth of news in this edition. I agreed to compile this year’s newsletter and have enjoyed my one-year stint doing it (Keith and I will be retiring in December as mentioned earlier). It has brought back memories of my high school years as alumni editor of my high school newspaper and layout editor for my college yearbook. Surely this important task of compiling the newsletter will not be overlooked next year. But, we do need the help of our readers / alumni! Please let us know what’s up with you so that we can expand our news of alumni and not have to rely on news “through the grapevine “of former students and colleagues. Be sure to indicate your year of graduation when you share your info. Dr. Barbara Boschmans (firstname.lastname@example.org ) has agreed to collect any info sent to her and pass it on to next year’s editor. And, thanks to Wendy Burnham, our Department Administrative Assistant, for her time and work in getting AfterMath actually set up for Internet publication. As usual, a job well done!
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