Thursday, November 5, 2015

Secondary Mathematics Students Attend the NCTM Regional Conference

NINE students from our Technology in the Mathematics Classroom course attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference in Atlantic City October 22-23, 2015. Students were able to attend a variety of professional development sessions that will help them in their development as classroom teachers, including sessions on how to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom. Conference attendance is an excellent opportunity for our students to hear from current classroom teachers on activities and strategies that they are using with their own 7-12 math students.

Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference

Curtis Lamp, a sophomore math major, presented the talk "Atherosclerosis and Social Influences" recently at the Shenandoah Undergraduates Mathematics and Statistics Conference at James Madison University.  This presentation was based on his undergraduate research project with Dr. Luis Melara.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The End of an Era

After 36.5 years of service to Shippensburg's Mathematics Department, Pam McLaughlin has retired. Thank you, Pam, for all that you did for all of the faculty and students at Ship for the past three-plus decades! We wish you all the best in retirement!

Pennsylvania College of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM)

The following Mathematics Education faculty and students attended the the PCTM annual meeting held in Lancaster, PA in August.

  • Dr. Tom Evitts presented the workshop "Problems that Promote Collaborative Persistence".
  • Dr. Dave Kennedy presented the workshop "Rich Tasks:  A Key to the Common Core".
  • Seniors Emily Owens and Matt Christmas attended the conference's Preservice Teacher Day.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Alumni Receive Teaching Positions

Congratulations to the following alumni on their new mathematics teaching positions! 
  • Andrew Campbell (‘15) Red Land HS, Lewisberry PA
  •  Mary (Long) Finnemeyer (‘15) Richmond County HS, NC
  • Logan Kauffman (‘15): Crestwood Middle School in Chesapeake, VA
  • Sean Sallee (’14) Daniel Morgan MS, Wincester VA
  • Lindsey Schadler (‘15) Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, VA
  • Nathan Kester (’14) Tamaqua HS, math support teacher, Tamaqua PA
  • Christine Rice (’13): South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown MD
  • Smantha Smeltzer (‘15): Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, MD

Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership (MC-MAP)

Dr. Lance Bryant and Dr. Sarah Bryant were accepted into the Math Circle Mentorship and Partnership program (MC-MAP) sponsored by the National Association of Math Circles. They will be working with other math circle leaders to plan, implement, and sustain math circle programs. They will also receive funding for the Shippensburg Area Math Circle (SAMC), which Lance and Sarah started in 2014 for 4th and 5th grade students.

Academic Innovation Grants Awarded

This summer, two groups of faculty worked on developing a new data science concentration and on redesigning curriculum for our algebra through calculus sequence.  The following projects were approved and funded through the Provost's office:

  • Dr. Lance Bryant, Dr. Doug Ensley, and Dr. Kate McGivney received a New Academic Program Development Grant for their proposal Data science minor and mathematics with statistics concentration.  
  • Dr. Ben Galluzzo, Dr. James Hamblin, Dr. Luis Melar, Dr. Kim Presser, Dr. Marc Renault received an Academic Innovation Award for their proposal, Supporting student success in the algebra-calculus sequence.