Volume 7 Spring 2008

The Mackinac Gazette is published annually for alumni and friends of the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University.

2008 Editors:

David Austin
    austind at gvsu.edu
Esther Billings
    billinge at gvsu.edu
Matt Boelkins
    boelkinm at gvsu.edu

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Welcome to the 2008 Mackinac Gazette, presented here in our first electronic edition. We hope that you enjoy these stories about your former classmates, friends, and professors. Please note that past newsletters are available through the links at the left. If you have a suggestion for a story for a future newsletter, we would love to hear from you; please feel free to contact any of the editors.

In this issue

Three recent GVSU Math grads reunited at Foremost Insurance

Though they went in different directions after leaving Grand Valley, Kris Lund, Mark Sheely, and Danielle Wiest find themselves working in the same department at Foremost Insurance. Read more


Alumnus Nate Burch finds a home on the range

Many students are unsure what career opportunities are available to mathematics majors. If it's travel and adventure they seek, they need only talk to 2006 graduate Nate Burch. Read more


Math comes alive in Becky Bergeon's classroom

Enter Becky Bergeon's fifth-grade classroom and you can tell that she is passionate about math. Read more


Meet Daniel Gorski, Outstanding Senior in Mathematics

Though he was always good at mathematics, Daniel Gorski had no idea that studying mathematics might one day lead to an actual career: Read more


Math Department recognizes its outstanding students

The department welcomes its most impressive students and their families to its annual awards banquet on April 4. Read more


Akalu Tefera spends sabbatical year at MIT

As a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor, Akalu was warmly welcomed by his MIT colleagues. Read more


Carl Arendsen to retire after 35 years

When Carl Arendsen arrived at Grand Valley in July 1973, he was the math department. Read more


Tish Fackler: 34 years of passion for teaching

With thirty-four years of teaching experience, Tish Fackler finds fulfillment in connecting with her students. Read more


Math Department Welcomes Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

New postdoctoral fellow Firas Hindeleh brings experience teaching in Jordan and Toledo to our department. Read more


About our logo

Did you know that The Mackinac Gazette's logo proves the Pythagorean theorem? Read more