Volume 8 Spring 2009

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

2009 Editors:

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



Department of Mathematics
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Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan 49401

Welcome to the 2009 Mackinac Gazette. We hope that you enjoy these stories about our students, alumni, and faculty. 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

Remembering Don VanderJagt

Don VanderJagt's career spanned most of Grand Valley's history. Ted Sundstrom recalls Don's leadership and friendship. Read more

The "No-Problem" People

Auto-Owners Insurance in Lansing hires many Grand Valley math graduates. Alumnus Darlene Miller tells us why it holds on to them. Read more

Meet the Outstanding (and Responsible) Senior Geoff Patterson

When Geoff Patterson came to GVSU to study film and video, he had no idea that he'd end up majoring in mathematics, much less leaving as the math department's 2009 outstanding graduate. Read more

Senior Sally Beemon spends a semester in the UK

With her lifelong love for travel, a semester abroad in Great Britain fit Sally Beemon perfectly, and proved to be a fitting capstone on her undergraduate education. Read more

Students feted for their outstanding acheivements

The mathematics department recently gathered to honor some of its top students with awards and scholarships. Read more

History of mathematics at Grand Valley comes alive at new web site

Ted Sundstrom thought on a long driving trip: "We have to tell our story." The result? A new web site chronicling the history of mathematics at Grand Valley. Read more

Meet new faculty member Levi Molenje

Levi Molenje, a mathematics educator interested in the role of technology in learning mathematics, brings his secondary and college teaching experiences in Kenya to our department. Read more

New affiliate faculty member Bethany Welling a familiar face on campus

Bethany Welling joined on as an affiliate faculty member this year, though she is a familiar colleague to many of us as she has been teaching mathematics courses at GVSU for the past 20 years. Read more

Will's the man to pack a can

Will Dickinson's research with undergraduates has found the most efficient way to pack cans into a box. The national press is taking notice. Read more