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Fall 2011 News from Around the Section


This year we had three 25 year certificates:

  • Patrick Sullivan of Valparaiso
  • Ken Constantine of Taylor
  • Morteza Shafii-Mousavi of IUSB
and two 50 year certificates:
  • Dan Maki of IU Bloomington
  • Chuck Stanton of Manchester (emeritus, now visiting at Notre Dame)


Stanley Stephens and Darrel Austin retired from the mathematics department of Anderson University this academic year. Stan just completed forty years as faculty member and chairman and Darrel just completed twenty five years.

Kenneth Turner has been appointed chair the department for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Joining the Anderson University mathematics department this coming year are Courtney Taylor, Ph.D. Purdue University 2009 and Justin Lambright, Ph.D. Lehigh University 2011.     TOP

EARLHAM COLLEGE - Richmond, Indiana

We are now using the Compass test to assess the mathematics level of entering students, and we are offering two courses for students who need help with numeracy: Mathematics for Liberal Arts, and Functions.     TOP

GOSHEN COLLEGE - Goshen, Indiana

Ron Milne retired at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year after more than thirty years of service to the mathematics department. This has provided more time for international travel. Ron and his wife lead the summer 2010 Study Service Term to Senegal. They are now in Uganda as interim Mennonite Central Committee representatives for Uganda. More details can be found at their "waltzing into retirement" blog at

Patricia Oakley is on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year. Over the past several years, Patricia has been exploring the mathematics of weaving and other arts. During her sabbatical, she will explore connections between music and mathematics as well as develop new teaching materials for linear algebra.

Amy DeCelles is Patricia Oakley's sabbatical replacement. Amy received her Ph.D. in Mathematics this year from the University of Minnesota for her dissertation on automorphic partial differential equations and spectral theory with applications to number theory. Amy has been a recitation leader, lecturer, course material developer, and an orientation facilitator for new graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants.     TOP


Peter Dragnev was promoted to Professor and David Redett to Associate Professor.

Our Chair, David Legg, is on sabbatical leave for the fall semester; Peter Dragnev is serving as Interim Chair.

Cynthia Vanderlaan joined the department as Continuing Lecturer.

Joyce Vetter retired in the spring.

In April, the department hosted the MIGHTY LI graph theory conference (celebrating the 275th Anniversary of Graph Theory).     TOP


Many Math Club and departmental events at Taylor University were well attended and received positive evaluations by students and/or families, including the Math Club picnic, Christmas party, Progressive Dinner, Math Senior Capstone Trip, the Spring Awards Banquet, a special two-day visit by past NCTM President Johnny Lott from Mississippi, a special two-day visit by Matt Boelkins from Grand Valley State, and the Commencement Breakfast. Math faculty and families shared several dining commons dinners together as well.

Ron Benbow and Jeremy Case took sabbaticals in the spring of 2011. Matt DeLong completed his term as the president of the ACMS, the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Joining the department as a tenure-track Byron K. Tripett Assistant Professor of Mathematics is Colin McKinney. Prof. McKinney comes to us from a year at Bradley University. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2010, and his research is in ancient Greek mathematics.

After receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor, Chad Westphal will be away on his first sabbatical this year in Boulder, CO. Doug Limmer is returning as his sabbatical replacement.     TOP



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