Mathematics Faculty Present at National Conference
Campus News

For the second consecutive year, the entire Franklin College mathematics faculty was invited to present a four-hour minicourse at Mathfest, an annual conference sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). This year’s event was held in Chicago, Ill., July 26 – 29, 2017.

The hands-on workshop, titled “Creating a Purposeful Student Learning Experience,” provided attendees with the knowledge to create a learning-focused departmental culture in and out of the classroom designed to help students develop skills to achieve not only in their classes, but also in the workplace and in graduate school. It also provided the framework to help faculty at fellow colleges and universities learn to work together effectively to develop and implement plans to achieve desired outcomes and assess progress within their departments.

The minicourse presenters included Whiteland resident Dan Callon, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, as well as Franklin residents John Boardman, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, Paul Fonstad, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, Justin Gash, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and head of the Division of Business, Computing and Mathematics, Stacy Hoehn, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and Angie Walls, director of the math center and lecturer.

In addition, Boardman, Fonstad and Hoehn each had papers accepted for presentation at the conference, as did student Cody Burker, a junior majoring in applied mathematics and computer science.

“They all did great jobs, garnering strongly positive remarks from their audiences,” said Callon, who shared that Fonstad’s talk also generated interest from a national organization for a competitive student math game show.

Burker was one of eight students who attended the conference. Thanks to support from the college’s Engaged Learning department, the Office of Professional Development, the Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation, the Richard M. Park Mathematics Fund and the Wolford Chair in Mathematics, the college was able to cover registration, transportation, accommodation and meal expenses for the students. Recent alumnus Jacob Smith ’17, of Indianapolis, also attended the conference with the Franklin College delegation. He will begin work this month on his doctorate with a graduate assistantship at the University of Cincinnati.

The college hosted a reception during the weekend, giving faculty the chance to reconnect with alumni from the Chicago area. It also gave the students the opportunity to meet potential networking and internship contacts.

The following Franklin College students attended the conference:

Cody Burker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Burker of Morgantown.

Oakleigh Collier daughter of Kelly Collier of Trafalgar and Melissa Manley of Martinsville.

Monica Collins, daughter of Jeri Wagner of Franklin.

Cole Falco, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Falco of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Octavio Gonzalez, son of Ms. Karine Gonzalez of Franklin.

Munashe Mugonda, daughter of Bernard Mugonda of Mutare, Zimbabwe, Africa.

Matt Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Thomas of Franklin.

Jacob Wolfla, son of Stacie Wolfla of Whiteland.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted Aug. 9, 2017)

POSTED Aug 9, 2017