**GRADUATION 2017**

**Congratulations to our 2017 department graduates!**

(listed alphabetically)

**Nicholas Borger, **Math/Music

**Madeline Buseth,** Math/Intercultural Studies

**Christine Dorband, **Math/Actuarial Science

**Shealeigh Funni,** Math/Actuarial Science/Accounting

**Holly Harlow,** Math Education, Actuarial Science

**Libby Hein,** Math (BA)/Actuarial Science

**Lyndsey Herndon,** Math Education

**Allison Howe** Math/Actuar ll, ial Science

**Ryan Kennell,** Math/Actuarial Science

**Bri Kulhan,** Math Education

**Erica Matheis,** Math Education

**Austin Miller,** Math Education

**Srdja Nikolic,** Math/Actuarial Science

**Drew Philson,** Actuarial Science/Econ-Finance

**Caleb Strand,** Math/Software Engineering

**Baxter White,** Actuarial Science

**Megan Woods,** Math/Spanish

**GRADUATION 2017**

Congratulations to **Megan Woods**, honored as the math department Outstanding Graduate, 2017. Congrats Megan!

**MAY 2017: NEW POSITION**

Congratulations to senior **Austin Miller** (math education). Austin has recently accepted a position with St. Anne Community High School in St. Anne, Illinois. Congratulations Austin!

**MAY ****2017: PHI DELTA LAMBDA**

Congratulations to our departmental seniors being inducted into the Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Lambda: **Drew Philson** (actuarial science/economics-finance), **Caleb Strand** (mathematics/software engineering), and **Megan Woods** (mathematics/Spanish). Phi Delta Lambda is an international honor society for graduates of Nazarene colleges and universities who have excelled in scholarship. Students who have been inducted into this organization have attained the high academic standard set by Phi Delta Lambda for membership, and they have also been elected to the organization by the faculty of their University. They are worthy to be recognized both by our University and by our Gamma Chapter for their notable achievement in scholarship.

**SUMMER 2017:**

Congratulations to **Joel Dearmond ‘18 **(mathematics major, Monroe, IN) and **Dr. Justin Brown **for being selected for intensive research projects funded by grants from the University’s Pence-Boyce Committee, an alumni group that fosters mentoring of individual students by Olivet faculty in mathematics, science or engineering research.

Their research topic is *Points on Elliptic Curves Over Finite Fields: Exploring and Improving Elliptic Curve Cryptography.*

The projects are funded through ten weeks during the summer of 2017. Students prepare a poster for Homecoming 2017, and give a talk on their research, often at a professional meeting. Congratulations Joel and Dr. Brown!

**APRIL: OLIVET SCHOLAR WEEK**

Congratulations to senior **Caleb Strand**, majoring in mathematics and software engineering, for being chosen to be a presenter at Olivet's Scholar Week, April 18-22, 2017. Caleb and his group, including Aaron Hartke and Kym Hartman, will present their engineering project entitled "Municipal Sewer GIS". Congrats Caleb!

**APRIL 2017: PUTNAM EXAM RESULTS ARE IN!**

A national collegiate mathematics competition, given the first Saturday in December to over four thousand of the best mathematics students in the United States. The exam is designed to discriminate at the highest level. It is an accomplishment just to score points. Congratulations to sophomore **Devin Battice** and senior **Libby Hein** for scoring a 1 on the exam.

**APRIL 2017: PI MU EPSILON INDUCTEES**

Congratulations to this year’s inductees into Pi Mu Epsilon, national mathematics honor society!

Pictured (L-R): **Caleb Strand **(student chapter president)**, Christina Grosz, Bradley Hazelwood, Noah Blunier, Rachel Howell, Emily Crum.**

Not pictured: **Clayton Bass, Codey Bishop, Jenna Cain, Ellie Krumsieg and Austin Miller.**

**3.14 Pi Day Celebrated**

The ONU math department celebrated Pi Day this year, sponsored by the math club...pi eating, pi shaped ice cubes and the favorite, Faculty-Pi-in-the-Face contest. Junior **Kayla O'Donohue** was the lucky Pi Day contest winner, and **Dr. Jeremy Lyle** was the faculty recipient of the pi in the face.

**November 2016: Mathematics Department Alumni Newsletter**

The math department has been creating a departmental alumni newsletter for 10 years now! Watch your mail for your copy! If you'd like to read an advanced electronic copy, click here: Fall 2016.

**Fall 2016Click here to view our Career Brochure **created to highlight mathematics department alumni. Take a look and if you are interested in being included in the next brochure, please contact our office.

**JULY 2016**

Congratulations to department chair, **Dr. Dale Hathaway**, for completing the Manteno Triathlon this summer. His time was 1 hour 32 min. The Manteno Triathlon is a 400 meter swim, 11 mile bike and 3.1 mile run, USAT sanctioned, in Manteno, IL. This was Dr. Hathaway's first triathlon. Congratulations!!

**JUNE 2016:**

Congratulations to **Professor Heather Makarewicz **and family on the birth of their third child, Hawthorne Vulcan, born May 23 at 8 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches long. Heather is an adjunct professor in the mathematics department and her husband Joe is a full time professor in the engineering department. Congratulations Heather and family!

** Kennell Accepts Internship**Congratulations to junior mathematics/actuarial science major

Congratulations, Ryan!

**2016 Math Murder Mystery: A Success:** Students and faculty gathered in the mathematics department on Friday, February 19, 2016, to solve the **9 ^{th} annual Math Murder Mystery**. According to

**2015 October:** Freshmen Retention: The numbers are in and the mathematics department is proud to announce a 100% freshmen retention rate. We had 17 new freshmen last year and all 17 are still at Olivet majoring in our department.

**SUMMER 2015:** Congratulations to **Jamie Walker **(senior, math education major, Mokena, Illinois) and Dr. Lei Cheng for being selected for intensive research projects funded by grants from the University’s Pence-Boyce Committee, an alumni group that fosters mentoring of individual students by Olivet faculty in mathematics, science or engineering research. To read more, click here.

**Congratulations to Keila Galloway!** Keila has accepted an internship with State Farm, to intern as a Claims Process Analyst in Richardson, TX this summer. Congrats Keila!

**Congratulations to Robert Wagner! **Robert has accepted an actuarial internship with Western & Southern Financial Group located in Cincinnati, OH. He will be working in the financial reporting sector of their actuarial department. Congrats Robby!