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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 Howell, Math/Actuarial 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

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

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!

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!

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!

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.




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.


January/February/March 2017

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/December 2016

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. 

September/October 2016

Fall 2016
Click 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.

2016 July/August

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!!

2016 April/May/June

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!

2016 March

Kennell Accepts Internship
Congratulations to junior mathematics/actuarial science major Ryan Kennell! Ryan has recently accepted an internship opportunity with Lockton Companies LLC in Chicago, IL.
Congratulations, Ryan!

2016 January/February

2016 Math Murder Mystery: A Success: Students and faculty gathered in the mathematics department on Friday, February 19, 2016, to solve the 9th annual Math Murder Mystery. According to senior Zach Rivett, the plot was complex: “Desperately needing more space, the Office of the Registrar went on a mission to eliminate the math department so that they could occupy the basement of Burke.

2015 September/October

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.


2015 May/June

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.

2015 April

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!