Pi Day

3.14 Pi Day Celebrated- 2016
The ONU math department celebrated Pi Day this year, sponsored by the math club...pi eating, pi shaped cookie decorating, pi shaped ice cubes and the favorite, Faculty-Pi-in-the-Face contest.  Junior Taylor Coble was the lucky Pi Day contest winner, and Dr. Justin Brown was the faculty recipient of the pi in the face.

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Spring 2016

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2016 Graduates

(listed alphabetically)
Jessica Anderson, Mathematics/Actuarial Science    

Math Club

The department started a Mathematics club in the fall of 2005. Interested students and faculty gather approximately once a month for food and fun.  The group does some fun hands-on and interactive mathematics. This has included many things that would fall under the umbrella of recreational mathematics.

Topics include:

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society. It was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University and has over 350 chapters. The Olivet chapter, installed October 3, 2008, is the Illinois mu chapter and was the 331st  chapter. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions. To be eligible for membership a student needs to have completed two mathematics courses beyond a year of Calculus, maintaining a gpa of 3.0 or higher in mathematics as well as overall.

Student Employment

The Department of Mathematics hires several students as department assistants, to assist with grading homework for lower level courses. These students, usually numbering around 15-18, grade assigned homework under the professor's grading guidelines, and are also responsible for recording and reporting grades back to the professor several times each semester. Typically applications are accepted in November and April for the next semester.


The three competitions that our students have participated in are the ACCA Calculus Competiton, the Putnam Exam, and the Math Modeling Competition (MCM).

The ACCA Calculus Competition


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15 of the 20 fastest-growing careers in the next decade will require math and science proficiency.

Some mathematics majors have chosen to attend top graduate schools after Olivet, including Purdue University, Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Old Dominion University, University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and more!

Course Schedule

Course Schedule 2016-2017



Mathematical Murder Mystery

The Mathematical Murder Mystery has been a favorite since its inclusion in January of 2008. Typically we have 20-30 participants with department majors representing a minority participating in the event.

Web Resources

Organizational Websites: