November 2015 

The department hosted
Undergraduate Mathematics Day the University of
Dayton on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
The
Schraut Lecture was presented by Chikako Mese
('91), and Daniel Roberts ('07)
delivered an invited talk.

May 2015 
 Dr. Aparna Higgins was honored with
an alumni induction into Phi Beta Kappa by the Epsilon
of Indiana Chapter at the University of Notre Dame. Phi
Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic Honor
Society, founded at the College of William and Mary in
1776.
Aparna was the invited speaker at the
induction ceremony for the roughly eighty
undergraduate initiates of Phi Beta Kappa at the
University of Notre Dame on May 16, 2015.
 Dr. Shannon Driskell has been
promoted to Professor, and Dr. Lynne Yengulalp
has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor,
effective Fall 2014.

April 2015 

The
13th
Annual Integration Bee was held
on on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in
conjunction with the
27th Annual Bro. Joseph Stander Symposium.
 The Math Club
elected new officers for the 20152016 academic year:
President: Adam Volk; Vice President:
Megan Brown; Treasurer: Luke Bugada; Secretary: Katie Posey.
Matthew DeVilbiss
was elected president of the Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu
Epsilon.
 The team of
Matthew DeVilbiss, Tyler
Masthay and Adam Volk took
second place in the Leo Schneider Student
Team Competition at the
Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section of the MAA on Friday,
March 27, 2015.
Adam Volk won first
place in the student Sudoku competition.

November 2014 
 The Department of Mathematics is saddened by the
death of
Stanley J. Back, Emeritus
Professor, who died on November 22, 2014. He was 78
years old.
Stan graduated with a B.S. from the
University of Dayton in 1957 and then went on to earn an
M.S. in Statistics from Purdue University in 1959. Stan
taught at the University of Dayton for 4 decades.
Stan is survived by his children
Laura Christiansen and Brian Back, who remember him as a
generous, thoughtful and loving man and devoted
grandfather to Anja, Skylar and Elin Christiansen and
Anabel Back. Condolences can be sent to
brianjback@gmail.com.

August 2014 

Dr. Aparna Higgins
ended her long
service on the leadership team of Project NExT
(New Experiences in Teaching) in August 2014.
Her
association with this professional development program
for new faculty in the mathematical sciences culminated
in her serving as the Director of the program. The
MAA acknowledged her important contributions to the
mathematical community by passing a
resolution
honoring her for her work. In addition, Joe
Gallian, a longtime member of the Project NExT
leadership team himself, wrote a
tribute to Aparna in the MAA Focus (Vol. 34, No. 5,
October/November 2014).

May 2014 
 The corecipients of the 2014 Faculty Award
for Excellence are seniors Daniel
Esposito and Patrick Zabriskie.
 The recipient of the 2014 Award of
Excellence in Support of Mathematics is
Carly Gross.
 The corecipients of the 2014 Pi Mu Epsilon
Award for excellence among second year students
in mathematics are Megan Brown,
Matt DeVilbiss and Adam Volk.

April 2014 

The Department of Mathematics hosts the
12th Annual Integration Bee in conjunction with
the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium on April 9,
2014.

Elected officers for the Math Club for 201415:
President: Adam Volk;
Vice President: Matt
Devilbiss; Treasurer: Luke Bugada;
Secretary: Kelsey Mason.
Claire Sonneborn was elected President of the
Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon.

The following students were inducted
to Dayton's Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon:
Ibraheem Alawadhi, Matthew DeVilbiss, James
Fagan, Kelli Marquardt, Kelsey Mason, Emma Romstadt,
Katie Stephen, Andrew Stine, Sarah Wilker

March 2014 
 The UD Math Club hosts the 18th Annual High
School Math Competition on March 22, 2014.

February 2014 
 Dr. Wiebke Diestelkamp has been
promoted to Professor, and Dr. Maher Qumsiyeh
has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor,
effective Fall 2014.

January 2014 

Dr. Aparna Higgins
was
awarded the Mathematical Association of America
Certificate of Meritorious Service at the Joint
Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. This award is in
recognition of Dr. Higgins' many leadership roles in the
MAA, most notably her involvement with Project NExT.
Citation

August 2013 
 Dr.
Aparna Higgins
will receive the Mathematical Association of
America Certificate of Meritorious Service. The certificate will be
presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore
in January 2014.

May 2013 

Dr. Muhammad
Usman has been granted tenure and
promotion to Associate Professor, and
Dr. Atif
Abueida has been promoted to
Professor, effective Fall 2013.

The following students have been inducted to
the Dayton's Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu
Epsilon: Katherine Campbell,
Christopher Cole, Michelle Connor, Brittney
Dietz, Dan Espisito Rachel Lawless, Luke
McCrate, Samantha Potocek, Claire Sonneborn
and Elizabeth Yorka.

The 2013 recipient of the department's
Award of
Excellence in Support of Mathematics is
Alyssa Lesko.
The recipient of the 2013
Brother Joseph W. Stander, S.M.,
Award of Excellence goes to
Alan Rozanski. This award of
excellence goes to a graduating senior in the teacher licensure program with a
principal teaching field in mathematics.
The corecipients of the 2013
Sophomore Award for
Excellence in Mathematics are
Rachel Lawless and
Luke
McCrate.
 The recipient of the 2013
Lawrence A. Jehn Award for Excellence in Computer
Science is
Brandon Williams.

The recipient of the 2013
Father Thomas Schoen Award for
Innovative Programming is
Chester Lian.

April 2013 
 Dr. Wiebke Diestelkamp gave an
invited plenary address at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the Ohio
Section of the MAA.

March 2013 
 The Department of Mathematics hosts the
11th
Annual Integration Bee, in conjunction with the
Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium.

May 2012 

The recipient of the
2012 Faculty Award
for Excellence is
Brian Bradley.
Brian is a graduating mathematics major with a minor in
computer science.
 Lydia Kindelin
is the
2012 recipient of the department's
Award of Excellence in Support of
Mathematics. Lydia is a junior mathematics major.

April 2012 
 Dr. Art Busch has been granted
tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective
Fall 2012.
 The following students have been inducted to the
Dayton's Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon:
David Fan, Nick Fry, Carly Gross, Zi Ouyang, Alan
Rozanski, Kathryn Schaber and Emily Stienecker.
(Photo)
 The team of
Chester Lian and
Brandon Williams took second place in
the Leo Schneider Student Team Competition
at the Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section of the MAA on
Friday, April 13, 2012.
 Dr. Wiebke Diestelkamp is President
of the Ohio Section of the MAA. Her term will end in
April 2013.
 Dr. Aparna Higgins gave an invited
address at the 2012 Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section
of the MAA. She also presented an invited workshop at
the Ohio NExT Workshop immediately preceding the
meeting.

March 2012 
 The Department of Mathematics hosts the
10th
Annual Integration Bee, in conjunction with the
Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium.

Dr. Ruihua Liu wins 2011 College of
Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Prof. Lester
Steinlage
wins 2011 College of Arts & Sciences Award for
Outstanding Contributions by a FullTime
NonTenure Track Faculty.

February 2012 
 Dr. Maher Qumsiyeh
was elected to a oneyear term as President of the
Dayton Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
 Dr. Pete Hovey
was elected to a threeyear term as Dayton Chapter
Representative to the ASA.

June 2011 

May 2011 
 The
corecipients of the 2011 Faculty Award for Excellence are
Joshua Cain and Yi
Zhao.
 The recipient
of the 2011Award of Excellence in Support of Mathematics is Josh
Craven.
 The recipient
of the 2010 Pi Mu Epsilon Award is
Lydia Kindelin.
This is an award for
excellence among second year students in mathematics.
 The 2010
Brother Joseph W. Stander, S.M., Award of Excellence in Mathematics
Education recipient is
Erica Beebe.
This award for excellence goes to a
graduating
senior in the teacher licensure program with a principal teaching field in
mathematics.
 Double majors,
winning awards in their other majors include:
 Courtney Castle,
recipient of the Charles E. Kimble Research Award for research
excellence in
psychology;
 Kara Wurzelbacher,
recipient of the Brother Louis J. Faerber, S.M., Award of
Excellence to
the Outstanding Student in Adolescence to Young Adult Education;

James Benze,
corecipient of the Chair’s Award for Excellence in Computer Science.

April 2011 

The following students have
been inducted to the Dayton's Ohio Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon:
Brian Bradley, Sara Jordan, Lydia Kindelin,
Alyssa Lesko, Chester Lian, Brandon Strohminger
and Brandon Williams
(Photos)
 70th annual William
Lowell Putnam Competition:
Six
students participated;
Chester Lian,
Josh Craven and
David Longshore
achieved the highest scores among
UD students

9th Annual Integration Bee
in conjunction with
the Stander Symposium Wednesday, April 13, 2011
 Election Results for Math Club
officers for 20112012: President
Alyssa Lesko,
Vice President Lydia Kindelin,
Treasurer Christina Haas, Secretary
Sara Jordan.
Danielle Bott
was elected Pi Mu Epsilon President.

March 2011 
 Dr.
Wiebke Diestelkamp is PresidentElect of the Ohio
Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Her
term will end in April 2012. At that time, she will
become the President of the Section for one year.

February 2011 
 Dr. Shannon Driskell
wins the 2010
College of Arts
& Sciences Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching.

November 2010 

August 2010 

May 2010 
 Dr. Youssef Raffoul wins the
2009 University of Dayton Alumni Award in Scholarship. Read
the citation
here.
 Charles Suer
is the first recipient of the department's
Award of Excellence in Support of
Mathematics.
 Danielle Bott
and Brian Bradley
are the recipients of the Pi
Mu Epsilon Award (an award for excellence among secondyear
students in mathematics).
 The 2010
Brother Joseph W. Stander, S.M., Award of Excellence in
Mathematics Education recipient is
Michelle
Timmerman. This award for excellence goes to a graduating
senior in the teacher licensure program with a principal teaching
field in mathematics.
 Eric Stoiber
was awarded
the Maureen E. O'Rourke Marianist Award, which recognizes a
graduating senior who exemplifies the Marianist Charism on campus.
 Eric Krissek
was a
cowinner of the Patrick F. Palermo Honors Program Founders Fund
Award, which recognizes outstanding honors thesis projects.

April 2010 

See the posters presented by
mathematics majors at the 22nd Brother Joseph W. Stander
Symposium
here.

The results from the
sixtyninth annual
William
Lowell Putnam Competition (held in
December 2009) are in: Four students,
Joshua
Cain, Joshua Craven, Charlie Suer and Yi Zhao,
participated. Congratulations to Josh
Cain, whose score of 21 ranked 543 out of 4036.

Danielle Bott
and
Jaye Samantha Flavin
were inducted into
Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society.

Election results for Math Club officers for 201011: President
Joshua Cain,
PME President
Josh Craven,
VicePresident
Megan Miller, Secretary
Katie
Esselstein, and Treasurer
Courtney
Castle.

March 2010 
 The
Math Club
hosted the annual High School Math
Competition for the 14th year. First place went to FHS
(Fairfield High School), 2nd place to the Monstθrs (Walnut
Hills High School), and 3rd place to J.A.M. (Walnut Hills
High School).
 Mathematics major
Chester Lian is ranked 3rd in
the world for solving 5x5 Rubik' s Cubes
– blindfolded. Watch a
demonstration of his speed
here.
Read the UD Quickly story:
http://campus.udayton.edu/udq/scribblings/0310scribblings.html
(scroll down).

February 2010 
 Dr. Youssef Raffoul has been promoted to Professor,
and Dr. Ruihua Liu has been tenured and promoted to
Associate Professor (all effective August 16, 2010).

January 2010 
 Senior
Charlie Suer
presented the poster,
The
Coloring Game on Certain Outerplanar Graphs, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
in San Francisco. Charlie was
presenting results obtained during his REU experience at
Linfield University last summer.

August 2009 
 Dr. Lynne Yengulalp
joins the department as an
assistant professor. Dr. Yengulalp has a PhD from the
University of Kansas, and she holds an MS and a BS in
mathematics from Miami University.

April 2009 

The recipient of the 2009 Faculty Award
for Excellence is Megan Johns.
Megan is a double
major: mathematics and biology. She
is also a
cowinner of the P. K. Bajpai Undergraduate Research
Award which goes to the undergraduate student who best
represents the spirit of undergraduate research in biology.

The recipient of the 2009
Pi Mu Epsilon Award is
Joshua Cain. This is an award for excellence among
second year students in mathematics.

The 2009
Brother Joseph W. Stander, S.M., Award of
Excellence in Mathematics Education recipient is
Ella
Stone. This award for excellence goes to a graduating
senior in the teacher licensure program with a principal
teaching field in mathematics.

Danielle Carleton
is cowinner of the
Dr. E. B.
O’Leary Award of Excellence. Danielle was a double
major: mathematics and economics. This award goes to the
outstanding senior majoring in economics.

Joshua Cain, Erik Krissek, Megan Miller, Joonwoo Park
and Yi Zhao were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon,
the national mathematics honorary society.

February 2009 
 Dr. Aparna Higgins
has been named
Director of
Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching), a
professional development program of the Mathematical
Association of America for new and recent PhDs in the
mathematical sciences. her fiveyear term begins in August
2010. Read more
here.
 Dr. Wiebke Diestelkamp wins the 2008
College of Arts
& Sciences Faculty Award for Outstanding Service.
Read the citation
here.

October 2008 
 Mathematics major
Megan Miller wins a National
Defense Education Program SMART fulltuition scholarship,
which includes a paid internship and postgraduation
employment with the U.S. Air Force.

July 2008 
 Dr. Joe Mashburn
is the new chair of the department.
