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Faculty Couple Creates Scholarship at Penn College

Diana L. and Kenneth C. Kuhns

As part of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, Kenneth C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technologies/occupations, and Diana L. Kuhns, assistant professor of mathematics, have established a scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Ken and Diana Kuhns Scholarship will make annual awards of $1,000 until it is fully endowed, at which time it will provide annual awards of $1,000 or more in perpetuity.

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Collegial Initiatives Help Ensure High Schoolers Math-Prepared

As education news buzzes about the cost for state colleges and universities to provide developmental courses to help high school graduates prepare for college-level classes, two local school districts are pairing with Pennsylvania College of Technology to help ensure their students are ready for college mathematics.

Both Jersey Shore Area Senior High School and Williamsport Area High School approached Penn College to help develop plans to assess and meet students’ needs before they head off to college.

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Faculty & Staff Mathematics Students

Study Abroad Travelers Share Mayan Experiences

Flanked by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, left, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, right, are the student presenters, from left: Caitlin J. Banks, of Dauphin, applied human services; Lacee Hess, Ulysses, pre-applied health studies-occupational therapy; Brian J. Borror, Dover, computer aided product design; Patrick B. Ranft, Ringwood, N.J., residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Mark J. Stabley, Williamsport, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration Interested spectators fill the CC TV Lounge to hear Ranft's illuminating talk on the Mayan and the Solar Zenith Cooley's salsa, guacamole and tortilla chips were a spicy addition to the gathering Stabley shows how the Mayans used rope to orient their architectural structures With authenticity, credibility and visual aids, Vander Vere explains why the world will NOT end on Dec. 21Students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures) presented their study abroad projects in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge this past week. The group traveled to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and studied the Mayan civilization. The Penn College community is welcome to sign up for next year’s overland adventure through the rain forests and lowlands of the Mayan world.

Faculty & Staff Mathematics Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Math Professor Co-Authors Paper for Academic Journal

William MaWilliam Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, jointly authored a paper that was published recently in The Pacific Journal of Mathematics.

The paper, titled “Schwarzian norms and two-point distribution,” was co-authored with Martin Chuaqui, of Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile; Peter Duren, of the University of Michigan; Diego Mejía, of Universidad Nacional, Columbia; David Minda, of the University of Cincinnati; and Brad Osgood, of Stanford University.

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Penn College Names Director of Mathematics, General Education

Paul Watson IIPennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed a director of mathematics and general education in the School of Integrated Studies.

Paul Watson II began his duties on July 1. Among his responsibilities, Watson coordinates the math-placement process for incoming students, oversees operations of the Test Center and supervises its staff, and evaluates and develops full- and part-time faculty. He also coordinates department and School of Integrated Studies general-education assessment efforts with the Office of Assessment, Research and Planning.

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Study Abroad’s First Math Class Has Fantastic Time in Guatemala

Back row, from left: Mathew D. Johnson, Ryan J. McDonald and Christopher Powell. Middle row, from left: Wayne P. Roush, Laurie K. Kiss, Matthew R. Druckenmiller and Matthew C. Cox. Front row, from left: Jason R. Paris, Curt E. Vander Vere, Dawn M. Bletz and D. Robert Cooley. From left: Jason R. Paris, Matthew R. Druckenmiller, Wayne P. Roush, Laurie K. Kiss, Curt E. Vander Vere, Matthew C. Cox, Ryan J. McDonald, Dawn M. Bletz, Mathew D. Johnson and D. Robert Cooley Eight students and two Penn College faculty members Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, and D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, along with Maya Exploration Center instructor Christopher Powell, studied Maya mathematics and culture in Flores, Tikal, Seibal, Yaxha and Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala, from Dec. 28-Jan. 4.
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Penn College Courses to Be Offered at SUN Area Technical Institute

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved an agreement with SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin to provide selected developmental and first-year college courses at the SUN ATI campus.

The courses are available to high school students enrolled at SUN ATI or its sending districts, adult education students, and currently enrolled or prospective Penn College students. Instruction will be delivered by Penn College faculty during the early-evening hours following regular summer, fall and spring semester schedules at the college.

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Mathematics Professor Has Paper Published

William Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, co-authored a paper that was published recently in a scholarly journal.

The paper, titled “Möbius Invariant Metrics Bilipschitz Equivalent to the Hyperbolic Metric,” was published in June in Conformal Geometry and Dynamics, an electronic journal of the American Mathematical Society. Co-authors of the paper are David A. Herron and David Minda, both of the University of Cincinnati.

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Mathematics Faculty Present at National Conference

From left, Sandy Carlson, LeAnn M. Henry, Diana L. Kuhns, Joanna K. Pruden, Lauren Gordon and Edwin G. Owens presented for Pennsylvania College of Technology at the annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges in Washington, D.C.Six members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s mathematics faculty recently offered presentations at the annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

The conference, held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20-23, featured more than 200 workshops and presentations for approximately 1,200 mathematics educators from the United States and Canada.

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Retired Math Faculty Member Granted ‘Emeritus’ Honor

Robert G. BowersRobert G. Bowers, retired professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been granted “professor emeritus” status by the college’s board of directors.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to award the designation to Bowers, who was the 2007 recipient of the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award − the college’s highest level of recognition for a faculty member.

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Math Professor’s Research Published in Journal of Analysis

William MaWilliam Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has published two research papers jointly with a University of Cincinnati professor.

The papers by Ma and David Minda, who is the Charles Phelps Taft professor of mathematics at the University of Cincinnati, appeared in The Journal of Analysis, Volume 15 (2007). This is a special volume containing the proceedings of the International Conference on Geometric Function Theory, Special Functions and Applications, held Jan. 2-5, 2006. It is edited by R.W. Barnard and S. Ponnusamy.

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Math Professor Presents Invited Talks in China

William MaA mathematics professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology was invited by two Chinese institutes of higher education to give presentations this summer.

On June 27, William Ma offered a talk titled “Hyperbolic metric in geometric function theory” at Beihang University in Beijing. On July 22, he presented “Hyperbolic metric and convex functions” at Yulin College in Yulin.

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College Presents Distinguished Teaching Awards

From left, Eugene M. McAvoy, Excellence in Teaching Award recipient%3B Robert G. Bowers, Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award winner%3B and David S. Richards, Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.Pennsylvania College of Technology presented Distinguished Teaching Awards to several faculty members during Saturday’s Spring Commencement ceremonies held at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

The college’s highest level of recognition for a faculty member − the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, so named in 2006 for the college’s retiring vice president for academic affairs/provost − was bestowed upon Robert G. Bowers, professor of mathematics.

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