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On April 1^{st }evening, a banquet was held, which was attended by about 130 students, faculty and guests. Dean Stephen Addison of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics gave official welcome to the participants. Awards were presented to top three student paper presentations, and top three Math Jeopardy Teams. Also, outstanding teaching awards for elementary, middle and high school teachers from both Arkansas and Oklahoma were given.

Overall, it was a great meeting with excellent math talks and exciting events. The next year’s meeting will be held on the campus of University of Oklahoma during the first week of April 2017.

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Dr. Larry Huff was a professor of mathematics at UCA who was an integral part of a group that created the BS Applied Mathematics track in 1998. It is a highly successful program in the Department. Dr. Huff was an excellent teacher and mentor and was well liked by his students as well as colleagues. Dr. Huff retired from UCA at the end of Spring 2013. He stops by the department, now and then, for a visit and conversation with friends and colleagues. Mrs. Jaynette Huff, an avid quilter, is a good friend and well wisher of the Department.

The Huffs split their retirement time between Conway and their farm in South Dakota. The Math Department is very grateful to Larry and Jaynette for their consideration and generosity.

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The winning team, calling itself CAL, consisted of three students from Dr. Long Le’s calculus I course: Lindsey Hazeslip, Connor Wilson and Azaryah Wilson.

]]>The residents of this small village are very proud of their Mayan heritage. They wear traditional clothing and speak the local Mayan dialect of Ixil. Children begin to learn Spanish at school in first or second grade. To be a teacher at the school, one is required to finish a high school program that is designed for future teachers. Academically speaking, this may seem like a minimal requirement; however, Guatemalans are only required to complete the 6^{th} grade. In fact, there is no secondary school in this village, so a child would have to travel two to three hours by bus to attend the nearest school.

The team helped the local teachers to take their math classes beyond the textbook. They encouraged and demonstrated things such as group work, culturally relevant word problems, new approaches to familiar problems, and an improved number sense.

Speaking of her experience , Ms. Booher said, “I was privileged to work with a diverse group of educators from both the U.S. and Guatemala. I’ve traveled abroad before, but teaching in Spanish really made me appreciate the challenges faced by international students. It was truly an honor to be able to share my knowledge with the Mayan teachers as well as gain invaluable knowledge from them – both equally. Playing jacks during recess… that’s icing on the cake!”

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Congratulations to the the following students for receiving masters’ degree in mathematics during the 2015 summer commencement:

Kaiyi Chen (M.S. Applied Mathematics); Kristen Ellis (M.A. Mathematics Education); Jaime Garcia (M.S. Applied Mathematics);Kayle Rutherford (M.A. Mathematics Education).

Kristen and Kayle accepted high school teaching positions in mathematics in Arkansas. Jaime is seeking to be a data analyst for insurance / health care organization, whereas Kaiyi would like to pursue a doctoral degree in statistics in the very near future. We wish each and every one of them the very best in their future endeavors.

]]>**Dr. Nesrin Sahin** will join the Department of Mathematics Fall 2015 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. She earned her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida in spring 2015. For her doctoralresearch, she investigated the effect of Cognitively Guided Instruction on students’ problem solving strategies and the effect of students’ problem solving strategies on their mathematics achievement. She received her master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Kennesaw State University and her BS degree in Chemistry Education from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She taught Mathematics at the secondary level for two years and Chemistry for one year while living in Turkey. She is married and has two lovely children. In her spare time, Dr. Sahin likes reading, jogging and traveling.

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