Mathematics Program News

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members in 2014

Photo of the new inductees holding up the PME bannerThe Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted nine new members this spring. The new members who attended the induction ceremony on May 7 (pictured left to right) were Bradley Johnson, Jose Lizano, Giovanna Senese, Alexis Facteau, and John Henel.

The other new members are Audrey Fossi Makugne, Trang Quynh Nguyen, Chan Oh, and Evan Howley.

 

2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Students pose outside at the HRUMC conferenceSix students from the Plattsburgh mathematics department traveled to Poughkeepsie to attend the 2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Marist College on Saturday, April 26.

Pictured, left to right, are John Henel, Kevin Boyette, Ivan Kelber, Courtney Cacchioli, Jenny Roslak, Mahim Naveed, Professor Gregory  Quenell, and Jason Gumaer, a 2008 Plattsburgh graduate who is currently on the faculty at Dutchess Community College.

John Henel and Greg Quenell gave short talks at the conference.

 

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2013

The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted six new members on April 23, 2013. In the photo are Ivan Kelber, Ryan Hannigan, and Jordan Slattery. The other new members of Pi Mu Epsilon are Thomas Cronin, Michelle O'Reilly, and Lily Stalter.

 

Twentieth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Plattsburgh mathematicians put in a strong showing at the twentieth annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held at Williams College on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Plattsburgh students Tom Cronin and Ryan Poirier gave talks at the conference, as did Professor Gregory Quenell.

Pictured, left to right, are Seth Bieler-Snow, Veronica Miller, Ken DeVoe (a SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus currently in the math Ph.D. program at Albany), Greg Quenell, Ivan Kelber, Tom Cronin, and Ryan Poirier. SUNY Plattsburgh student John Henel also attended the conference.

 

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2012

Photo of new Pi Mu Epsilon membersThe Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed eight new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Chapter President Annmarie McGonagle officiated at the event, which featured a talk by Dr. Blair Madore of SUNY Potsdam.

Pictured at the ceremony are Ismael Cerezo, Adam Falk, Francis Ganiszewski, and Ryan Poirier. The other four new members of our Pi Mu Epsilon chapter are Carly Gagne, Kaitlyn Huestis, Samantha Lavigne, and Samantha Fasciano.

 

Eighteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh students and faculty who attended the 18th Hudson River Undergraduate Math ConferenceThree Plattsburgh students and three faculty members attended the eighteenth annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Skidmore College on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Math majors Melissa Johnson, Jackie Poff, and Marguerite Lowe, along with professors Gregory Quenell, Robert Reams, and Sam Northshield, spent the day listening to mathematics talks and visiting with other mathematicians from all over New York State and western New England. Dr. Northshield gave a talk on "Marden's Marvelous Theorem." The plenary speaker at this year's conference was Dr. Carl Pomerance, an acclaimed researcher in number theory and cryptography at Dartmouth College.

 

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members

Photo of 2011 Pi Mu Epsilon inducteesThe Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed ten new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Chapter President Jessica Brown officiated at the event, which featured a presentation on "Chaotic Curiosities," given by Dr. Daniel Look of St. Lawrence University.

The new initiates are: (front row) Patricia Emanuel, Heather Neddo, Molly Frantz, Annmarie McGonagle; (back row) Seth Spoor, Alex Read, Sam Wagner, Elliot Elias; (not pictured) Steve Young, and Tom Leibering.

 

Mathematics Alumna Receives National Teaching Recognition

Photo of Kathleen FowlerThey were two simple words, but for Dr. Kathleen Fowler ’96 those words – “don’t quit” – are still making a difference. Written by her undergraduate adviser at SUNY Plattsburgh, the index card seemed silly at the time, but it is still with her, serving as a reminder not to give up, even when things became difficult. Read more.

 

SUNY Plattsburgh Mathematics Hosted the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America October 15 and 16, 2010

Guest speakers included Andrew Granville, University of Montreal (banquet speaker), Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago (Polya lecture), Kate Fowler, Clarkson University (Randolph Lecturer), Frank Swenton, Middlebury College (morning speaker).

The meeting featured a panel discussion titled “The new Core Curriculum and how it affects NY schools.” Moderators are Jane Cushman, Stephen West, Chris Monahan, and James Matthews. There were also paper sessions and student talks and poster sessions. Visit the Seaway Section Meeting Website to learn more.

 

"The Shape of Space"

Photo of the St. Mike's trip

On April 12, 2010, fourteen mathematics students and four faculty members from SUNY Plattsburgh crossed Lake Champlain to hear a talk by MacArthur Fellow Jeffrey Weeks at St. Michael's College in Colchester.

Dr. Weeks is the author of "The Shape of Space," a popular introductory book on topology, and the creator of a number of computer programs that introduce concepts in geometry and topology through the use of familiar games and artwork. In his talk, also titled "The Shape of Space," Dr. Weeks demonstrated his computer programs and made some informed speculations on the shape of the universe.

Pi Mu Epsilon Comes to Plattsburgh

Photo of the Pi Mu Epsilon installation ceremonyMarch 1, 2010 saw the installation of a new chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Eve Torrence, president-elect of the national society, came to Plattsburgh to deliver the charter for the New York Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, and to officiate at the induction of the chapter's charter members. Dr. Aaron Luttman, of Clarkson University, was the featured speaker at the installation and induction ceremony. Kathleen Lavoie, Pat Higgins, William Laundry, David Mowry, and David Kenoyer attended as distinguished guests.

Photo of the new Pi Mu Epsilon members with their certificates.
Seated: Gregory Quenell (chapter advisor), Joseph Bodenrader, Erika Cota, Alison Lutz (chapter president), Jessica Brown, Jordan Ellithorpe, Nick Bechard.
Standing: David Kenoyer (chair of the mathematics department), Kevin Stacey, Margaret Morrow, Aaron Luttman (featured speaker), Eve Torrence (national president-elect of PME).
Missing: Deanna Marcotte.

 

Second Annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Syposium

Photo of students and faculty at the second annual St.
Lawrence Valley mathematics symposium at Clarkson UniversityFour Plattsburgh students and three faculty members from the mathematics department attended the Second Annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium at Clarkson University on February 20, 2010.

They spent the day listening to talks given by undergraduate and graduate students from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, St. John Fisher College, and other area schools. The talks covered subjects from convergence questions in pure mathematics to computational problems in airfoil design to heat-flow applications in farm structures.

Photo of the Plattsburgh contingent at SLVMS10.
Back row: Professor Gregory Quenell, Kevin Brostek, Ken DeVoe, Professor Sam Northshield, Lucas Tooker.
Front row: Professor Margaret Morrow, Sam Wagner.

 

Math Graduate Named Presidential Award-Winner

Photo of Jim BrownJim Brown, class of '92, was one of fewer than a 100 kindergarten- through sixth-grade teachers nationwide to receive the Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this year. Brown will receive his award in a White House ceremony this fall. According to Brown, his experience with math education at SUNY Plattsburgh changed the way he understood and now teaches the subject. Read more.

 

Sixteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Photo of students in the parking lot at the conference
Students attending the conference. L to R: Yeyao
Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Krystal Tremblay, Liz
Dukette, Alison Lutz, and Nick Warner

Six Plattsburgh math students attended the Sixteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Union College on April 18, 2009.

They spent the day attending mathematics talks, mostly given by undergraduates, and then gathered in the parking lot for a group photo. On the way home, they stopped for dinner at Carl R's (Exit 18), where they met up with a group of math students from St. Michael's College on their way home to Colchester.

Photo of students at dinner after the conference
Dinner at Carl R's. L to R: Krystal Tremblay,
Alison Lutz, Yeyao Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Nick
Warner, and Liz Dukette

 

Seaway Section, Mathmatical Association of America


Plattsburgh student Yeyao Xiao
gave a talk on an application of
the Cavalieri principle.



Dr. Quenell squares off with
Dr. Aaron Luttman of Clarkson
University for a pie-throwing duel.

Six Plattsburgh math students travelled to Siena College on October 17 and 18, 2008 for the fall meeting of the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Left to right: Krystal Tremblay, Dr. Greg Quenell, Yeyao Xiao, Lucas Tooker, Shawn Gilbert, Nick Warner, and Liz Dukette.

Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Seven Plattsburghers travelled to Westfield State College in Massachusetts for the Thirteenth Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on April 8, 2006.

Left to right: Greg Quenell, Kevin Sherwood, Marie Wass, Don Kaupelis, Zach Warner, and Jon Mortelette. The seventh traveller, Victoria Lu, took the picture.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the mathematics program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

David Kenoyer, Chairperson
Phone: (518) 564-4137
Fax: (518) 564-4124
Email: kenoyedb@plattsburgh.edu

SUNY Plattsburgh
Mathematics Department
Hawkins 244
Plattsburgh, NY 12901