
The Newsletter for the
at Olivet Nazarene University
In this issue:
Greetings from the Department of Mathematics
Outstanding MathematicsGraduate Award
Dr. Atkinson travels the world
Pi Mu Epsilon
Mathematics Scholarship
Math Club News
Scavenger Hunt
A Mathematical Couple
Mathematics professors visitMathFest 2008
Greetings from the Department of Mathematics at Olivet Nazarene
University! This is our second annual alumni newsletter, filling
you in on the events and happenings in the Department of
Mathematics.
It has been a challenging year, but the Lord has been faithful
walking with us through the difficulties faced by the department.
The department was not successful in our attempt to hire a new
faculty member last year so we hope to try again this year. We also
lost our two permanent adjuncts as Mark Howard and Dan Voudrie both
left Olivet this summer for other positions. Together this means
that we have been very busy. We do have a faculty member, Ben
Cornelius, coming for just this spring to help us cover the courses
while Dave Atkinson is on sabbatical. Ben is taking a sabbatical
from his institution, Oregon Institute of Technology to help us
out.
The Lord has blessed us in other areas. Last year we did receive
approval to offer a major in actuarial science. As of the fall of
2008 we have four actuarial science majors, several of whom are
pursuing a double major with mathematics. Also Olivet now has its
own chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor
society. Some of you may have joined Pi Mu Epsilon through another
ACCA school while at Olivet. Now Olivet students can join our very
own chapter. Last spring four teams participated in the ACCA
calculus contest and our best team achieved a second place finish.
This past summer a lab with 13 computers was added to the
department and the old orange carpet was finally replaced. The
basement of Burke actually looks presentable.
Let me give you a quick update on faculty news from the summer.
There may be more information on some of these items elsewhere in
the newsletter. Dave Atkinson traveled to southern Africa. Steve
Brown and Dan Green both attended MathFest in
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Department of Mathematics
Number 2 · January 2009

Madison, Wis., in August. I worked on the petition for our Pi Mu
Epsilon chapter and rode my bike more than 1200 miles.
If you are ever on campus or in the area stop by and visit the
department. You can also contact the department by email at
hathaway@olivet.edu.
God Bless,
Dale K. HathawayChair, Math Department
Pi Mu Epsilon
On October 3, 2008, the 330th chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon was
installed at Olivet Nazarene University. Olivet will be known as
the Illinois Mu chapter, signifying that we are the 12th chapter of
Pi Mu Epsilon in Illinois. Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics
honor society incorporated in 1914 at Syracuse University. Students
are eligible to join Pi Mu Epsilon if they have at least a 3.0 GPA,
both overall and in their major, and have taken at least two
mathematics courses beyond Calculus II.
Dr. Leo Schneider, the secretarytreasurer of PME, from John
Carroll University traveled to Olivet to perform the installation
ceremony. He presented the charter (on display in the Department of
Mathematics) to Dr. Gregg
Chenoweth, vice president for academic affairs.
The charter members are the four faculty members and the
following students: Chelsea Freed ’10, Julia Goodman ’09,
Greetings from the department (cont.)
Outstanding Mathematics Graduate Award Established
This past year the department honored two of our graduates with
the designation of Outstanding Mathematics Graduate. We now have a
plaque in the department commemorating those honored.
Brittany Booton ’08 Brittany graduated in January of 2008 and
immediately started in a Ph.D. program at Illinois Institute of
Technology. Brittany completed a double major in mathematics and
psychology in two and a half years with a 4.0 grade point
average.
Amanda Lee ‘08Amanda graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in religion
and in 2008 with a B.S. in mathematics. Amanda, who spent parts of
two summers doing mission work overseas, is currently working in
Kazakhstan.
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Mark Lockwood ’11, Sondra Lynn ’09, Staci Martens ’10, Amy Meyer
’10, Kristin Wininger ’09 and Joshua Woods ’10. We hope to induct
additional members early in the spring semester.
Much more information can be found at the Pi Mu Epsilon Web
site, www.pmemath.org, including a picture of our charter members
as the newest chapter (at least at the time of this printing).

Dr. Atkinson travels the world
Dr. David Atkinson and his wife, Ann, have done some extensive
world travels in recent years. After doing an eightweek,
tencountry "student excursion" through Europe in 1970, they stayed
in the United States until 1997 when they traveled to Costa Rica
and then a Christmas a trip to Israel and Egypt. Since 2000 they
have made a number of trips, including central and eastern Europe
(2000, 2003, 2007); Thailand (2001); Scandinavia and Russia (2002);
Ecuador and Peru, including the Galapagos Islands (2004); China and
Tibet (2005); and Australia, New Zealand and Fiji (2006). Other
trips have included Mexico, Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies. Many
of these trips were taken with Dr. Larry Ferren (Chemistry) and his
wife, Alice. Beginning with the Thailand trip in 2001 the major
trips have been with either Grand Circle Travel or their sister
company, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). The 2008 trip was a 23
day trip with OAT to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Also Dr. Atkinson will be on a sabbatical leave for the spring of
2009 and this will include a 15 day trip to Antarctica and
Argentina. This will complete his quest to visit every continent.
Dr. Atkinson is often asked what his favorite trip was. He says
that he has so many great memories that he can't single out a
favorite, but he's got lots of pictures to show anyone who's
interested.
Mathematics Scholarship
If you would like to contribute to the mathematics scholarship
fund you can mail tax deductable contributions to :
Office of DevelopmentOlivet Nazarene UniversityOne University
AvenueBourbonnais, IL 60914
Make sure to indicate that it is for the mathematics scholarship
fund. Once the scholarship is fully funded, we hope to annually
post parts of the thank you letters from students in this
newsletter so all who have contributed can hear the success
stories.

Math Club News
The math club had another successful year with several new
innovative activities. Pi Day was the best attended event with more
than 30 students. Pies, pi trivia, and pi songs all contributed to
this exciting occasion. Dr. Hathaway was once again the pi in the
face recipient.
Two other events were particularly interesting because of their
interactive approach. The first was the Mathematical Murder Mystery
(MMM). Dr. Bowling was killed off (with his permission, of course)
and the faculty members of the Department of Mathematics were the
prime suspects. Students had to search through Burke and solve
puzzles to uncover clues which when combined would reveal the
culprit. Twentyeight students combined their problem solving
abilities to identify Dr. Atkinson as the culprit. A highlight of
this event was the special guest appearance of Dr. Bowling near the
end of the evening.
The other new activity was the Mathematical Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Groups of students were sent out across campus with digital
cameras to capture mathematics. One goal of this activity is to
encourage students to see that mathematics is all around them. On
the next page are a few pictures. See if you can figure out the
mathematics in each.
Club Council Members 0708
Brittany BootonSondra LynnBetsy KurtzMegan BowserAmy
MeyerStephanie Meid
Club Council Members 0809
Sondra LynnStaci MartensBetsy KurtzStephanie MeidAmy MeyerAmy
Grubbs
Pi Day
The Arrest
Crime Scene

Scavenger Hunt
a.
c.
e.
b.
d.
f.
Solutions: a. Parabola, b. Pi, c. Integral sign, d. Asymptote,
e. Multiplication principle lock (not combination), f. Graph (graph
theory)
Mathematics professors attend MathFest 2008
Dr. Dan Green and Dr. Steve Brown took advantage of the close
proximity of the MAA’s summer MathFest, held at the University of
WisconsinMadison this past summer.
Dr. Brown enjoyed talks with such titles as, “What is
Mathematics and Why Won’t It Go Away?,” “Viewing Math as a Human
Endeavor,” and “CAGD, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Secondary
Mathematics.” But the ones he really got the most excited about
were talks by Art Benjamin, “Biscuits of Number Theory,” and George
Andrews, “Ramanujan’s Impact on Number Theory  Then and Now.” Dr.
Andrews taught Analysis I his first semester at Penn State in
1964
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A Mathematical Couple!Darcy (Hanks) '03 and Kyle Ireland '02
Last year when sending out the first alumni newsletter we
noticed that quite a few couples had graduated from the Department
of Mathematics. We thought it might be nice to include some
information on a mathematical alumni couple. Below is part of the
story of the most recent couple.
Kyle ’02 majored in mathematics and minored in accounting. Darcy
’03 majored in mathematics education and minored in Spanish. They
met in Dr. Hathaway’s Calculus I class in September 1998 and dated
throughout college. While at ONU, Darcy played softball, was a
resident assistant and a teacher’s assistant for the math
department, and worked in the math tutoring lab. Kyle was also an
RA and a TA and participated in Students In Free Enterprise. They
married after graduation in December 2002 and reside in Bourbonnais
with their 2yearold daughter, Capri. After graduation, Kyle
worked as an accounting clerk in the bookstore at ONU for a year
and then was the resident director of Chapman hall for four years.
During this time, he earned his master’s degree in teaching from
ONU. He currently teaches mathematics at ONU in the Department of
General Studies. Darcy is in her sixth year of teaching mathematics
at BradleyBourbonnais Community High School, where she is also the
head softball coach and freshman math team coach.
We are interested in trying to have at least one alumni story in
each newsletter. If you have an interesting story or just want to
update us on what has been happening since you left Olivet, please
let us know at hathaway@olivet.edu.
and one of his first students was Steve Brown. (Dr. Andrews was
the one who discovered Ramanujan’s Lost Notebook in a box of papers
in the Cambridge University Library.) It was also exciting to pick
up some new books, such as “Secrets of Mental Math,” by Art
Benjamin, and to have the author autograph his new work.
Dr. Green attended equally interesting talks such as, “Calculus:
Where we’ve been; Where are we going?” and “Stuck in a Sudoku,” as
well as talks investigating new ways to teach “old” calculus
problems and methods to incorporate spreadsheets into solving
differential equations. He also enjoyed some time with students at
the puzzle table in the exhibit hall. He solved some very
interesting new puzzles and gave some students hints on solving
others.
But perhaps the most exciting event for Dr. Brown and Dr. Green
was riding the square wheeled bicycle built by a college
mathematics class after they had learned about the mathematical
curve that would be required for such a bicycle to produce a
completely smooth ride.
Mathematics professors attend MathFest 2008(cont.)