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STEM night at Wilkes High School!
On Monday, April 4, Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas and mathematics students Allison Jones, April McCormick, and Averia Padgett participated in STEM night at West Wilkes High School. Along with displays on the mathematics of knots, engineering buildings to withstand earthquakes, and characteristics of birds, the team created a STEM selfie booth for faculty and students to enjoy.
BOONE—They might not have realized it at the time, but many former Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students spearheaded the university’s diversity efforts beginning in the 1960s.Four of those individuals were honored with a Faces of Courage Award presented Oct. 2 during a Commemoration of Integration held on campus.
Four individuals instrumental in Appalachian State University’s early diversity efforts recently received a Faces of Courage Award from the university. They are, from left, Zaphon Wilson, Barbara Hart, Carolyn Anderson and Willie Fleming. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts is pictured center. (Photo by Marie Freeman)
They were Dr. Carolyn Anderson ’69 of Winston-Salem, Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84 of Charlotte, Barbara Reeves Hart ’65 of Gastonia and Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson ’76 ’77 of Raleigh.“During the Civil Rights movement more than five decades ago, America’s youth forced our nation to face ugly truths and to begin the process of reconciling them. When Appalachian State Teachers College first became integrated more than 50 years ago, our community joined this national movement in our own way, with a dedication to eradicating egregious inequalities, with a hope of making our society more inclusive, and with a desire to make the world a better place for all of us,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.“It is fitting that college campuses, including Appalachian, continue to be a significant and important part of holding our nation accountable for institutionalized racism and acts of violence and injustice,” she said. “As our nation’s demographics change, our university population must reflect these changes. With the benefit of more diversity of thought, belief and community, we will better equip our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility and dignity.”Carolyn Anderson, who earned a degree in mathematics, was the first African-American, full-time faculty member at Appalachian. She taught in the Department of Mathematics.“My biggest hope would be that in 10 years Appalachian would look totally different than what it does now, with more students involved in research and that there would be a larger diverse population,” she said in a video tribute.Anderson held faculty or administrative posts at Livingston College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College before retiring as associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Winston-Salem State University.Willie Fleming was a founding member of the Appalachian Gospel Choir and its first director, a founding member of the Black Student Association and the Black Faculty and Staff Association and an advisor for minority students. He also helped university administrators establish National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities for African-American students.“Appalachian State changed my life. I grew up in Boone; I matured there and it was absolutely the best time in my life,” Fleming said. “My career at Appalachian State started as director of minority affairs in 1983. To be at the forefront of the gospel choir, Black Student Association and African-American Greeks was a great honor. It gave purpose to my life.”Fleming is an associate professor of psychology and coordinator of school and mental health programs at Gardner-Webb University.Barbara Hart spoke of the challenges of living during segregation in the South. She attended a segregated school, was denied access to the county library, and learned from used and tattered textbooks discarded by the white schools. “Yet in spite of all such adverse conditions, the students became successful leaders in the community, state and nation,” she said. Hart came to Appalachian to earn a master’s degree in special education. “I did not realize that I might become the first African-American to receive a master’s degree from Appalachian State.”Hart’s career spanned 30 years working with the deaf and hard of hearing in North Carolina and California, including serving as a speech-language pathologist in several school districts.In a video presentation, Zaphon Wilson praised former Provost Harvey Durham for his minority recruitment efforts, which Wilson helped lead.“We went out and recruited minority students and aggressively recruited students who were in graduate programs across the country to build a pipeline for faculty members at Appalachian and encouraged talented black students to go on to graduate school and consider a career in higher education,” he said. “It was the beginning of this conversation about diversity and how important it was for all of the students on campus,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t just because of a black question or black issue. It was to expose all of the students to a diversity of faculty members, different backgrounds and different experiences to enrich the living and learning environment at Appalachian.”Everts spoke of the university’s continuing work to support campus diversity. The Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity has been tasked with increasing the diversity of student, faculty and staff populations, and specific recruitment and retention strategies are underway to meet this goal.In addition, 15 percent of the 2015 first-year class is comprised of students from traditionally underrepresented groups – an increase of 3 percentage points in one year. “The class of 2019 is the most diverse of any first-year class in Appalachian’s history. While we have accomplished much in a single year, there is still much to be done,” Everts said.“Our Appalachian community embraces inclusivity, but we are not without our challenges. Discussions about race and equality are not always easy ones for a community to have, but I am confident that this community truly wants to have these discussions in open and honest ways. This is hard work, and I know we as a community are willing to do it,” she said.
Appalachian State University Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Support Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation
Appalachian State University has received a National Science Foundation grant for $1,165,039 to support a Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant, awarded by NSF’s Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Education, provides scholarship funding to support mathematics and science majors in acquiring high school teaching licensure. The program, titled TEAMS, or Teaching for Equity in Appalachia in Mathematics and Science, prepares prospective teachers with the content and pedagogy components needed for teaching but also focuses on the specific needs of students and schools in high need, rural areas.
The program provides scholarships of $10,000 per year to support juniors or seniors in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics or physics in completing licensure and program requirements. Participants also receive travel money to attend teaching conferences and mentoring from effective teachers in the region. Prospective teachers who have completed a degree in the areas listed above and who are eligible to pursue licensure in North Carolina are also eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients teach in high-needs schools after licensure, gaining valuable experience in teaching mathematics and science to diverse learners.
Students or former students interested in the TEAMS program who are not currently licensed or are not currently enrolled in a licensure program can contact the Program Director, Tracie McLemore Salinas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also available on the website at noyce.appstate.edu, and application materials and requirements will be posted there soon.
Mathematics Faculty Involved in Vertical Alignment Projects
In collaboration with the NC Ready for Success project, Department of Mathematical Sciences Faculty are participating in a variety of activities aimed at the vertical alignment of content across educational levels. A group of faculty received a $13,000 mini-grant to explore vertical alignment issues in mathematical modeling. Inspired by the modeling working groups of the AMP project, Drs. Todd Abel, Holly Hirst, Eric Marland, Bill Bauldry and Tracie McLemore Salinas proposed a project in which faculty from high schools, community colleges, and the university explore perspectives on teaching mathematical modeling. The project will produce tools for assisting teachers in understanding the learning trajectories associated with mathematical modeling and for evaluating and planning instructional opportunities in modeling. The project includes several teachers and brings the perspectives of AppState faculty Emily Elrod and Lisa Maggiore as well. Catawba Valley Community College faculty, and former AppState grads, Luke Walsh and Michael Boone are also participating. Graduate student Alana Baird assists the project and is researching the experiences of teachers as they explore modeling. Dr. Debbie Crocker is currently serving as a mathematics content leader in a Vertical Alignment Team along with teachers and other university faculty. Dr. Tracie McLemore Salinas recently spoke on a panel with Dr. Jennifer Curtis, DPI Mathematics Chief, and Meghan McIntyre of Wake Technical Community College. The panel addressed issues of vertical alignment of mathematics across K-12 and post secondary levels, such as differences in perspectives on educational technology and on challenges of course placement.
Winners of Appalachian State University’s Fall 3-Minute Research
Competition were, from left, Alex Kirk, first place; Amber Mellon, runner-up; and Scott Hopkins, People’s Choice Award. The competition was sponsored by the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School.
The competition featured the research of 10 graduate student finalists from eight graduate programs in two colleges. If the average master’s thesis is about 100 pages, and it takes two minutes to read aloud one page of double-spaced 12-point type, it should have taken the student competitors 33 hours and 20 minutes to explain their research. Instead, each one had three minutes and one PowerPoint slide through which to engage the audience in the research topic and explain to them why the public should care about the results of the study. Runner-up was Amber Mellon from mathematics with a presentation on using math to teach financial literacy to high school students. Her mentor is Mark Ginn. All three winners will present their research at the January meeting of the Educational Planning, Policies and Programs Committee of the UNC Board of Governors in Chapel Hill.
The 3-Minute Research competition is part of an international initiative called Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), a research communication competition started at Australia’s Queensland University in 2008. Currently, the competition is held in 13 countries around the world. Twenty universities in the United States are officially registered as affiliates. Appalachian is in the process of seeking affiliation.
AMP Project Yielding Research Findings - Faculty with the Appalachian Mathematics Partnership, or AMP, are learning about the work of developing K-12/post-secondary partnerships for affecting educational change. A poster presentation at the 2013 U.S. Department of Education MSP Conference shared the conceptual framework of the project, and a recently accepted book chapter details issues in coherence and shared vision that are necessary for implementing change. The AMP Project includes Drs. Tracie McLemore Salinas, Katie Mawhinney, Debbie Crocker, and Todd Abel of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Drs. Kathleen Lynch-Davis and Lisa Poling of the Reich College of Education.
The AMMASING Program and Extended Math Camp
AMMASING (Appalachian: Merging Mathematics and Science for Intentional Natural Gains) is a partnership between the Appalachian State University Department of Mathematical Sciences, ASU Math Camp, and Summer Ventures. The program that brings together grade 8-12 teachers and students to explore mathematics and the work of teaching. Participants will engage in an exciting and stimulating summer workshop which will serve as a launch point for a year-long program of mathematical investigations and collaboration. In addition, the program includes opportunities to participate in the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference (the largest professional meeting of math teachers in the state, and one of the largest in the country) and be supported in a variety of endeavors.
AMP Project Receives Second Year Funding - The Appalachian Mathematics Partnership, or AMP project received funding for its second year. The AMP project partners ASU with districts and schools in 11 counties to prepare mathematics teachers for the Common Core. In the summer, four weeks of professional development sessions were scheduled and activities continue with follow-up sessions in the fall and spring and trips to the NCCTM Leadership Conference and State Conference. The AMP project staff includes Drs. Debbie Crocker, Kathleen Lynch-Davis (C&I), Katie Mawhinney and Tracie McLemore Salinas. AMP is funded by a Mathematics Science Partnership grant.
AMP Partners with MSEC and PSP for PD - The AMP project partnered with the Mathematics Science Education Center and the Public School Partnership to offer a session on the TI-Smartview software for mathematics teachers. Participants explored how using the software supports student engagement in the classroom and received software for participation in the session. Dr. Debbie Crocker facilitated the session.
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Normally Fridays (at 3). Also check the lounge for current announcements.
Colloquia occurs on Fridays at 3 pm in 103a Walker Hall. Special times and rooms are announced when needed. We are now scheduling talks for this semester. If you are interested in giving a presentation, contact our Colloquium Director Dr Bill Cook (email@example.com).
The Teaching Seminar meets Tuesday at 1pm in WA 308. If you are interested in speaking, contact either of our Graduate Studies Coordinators Dr Ross Gosky firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Holly Hirst email@example.com
Get your pennies. Fill up those containers & see what instructors will be pied! Scheduled for 3/20/2013....weather permitting.
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Come and join us for tea, hot chocolate, and cookies or other goodies. Tea is from 2:45 to 3:30 pm each Thursday afternoon in the third floor 'Elevator Lobby' of Walker Hall.
Congratulations Graduates of 2011!
Happy Masters Graduates and Faculty. May, 2011.
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Math Contest Invitation and Information coming soon!!!!
Contact local Contest Director John Sevier for more information.
We are pleased to help support the North Carolina Math Fair. Take a look at our photo galleries. (The archives have photos from 2001 on.)
- The Western Region Math Fair will be held on March 25, 2017 at the ASU Plemmons Student Union. The registration form is posted on the NCCTM website (NCCTM.org) and here Western Region Math Fair 2015
- The State Math Fair information is on the NCSSM.
The department will be sponsoring workshops again this summer via the MELT Program.