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25 Nov

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Christina Alvey

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Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.

Christina Alvey, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

As an undergraduate I attended North Central College, a small liberal arts school close to home in Illinois. While I was able to graduate in only three years due to the large number of credits I earned while in high school, I took advantage of so many opportunities during this time, including a semester-long study abroad experience in Moscow, Russia. I also worked with some of my professors on research projects that ultimately inspired me to pursue graduate school in mathematics and become a professor myself. After earning a PhD in mathematics at Purdue University, I am now entering my fourth year at Mount Saint Mary College as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and couldn’t be happier! When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing cooperative board games and video games. I am also a member of a local square dance club, and wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on the mathematics of square dancing, something that most students probably don’t know about me! Continue Reading

24 Oct

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A “Mountastic” experience

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When Alexander Perlak ’20 first arrived at the Mount, he thought he would be pursuing a certification in Education.

After his first semester, however, he realized that being a teacher just wasn’t for him. “The Mount puts their students in the ‘real world’ during their first year to gain experience to make sure this is the right program for them,” he explains, an opportunity he is so grateful for.

He was already a Mathematics major, but after dropping the Education certification, he wasn’t sure how to proceed.

Thankfully, the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology knew just how to guide him. Continue Reading

21 Oct

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MFY Faculty Flashback: Mike Daven

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Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.

Mike Daven, Professor of Mathematics

Years at the Mount: 20 years

Where did you go to college? I graduated from Villanova University (undergraduate) and Auburn University (PhD).

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy hiking, wandering the many trails we have in the Hudson Valley. Mount Beacon is a quick and rewarding climb, Storm King has some interesting trails with a variety of great views, and Breakneck Ridge is my absolute favorite hike! The website https://hikethehudsonvalley.com is like a to-do list of great trails in our area.

What is one thing most students don’t know about you? As an undergraduate, I earned degrees in mathematics and philosophy. I started as a math major then added philosophy as a second major after taking an “Introduction to Philosophy” class. This wasn’t a big leap since I already enjoy the abstractness of mathematics. In my philosophy courses, I became aware of how much I love learning new perspectives and thinking about thinking! Continue Reading

12 Sep

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Double Majoring at the Mount

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Cameron Pagan (standing, second from right), a Mathematics and IT major at the Mount, was part of the inaugural Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM), held at the Mount in 2017.

When Cameron Pagan, now a junior at the college, initially thought about college, there was no doubt he wanted to be an Information Technology major.

When he found out that the Information Technology program at the Mount was part of the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology, he decided to major in both Math and IT, so he would have more options.

“Right away, I saw the benefit of having both,” Cameron explains. While majoring in two subjects will not only make him a more marketable job candidate in the future, having a background in both subject areas is also useful for his current college classes, as the two subjects are very interconnected. Continue Reading