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Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, NH

NEMATYC 2009 was held at Southern New Hampshire University on Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25, 2009. The conference had been held at SNEU in 2005 also. The theme was "Fill Up Your Math Tank". The conference co-chairs were David Cox and Alec Ingraham, both of SNHU. Besides a great program, attendees had an opportunity to visit the McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord NH, and to hear an Emmy Award winning mathematician, Dr Kevin Short, UNH.

Montage of Conference Photos Conference Photos

Conference Committee
David Cox (Co-Chair)
Alec Ingraham (Co-Chair)
Kathy Willis
Chris Toy
Pamela Cohen
Jennifer Heins 

Executive Committee - 2008-2009


Carol Henry

Middlesex Community College

Vice President

Judy King

New Hampshire Technical Institute

Past President

Andrew Perry

Springfield College


Dora Ottariano

Middlesex Community College


Lauren Brewer

Massasoit Community College

At-Large Members

Eiki Satake

Middlesex Community College

Mary Sullivan

Mt. Wachusett Community College

Meredith Watts
Mary Kehoe Moynihn

Conference Co-Chairs

David Cox

Southern New Hampshire University

Alec Ingraham

Southern New Hampshire University
Conference Past Chairs Lauren Brewer Springfield Technical Community College
Vanessa Hill Springfield Technical Community College
Webmaster Rick Butterworth Massasoit Community College
Newsletter Editor Philip Mahler Middlesex Community College
Newsletter Production Editor Judy Carter North Shore Community College
Student Math League Coordinator Lois Margin Massasoit Community College

NEMATYC Annual Meeting
Southern New Hampshire University
April 25, 2009

Annual Meeting
April 25, 2009

The meeting was convened at 3:35 PM by Carol Henry, NEMATYC President.  Carol
thanked the participants for coming to the conference and thanked David Cox and Alec
Ingraham for co-chairing the conference and the members of "Team SNHU" who
assisted them.
  1. Secretary's Report (Dora Ottariano)

    A motion was made to pass the secretary's report of April 12, 2008 with one correction.  Under Other Business and Announcements, it should be noted that Roberta Kieronski also stated that the 990 Form needed to be sent to the IRS.  The motion then passed.
  2. Treasurer's Report (Lauren Brewer)

    Lauren was unable to attend the meeting and sent the treasurer's report.  As of March 25, 2009 the balance is $6800.40.  A motion was made and passed to accept the treasurer's report.  There was discussion about the health of the treasury.  Expenses have been going up and the treasury is down.  Since the cost of running the Fall Dinner Meeting has far exceeded the revenue received from the event, the Executive Board members decided to discontinue this event.  The Board recommended that there be a luncheon speaker at the annual conference instead.  It was recommended to keep the CD even though the renewal rate was not good.  There was a raffle at the annual meeting to support the Student Math League.  In September, the Executive Board approved a motion to give a $100 award to the top scorer at each participating school.  This was a change from the original plan of giving an award to the top 5 scorers.  It was then noted that the original plan was also supposed to be a scholarship and changes should be reported to the IRS.  The Executive Board needs to revisit this issue.  Judy King Vice President, has been researching this matter for the Board.  At this time, it was also mentioned that any new Board position must be added to the Constitution. 
  3. Executive Board Elections (Andrew Perry, Chair)

    The following slate was presented by the Nominating Committee:
  • Vice President (one-year term)  Judy King
  • Member-At-Large (two to be elected, two-year term) David Henry, Eiki Satake, Mary
  • Kehoe Moynihan
There were no nominations from the floor.  The election results were as follows:
  • Judy King, Vice President
  • Member-At-Large:  David Henry, Mary Kehoe Moynihan
  1. Student Mathematics League Awards

    Lois Martin was not able to attend the meeting.  A $100 award was presented to the top scoring student from the 9 participating NEMATYC schools.  The recipients were: 
       Bristol Community College                             Runfeng Chen
       Cape Cod Community College                        Michael Teahan
       Holyoke Community College                          Jessica Henry
       Massasoit Community College                        David Denny
       Middlesex Community College                       John Harper
       Mount Wachusett Community College            Frank Kamayou
       North Shore Community College                    Giang Nguyen
       Southern Maine Community College              Quang Nguyen
       Springfield Technical Community College      Brian Cowles
  1. Announcements

    1. AMATYC 2010 in Boston – Bridging Past to Future in Mathematics

      Jack Keating is the local chair.  The dates for this conference are from November 11th to the 14th, 2010.  Volunteers are needed to help with this conference.  See Jack Keating if you would like to help out. On Friday, May 8th, there will be a pre-conference visit with the coordinating members from AMATYC to meet with the local Boston AMATYC 2010 committee.  The meeting will take place at the conference site – The Copley Marriott – at 2 PM.  There will be a walk-through of the site. 

      AMATYC 2009 will take place in Las Vegas in November.  You can go to the website for dates and registration. Carol Henry spoke about AMATYC in DC.  At the affiliate presidents meeting, the matter of collecting both national and regional dues together (as proposed by the AMATYC Board) was pulled off the table.
    2. Mathematics Across the Curriculum Summer Institute (Carol Hay)

      This workshop will take place from May 18th to the 20th at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, MA.    The conference is full.  There will be another MAC Summer Institute in 2010.

    3. 2009 AMATYC Beyond Crossroads, NEMATYC co-host (Mary Moynihan)

      Brochures of the conference were passed out by Mary.  If you would like to volunteer to help, see Mary.
    4. NEMATYC 2010:  Mass Bay Community College (Meredith Watts)

      The annual NEMATYC conference will take place at Mass Bay on April 9th and 10th, 2010.  Meredith Watts will chair this event.

  2. Other Business 

    Carol Henry asked that the Executive Board members stay after the meeting for a few minutes to discuss a date for the next Board meeting.

    Mary Moynihan is putting bags together for the Crossroads Conference and wanted to know if NEMATYC has any gifts with the NEMATYC name on them.  We do not.  There was then a short discussion about looking into getting pen or pencils because they can be gotten cheaply and quickly.

    Carol Henry again thanked David and Alec for all of their work in chairing the conference.  Certificates and plaques were given out to the entire department.

  3. Door Prizes

    David Cox thanked Team SNHU for all of their hard work in helping him and Alec with the conference.  Door Prizes were then given out.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Dora Ottariano


April 21, 2009

Bank Account Balance, April 25, 2009
: Checking $1768.71
Savings: $766.03
CD: $3365.80
TOTAL $5900.54
INCOME: Interest (To Savings) $0.14
EXPENSES: (From Checking)
Student Math League Awards -$900.00
Bank Account Balance, March 25, 2009: $6800.40
Checking: $ 168.71
Savings: $765.89
CD: $5865.80
TOTAL: $6800.40
Income: +$0.14
Expenses: - $900.00
April 21, 2009 Balance $5900.54

*Please note:  $2500 was transferred from the CD to checking as agreed upon.

Respectfully submitted,

Lauren Brewer


Friday 3:30 – 4:15

Jane Tanner, Onondaga Community College
What’s Puzzling You?
Everyone is now familiar with Sudoku. But just what else is out there in terms of mathematical and logic puzzles? This talk will make everyone aware of other challenging types of puzzles that exist. Be prepared to spend more time with puzzles and less time sleeping!

Ruth Heath, Valerie LaVoice, Beverly Boggess, New Hampshire Technical Institute
The Impact of Faculty Tablet PC Usage Upon Student Learning and Faculty Teaching
This session will present the experiences from NHTI’s Tablet PC Pilot Project in Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology. As an application of Universal Design for Learning, Tablet PC usage by faculty was selected to provide digitized classroom notes and an unrestricted view of the screen to support students such as those with disabilities who may struggle with taking notes. A faculty member involved in the project will demonstrate her revised lesson on quadratic equations. Presenters will share results of evaluations which highlighted effects on faculty teaching and student motivation and learning and unexpected benefits. Attendees will be encouraged to imagine how this technology might be used in writing and reading courses.

Eiki Satake, Philip Amato, Emerson College
Introduction to Factor Analysis

Factor analysis is a mathematical tool which can be used to examine a wide range of data sets. It has been used in disciplines as diverse as education, sociology, economics, psychology and the analysis of the performance of all sports. This tutorial seminar is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles underlying factor analysis with a relevant example to mathematics educators. The focus of the presentation is the analysis of ―factor loading‖ and its ―identification‖. Our primary intention is to introduce the mathematics educators to the basic concept of factor analysis and to demonstrate, using the statistical software package SPSS, how factor analysis can be used in mathematics education research. 

Don Groninger, Maria DeLucia, Middlesex County College (90 minutes) 

NSpire to a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics
This seminar will allow participants to experience college algebra curriculum from a perspective that focuses on mathematical connections and skill development. Participants will be actively involved in problem solving strategies that use TI-Nspire, engage the student in conversation, and provide for differentiated instruction.

Friday 4:30 – 5:15

Daniel Franklin, North Shore Community College
Learning Statistics Through Models of Mind & Brain

The Center for Excellence in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST), an NSF Science of Learning Center, is developing a unique educational curriculum based upon models of mind, brain, and behavior that integrates science and mathematics. Teachers, administrators, and governments are naturally concerned with how students learn. Students are greatly concerned about how minds work, including how to learn, and thus are motivated to learn. CELEST curricula not only meet current U.S. standards in mathematics, science, and psychology but may influence plans to improve those standards.

Carol Hay, Middlesex Community College, Sharyn Sweeney, Department of Education
Massachusetts Mathematics (PK-12) Curriculum Framework Revision

In the spring of 2008 the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education began the process of revising the 2000 Mathematics Curriculum Framework. The Mathematics Framework Revision Panel has been meeting regularly since April 2008. In February 2009, the suggestions for revision were presented to the Board and the revisions began. The panel members would like to reach out to key mathematics professional organizations and associations to keep everyone updated as well as to hear ongoing feedback about the revision process and the panel's work to date.

Saturday 9:30 – 10:15

Kevin O’Brien, Pearson (Commercial Presentation)
MathXL, MyMathLab, and now, MyMathTest
The Pearson technology Specialist will give an overview of MathXL and MyMathLab, with typical and unique examples of how they are used. He will then review customization options for MathXL and MyMathLab, both as a way to reduce cost to the student, and as a way to better reflect the content needs for a particular school. He will then demonstrate MyMathTest, a non text-specific derivative of the MathXL platform that offers schools and math departments the opportunity to use the MathXL quizzing features and Study Plan to deliver pre and/or post tests with customized study plans and tutorials all at a reduced price. MyMathTest is currently being used in several settings as a low cost online prep solution for students taking the Accuplacer or Compass placement tests. This presentation will be appropriate for both those using MyMathLab and MathXL and those interested in using it in the future. MyMathTest is a new product based on the MathXL platform and will be of interest to anyone interested in issues regarding placement tests and/or exit testing

Carol Hay, Middlesex Community College
Mathematics Across The Curriculum (MAC)
The Math department at Middlesex Community College has received an NSF grant to support a Mathematics Across the Curriculum Initiative. In conjunction with this grant, faculty teams attended a three-day Institute in August, 2008, during which they began to develop interdisciplinary modules to use in their classrooms. Examples of these modules will be presented.

Marsha Pease, Anne O’Shea, North Shore Community College
Something That Works

Presenters will discuss their experiences as past ACCCESS fellows and the benefits of Project ACCCESS for new community college mathematics instructors. Presenters will share lessons and quick activities compiled during their participation in Project ACCCESS sharing sessions with other fellows during the AMATYC conferences from 2004-2008. Lessons and activities range from developmental mathematics to calculus and from low-tech to high-tech. Many of the activities involve few materials and minimal preparation time. Those in attendance will take home a packet of activities; some may even be used in your next class. 

Barry Woods, Unity College
JMP – A Stats Demonstration
JMP – statistics software from SAS – will be demonstrated showing both descriptive and inferential statistics. Data sets from the Triola Statistics Series will be used for the demonstrations. From daily Tips of the Day to online Tutorials, JMP is a complete statistics package for introductory, intermediate, and advanced statistical analyses.

Jozef Sliwkowski, Massachusetts Bay Community College
Math 101- A View From the Bleachers

With anecdotal evidence as the catalyst, a pilot program, miniMAC, was implemented to ascertain the feasible range of improvement in students' basic math skills. The program is: by invitation-only, basic-math intensive using Pearson's MyMathLab as the cornerstone. Outcomes, course structure and recommendations for future program development will be presented.

Saturday 10:30 – 11:15 

Jerry O’Malley, Cengage Learning (Commercial Presentation)
Incorporating Cengage Learning Technology Into Your Math Program

Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign—the marriage of time-tested content and reliable web architecture—is truly an ideal solution to meet your homework management needs. Building upon the success of WebAssign (founded in 1997 by faculty for faculty), Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning has added its bestselling content to create the most robust, easy-to-use homework management system available. Used by over 1,200,000 students at more than 1,100 schools, WebAssign is reliable and versatile.

Robert Kowalczyk, Adam Hausknecht, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
Add Visual Tools to Your Math Tank
Today’s students play and learn in the interactive animated visual worlds of the video iPod and iPhone. How can we, as teachers, bridge this gap between their dynamic worlds and the traditional calculus text? For many years now, we have devoted much of our research time to developing software tools that make calculus come alive for our students. In our presentation, we will demonstrate the use of new dynamic interactive visual tools that we have added to our software that help students to fully engage in learning key calculus concepts and proof. Our software includes visual tools for exploring the following mathematical concepts: limits, continuity, tangents (derivatives), integration, finding zeros of a function, arc length, fitting real-world data, solving applied problems, vector operations, velocity and tangent vectors, curvature, line integrals, first-order differential equations, and much more.

Pamela Cohen, Southern New Hampshire University
Tablet PC’s in The Math Class
In the on-ground classroom, Professor Cohen uses a tablet PC to project class lessons. For on-line classes, she grades assignments using annotation tools. This session will offer an introduction to tablet PC use. Topics include: tablet basics, Windows Journal, importing and exporting documents, ink annotations, and other tablet software.

Lisa Rickel, Hawkes Learning (Commercial Presentation)
All Math Software is not Created Equal: What’s the Difference?
The use of technology has become increasingly implemented in Mathematics courses, but what makes one software system different from another? Hawkes Learning Systems (HLS) is a unique program that is proven to be more effective in improving student performance. Discover how HLS’s differences make it the perfect solution for student success!

Andrew Perry, Springfield College
Evolution of Mathematics Education in America

We will consider major trends in American math education, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Textbooks provide some of the most authentic and reliable clues as to how mathematics was taught. Some notable events include the publication of the first American math book in 1727 by Isaac Greenwood, and the mathematics education reform movement led by Warren Colburn in the early 19th century.

Saturday 1:30 – 2:15

Russell Rushmeier, United States Coast Guard Academy
Developing a Single Core Mathematics Program Serving Both Technical and Non-Technical Majors

Many undergraduate programs wrestle with the challenge of providing a resource efficient mathematics program that addresses the needs of a wide variety of majors. In this talk I will propose a program covering the first two years of mathematics that I hope will serve as a starting point for a lively discussion on the issues and trade-offs involved in any such program. I will start by reviewing some of the considerations that prompted me to develop a different approach to mathematics preparation. I will then present the key features of the proposed program. The design of the topics in the program allows for students to take 2, 3 or 4 of the courses depending on the nature of major and mathematics sophistication required. All the typical Calculus topics are mapped to the popular Anton text for discussion purposes. It is hoped that insights from the discussion can be incorporated in a possible test of this program at the Academy.

Meredith Watts, Robert Cantin, MassBay Community College
Math Success Learning Community

In this learning community, students examine math study skills strategies and apply them to content in the linked math course. In the study skills sessions, students will learn problem solving methods and apply them to the math curriculum, and will have the opportunity to prepare homework problems, projects, and tests. Specific math study skills such as math note-taking, math anxiety and math test-taking are addressed with the aim of increasing student performance in developmental math courses. Presenters will share the design, implementation and results of the pilot program during the fall 2008 semester.

Norma Bisulca, DeAnna McAleer, University of Maine at Augusta
Does He/She REALLY Need to Take That Developmental Course? Maybe, Maybe Not

Learn how the University of Maine at Augusta has implemented a new program, MyMathTest, to give students an opportunity to improve mathematics skills before the semester starts. The presenters will discuss the Mathematics Department’s rationale for implementing the program and the process by which the program was tailored to meet the objectives of the University’s Developmental Mathematics courses. The presenters will also discuss how they partnered with the advising center to provide students with early access to the program. So is the program making a difference? View our data and you make the decision. 

Kenneth Takvorian, Mount Wachusett Community College
Game On: Reviewing for Test With Qwizdom

Come relax, engage your trivia skills, and experience a personal response system by playing a series of interactive games answering trivia questions on a wide variety of topics from sports to math.

Carl Fetteroll, Springfield College
The Key to Success: Interactive Technology in the Classroom

Interactive software promotes increased retention and success for students in Mathematics courses. Students are engaged in learning in both the classroom and outside of class. The impact of software (including Hawkes Learning and MyMathLab) in the curriculum will be explored through discussions of implementation, software options, student feedback and comparisons of student performance.

Saturday 2:30 – 3:15

Denise Robichaud, Quinsigamond Community College
You Too Can YouTube
Do you want to make online videos for your students, but worry it will be too complicated or expensive? Come see an inexpensive and easy solution. With just a webcam and a headset you can put your teaching videos on YouTube for free.

Steve Krevisky, Middlesex Community College
Fill Up Your Tank With the Pythagorean Projection!

Various statistics have been used to evaluate teams and their performances in baseball. We will look at Bill James’ pythagorean projection to see how Boston teams should have done, compared to what they actually did. We use the teams’ runs scored and runs allowed to examine this, for Boston’s best and worst teams since 1901. Intended for teachers of algebra, statistics, and quantitative literacy.

Eiki Satake, Philip Amato, Emerson College
Jury Decision Making: An Alternative Approach of Teaching Conditional Probability and Bayes Rule

This paper presents an alternative approach to the teaching of conditional probability and Bayes' rule, within the context of a hypothetical legal scenario where the defendant is accused of burglarizing the apartment of his ex-girlfriend. Expansion of conditional probability formula and Bayes' rule is illustrated to determine the probability of "legally guilt" following the presentation of several pieces of evidence by the prosecution and one rebuttal piece by the defense. Secondarily, we give a probabilistic interpretation of some key legal phrases such as (1) "beyond a reasonable doubt" and (2) presumption of innocence". Lastly, the growing interest in probabilistic methodologies in recent years, rather than traditional inferential methodologies, among legal professionals, is discussed. 

James Giumarra, James Johanson, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Implementing an Integrated Project-based Approach in a Developmental Program Using the SCATE Technology Gateway Curriculum
This workshop focuses on the implementation of Technology Gateway, a curriculum using an interdisciplinary, project-based approach to teach developmental math and science while providing opportunities for students to develop communication skills. The presenters will address curriculum development, integrated teaching, student learning, assessment, and the values of project-based learning. The workshop includes an in-depth look at one of the projects.

Magdalena Luca, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
College Mathematics and Middle School Mathematics! How Can WE Change It?
The K-12 mathematics curriculum, (in particular the middle school one) its delivery to and assimilation by the students, has a strong impact on teaching mathematics courses in all colleges and universities. In my presentation I will talk about the effects of the K-12 mathematics education on the math curriculum in our college where pharmacy and health sciences degree programs are offered. Furthermore, I will invite all participants to engage in discussing methods available to college professors that could facilitate the process of improving the mathematics we teach in colleges.


Exhibitors & Sponsors 2009

Thanks to our sponsors/exhibitors!

Cengage Learning

Hawkes Learning

Pearson/Addison Wesley

Baldface Books & Music
488 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 1-603-749-2300
A fine selection of new and used books/vinyl albums/compact discs/DVDs

Alec Ingraham 

Michael Price
Painting, Paper Hanging, and Wine Cork Bulletin Boards
Newfields, NH

Unwanted Man Music
(to live outside the law you must be honest)

The Southern New Hampshire University Book Store 


Registration List 2009

Last First Institution
Alfano Joseph Johnson and Wales University
Battles Frank Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Berglund Jesse Massasoit Community College
Bhalla Ravindra MassBay Community College
Biscula Norma University of Maine at Augusta
Boggess Beverly New Hampshire Technical Institute
Cantin Cathy Pearson Education
Cantin Robert MassBay Community College
Carter Judith North Shore Community College
Caruso Marie Middlesex Community College
Cohen Pamela Southern New Hampshire University
Connelly Lora North Shore Community College
Cooney Richard Johnson and Wales University
Cox David Southern New Hampshire University
Degnan Kevin P. Southern New Hampshire University
Delucia Maria Middlesex County College
DeSantis Lynne Hesser College
Dunnington William Quality Program Consulting
Duston Mark D. Johnson and Wales University
Fertteroll Carl Springfield College
Forte Kim Middlesex Community College
Franklin Dan Boston University and North Shore CC
Fraser Beth Middlesex Community College
Fuesschbach Eric Massasoit Community College
Giumarra James Benjamin Franklin Inst.of Tecchnology
Grisham Linda MassBay Community College
Groninger Dan Middlesex County College
Hattaway Amanda Wentworth Institute of Technology
Hausknecht Adam University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
Hay Carol Middlesex Community College
Heath Ruth New Hampshire Technical Institute
Henry Carol Middlesex Community College
Henry David Bristol Community College
Horan Dwight Wentworth Institute of Technology
Ingraham Alec Southern New Hampshire University
Johanson James Benjamin Franklin Inst.of Tecchnology
Keating Jack Massasoit Community College
Kelleher Laura Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Kieronski Joseph University of NH Manchester
Kieronski Roberta University of NH Manchester
Kilic-Bahi Semra Colby-Sawyer College
King Judy NHTI;GSC
Kowalczyk Robert University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
Krevisky Steve Middlesex Community College
LaVoice Valerie NHTI:Comcord
Libova Rita Mount Wachusett Community College
Luca Magdalena Mass College of Pharmacy and HS
Lucas Elizabeth North Shore Community College
Lurvey Phyllis Hesser College
Maniscalco Stephanie Marian Court College
Masagutova Rumiya North Shore Community College
Mazmanian Charles Johnson and Wales University
McAleer DeAnne University of Maine at Augusta
Mogan-Vallon Mary Middlesex Community College
Moynihan Mary Cape Cod Community College
O'Brien Kevin P. Pearson Education
O'Connell Robert Mass Bay Community College
O'Loughlin Barbara Massasoit Community College
O'Malley Jerry Cengage
O'Shea Anne North Shore Community College
Ottariano Dora Middlesex Community College
Panasuk Debra Quincy College
Pease Marsha North Shore Community College
Penta Anita Wentworth Institute of Technology
Peretti Gail Middlesex Community College
Perry Andrew Springfield College
Potvin Eileen Quinsigamond Community College
Rickel Lisa Hawkes Learning Systems
Robichaud Denise Quinsigamond Community College
Rushmeier Russell United States Coast Guard Academy
Satake Eiki Emerson College
Sliwkowski Jozef Mass Bay Community College
Snyder Kerryn Massasoit Community College
Sullivan Mary Massasoit Community College
Sweeney Sharyn Middlesex Community College
Takvorian Kenneth Mount Wachusett Community College
Tanner Jane Onondaga Community College
Toy Christopher Southern New Hampshire University
Vallese Carmine Johnson and Wales University
Watts Meredith MassBay Community College
Wicklund Bonnie-Lou Mount Wachusett Community College
Williamson Michael Middlesex Community College
Willis Kathy Southern New Hampshire University
Woods Barry Unity College
Zannella Edward CCRI
Zimmerman John NHTI