Spring 2006

The fall 2005 issue AfterMath was well received. Many alumni responded with news and requests to join our mailing list. Thank you for your enthusiasm, and keep sending news!

Putnam Exam Success
(from the LVC Home Page posted 4/12/2006)

LVC Math Majors Earn High Marks in The Putnam, the Most Elite Math Exam in the U.S.

Three Lebanon Valley College students earned very distinguished marks in The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the most prestigious undergraduate mathematical competition in the United States. Senior Matthew Lochman of Camp Hill, and sophomore Daniel Pitonyak of Langhorne, both physics and mathematics majors, scored in the 70th percentile. Senior Nicholas Marshburn of Lititz, a mathematics and actuarial science major, was close behind and scored in the 63rd percentile.

The 66th Putnam exam was given in the fall of 2005 by the Mathematical Association of America. Over 3,500 outstanding undergraduates in mathematics from 500 institutions in the U.S. and Canada sat for the exam.

Programming Contest Second Place
On Saturday April 22nd, two teams from LVC traveled to Dickinson College to compete in Dickinson's annual regional programming contest. The team of Nick Marshburn, Matt Lochman and Kyle Young correctly solved 5 of 6 problems during the four-hour contest, ending in a tie for first place.
In a bit of heartbreak we lost the tie, but the result is still a fine one -- congratulations to Nick, Matt and Kyle.

LVC teams had won this contest for two years in a row, and have finished in the top three in five of the last six years.

Stephanie Blanda and David Weaver, both first-year students, also competed. Despite being short-handed and relatively inexperienced, they managed to solve one problem and made good progress on several others. Expect to hear reports of victories for this team in the not-too-distant future!

Brewer Wins Crawford Teaching Award
Patrick Brewer is the 2006 recipient of the James P. Crawford Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, given by the Eastern Pennyslvania and Delaware (EPaDel) section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award ceremony took place at the Spring 2006 EPaDel meeting at Shippensburg University on April 8th. Here is a description of the award from the EPaDel web page.

"In 2003, the MAA EPaDel Section Distinguished Teaching Award was named to honor the memory of James P. Crawford of Lafayette College. Professor Crawford was an active supporter of the section teaching award during his life and provided a bequest to the MAA as part of an endowment for the award."

Congratulations Patrick!

Faculty News
Bryan Hearsey sends this news. "I am on sabbatical leave for the spring 2006 semester. My sabbatical project is to expand my knowledge and understanding of financial economics. As most of the actuarial grads will know, financial economics is an area which is receiving increased emphasis is the actuarial profession, both in the education and examination process and in practice. We have added a sequel to the interest theory course to the LVC curriculum in which we cover more advanced finance topics relevant to the VEE requirement and the new Course M learning objectives. In addition to all that, I am studying this topic because it is really interesting.

On the lighter side of the sabbatical semester, Carolyn and I spent the month of March in Australia and New Zealand. We did 10 flights and 15 different hotel rooms in 30 days so it was more adventure than vacation. We traveled on our own without the burden or benefit of automobile and saw a great array of interesting and beautiful places and met many wonderful people. It is a long way over there, but well worth the effort."

David Lyons and Scott Walck (Physics) have recently published their paper "Classification of n-qubit states with minimum orbit dimension" in the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, volume 39 (2006). This is the authors' second published paper of their joint research in quantum information theory begun in 2002.

Alumni News
News items are sorted by graduation year.

Richard London '65: "I am happy to see that you are continuing the AfterMath publication. (Any rag with such a clever title should not disappear.)

My news is that I retired in mid 2005 after forty years of studying, teaching, and writing about actuarial mathematics. My career included a break from university teaching to found and operate ACTEX Publications, several research papers, three textbooks, a number of conference presentations, and five years on the SOA Board of Governors.

I will be forever grateful to Lebanon Valley College, and in particular to Professors Paul F. (Pete) Henning and Barnard H. (Barney) Bissinger, for the excellent educational foundation I was provided upon which to build this career."

Bill Campbell '69: "[I have] been retired for the last two years from the US Navy Supply Information Systems Activity at Mechanicsburg, PA. I had over 34 years of government service, all at Mechanicsburg. I owe my career to Barney Bissinger who helped me secure a job with the Navy. As a supervisory mathematician, I helped develop the math models that drive the Naval supply system. This is the supply system that enables the Navy to buy $600 toilet seats for our sailors (joke!!)."

Bill Phifer '70: "Bill Phifer, a Fellow at EDS (Electronic Data Systems) in Downingtown, PA presented at the 18th Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Conference in Nashville, TN on March 7. The topic of his paper was "Integrating CMMI and ITIL Effectively in Application Engineering and Operations Environments". He will also be speaking May 3 at the 29th Sourcing Interests Group Conference in Huntington Beach, CA on "Driving to Excellence - the eSourcing Capability Model for Service Providers"."

Russ Labe '78: "Russ Labe continues to work at Merrill Lynch as Director of the Management Science Group. He manages a group of 7 professionals who provide mathematical modeling and statistical analysis to support executive decisions and improve business operations. His team won the 2004 Wagner Prize for excellence in Operations Research practice. The associated paper, "Merrill Lynch Improves Liquidity Risk Management for Revolving Credit Lines," was published in the September 2005 issue of Interfaces. He was recently elected VP of Practice for INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and serves on the Board of Directors. He is married to Karen with one son, Kevin, who is currently a junior in high school.

I look forward to receiving the next issue of the math alumni newsletter!"

Barry K. Palmer '78: "I am currently the District Technology Coordinator at Tri-Valley School District in Schuylkill County, PA about 30 miles North of LVC... [A]nyone from the 1974 to 1978 era at LVC that knew me can contact me at bkp@tri-valley.k12.pa.us and let me know what is up in their world these days."

Collins Mikesell '79: "... lives in DC with his partner of 23 years, Scott Alexander. He is employed in DC at the Association of American Medical Colleges as a Senior Research Associate and Data Project Manager where he does research and compiles statistics on medical education. Prior to his now 8 years in DC, he resided in the Boston area for 10 years, where he earned his Masters from Harvard while employed at MIT. Outside of work, he sings happily in the choir of the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, MD, where his partner is the senior minister, and especially enjoys the cabin he and his partner share in the mountains of WV, along with bicycling up and down the Potomac."

Jimmie Pogue '80: "I graduated LVC in actuarial science back in 1980 (many moons ago). I currently have moved back to the area (Doylestown PA) after more than 20 years in Chicago. I am married to Loree (Duym) LVC class of '83 although she moved to Chicago after her freshman year. We have three daughters 14, 16, and 18. I am the President of Insurance Solutions, a division of United Health Care responsible for all the health insurance of AARP members. We cover almost 4 million AARP members."

Jeff Lesher '87: "Currently Employed as Director of New Business Development, Fort Dearborn Co., King of Prussia, PA. Married last Sept3rd in Miller Chapel to Tracy M. Ricketts (not an LVC grad) a teacher in Eastern Lebanon County School District. Expecting our first child this August."

Scott Askins '92: "The 2005 school year has been an exiting one in the Askins' household. We adopted our daughter, Emma Grace QingYa Askins, from China. She has adjusted well and has been the light of our lives. I also accepted an adminsitrative position at the middle school I have been working for. My wife and I are currently planning a move to the Charlotte, NC area sometime this summer. Other than those things, nothing is really new."

April (Lehman) Bishop '94: "It's great to hear from everyone! I'm currently the Supervisor of Secondary Mathematics for the Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Maryland. After graduating from LVC in 1994, I worked as a middle school math teacher in this district for 4 years then a high school math teacher. I earned my Masters in Education Administration in 1999 and was an assistant principal for five years. This is my second year as Math Supervisor and I write curriculum, assessments, select textbooks/materials, handle the budget, hire teachers, evaluate teachers and provide professional development for our county of 90 middle school math teachers and 100 high school math teachers. It's wonderful! We are currently looking for high school math teachers to fill open positions so if you are interested, please contact me. I'd love to hire an LVC alum.... Hope you keep up the good work with the new newsletter, electronic is the way to go!"

Sandy Bambrick '96: "I was recently married on March 18, 2006 to Bill Holt. We were married on the beautiful island of Jamaica in the city of Negril. We reside in Annandale, VA."

Jim Rightnour '96: "I've got some good news to share. My wife, Bonnie, & I had our first child, a daughter, on March 18th. Callie Marie Rightnour weighed in at 7 lbs & 6 oz."

Uros Davidovic '98: "I am currently living in Harrisburg, PA. I work for Computer Aid, Inc. as a Lead Analyst and a Project Manager. I am currently looking into pursuing my MBA degree, which would enable me to fully step into the world of IT management at a higher capacity.

I also coach volleyball at Trinity High School, the West Shore YMCA Junior Olympic Club and the men's volleyball club at LVC itself. "

Rachael Rascoe '98: "I am graduating in May 2006 with my masters degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. And I am currently teaching and acting as the union vice president at Red Lion Area School District in Red Lion PA."

Glenn Vaughan '99: "I am currently teaching high school math in the Sullivan County School District. At the end of the year, I will have 5 and a half years experience. I just finished my first year as Head Boys' Basketball Coach and am also the assistant cross country coach. I bought a house this past summer in Laporte, PA."

Jason Hocker '01: "I'm still working at Datatel in Fairfax, VA. The project that I've been leading is to translate code written in our new proprietary language for writing computed columns in one of the databases that we support with our new release."

Keith Boden '04: "I started a new job in February as a Technical Architecture Specialist for American Personnel Managers & Consultants. Currently I am the lead consultant for an Internet access control and content filtering project. I am also working on expanding my Linux consulting business, and will be offering an on line off site backup solution starting in April."

Laura Lagler '05: "I've been promoted from Actuarial Analyst to Sr. Actuarial Analyst. Other than that, everything is the same."

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