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CELEBRATING MATHEMATICS --
mathematics instructor Lou Schultz, far right, hands out free rulers
to Principal Danette Ragusa and students from Annette LeBell’s fourth grade
class at D.C. Reeves Elementary in Ponchatoula. From left, front, are Carrie
Stansbury, Kayla Hoover, and Elizabeth Etzkin; back, Ragusa, Kenneth Raiford,
Louis Lanier, Jonathan Kinchen and David Ross.
SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES MATH
MONTH WITH ONLINE CONTESTS, FREE RULERS
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern
Louisiana University Mathematics Department is celebrating April as Math
Awareness Month with on-line problem solving contests for area schools
and for university students.
Last year, approximately 3,000
middle, junior high and high school students -- double the number from
2001 -- tackled problems posted daily on the Internet. “We’re hoping for
many more this year,” said mathematic professor Kent Neuerburg, who has
directed the contest for the past three
"The goal of the contest is to
encourage students to think about mathematics in a casual and fun way,"
Neuerburg said. "We want students to realize that mathematics is more than
just arithmetic, that it involves critical thinking, visualization and
The online contest will run April
28-May 2. Neuerburg said each day a new problem will be posted on Southeastern’s
web-site for grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. “Students will submit their answers
via an interactive form right on the web page,” Neuerburg said. “Each correct
answer enters the student into a drawing for great prizes.”
Problems will be posted at www.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/kneuerburg/pod.html.
In addition to the web-based contest
for area schools, the Mathematics Department will also host an online contest
for Southeastern students. The competition is being directed by mathematics
faculty Rebecca Muller, Susan Jenkins and Allie Pearson. All Southeastern
students are encouraged to participate, the faculty members said.
Problems will be posted at 7 a.m. each
morning on Southeastern’s website. Students can respond online or bring
their answers to the Mathematics Department office, Fayard Hall, Room 308.
The deadline is 4:30 p.m. each day. Winners will be chosen daily and posted
in the mathematics office.
Earlier this month, mathematics
instructor Lou Schultz visited area schools to distribute 500 free rulers,
compliments of the Mathematics Department, the university and corporate
sponsor Manatee Productions. The schools are D.C. Reeves Elementary in
Ponchatoula, Hammond Upper Elementary School, and Springfield Middle
Department head Katie Pedersen said
the department has been working with Springfield Middle School and Hammond
Westside Upper Elementary through a Board of Regents Support Fund grant
that funded a hand-on mathematics manipulative teaching lab at each of
the schools. The funding also included tutoring for the LEAP 21 tests and
professional development opportunities for the schools' mathematics faculty.
Pedersen said the department also collaborated
with D.C. Reeves teachers to provide hands-on measurement activities for
students, including after-school assistance for students preparing for
the LEAP 21. Faculty involved with the D.C. Reeves Project included Pedersen,
and Beth Evans and Rebecca Robichaux of the College of Education and Human
For additional information about the
campus contest, call the Mathematics Department at 985-549-2175. Neuerburg
can be reached for information on the Internet contest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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