Student Employment

Student Employment

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Essential Pieces: The Math Department Team

These nominees for Student Team of the Year have a formula for success. Earlier this year, the Math Department student employees ensured an important tenure and promotion deadline for faculty was met, according to their four nominators. They also performed essential in-take duties for the math class of 2014.

The assistants serve as "the face of the department" to visitors and telephone callers, according to nominator Don Opplinger, a math course coordinator. They also act as greeters and essential support staff at national and international conferences. Sarah Caulkins, Nikki Chen, Grace Horwath, Molly Webber and Juan Valles "have office schedules that generally don't intersect, yet they communicate with one another through a series of emails and sticky notes. This enables them to work effectively toward common goals," observes nominator Liane Beights, assistant to the department chair. Beights also notes that Sarah, a math major, devotes her extra time to tutoring other students in calculus and Grace created a entire book of policies, procedures and instructions for future Math Department employees. Cheers to this successful team!

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