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Feb. 23, 2012

Dakota Wesleyan University recognized for excellence in service to k-12 educators
Members of the Dakota Wesleyan University math department and the university provost accepted “The Friend of Mathematics” award from the South Dakota Council of Math and Science Teachers during its annual meeting Feb. 3 in Huron. From left to right: Ashley Digmann, Dr. Mike Farney, Dr. Mike Catalano, Dr. Joan Lubben, Provost Amy Novak, and Dr. Rocky VonEye.

MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan University was recently recognized during a state event for its excellence in service to K-12 educators.

DWU’s Rocky VonEye, math professor and dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences, and Provost Amy Novak accepted “The Friend of Mathematics” award from the South Dakota Council of Math and Science Teachers during its annual meeting Feb. 3 in Huron.

The council bestows the award annually to a business or institution “In appreciation for invaluable service to mathematics in the state of South Dakota.”

“The significance of an award such as this is in the people who made winning it possible,” VonEye said. “So many people go into making something like this award achievable: the faculty of the mathematics department; the IT staff who help with the summer symposium; Ruth Haidle who facilitates the graduate course credits; and our administration, which lets us use classroom space at no cost and allows the mathematics faculty to attend the conference – they are all recognized as being very ‘education friendly’ by the state organization.”

Other members of the DWU math department were also in attendance: Dr. Mike Catalano, Dr. Joan Lubben, Dr. Mike Farney and Ashley Digmann.

The purpose of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics is to encourage and maintain an active interest in and an appreciation of mathematics, promote professional growth of mathematics educators, to provide a forum for the exchange of views regarding the teaching of mathematics, to develop a cohesive link between and to promote the cooperative study of mathematics education at all levels, to integrate the study of mathematics into other areas of school curriculum, and to relate the study of mathematics to situations in life, according to its website.

A conference is held annually in February and the purpose is to provide support to South Dakota mathematics educators, help them network and connect with one another and share new information about the field.

The organization acts individually and collectively as consultants for school districts and for the Department of Education. SDCTM represents member concerns with Department of Education policies and actions.

VonEye was an officer of this organization for many years and all the mathematics department faculty have been presenters at the state conference in years past. Catalano, DWU math professor, has served in various roles within the organization and has just been selected for the constitution review committee. 


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