STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK
Each April we celebrate National Student Employment Week. Gift
certificates are given to each of our student tutors in recognition
of their work in the Mathematics and Computer Science
Department's Tutor Labs.
OUTSTANDING MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS
Students honored for their accomplishments during their
l to r:
Chris Bowler, Outstanding Mathematics Student,
Steve Jarvis, Outstanding Graduating Senior, John
Goodney, Outstanding Mathematics Education Student
Computer Science Major Named Outstanding Scholarly
Athlete of the Month
Thursday, December 6, 2012, NMU computer science major,
Cohen Adair, was honored as the Outstanding Scholarly
Athlete of the Month for October. Cohen was
nominated for the award by Dr. Olga Hocking, his MA 171
Probability and Statistics professor, for being an
outstanding student in her class as well as an outstanding
freshman hockey player.
Jaclyn Beck (center) is shown with Mary Buchman,
president of The Marquette Branch of the AAUW and computer
science professor, Dr. Michael Kowalczyk, who nominated her
for the award.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Jaclyn Beck, Computer Science major with a
Mathematics/Chemistry minor, was the recipient of the 2010
Martha Griffiths Award which is granted annually by the
Marquette Branch of the American Association of University
Women (AAUW). The award is to honor and recognize a young
woman who is seen as having potential. The criteria are
that she be a graduating senior with a good academic
background and it is preferred that she be in a field that
is not historically associated with women.
Jaclyn was presented with a certificate and a check for $150
2010 Outstanding Students
Left to Right:
2010 Outstanding Computer Science Student
Recipient of the 2010 Martha Griffiths Award
2010 Outstanding Mathematics Student
Gift certificates are given in recognition of our
Mr. Steve A. Jarvis
2013 Outstanding Graduating Senior
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department is proud to
name Steve A. Jarvis as its Outstanding Graduating Senior
for 2013. Steve will graduate in May 2013 Summa Cum
Laude with a major in computer science and a minor in
As a student athlete, Steve was a resident weight lifter in
the US Olympic Education Center and won 11 medals in
national and international competitions. He also
participated in a year-long internship at Intel Corporation
in Portland, Oregon, where he helped develop the first
generation of Windows 8 tablets. His experience
creating applications for the Android market helped him win
a first-place finish in Intel’s Common Connectivity
Framework programming contest.
Steve plans to continue his study of computer science in
graduate school in the fields of machine learning and
artificial intelligence. As an introduction to the subject
area, he created a neural network to recognize handwritten
digits as a part of his senior project.
Ms. Andrea L. Clark
2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department is
proud to name Andrea L. Clark as its Outstanding Graduating
Senior for 2012.
Andrea came to Northern in 2009, eleven days after the birth
of her youngest child and ten years after earning an
associate degree in accounting from Davenport University.
She graduated from Northern in December 2011 summa cum
laude with a double major in economics and mathematics
and a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Andrea lives in Marquette with her husband and six children,
ages 2 to 14, whom she home schools. She is active in her
church as a teacher and as the secretary of the women’s
Relief Society. She enjoys needlework crafts, hunting,
target shooting and archery, and is a compulsive reader.
Andrea is presently enrolled in Northern’s graduate program
and is studying for the first two actuarial exams.
2011 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student in Mathematics
has been a mathematics teacher at Westwood High School in
Ishpeming for the past eight years. He is a graduate of
Westwood High School and a Northern Michigan University
alumnus, graduating magna cum laude in 2002. As an
undergrad, he co-authored a journal article entitled
“Maximizing the Fit of a Box Spring Mattress up a Stairwell”
with Dr. David Buhl and fellow student Jeff Wolf; the
article was published in the November 2006 edition of
Mathematics Teacher. Michael received his Master of
Science in Mathematics Education degree in December 2010.
Michael tells us that when he is not teaching he can usually
be found sitting on an undisclosed lake in his boat or ice
being mocked by fish as they swim by.
2011 Outstanding Graduating Senior
Charles graduated magna cum laude with a major
in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He has been
on the Dean’s List every semester and will graduate with a
perfect 4.0 GPA.
In 2010, Charles attended the Argonne National Laboratory's
annual undergraduate symposium where he presented his
research paper entitled “Benchmarking of Important Tasks
Across Linux Distributions”. He has also participated
in four programming contests and was on the team that took
21st in the region and 3rd on site in Sault Ste. Marie
during the 2009 ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
Charles has taken many optional high level
computer science classes including Advanced Web Programming,
Networking, and special topics in Advanced Unix
Administration, Machine Learning, and Videogames. He has
also independently created an algorithm and corresponding
program that can solve the classic Towers of Hanoi problem
more efficiently than the solution given in most textbooks.
Ms. Cynthia F. Brooks
2010 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student in Mathematics
Cynthia Brooks graduated from high school in Brandon,
Mississippi, after which she joined the Air Force where she
earned honors in electronics communications studies.
Cynthia attended Northern Michigan University as a
nontraditional student and graduated summa cum laude with a
bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 2008 she
completed a master of science degree in guidance and
counseling. The topic of her research paper in counseling
was “Effective Classroom Management in Middle Schools.”
In 2009 she completed her second master’s degree, this
time in mathematics education. Her research in
mathematics education investigated “The Effects of Playing
Games on Learning the Concepts of More and Fewer
in a Junior Kindergarten Classroom.
Cynthia is a kindergarten and junior
kindergarten teacher at Birchview School in Ishpeming,
Michigan. She is married and has two grown children.
Ms. Emily E. Engelhardt
2010 Outstanding Graduating Senior
Emily Engelhardt graduated in December 2009 summa cum
laude with a double major in secondary mathematics and
integrated sciences education after earning Dean’s List
honors every semester, half of them with a perfect 4.0
Emily is an alumna of both the Student Leader Fellowship
Program and all four edges of the Superior Edge Program. She
was a team-member recipient of the 2009 TLC Student Award
(Learning Category), and for four years tutored in the
Mathematics Department’s help center.
Last Fall Emily returned to her home state of Minnesota to
student teach and was so successful that the Rushford,
Minnesota, district where she student taught hired her as a
fulltime teacher starting this
January for the remainder of the school year.
Ms. Angel Inglese
Graduating Graduate Student in Mathematics Education.
Angel is a mathematics
teacher and the technology coordinator at North Dickinson
High School in Felch, MI.
In 2008 she received
recognition as an "Educator of Distinction" from the
National Society of High School Scholars, and she was
nominated for the 2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year award.
She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics and a teacher-leader in the Dickinson-Iron
Intermediate School district where she conducts in-service
training on technology uses for classroom teachers, most
recently on the use of "clickers" in the classroom,
which was also the subject
of her master's project.
Angel graduated from Kingsford High School then came to Northern
Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in 1998 and the Masters of Science in Mathematics
Education in December 2008. She is married and the
mother of three young children.
Mr. Jason Gregersen
2009 Outstanding Graduating Senior
Jason's dedication to academics is evident not only in his
high GPA but also in his extracurricular activities. He has
presented twice at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of
Mathematics annual teachers conference and also several
times at NMU regarding the use of technology in the
classroom. In 2008, Jason was the recipient of Northern
Michigan's TLC award and the Michigan Council of Teachers of
Mathematics' Miriam Schaefer Award for excellence in
education. He has also demonstrated his dedication to the
student community through his volunteer tutoring in the math
lab and by tutoring individuals privately.
graduate in May 2009, Suma Cum Laude, with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Secondary Education Mathematics.
He will continue studying mathematics in graduate school and
will pursue a doctorate in either pure or applied
Mr. Brian Lowis
Graduating Senior in Mathematics and Computer Science
Brian Lowis, A Wisconsin
high school graduate, now lives near Madison. He has always
been a devotee of mathematics, always open to wonder and
debate on every level and any topic.
He has discussed elements of the Random Transpose Puzzle
Scramble at the Argonne National Laboratory, and
research at NMU involving the Nash Equilibrium.
He served as math tutor at
both NMU and the Sylvan Learning Center, where he prided
himself on rescuing several students formerly immune to
While majoring in
mathematics and minoring in physics, he did not ignored
other disciplines. “The Tomato Revolution”, written for a
creative writing class, was published in Sirr magazine and
in Alphelion, a science fiction e-zine.
He currently works for Epic, a highly rated software company
that provides an integrated suite of ambulatory and
inpatient applications to health care organizations.
Mr. Brent Sauve
2007 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student in Mathematics
Brent Sauve is a NMU alumnus who returned to earn his
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a major in
secondary mathematics education and a minor in computer
science, Brent Sauve taught at Nah Tah Wahsh Public School
Academy before joining the faculty of Escanaba Senior High
where he now teaches mathematics and co-advises the National
Brent has been a co-presenter at a Michigan Council of
of Mathematics statewide conference. He has co-authored a
section of a book for educators of Native American students
and is currently working on a mathematics education project
that he hopes to publish in the future. He has been
nominated by his students for the National Honor Roll of
Outstanding American Teachers and has been cited in a
published mathematics book for his original solution to a
Mr. Mark Henrion
2007 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics and
Mark Henrion is a truly outstanding graduate who is
currently doing his student teaching in mathematics and
physics at a high school in Germany. Mark's contributions to
NMU and the community include his participation in the
Student Leader Fellowship Program and his service as mentor
to at-risk youth through the Marquette Department of Child
and Family Services and as a volunteer coach for Bothwell
Middle School's Math Counts program and their LEGO robotics
team. He has been a patient and understanding tutor in NMU's
mathematics help center and a tutor-counselor for high
school students in the NMU Upward Bound Mathematics and
Science Program. Mark is a NMU Hardin Scholar and was one of
five mathematics education students statewide to be honored
in 2006 with a scholarship from the Michigan Council of
Teachers of Mathematics.