Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tresch's Internship at Findley-Davies

Garrett Tresch
Garrett Tresch completed an internship at Findley-Davies this summer. Findley-Davies is a firm that consults with the human resource department of other corporations. Findley-Davies has a wide variety of sectors that specialize in a different aspect of this often wide field, which includes an actuarial group in downtown Cleveland.

As an intern, Tresch discovered that the key to his position would be "variety." In addition to internship duties of scanning information and government filings, he also, created excel spreadsheets for companies pension plans, calculated actuarial equivalent forms of payment, updated databases to include changes in employee information, created excel charts and adjusted inputs that indicated a current law change dealing with interest rates. Tresch said, "The greatest way of defining what I did into a single sentence would be, 'I assisted the actuaries in the mathematical and technological work involved in the consulting of human resources.'"

Tresch accredits his higher end financial math, probability, and technology courses for his ability to understand and adjust to the many complicated tasks that were expected of him by Findley-Davies. He also accredits Ashland University's fantastic collection of professionals, that he said, "I could not have had such an enlightening experience without." He would like to give special thanks to Dr. Chris Swanson and Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe, as well as, the Career Service Department for their advice and coaching.

Tresch Passes Exam P

Garrett Tresch Passes Exam P

Garrett Tresch Passes Exam P

Garrett Tresch (12') has passed the Society of Actuaries' Probability Exam (Exam P). The exam tests the candidate's knowledge of the fundamental probability tools for quantitatively assessing risk.  Exam P is one of the exams required to achieve professional status as an actuary.

Actuaries are professionals who provide expert advice and relevant solutions for business and societal problems that involve economic risk. The actuarial profession is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 careers in the United States.

Congratulations, Garrett, and Good Luck!

For more information about the Actuarial Science Program, Contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, at or visit the website

Friday, September 12, 2014

Drop-In Tutoring Fall 2014

Do Not Struggle. Drop-In and see a Tutor! 

Drop-In Tutoring Available for Math Courses

Ashland University's Center for Academic Support provides tutors and other tools to help students succeed. Drop-in sessions are available for several Math classes in Kettering 219. Below are the classes and times for drop-in tutoring:




Math Tutoring Schedule Fall 2014

Calculus with Application (M201)
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm

The Calculus (M205)
Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 7-8:30 pm

Elementary Statistics (M208)
Tuesdays 1-3 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7-8:30 pm

Theory of Arithmetic & Geometry (M217)
Mondays 7-8:30 pm
Thursdays 7-8:30 pm

Geometry for Middle Grades (M218)
Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm
Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm

Discrete Math 1 (M223)
Thursdays 3-5 pm

Also, please see your professor for help!
Visit the Center for Academic Success for a complete list of all tutoring services available to AU students.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Congratulations to our Student Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Math & Computer Science Seniors, Morgan Mirtes and Megan Raber.

These were among the more than 100 awards and accomplishments recognized at the 2014 Mathematics and Computer Science Department Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception.  The annual event took place at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the evening of April 8, 2014.  About 70 students, friends, family members and university staff and faculty attended the event. 

Morgan Mirtes is an honors student from Norwalk, Ohio, double majoring in computer science and mathematics, with a minor in Music.  Her recent honors defense dealt with Android application development.  In addition to her challenging coursework, Mirtes completed internships with local businesses, was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honoraries.  

Raber will graduate with a double major in Integrated Mathematics and Mathematics, and a minor in Computer Science.  She is from Creston, Ohio and was active within the department in many organizations including Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon officer team and the Problem Solving Group. 

Competition was fierce for this year’s coveted Outstanding Senior Award. Many of our graduating seniors have been very active in the department and 7 of them had math and computer science GPAs of 3.5 or higher.  Dr. Gordon Swain expressed a mixture of pride and loss at seeing this senior class graduate.  

Other Outstanding Student Awards were presented to underclassmen.  Paul Pernici was named Outstanding Junior.  Outstanding Sophomores were Alexander Lillich and Charles Michel.  In addition to these awards, Freshmen Ryan Bastian and Linda Morales shared the Carpenter Award for Outstanding Calculus Student and The Wendling Award for Outstanding Discrete Mathematics Student went to freshman Alyssa Predota.

The department also recognized all majors and minors with a 3.5 Math and Computer Science GPA of 3.5 or higher, graduating seniors, department scholarship recipients and donors, senior honorary members, student activity officers, student presentations, and contest participants. 

For more photos and a complete list of award winners, please visit the Math & Computer Science student page.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Computer Science Students to be Featured in Coburn Art Gallery Senior Exhibition II

Computer Science students Marissa Uhrig and D. Kees Edwards will be part of the Senior Art Exhibition II in the Coburn Art Gallery, April 24 – May 10.  Both students will be graduating this spring with dual majors in Computer Science and  Computer Art and Graphics Programming. 

The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for graduating art majors. It serves as a final graduation requirement and an opportunity for seniors to present their creativity and craftsmanship in a professional manner.  Uhrig and Edwards are among the 6 students who will present their artwork in the exhibition.  Other students will be showcasing their creations in ceramics, commercial art and digital art. 

Uhrig will present the digital art she creates by manipulating photographic images of the sky.  Her digital print "Monsters" was selected for the Dean's Award at the 2013 Juried Student Art Show in the Coburn Art Gallery. 

Edwards will be showcasing three game applications he created, as well as prints of some of the graphic images used in the games. 

Edwards and Uhrig are both officers in the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honorary for Computer Science students.  They also were both participants in this years' College of Arts and Sciences' Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (pictured above and below).  Above Edwards discusses how he used game theory, art principles and psychology to develop his own game apps.  He presented with fellow Computer Science senior Kenny Bogner.  Below, Marissa Uhrig discusses her art with College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, Mike Hupfer. 

The opening reception will be Thursday, April 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  Regular gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4pm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Retirement Reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, May 2

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host a retirement reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, professor of mathematics. Colleagues and students are welcome to come and wish him well. The reception will be in Patterson Room 211 on Friday, May 2 from 11-2.  

During his 30 years at Ashland University, Dence has taught a variety of mathematics and computer science courses.  He was awarded the Ashland University "Mentor Award" in 2001 and 2009 and was the inaugural recipient of the university's Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2011.  In 2003, the Mathematical Association of America presented Dence with the Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. In addition, Dence has published more than 60 articles in refereed journals and has authored or co-authored five textbooks on mathematics. His final semester of teaching was Fall 2013. 

Read more about Tom's storied career in the Fall 2013 Department of Mathematics and Computer Science newsletter. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dr. Chris Swanson Receives Mathematics Teaching Award

During the spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Dr. Christopher Swanson was awarded the 2014 Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The ceremony took place at the University of Toledo on Friday, April 5.

Swanson has been with Ashland University since 1999. In addition to teaching mathematics, he is also the director of the university Honors Program.   In 2006, the MAA also honored Dr. Swanson with a Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. 

Read more at the AU News Center