Former Students

Congrats to a Messiah Alum

Congrats to Alex Lentz on his chance to fulfill his dream of playing professional baseball. Here is a tidbit from the York Dispatch: The York Revolution became a bit more “political” this week. Of the 42 hopefuls who participated in York’s open tryout on Saturday, 24-year-old Alex Lentz is the only one who earned an […]

We’ve Got Great Alumni

Here is the latest example of our great alumni in the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences here at Messiah College. In the controversial rankings of 4th through 8th grade teachers in New York City, class of 2005 alumna Kelly (Toolan) Hudson is listed as the 10th best mathematics teacher in the city. She’s also […]

Recognition for Messiah College

Once again, Messiah College is making the news for good things going on on campus. This time the men’s soccer team is being recognized as one of the most dominating men’s sports programs in the country. Admittedly, I’m not sure “hercampus.com” is the most prestigious of recognitions out there, but I’ll take good press where […]

The Mathematics of the Game SET

SET is an extremely addictive, fast-paced card game found in toy stores nationwide. Although children often beat adults, the game has a rich mathematical structure linking it to the combinatorics of fi nite affine and projective spaces and the theory of error-correcting codes. Last year an unexpected connection to Fourier analysis was used to settle a basic question directly related to the […]

Statistics and Empathy

A former student of mine here at Messiah College was tagged in this image by a friend of his. This led to an interesting comments area discussion of the portion of the text that is clear enough to read. Here it is in print, in case you can’t make it out: The researchers theorized that […]

Pop Quiz

Ok, this one should be easy. What is wrong with the following quote from a blurb in yesterday’s USA Today? The Class of 2011 logged the lowest SAT reading scores ever, while the combined reading and math scores hit their lowest point in 16 years, the College Board said today. Just over 40% of the […]

Perspective on Witnessing

I found this post about a conversation that Perry Noble had with a Muslim to be very interesting and thought provoking. Here’s a taste of his thought process: I will honestly have to say that my conversation with Abdul was one of the best things about my London trip.  I am convinced now more than […]