Mathematical Sciences Newsletter Fall 2020

I once again send you warm greetings from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of South Dakota. The fall semester is rapidly coming to a close and I must say that it was pure joy to have students back on campus! Last March when they all went home for spring break, unbeknownst to us, it would be the last time they were on campus for the semester. USD switched classes to remote learning through the Zoom online video platform, and many conferences and other activities around the state and country were cancelled due to the global pandemic. This semester our classes were a mixture of hybrid (to maintain room capacities for COVID-19 we rotate the students through with some attending face-to-face and others via Zoom at the same time) and fully online. Needless to say, I have heard many comments that students were also excited to be able to be back on campus. I am thrilled to be able to announce the creation of several new endowments that will support our students in perpetuity. Since our last newsletter there have been agreements with the USD Foundation to establish the Wayne H. and Linda K. Cramer Endowed Scholarship, Paul and Dora Bitsos Endowed Scholarship, Quantitative Business Sciences Scholarship (James Slaba) Endowed Scholarship and the René E., Marilyn S. and Sara Vivian Grace Endowed Scholarship. We are truly blessed to have such support from our alumni and friends of the department. I know it means a lot to our students to be able to complete their education with less debt than would be otherwise possible without these scholarships. Many others also contribute annually to our department. On behalf of all our current and future students, a hearty thanks for everyone’s faithful contributions and support. Many of our usual events were cancelled last year due to COVID, but I hope you see that we still had some great accomplishments highlighted in this issue. I will close with the same open invitation that I always do. If you are ever in the area, please stop and see us. I thoroughly enjoy visits from friends and alumni of the department. Best Wishes, Dan Van Peursem, Professor and Chair Department of Mathematical Sciences Fall 2019 Graduates Nehal Adhikari (B.S.) Spring 2020 Graduates Wai Honda (B.S.) Ross Bellefeuille (B.S. Math Ed) Seth Gerberding (B.S.) double major Graduate Students Spring 2020 Lauren Sauer (M.S.) Grad Student Placement Recent graduate student Lauren Sauer is now an actuarial analyst at Milliman IntelliScript in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Lauren graduated with a Master of Science degree in spring 2020. Letter from the Chair M athematical S ciences Newsletter Fall 2020