Monthly Archives: November 2020

Math Grad Student Emma Collins wins CofC’s Master’s Thesis Award for 2020

At this afternoon’s graduate council meeting, it was announced that Emma Collins and her thesis “Existence Theory for Partial Differential Equations with Applications to Geology” have won the Graduate School of the College of Charleston’s Master’s Thesis Award for 2020.

It was judged in the category “Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering” against 12 other theses from the Mathematical Sciences, Data Science, Computer Science and Environmental Science programs and found to be the best thesis of 2020.
Now Emma’s thesis advances to the regional level where it will compete in the same category at the regional level in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools master’s thesis competition.  Congratulations to Emma and to Professor Dan Maroncelli, the thesis advisor.

George Haborak (1936-2020)

Sadly, we have lost another beloved member of our community;  George Haborak passed on October 26th surrounded by his loving family in Richmond Hill,  Georgia.

Dr. Haborak was hired as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Department Chair in 1971. He was promoted to Professor in 1976.  He also served our community in administrative positions: as Assistant Dean of the College and Acting Dean of the College from 1971-1975; and as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs from 1979 until 2002.

Jeri Cabot who currently holds that position recalled:

“George was a remarkable man.  He built student affairs at the College of Charleston from the ground up.  His work in student affairs was guided by the principles of student development, especially experiential learning and respect for diverse talents.  He would take the time to send you handwritten notes recognizing something you did no matter how minor the act may have been.   He always ended his notes with “Thank you for all you do for our students.” 

After serving as the Dean of Student Affairs, George briefly returned to the Math Department for a few years and retired from the College in 2005.