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.
Congratulations to Joe Brennan and Chloe Mattila, joint recipients of the 2020 Prazak Award.
This award its named for Sue Prazak, a beloved former CofC math professor known for her talent as an amazing teacher and who sadly died earlier this year. The award is given each year to exceptional math majors who intend to teach mathematics.
Congratulations to Sonia Kopel, a former CofC math major and math grad student. Sonia, who now works at Citibank, was selected as Alumna of the Month by the Graduate School. For more information about her, see this announcement (and be sure to watch the video in which she talks about the way her mathematics training prepared her for her career in finance).
Any math students who want to follow in her footsteps might be interested in attending the Virtual Finance Careers Seminar on November 6th. (Click here to register or see flyer below.) The seminar will feature special guest, Dean Shao, as well as Cory Werkheiser from the Student Success Center. After a brief introduction, students will be able to “Choose Your Path” and enter breakout rooms featuring the following career paths and professionals.
Congratulations to Math Department associate chair Kate Owens who co-authored two articles:
- “How We Moved a Conference Online”, about the recent Mastery Grading conference
- “Talk Math With Your Friends, A Virtual Colloquium”, about the online Zoom math colloquium series she co-founded
You can read them here.
Check out the new issue of our annual newsletter for the latest info on the College of Charleston Department of Mathematics.
Click Here: MathDeptNews2020
Check out this article from the “The College Today” (June 24, 2020) about graduating math major Jay Van Raalte, who has won awards both for her mathematical ability and her lead guitar.
In this video series, five alumni talk about how their statistics and mathematics training at CofC helped them get jobs that they love: