March 18 Day 1105: Just a Regular Member

This weekend was the MAA Pacific Northwest Section Spring Meeting at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. We enjoyed clear warm weather and uplifting mathematical talks. Usually at MAA Section meetings I have one or more obligations—whether giving a talk, participating on a panel, running a workshop, or attending executive committee meetings. Today, I hadContinue reading “March 18 Day 1105: Just a Regular Member”

April 5 Day 758: Spring Green

Trees along the boulevard are blooming. The color is the chartreuse of new growth that is only found at the start of Spring. With spring comes hope— time for our winter hibernation and COVID isolation to cease. I am ready to re-emerge and return to a more familiar way of life. And yet, there areContinue reading “April 5 Day 758: Spring Green”

April 1 Day 754: PNWMAA ❤️

Welcome to Day 1 of the Pacific Northwest MAA Section Meeting. What a treat to be at an in person meeting in my home section! True, we had to show vaccination status (or a negative covid test) and wear masks, but it was so wonderful to be with friends—many of whom I have not seen,Continue reading “April 1 Day 754: PNWMAA ❤️”

March 20 Day 742: Goodbye Winter; Hello Spring

I did it! I finished all my grading for Winter quarter and posted the following announcement for my students today: Subject: I think I am done grading Please have a look over the gradebook. You will see an entry called ‘UWT Grade’ that gives the grade I will report to the registrar for this course.Continue reading “March 20 Day 742: Goodbye Winter; Hello Spring”

March 19 Day 741: Joys of ‘Spring Break’

It’s the first official day of spring break for UW Tacoma and Willamette University. My son Zach and I are lounging in the family room, working on math—he is getting a start on his homework, I am grading final projects. I enjoy chatting with him about mathematical induction, giving LaTeX tips, and providing feedback onContinue reading “March 19 Day 741: Joys of ‘Spring Break’”

March 12 Day 734: Section Reflection

Congratulations to the MAA SE Section on their Centennial. It was an honor to celebrate this milestone at their Spring 2022 meeting hosted by Berry College. The signage was impressive—from the huge welcome at the entrance to the wayfinding signs throughout, there was never a doubt where to go next. This was their first in-personContinue reading “March 12 Day 734: Section Reflection”

February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity

It was a beautiful morning. The sun eventually broke through the cloud cover (as shown in the cover image.) After my walk, I set my priorities for the day: Grade Friday’s reflections Comment on rough drafts and return so students can continue to develop and improve their final projects, due in 3 weeks. Work inContinue reading “February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity”

January 17 Day 680: Reboot

This will be my third week of a 10-week quarter and my first week in-person. I am grateful to have a small enrollment of 17 students and am looking forward to meeting them face-to-face for the first time. I’m nervous—it feels more like a first day than a fifth day. I plan to arrive 45Continue reading “January 17 Day 680: Reboot”

May 22 Day 440: Something Different

I noticed a real change today. It was not the same thing, day after day, living my life in the same space in the same repetitive way. I went to a live concert. My husband and I had to wear masks and show proof of vaccination to gain entry. But we got to experience ourContinue reading “May 22 Day 440: Something Different”