NOVA hosted the 31st Annual Conference of the Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (VMATYC) on March 31 and April 1. Mathematics faculty from all the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) colleges attended the conference at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. Dr. Bruce Wahl, incoming VMATYC president, who teaches math at the Alexandria Campus, hosted the event.
Following the keynote address by Amy Getz from the Dana Center at the University of Texas/Austin, attendees participated in over 30 concurrent sessions during the two days dealing with topical issues in math curriculum and instruction.
Students in the Loudoun Math Club and in Johanna Debrecht’s Honors Calculus class served as volunteers to help the visitors with registration and navigation around the Campus. The students were easily recognized in the burgundy “Volunteer” T-shirts they designed for the conference.
Attendees, students and the public were invited to a special showing of the Academy Award-nominated film, “Hidden Figures,” on Friday evening in Loudoun’s Waddell Theater. Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with many citing NOVA’s hospitality and the quality of the venue in Loudoun’s Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center. Local organizers for the conference included Laura Siko, Tatyana Schum, Andrew Furr, and Loudoun math faculty members Tyler White, Johanna Debrecht, Michael Wallace and Karen Sandreczki.