**In Attendance:** Yvette Straughter, Adele Hamblett, Y. Venkat Rao,
Barbara Ton Ferullo, Kiruba

Murugaiah, Samer Darwish, Joanne Manville, Shirley MacKenzie, Ted Carlson,
Christian Agunwamba,

Amparo Hernandez-Folch, Chris Watson, Katherine Gustafson, Louis Gregoire, and
Irene

Sancinito

**Conducted by:** Y. Venkat Rao

**Minutes Recorded by:** Kiruba Murugaiah

**Agenda:**

1. Review and Approve Minutes from March 6^{th} Meeting

2. Text Book Summit – A Reminder

3. Select Chairs for Text Book Committees?

4. MAT 091, MAT 092, MAT 094 Cut-Off Scores - Ted

5. Adding Rational Expressions in to MAT 094 Objectives

6. Budget

7. Other Business

**Handouts:** LSAMP Flyer

**Discussions:**

1. Both February and March meeting minutes were approved by the department.
Also, it is noted

that department minutes will not be included in the Math Department newsletter
until they

have been approved

2. Text Book Summit – A Reminder

To be held from noon to 4PM in M103 where all publishers will be presenting in
15 minute

intervals. Publishers such as Pearson, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill will be
present.

The BHCC Mathematical Study Association was formed out of the diligence and
enthusiasm of a

first year student, Weverton Silva. Presently an A student in College Algebra,
Weverton approached

his math instructor, Professor Murugaiah with the idea. He explained that he
often found

himself helping his classmates in math and motivating them to keep trying. He
also observed the

difficulties many of his friends and fellow students faced in their
developmental math classes so he

thought a club could help students help each other. He asked if Professor
Murugaiah would be the

faculty advisor. She agreed and the club constitution along with other necessary
documents was

submitted to the Student Activities Office. Paul Moda was pivotal in helping
Weverton initiate the

club and guide him in finding other interested students to join. Since its
approval, the club held its

first meeting on May 1^{st} during the activity period with at least 22 students
present. Members of

math department also showed their support at the meeting by providing words of
encouragement to

the future mathematicians. The club will resume its activities in the fall and
hopes to build a positive

attitude toward Mathematics in general on campus.

We have changed the structure of our Developmental Math courses starting with the Fall 2008 semester. The Rationale, Course Descriptions and Objectives are available. A significant and important change involves the addition of “Study Skills and Successful Student” objectives. Our aim is to provide developmental math students the opportunity to learn how to learn math as well as develop their skills.

We recognize that these changes are significant and therefore we intend to provide professional development opportunities for all of us to be able to meet our new contractual requirements to teach these courses.

Please select** one** of the remaining workshops:

1. Thursday | June 19, 2008 AND Tuesday June 24, 2008 6-9 pm |

2. Tuesday | July 8, 2008 9-4 (lunch included) |

There will be follow-up Implementation Discussion Sessions held during the week of September 22, 2008 to assess the progress made. Attendees will be compensated and the professional development workshop will count as the contractually required meeting for adjunct faculty.

The agenda will be split into four components…

Study Skills and Successful Student Objectives and
Strategies

Part 1 of Classroom Policies, Methods, Strategies and Applications

Part 2 of Classroom Policies, Methods, Strategies and Applications

Curriculum Materials and Resources

(Please send me any materials; resources; web links,

applications; “cute”, effective explanations, etc. that

could be included for sharing in the workshop)

You may respond by e-mail with your workshop selection, name, contact information and which Developmental Math course(s) you usually teach will register you for that professional development workshop. A confirmation e-mail with the room and more detailed agenda will follow before the workshop.

**Please respond as soon as possible.**

Thank you in advance for helping us implement and assess these changes. I will respond to any questions you may have.

Every Even Number is the Sum of Two Primes..... Goldbach's Conjecture

**TEXT BOOK SUMMIT**

A Text Book Summit was organized by Math Department on
April 10, 2008 to select text books for the new Developmental

Sequence, ( MAT 091, MAT 092 and MAT 094). Representatives from Pearson
Addison-Wesley,

McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin and Cengage Learning displayed their publications.
The summit took place in the

Math Computer Lab and all four publishing companies made a Presentation of
Associated Technology for these

courses. Lunch was served with the compliments of Dr. Abasa-Nyarko, Vice
President for Academic Affairs.

If you have any suggestions for an article or have a story
you would like published, please forward it to

Irene A. Sancinito, Mathematics Department at BHCC or send it to isancinito
Electronic

format preferred.

If you would like to submit an article for, “Meet the
Faculty”, please do so in electronic form. I will publish

one per month on a first come, first published basis.

This is the final issue of the 2007-2008 academic year.
The next issue will be published for the beginning

of the new semester.

**The deadline for the September issue is September 10,
2008.**

I take this opportunity to thank Irene Sancinito for
editing the News Letter and Kiruba Murugaiah for taking

care of minutes of the Department Meetings. They have done a splendid job. Thank
you again.

Two of my students; Dong Seop Shim (Calculus for
Management Science – MAT 231) and Zhuo Zhao Lu

(Ordinary Differential Equations – MAT 285 ) are transferring to University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor and UMass

Amherst respectively. Congratulations.