History of the Department


David Sprehn is studying mathematics this fall in graduate school at the University of Washington, while Minh Duong, also of the Class of ’08, is now in the graduate program in computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Thanks to a generous gift from Lee McGriff, a mathematics major from the Class of ’41, the McGriff-Bruton fund to support undergraduate research has been created. The gift honors McGriff’s teacher and friend G. S. Bruton, who taught mathematics at Sewanee for some forty years beginning in 1925.  The fund is expected to support research each summer involving a professor who will supervise one or two students.

As usual, Sewanee participated in the Sewanee-Rhodes-Hendrix Undergraduate Research Symposium. It was held at Rhodes College last April.

Now that the new Spencer Hall has been completed, the Math/CSci Department has been moved to the first floor of Woods Laboratories. Here the Stephen Puckette Reading Room has been spruced up, and plans are underway to raise funds for a more complete overhaul. The Department is enjoying contiguous office space for the first time in many years.

Clay Shonkwiler, Class of ’03, now studying at the University of Pennsylvania, will give this year’s annual homecoming lecture on a topic related to his thesis in differential geometry. The annual Ebey lecture will be given this fall by Mark Guzdial of Georgia Tech, who will speak about computer science as a liberal art. Later we will be looking forward to sharing a performance of “Calculus: The Musical” with students from the college and from neighboring high schools.

A departmental review of our department has just been completed by visitors from St. Lawrence, Grinnell, and Beloit. Patti Frazer Lock, Henry Walker, and Phil Straffin were thoughtful reviewers and delightful guests. (Submitted by William Priestley, 2008)