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Welcome to the October edition of the eNewsletter. Homecoming has come and gone, and we were thrilled to see so many of you back in Provo for the festivities. Its theme was “Hold High the Torch.” We were all reminded that as BYU Alumni, we have a responsibility to stand tall for the values we cherish and the place we come from.

We’ve had some exciting speakers recently. Michael Bahr, an alumnus of statistics and an accomplished actuary in the health industry, spoke at the college's Honored Alumni Lecture. He gave a fascinating lecture exploring a number of issues associated with the new health care reform law and outlined some of the significant challenges that lie ahead in trying to address the health needs in this country. His insights gave us a thought-provoking outlook for the future of health care.

Also, Dr. John W. Welch delivered the distinguished Summerhays Lecture, which was sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Welch is also the editor-in-chief of BYU Studies, a popular journal dedicated to scholarly efforts and religious beliefs. During his lecture titled “Forging a Friendly Alliance between Mormonism and Science,” Dr. Welch expounded upon the many different ways that science and religion work hand in hand. The room was packed as eager students and faculty listened to Dr. Welch share his viewpoints on this hot topic. (You can read more about his lecture here.)

 

Both of these events provided attendees with an engaging look into a variety of fascinating topics. We are proud to have been able to present these two knowledgeable and excellent speakers to our students, alumni and friends, and we encourage you to read more about their presentations and learn from their wealth of experiences.

We hope that you were able to attend many of the Homecoming festivities, since they inspired us to “hold high the torch.” It was fun to be able to connect with old friends and faculty through the various gatherings sponsored by the different departments. And the BYU dance and musical ensembles along with Brian Stokes Mitchell certainly put on quite the show at this year’s Homecoming Spectacular.

Here at CPMS, we want to continue to build and strengthen our relationship with you, our college alumni, long after you've moved on from school and into your respective careers. We were thrilled to continue that important process with those who returned for Homecoming, and we hope that you will always remember to “hold high the torch.”

As always, thank you for your continued support of the college. We look forward to keeping in touch in new and exciting ways.

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RETURNING PUTNAM STARS LOOK TO PUT BYU IN TOP 10 FOR FIRST TIME

Coming off of their highest ranking in the past three decades, BYU’s Department of Mathematics is excited for the upcoming Putnam Mathematical Competition this December.

Returning BYU Putnam stars, Hiram Golze and Sam Dittmer, have their hopes set high as this national competition approaches. Golze, who is entering his third year of competition, feels BYU can place in the top 10 at this year’s contest. He earned an honorable mention at last year’s Putnam competition, in which BYU placed 16th.

Dittmer, the 2006 national high school math champion from Indiana, is entering his second year of competition after recently returning home from a mission to Albania. As a freshman, Dittmer placed 54th in the 2008 competition and also received an honorable mention.

The Putnam competition, held annually across college campuses throughout America and Canada, features 12 problems divided into two three-hour tests. Any undergraduate student can take the Putnam test, but only three students chosen by each school will actually represent the school in the contest.

“To get on the Putnam team is very competitive, and there are a couple students who are very into these kinds of tests,” said Pace Nielsen, Problem-Solving Club coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. “They want to do the best they can.”

Follow this link for the rest of the story about these remarkable, young mathematicians.

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