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Check out this article published by Melanie Butler, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, in the Mathematical Association of America's news-magazine! Dr. Butler sheds light on what its like to be apart of the #mountcommunity

What I learned from Teaching … Writing
Melanie Butler


Several years ago I couldn’t imagine myself facilitating a class discussion about the meaning of community. These days, however, I spend 2.5 hours a week doing things like this. It’s not always easy, but I have learned a great deal. One of the biggest surprises so far has been what an impact teaching writing could have on my mathematics courses.

Our freshman seminar program, which is now called the Veritas Symposium, focuses on reading and writing skills while posing questions about what it means to be human. Faculty from departments across campus teach the course, but I hesitated to volunteer. I doubted my abilities for an interdisciplinary course. Now that I am involved with the course, the other faculty, and the students, I am so glad I took the chance. Here are some of the reasons why...

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Over 40 8th grade students from the Mother Seton School travelled to Mount Saint Mary's to enjoy a day of science. The SNSM supported this day by providing activities for the students to participate in that would expand their knowledge into the world of science. Both students and faculty contributed to this learning experience by holding presentations and experiments for the 8th graders. The students learned about polymers, bones and muscles, and even had the opportunity to create GAK which is a cross between putty and jell-o. The students also learned about the profession of psychology from our very own psychology professors.

Our wish is that the students enjoyed their day of science and we hope to host the Mother Seton School students again in the future!

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