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 SRU Good News for May 4, 2011 




SRU students take honors at Mathematical Contest

Slippery Rock University entered four, three-member teams in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling and came away with a Meritorious Award, two Honorable Mentions and a Successful Participant honor.

There were 2,775 teams involved in the international competition, which conferred eight Outstanding awards, 23 Finalist awards, 353 Meritorious Awards, 842 Honorable Mention awards and 1,545 Successful Participant award presented.

Nathan Leidwinger, a mathematics major from St. Marys, Joshua White, a computer science major from New Castle, and Andrew Brown, a business major from Moon Township made up SRU’s Meritorious Award team. They were coached by Robert Vallin, SRU professor of mathematics.

                The Honorable Mention teams included Ethan Corle, a physics major from Philipsburg, Rachel Henderson, a physics major from Pittsburgh, and  Matthew Shanks, an athletic training major from Odenton, Md.,  coached by Athula Herat, assistant professor of physics, and Bryan Learn from Vandergrift, Joseph Heckmann from Pittsburgh and Anthony Christe from Somerset, coached by Gary Roberts, associate professor of mathematics. Learn, Heckmann and Christe are all computer science majors.

                Lindsay Brush, a math major from Elton, Nethkelum Perera, an international student majoring in computer science from Sri Lanka, and Kelly Smith, a computer science major from Grove City, all coached by Vallin, were named Successful Participants.

Teams from Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Malaysia, Pakistan, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, among others, also participated.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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