Deptford Twp. –Twenty-five of Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) top academic achievers proved that when it comes to numbers, they can do the math during the Mu Alpha Theta two-year college mathematics honor society induction ceremony on Tuesday, May 9. These math students have "problems" and are not afraid to seek solutions, learning lessons from both their triumphs and failures.
"Failure is not always a bad thing," Mu Alpha Theta faculty advisor Greg Buthusiem told inductees during the ceremony, citing Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein as examples of brilliant individuals who were not afraid to experience failure. "With math, sometimes not knowing the right answer is an answer. You learn from what you did wrong and make yourself better because of it. Some of the greatest inventions of all time were mistakes."
According to Buthusiem, RCGC is one of the few community colleges in the area to be part of the mathematics honor society. "This gives our students a distinction over other community colleges," he said of the society now in its sixth year at RCGC. "This is our largest group of inductees ever."
Members of Mu Alpha Theta are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, have completed 24 credits and successfully passed Calculus I.
Pictured (left to right): Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Dr. Brenden Rickards, inductees John Rooney, Vanessa Pierce, Rachel Ondricek, Eric Williamson, Andrew Tomlinson, Gabriella Nestore, Amarillis Casiano, Perry Giambuzzi, Remo DiSalvatore, John Laranjeira, Brittany Nicole Sandy, Erik Winter and Mu Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Greg Buthusiem.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.