News Releases 2008

Math Team Wins State Competition

Fri, Apr 11 2008

LeTourneau University mathematics students won first place at a statewide college competition at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas Thursday evening, beating teams from 12 other universities across the state.

It was the first time LeTourneau University had entered a team in the College Calculus Bowl held by the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The competition involved teams of three to five students solving calculus problems. Winning the competition required both speed and correctness, as the first team to correctly answer a problem received a higher number of points for that problem than any other team. Any team answering incorrectly had a point deducted for that problem.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Stephen Fast who serves as the team coach said, “I count it a privilege to coach these talented students majoring in mathematics, engineering, and computer science who composed our two mathematics competition teams. Each of them worked hard and demonstrated a high degree of understanding of calculus. I am pleased that these students reflect the quality of the mathematics program at LeTourneau University and that their work is a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Team A (first place) competitors were Sam Hovan, sophomore math major from Elkhart, Ind.; three Chris “Manhawk” Manhave, junior math major from Longview, Texas; Caleb Fast, sophomore math major from Longview, Texas; and Stephen Camp, sophomore electrical engineering major from Longview, Texas. Competing on a second team were Joshua Harper, sophomore electrical engineering major from Atlanta, Texas; Frew Schmidt, senior computer science and math major from Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Jon Hersack, junior computer science engineering major from San Antonio, Texas.