Math Department News

Mike McDaniel, Ph.D.

Professor McDaniel Champions Student Work in new Geometry Book

Aquinas students have recently been published in a new geometry book titled Geometry by Construction: Object Creation and Problem- Solving in Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries by Professor of Mathematics and
department co-chair Mike McDaniel, Ph.D.


Published student researchers included: Noah Davis ‘15, who analyzed squaring the circle in the hyperbolic disk; Jillian Duffey (Russo) ‘10, who worked on hyperbolic polygonal spirals; Nathan Poirier ‘11, who researched Alhazen’s hyperbolic billiard problem; and Kyle Jansens ‘15 and Noah Davis, who worked together on a
do-it-yourself problem for squaring the circle. >Read More


Bryan Haverstock has an almost-free ride for graduate work in mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. All of us professors are kicking ourselves for not thinking of that when we chose our grad schools!

Tyler Nadeau has scored a full-time substitute job starting May 12, 2014, and he’s speaking at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference with Professor Ciganik this summer. We hope all his attention to the professional side of teaching gets him a good position for next year.

Marissa Saladin has a free ride for chemistry graduate work at Penn State. Yes, she was a chemistry/math dual major. But her heart belongs to chemistry, so no surprise at her choice.

We forged a new connection with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, where four of our students have been published. Three of our students attended the annual undergraduate math conference in April 2014 and had a great time. Math majors Jackie Gipe and Noah Davis gave talks. Since we always have a few student researchers, the department hopes the RHIT conference becomes an annual venue for their presentations.

William H. Abney Academy

Professor Ciganik has built up a strong bond with the William H. Abney Academy. This K- 6 charter school is just a few blocks from Aquinas College and has reading, writing and math as its academic core. Professor Ciganik has run a few Family Math Nights and set up student field experience work for prospective elementary and middle school teachers. The photo at left shows the Aquinas students at Abney Academy, rested and smiling before hundreds of students and family members descended for math activities and demonstrations.


Check out our Math Club page where we brag about our graduates and all their awards. Besides the college awards, our students have some other accomplishments worth mentioning.

Math Alumni
Alese (Keiser) Wordley

Alese (Keiser) Wordley '89 was inducted in to the Aquinas College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. She earned both All-American and Academic All-American honors while a member of the Aquinas women's basketball team. On the court, she led her team in rebounding three of her four years, capturing the title as the all-time leading rebounder in Aquinas women's basketball history with nearly 900 rebounds, averaging eight per game. Also, she led her team in scoring in both her junior and senior years and is the fifth leading scorer in women's basketball history. Alese netted nearly 1,500 points for a 12.7 per game average. Following graduation, she joined the professional women's basketball ranks as a player/coach in Luxembourg for one year. She returned to Grand Rapids where she served as an assistant coach at both Catholic Central High School and Aquinas College. In the fall of 1991, she began teaching high school mathematics and science in Kentwood (Mich.) School District. Alese taught and coached in the Kentwood Public Schools for a decade before moving out of state.