Minutes of the SOCAMATYC EXCUTIVE BOARD
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE-Airport Campus
July 17, 2015
2015 SOCAMATYC Conference Highlights
SOCAMATYC Conference News
mathematics faculty from all over SC gathered at the Barton
Campus of Greenville Technical College for a daylong
conference focusing on MAT 101 and MAT 102.
President, Frank Monterisi TTC, posed several PowerPoint
slides and discussion questions to be addressed during the
day. “ Am I teaching these courses differently than someone
else in my own department? In my own state? What types of
questions are on final exams for other schools? What can I
do to improve success rates? Am I really supposed to be
teaching the SAME material over and over again in two
different courses? Why can’t students FACTOR? “ The goal of
the day was to discuss what can I/we do to improve toward a
mastery level of success for our students?
break-out session, Frank Monterisi had participants exchange
final exams and a checklist was used to determine whether
each competency was tested or not tested on that Final Exam
as well as what extra topics were being tested. For those
topics not being tested at a high frequency, a discussion
developed as to possibly deleting those competencies or to
begin testing them. Are there certain skills which students
were frequently missing on final exams? If so, should we
consider removing extra topics being tested and spend more
time on the weaker skills?
break-out session, Dr. Hala Nestburg, SOCAMATYC
Vice-President, presided over a conversation on which
competencies are most taught and which are least taught and
why. A lively dialogue concerned calculator use.
Discussions ensued pertaining to questions such as ‘Should
all competencies be taught? What topics overlap in each
course and could be removed? Should some be deleted or
added? What topics are being taught in MAT 101 and MAT 102
that are not on the competency list, and why and how much
class and test time is devoted to these topics? “
Monterisi is currently in contact with members at the SC
Technical College System office to discuss our conference
with them and how best to move forward in potentially
adjusting the competencies.
would like to thank GTC President, Dr. Keith Miller for
hosting the event, SOCAMATYC Board members for organizing
this conference, Cara Smyczynski TTC Coordinator MAT
101/102, each attendee who participated today, and Pearson
Publishers and Hawkes Learning for providing faculty with
textbook information and door prizes.
Executive Board Meeting Minutes from October
Executive Board Meeting
10/25/13 – Greenville Technical College
The meeting was called to order at 4:32pm by President
Frank Monterisi (Trident Tech).
Present at the meeting in addition to Frank;
Vice-President Hala Nestberg (Greenville Tech), Secretary
Pam Monterisi (Spartanburg Community), Treasurer Robert
Walker (Greenville Tech), & Past-President Willie Bryant
(Williamsburg Tech). No officers were absent, and no
officers had a proxy.
The date for the 2014 Annual Spring Conference will be
Saturday, March 29th
at the Belton
Campus of Greenville Technical College. The cost will be $10
per person, which will include lunch and one year membership
Frank opened the meeting explaining that one of the
objectives of the meeting is to have a ‘gathering of the
minds’ to discuss some noteworthy disparities on the results
of his surveys conducted earlier in the semester. The main
focus of those surveys was to get an understanding as to
where each Community/Technical College in South Carolina
stood on the teaching and assessment of the Minimum Exit
Competencies for MAT 101/152 and MAT 102/153. Calculator
usage was also asked. Since Trident Tech, along with other
community and technical colleges have either been exploring
the idea or are in the process of redesigning those courses,
all Executive Board members were in agreement that a
collaboration with others from each of the SC
community/technical colleges, would be a valuable resource.
The Spring Conference will be a MAT 101 & MAT 102 summit of
sorts, discussing those two courses in great detail with
focus on the following:
o Results of the Surveys
o Placement Test Scores
o Creating Fluidity from MAT 032
o Consistency in topics being taught and tested on Final
o Prerequisite skills for MAT 120 & MAT 109/110
o Calculator usage
o Comparison of Course Outlines
Book reps from different companies will also be invited,
and will be asked to set up booths, with a focus on those
two courses. No presentation by book reps will be occurring.
Tentative timing of the conference will be from 9:00am –
2:00pm, but more details will follow in the coming
weeks/months. The goal is to have at least one
representative from each community/technical college be
present at the meeting.
AMATYC is currently working on a task force that will
help them develop a proposal to be discussed at the
Convention in Anaheim, CA this year. Jane Tanner, the
Northeast VP is chairing the task force. Four questions will
be discussed at the meeting of this task force at the
convention, and the executive board’s (SOCAMATYC) responses
to the questions are listed below.
o If your state is adjacent to another region, how would
it be to your advantage to be part of another region?
would like to remain autonomous rather than join with
another region/organization. We are in the process of
growing and becoming stronger in our own identity and need
to focus on our own issues important to the 16 SC Technical
o To what extent is your affiliate's meeting
successfulness tied to meeting jointly or overlapping with
any other meeting?
has moved away from meeting jointly with organizations such
as SCCTM and the MAA because we felt that there is not
enough reciprocation when working together. We feel that
more can be accomplished for our own issues, just meeting on
o Is it important for an AMATYC representative be present
at your affiliate meeting?
feels it very important to have an AMATYC representative
attend an Annual Conference. We appreciated Annette
attending ours earlier this year, and have already invited
her to attend in 2014.
o In any year a regional VP does not attend your
affiliate meeting, what other service/resource could AMATYC
provide that might be just as helpful?
representative is not able to attend, we would appreciate
AMATYC sharing contact information and any state information
with us. We would appreciate information and training to
The meeting concluded at 6:27pm
Highlights of the March 16th
South Carolina Mathematical
Association of Two-Year College (SOCAMATYC)
gathered in Rock Hill for a day of professional development
and networking. The day opened with a fifty-minute faculty
math league competition hosted by our friends and guests
from NCMATYC with 1st prize of a free year copy
of Maple™ 17 Software going to JR Stevenson from York
There was a diverse
selection of PD workshops for participants to attend ranging
from a psychologist’s view of mathematics to mathematics
through technology education. “Common Core Standards” are
underway and the impact of this change in K-12 education
will be felt in developmental math education at the two-year
college level. Presentations focused on outlining
essentials that must not be overlooked when embarking on any
kind of developmental math redesign. Ideas were shared on
motivating calculus students and improving success in
applied and engineering calculus classes. A lively
discussion involved the pros and cons of paper vs online
homework and a discussion of some of the benefits shown by
partially “flipping” some sections in MAT 110 (College
Algebra) were also popular and rewarding sessions.
During the business portion
of the conference, changes to the SOCAMATYC Constitution and
By-Laws were discussed and ratified after a unanimous vote.
Nominations for the 2013-2015 slate of officers were taken
and a new slate of officers was elected.
Special thanks go to Annette
Cook, AMATYC Southeast Regional Vice-President from Shelton
State College in Alabama, the MapleSoft™ Corporation for
providing the top prize for the Faculty Math League
Competition, and Cathy Whatley, Past President from York
Technical College for hosting the event.
For more information on how
you can help SOCAMATYC, please visit our website at
or contact Frank Monterisi. Thank you!
Slate of SOCAMATYC Officers
President: Frank Monterisi
Jr - Trident Technical College (
Nestburg - Greenville Technical College (
Treasurer: Robert Walker -
Greenville Technical College (
Secretary: Pam Monterisi -
Spartanburg Community College (
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