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Higher Education: O’Fallon resident honored as outstanding math instructor

The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Assistant Professor of Education, Emeritus, Martha Eggers of McKendree University with the Max Beberman Award for Leadership and Excellence in Mathematics Teacher Education.
The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Assistant Professor of Education, Emeritus, Martha Eggers of McKendree University with the Max Beberman Award for Leadership and Excellence in Mathematics Teacher Education. Provided photo

The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Assistant Professor of Education, Emeritus, Martha Eggers of McKendree University with the Max Beberman Award for Leadership and Excellence in Mathematics Teacher Education.

Presented at the ICTM conference Oct. 23-24, it recognizes one outstanding person each year who has contributed significantly to the field of mathematics education through research, curriculum design or teacher training. Eggers, an O’Fallon resident, has taught at McKendree since 1984. She retired in 2012 but continues to teach math education classes part-time.

Eggers said she was humbled to receive the award named for the late Max Beberman, an internationally renowned math educator who founded and developed the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics curriculum. This “new math” significantly altered the way the subject was taught in the late 1950s and ’60s. Eggers studied that curriculum and later implemented it in various middle and high schools where she taught.

She was nominated by Dr. Kelly Remijan, a math teacher at O’Fallon Township High School and a former McKendree associate faculty member. Letters of support were written by Dr. Dennis Ryan, professor of mathematics, and several former McKendree students.

Eggers says she strives to instill in her teacher candidates “a passion for, understanding of, and commitment to teaching math effectively.” Her goal is for them to become leaders in transforming ineffective math teaching by applying research findings, acknowledging the value of technology and preparing their students for STEM-related course studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

SIUE to honor military at hockey games

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Ice Hockey Club will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day with a pair of games on Saturday at the East Alton Ice Arena.

The Cougars will play the Northern Illinois Huskies at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. with the Division II squads facing off in the opener followed by the Division III teams in the second game.

SIUE will wear special camouflage jerseys during the games, and individuals will be able to acquire the jerseys through a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the jersey sales will benefit the USO of Missouri.

All current and retired military members will receive free admission with their military identification.

SIUE Ice Hockey Club alum Jacob Niccum, along with former head coach Larry Thatcher, will drop the ceremonial first puck at the 3 p.m. match. Niccum served four years in the U.S. Army and was a sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Division. Thatcher served four years in the U.S. Navy.

The SIUE ROTC Color Guard is scheduled to participate in pre-game ceremonies for both games.

SWIC holding job fair

Southwestern Illinois College is hosting a Veterans Hiring Event for veterans looking for a new job or wanting more information about service agencies.

“This event is focused on veterans, but all individuals are welcome,” said Veterans and Career Services Coordinator Bonnie Heuer. “We will have more than 100 employers and service providers in attendance.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the SWIC Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave.

Visitors are recommended to arrive dressed to impress with plenty of copies of their resume.

To see the entire list of attending companies, visit swic.edu/vet-job-fair.

The event is a partnership between SWIC Veteran & Career Services center and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

For more information, contact Heuer at 618-235-2700, ext. 5552.

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