Actuarial Science Award
An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. They evaluate the likelihood of those events, design creative ways to reduce the likelihood and decrease the impact of adverse events that actually do occur.
Society of Actuaries
In fall 2003, the Department of Mathematics began offering a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science. A career as an actuary requires the successful completion of a long series of exams and courses: nine or more exams over a 6 to 10 year period, minimally, to reach the Fellowship status in one of the actuarial societies. The Department of Mathematics, along with the College of Business Administration, prepares students to pass the first two exams in this series, plus selected topics included on later exams. This Actuarial Science Award was established to recognize and honor students that have excelled in our program.
2008 -- Louis Palacios, Jr.
2009 -- Adrian Chew
S.E. McReynolds, Jr. Preparation for Mathematics Teaching Award
Samuel E. McReynolds, Jr. taught mathematics at ACU from 1960–1998. He then continued as emeritus for several years. Mr. McReynolds was known as an excellent teacher. The most common question from former students who visited the department has been “Is Mr. McReynolds around today? I surely would like to visit with him. He was my favorite teacher.” Mr. McReynolds was always trying to do a better job in the classroom. He was both careful and conscientious, and he taught with integrity.
2004 -- Chad Lawson and Joshua Wilkinson
2005 -- Heather Freeman
2006 -- Christi Patton
2007 -- Miranda Griffith and Justin Wiseman
2009 -- Laura Davis
Marcus E. Mullings Mathematics Award
Dr. Marcus E. Mullings was a member of the ACU faculty from 1935 to 1973 (38 years). Dr. Mullings developed the program in mathematics and continued the development of the program in physics during these years. From 1936 to 1966, he served as the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics. His dedication to mathematics, to Abilene Christian College, and to its students was an important building block for both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics as they exist today.
1982 -- Brenda Newell Boyd and Cary Gray
1983 -- Grace Hooten and Rick Oden
1984 -- Richard Bradford and Kevin Hogg
1986 -- Lydia Smith
1987 -- David Hendricks
1988 -- Lea Ligon
1989 -- Tom Tomblin
1991 -- Mike Phillips
1992 -- Laura Frambes
1993 -- Ernest Jones and Michelle Mowry
1994 -- John Keyser
1995 -- Rob Eby and Marisa Pennington
1996 -- Jeff Warren
1997 -- Josh Willis
1998 -- Nathan Willis
1999 -- Anthony Todd
2000 -- Tracey Gust
2001 -- Ryan Watkins
2002 -- Aditya “Eddy” Trivedi
2003 -- Jason Mahler
2005 -- Julia Lee
2006 -- Brandon Pope
2007 -- Ruth Kelly
2008 -- Alexandra Vaughn