“...given ample opportunity at BV to challenge myself”

Gail Hartsock, Class of 2009

Gail Hartsock

Hometown: Pocahontas, Iowa
Major: Mathematics
Graduate School: Baylor University, Ph.D. in Mathematics
Place of Employment: Buena Vista University
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

“The professors at BV showed me what math is truly about – logic and rationality. It is, in fact, one of the purest forms of thought the human mind can undertake. Their encouragement and support was what led me to consider graduate school, something that I, as a practical farm girl, had never considered. I was given ample opportunity at BV to challenge myself in order to prepare for graduate studies, both in regular classes and independent study. My experiences at BV allowed me to be successful in graduate school and directly impacted the person I am today.”

“...still look to my undergraduate professors as mentors”

Roseanne Wolf, Class of 2006

Roseanne Wolf

Hometown: Varina, Iowa
Majors: Mathematics and Physics
Graduate School: University of Iowa, Master of Science in Mathematics, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences
Place of Employment: University of Dubuque
Title: Assistant Professor of Mathematics

“I owe a large part of my career to a couple of chance conversations with BVU professors in the hallways of the science center. While I knew I always wanted to teach, I hadn’t considered graduate school as an option until a professor suggested it to me. As a new professor myself, I still look to my undergraduate professors as mentors and am able call or email them asking for advice on teaching. The dedication, challenges, and high expectations set by BV professors make lasting impressions and I can only hope to continue their legacy through my own students.”