The new CMC3 Foundation Board consists
Debbie Van Sickle, Sacramento City
Treasurer: Rebecca Fouquette,
Past President: Susanna Gunther, Solano
Member-at-Large: Karl Ting,
Danny Tran, De Anza College
Your CMC3 Foundation Board has committed itself to the
purpose of the CMC3 Foundation which is:
scholarships to community college students in the state of
under the purview of CMC3,
To recognize and
reward student academic success ,
interest in mathematics and mathematics education.
During the academic year
2013-2014, the Foundation awarded a total of $ 6,000 in scholarships to
students attending Northern California community colleges..
Your CMC3 Foundation Board will continue soliciting donations
from other foundations, corporations, the business community, and our
CMC3 membership, as well as discussing possible fund-raising
events. We welcome any ideas you might have regarding these endeavors.
Please contact us through any of our Foundation Board members.
Please help us help students by contributing to the
Please take time to fill out the donation form.
Whether your donation is $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, we thank you
for your continued support. Contributions are tax deductible as provided
by law and our tax ID Number is 94-3227552.
Please click on the donation form button below.
Foundation Donation Form
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CMC3 Foundation Scholarships
Any member of CMC3 can
nominate a student for one of our scholarships, I am now sending this
information to all members. For the 2013-2014 year we have made major
changes to our scholarship program. Starting
this year, every math student at our member colleges will
be eligible to compete for one of our three scholarships. In
the past, awards were made to students at only a fraction of our colleges on a
four year rotating basis. Under
the old program the most talented students were often out of luck if the year
they would have been eligible to win an award did not happen to fall in a year
we gave a scholarship to a student at that particular college. From
now on, all CMC3 faculty
members will be able to nominate every highly qualified student attending their
college each year. We
will choose the best of these students to be awarded a $3000, $2000, or $1000
(one each) scholarship. Please
note that all nomination materials must be returned to to the foundation
president by April 6, 2014. We
will announce the winners as soon thereafter as possible. Links to
the forms are presented below:
If you have questions about the
foundation scholarship, please contact the foundation president,
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We have completed the process of awarding our CMC3
Scholarships for the 2013/2014 academic year.
This year we invited all
members to nominate students from their colleges (Click
I would like to thank our two judges, Charles Duff, retired community
college math professor, and Barbara Illowsky, on temporary assignment to
the State Chancellor’s office .
The following biographies of this year’s winners were submitted by the
Tied for first place and receiving $2500 each:
Nataliya Polichshuk, Cosumnes River College.
Nataliya grew up in the former Soviet Union, enduring significant
hardships and religious discrimination that threatened to derail her
education. When she came to the United States, she was in her thirties
and the mother of six, but she was determined to continue her education.
She started taking classes at Cosumnes River College and worked her way
up through the entire lower division mathematics curriculum, maintaining
a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is currently the “go to” tutor
in CRC’s Math Center and plans on a career as a mathematics teacher.
Amethyst Raybee, Mendocino College
Amethyst is a student at Mendocino College, where she performs
consistently as a top student in her math classes. Her passion for
mathematics is evident not only in the classroom, but also when she is
tutoring or leading MESA workshops. In addition to her work fostering
mathematical excellence among her peers, Amethyst is actively involved
in student government, where she serves as the President of the
Associated Students, and as a member of both the Curriculum and
President’s Policy Advisory Committees. Amethyst has been accepted to
UC Berkeley in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in Applied
Mathematics with the goal to move on to earn a PhD in Math History. She
would eventually like to develop math history curriculum for both K-12
and community college students.
Tied for third place and winning $500 each:
Huy Truong, Evergreen Valley College
Huy Truong has a very strong passion for mathematics. He has quickly
finished all the mathematics courses at Evergreen Valley College, all
with grades of A, and finished many of them with honor’s research
projects. For the past year, he has chosen topics to study on his own
with a faculty member. Recently, he has finished learning how to
construct the real numbers from the rational numbers using Dedekind cuts
and how to construct an ordered field containing the rational numbers
that do not satisfy the Archimedean Principle. Huy is not just a
single-minded mathematics student. He is also quite compassionate. In
fact, he has done so much voluntary work that he has received a
President’s Service Award. This summer he will be an intern at a summer
research program at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall, he will
continue studying mathematics at UC Berkeley.
Xinyu (Jason) Liu, Sacramento City College
Jason is a first-generation college student, and only came to this
country from China just over three years ago. He has served as a tutor
in math, physics and computer programming. He is interested in digital
technology and hopes to someday start his own company. He co-founded
and served as president of the Sacramento City College Math Club and is
a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Jason plans to attend UC
Berkeley in the fall, majoring in computer science and math. His long
term goal is to earn a PhD in computer science or applied physics.
The Tahoe conference provided a successful end to our 2013/2014
fundraising season. We started a new tradition with our first annual
Foundation Gala on the first night of the conference. I’d like to
thank the following; Pearson Publishing, the MontBleu Hotel, CMC3
, all those who helped with food and set up, and everyone who braved the
blizzard and bought tickets to the Gala. As always, all money raised
will be used to fund student scholarships.
Student Speaker Competition
The Foundation was once again delighted to facilitate the annual Student
Speaker Competition, made possible by a generous gift from past CMC3
president Debra Landry. This year’s winner, Kris Anaya, who recently
transferred from Sacramento City College to UC Davis, gave a talk
entitled “The Integration of Math and Music: a Transition from Sac City
to UCD,” inspired by the work of composer and mathematician Iannis
Xenakis. Kris was mentored by Hsiao Wang from Sacramento City College.
Thank you to Larry Green for running the competition.
Friends of the Foundation 2011-2012
Foundation wishes to acknowledge the following people who have so
generously donated to the Scholarship Fund during the fiscal year July 1st,
2008 to June 30th, 2009.
Circle of Friends ($500 or more)
Hexagon of Friends ($200-$499)
Jane and Wade Ellis
Pentagon of Friends ($100-$199)
Guy De Primo
Rita Peterson (Cengage)
Square of Friends ($50-$99)
Triangle of Friends ($5-$49)