Vandy Myers

UM: a home to future engineers

While the University of Montevallo doesn’t have an engineering program, students planning to go into engineering can take their first two years of pre-engineering classes here. The school’s dual degree program allows students to take a math-heavy curriculum at Montevallo and transfer to their choice of several different engineering universities which will accept the required transfer credits. Engineering students can ultimately graduate with a degree in mathematics and another in engineering if they participate in the dual degree program. I originally came to Montevallo to study art. It was as much a surprise to me as to anyone else when I fell in love with Montevallo’s mathematics program during my first calculus class. When you build up a solid foundation of mathematics, it all seems to click into place. The concepts you’ve been familiarizing yourself with for years take on a greater meaning within the larger structure of mathematics and the corresponding physical interpretations they have with the real world. Seeing those familiar equations I learned in high school for what they really are and how they were developed was more satisfying than I could have imagined at the time. I went on to take more advanced math classes alongside my art classes (and I still draw during my math classes, too!). I was unsure how to pursue this newly acquired interest until I learned about the dual degree...

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Varagona wins 20th annual life raft debate

Although each professor put up a good fight, Varagona prevailed for his third time. Photo by Vandy Myers The 20th Life Raft Debate took place on Founders’ Day, Oct. 12, 2017. The event began with Dr. Patton taking the stage to introduce this year’s debate. In his opening speech he thanked the cast and crew who helped set up and run the event, participants past and present and the audiences over the years for being so involved. For those who are unfamiliar, the main theme of the Life Raft Debate is survival. Humanity has been destroyed by some mysterious...

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