Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hergert Numbers in Boston!

How did you spend your Veteran's Day this year? I got up bright and early and headed out to the oldest ballpark in America - Fenway Park in Boston - to spread the word. It was a chilly morning (as you can see by my bright red nose), but I temporarily removed my jacket to display my Hergert Numbers spirit for the official tour photo.

As many of you know, I was in Boston for the 2010 AMATYC national conference where 1285 math teachers had gathered to learn about and share all things mathematics. I couldn't think of a better time to continue my quest to popularize the term Hergert numbers. So, I printed up business cards to give out to colleagues I met throughout the conference. It's too early to tell how much they helped, but it sure made for a convenient conversation starter.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't get a photo with my HN shirt or hat on the Harvard Bridge where the smoot marks are painted, but I only got there at night and it may have been a little dangerous to lie down on the bridge sidewalk for the proper pose with all the bicycle traffic. On the other hand, it'll give me something to shoot for the next time I'm in Beantown.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hergert Numbers in the JCSM!

This post is long overdue. Back in June, the last steel beam was put in place in the Jacobs Center for Science and Math on the Rock Valley College campus. To honor the milestone, the college let those who will be occupying the building sign the beam before it was put installed. I couldn't help but add a plug for the Hergert Numbers movement with my signature.

It's ironic that I'm doing this while in Boston at the national conference for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges trying to spread the word far and wide. Unfortunately, my best picture so far is not digital, so you'll have to wait until I get back to Rockford and can scan it before I can put it up. I guarantee that it won't take me 5 months like this post, so check back soon!

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Hergert Numbers Apparel!

There's a new player in the Hergert Numbers fashion line-up: the Hergert Numbers baseball cap!

This afternoon I got this as an early birthday present from Elizabeth, Carson, Rachel & Josh. I was so excited that I wore it on my walk home from school. Their timing was perfect as next week I'm off to Boston to the national conference for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges where I'm hoping to spread the word to colleagues from across the nation. Now, I can sport both my t-shirt and this fabulous hat!

Of course, a trip to a new city wouldn't be complete without a few pictures with my HN garb, so be on the lookout for a post or two in the next week and a half.