Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hergert Numbers & The Dukes of Hazzard!

A couple weeks ago when I was in Nashville, I had the opportunity to visit Cooter's Place. It's a Dukes of Hazzard museum owned by Ben Jones who played Cooter on the legendary show. Not only did I get to pose with cardboard cutouts of the Duke boys, but I was in the presence of The General Lee itself. OK, it was really just one of the many General Lee's that were used for the show. Still, it was pretty cool. For $5, I could've sat in the car for my picture, but then you wouldn't see my shirt as easily.

They had a massive collection of Dukes memorabilia on display. Everything from Daisy Duke's famous short shorts to Dukes of Hazzard calculators! A classic place to "spread the word" in the heart of the south.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hergert Numbers Hit The Grand Ole Opry!

With the 2014 AMATYC Conference being held at the Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN, it was the perfect opportunity to take the Hergert Numbers movement to the heart of country-western music - The Grand Ole Opry. To be precise, these photos are in front of The Grand Ole Opry House where The Grand Ole Opry show is held weekly. Either way, this giant guitar brought about an irresistible photo opportunity.

The conference also gave me several chances to tell the story of Hergert Numbers and gain a few new converts to the terminology. Thanks to all who politely listened while I explained what in the world my t-shirt meant! See you next year at AMATYC 2015 in New Orleans!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hergert Numbers at Kansas State University!

Hergert Numbers invaded the heart of the midwest this weekend as Dr. Paul McCombs showed his shirt off at his alma mater - Kansas State University. Here we see Paul before the Wildcats took down their rival Texas Longhorns 23-0 at the KSU Homecoming game. The victory was number 500 in K-State history!

A couple days later, Dr. McCombs gave a talk to a group of K-State math students about what it's like to teach at a community college. As always, special thanks to Paul for helping to spread the word!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hergert Numbers at Niagara Falls!

Dr. Paul McCombs and his family took a road trip to upstate New York in August and stopped off at Niagara Falls. He nearly forgot to bring his shirt but his wife had already packed it for him. Fortunately, Dr. McCombs did not attempt to go over the falls in a barrel wearing his Hergert Numbers t-shirt.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dr. Tom Lombardo Takes the Challenge!

RVC Professor Dr. Tom Lombardo took his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his Hergert Numbers t-shirt and added $5 to my donation. Anybody else up for it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Today I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can watch the video here. You'll see that among those I challenged are the owners of Hergert Numbers t-shirts. I'm starting with a $50 donation to support ALS research and I will add $5 to my donation for every person who does their Ice Bucket Challenge wearing their HN shirt.

Since there are over 100 shirts out there, I hope that we can raise some serious cash here. Or you could just go to the ALS Association and make your own donation.

So, this time let's spread the word about this terrible disease and see how much money we can raise for ALS research.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Hergert Numbers Wedding!

Today was another special day in Hergert Numbers history. This afternoon I attended the wedding of Taylor Smith & Timothy Slabaugh. Taylor & Tim are the second pair of Calculus students who have gotten married after being in my class together. I can't take quite as much credit for this one since they had been dating for quite some time before that class, but it's still exciting to see them move into the next chapter of their lives.

The other HN wedding was Tim's older brother Josh tying the knot with Rachel in 2010. Now those two really got to know one another during their Calculus class so I feel like I played a more significant role in their relationship. And I keep hearing that their younger sister is coming to Rock Valley College next year, so we'll see what the future holds for her.

Congratulations to Taylor and Tim! They'll be spreading the word on campus at Baylor University starting this fall.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stillman Valley HS Calculus Class!

The Stillman Valley High School Calculus class shows off their Hergert Numbers shirts. Check out the rainbow of colors!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hergert Numbers in Chicago! (again)

I had this week off, so I wanted to fit in a visit to Chicago. And there's no better place to go in Chicago on a beautiful 85-degree day than Lincoln Park Zoo. Besides having a fabulous free zoo, there are lots of other cool places in the vicinity.

This was taken outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo. This was my first visit here and it was really cool. Awesome collection of butterflies!

The Hergert Numbers baseball cap provides much-needed sun cover for a thinning hairline!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hergert Numbers & the Golden Goose

The Rock Valley College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sponsored a volleyball tournament on campus today. I was fortunate enough to play with the Math Engineering Physics Astronomy Club (MEPA). Although we didn't win the tournament, we did beat the PTK in two straight games to win the coveted Golden Goose! They said I was an "integral" part of our team's success. A great way to finish off the semester hanging out with my favorite Meeps!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hergert Numbers - Spring Break 2014

Dr. Paul McCombs took his Hergert Numbers shirt to Gatorama in Palmdale, FL. This is believed to be the first HN shirt picture featuring a reptile. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hergert Numbers 5-year Anniversary

This photo was taken on March 25, 2009 - the day that I walked into class to discover my class had created these t-shirts to help "spread the word". Thanks to everyone who has bought a t-shirt over the last five years and especially to those who have sent me pictures.

But remember that the best way to spread the word is to grow up to be a math teacher and use Hergert Numbers as the name for your potential inflection points. Keep spreading the word!