MCC Hosts First National Mathematics Competition

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 28,  2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) is hosting a national mathematics competition for students from two-year colleges Oct. 26 and 27 at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The first-ever competition is co-sponsored by MCC, Mu Alpha Theta national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society, and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. It will be an annual event.

The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in a two-year college program. Entrants must be accompanied by a faculty member from their college. There will be individual and team competitions; calculator and noncalculator challenges; games and more. Guest speakers are mathematician Dr. Frederic Zerla, and mathematician and artist John Sims.

Zerla, a University of South Florida professor emeritus, specializes in the history of mathematics. In 2002, he received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America.

Formerly coordinator of mathematics at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sims is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist who blends mathematics and art. His work has been shown in regional, national and international exhibits, and will be displayed Oct. 5 through Nov. 8 at the MCC Bradenton Fine Art Gallery.

Details and a registration form are available by clicking on "Mathletes" on the MCC Web site at For more information, call (941) 752-5523 or e-mail

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