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Centenary Graduates Dedicated Senior Year to Tutoring Local Students at Centenary Downtown's Free Mathematics Tutoring Center

06/30/2014, 02:21 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Four Centenary graduates dedicated their senior year to tutoring local elementary through high school students at the Free Mathematics Tutoring Center (MTC) at Centenary Downtown.

Cory Vernon from Great Meadows, Brittany Howell from Cape May, Johanne Barthelemy from East Orange, and Rob Linepensel from Washington, all Mathematics majors, worked from September to May, dedicating roughly four hours each week to help tutor local students in mathematics. Typically, these students would tutor on a one-on-one basis, but on certain days, multiple students or group tutoring sessions were implemented.

“These are four Mathematics majors who had no plans to be teachers, but were happy to give back to the community,” says Kathy Turrisi, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. “They were open to help any grade level, and were always willing and available, even if it was not their day to tutor.  They demonstrated such dedication and enthusiasm throughout the year.”

Along with being tutors, all were active members and officers of Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), The Mathematics Honor Society, New Jersey Delta Chapter. The Honors Society requires that a student is involved in a BA/BS degree program, and receives a 3.0 or higher in four mathematics courses. Volunteer hours are also a requirement for the society, and all four went above and beyond their necessary volunteer hours while tutoring at Centenary Downtown.

“During their time tutoring, they were able to develop real world skills such as working with others as team players,” says Turrisi.  “They also learned how to motivate students and developed leadership skills.  In addition, they were creative and used real life examples to help others learn."

All fours graduates are moving on to the next steps of their career path. Vernon started working at Bristol Meyers, while Linepensel will attend a Master’s Program at Rutgers in Physics. Barthelemy, who is a double major in Mathematics and Accounting, was a finalist in the Woodrow Wilson scholarship program and looks forward to working towards her Master’s degree while giving back to the community. Howell, a Mathematics major with a minor in Business, is working in South Carolina and plans to complete her MBA.

“I could not have done this without Professor Turrisi and Professor Ritchie,” says Howell.  “They were instrumental in my success at Centenary College.”

Centenary Downtown’s Free Mathematics Tutoring Center (MTC) offers a great opportunity to connect Centenary College students with local elementary and high school students in need of tutoring. The location is easy to find, is accessible for students and parents, and offers a safe and educational location for students to attend after school. The program will start up again in September and finish the first week in May. For more information, contact Professor Turrisi at turrisik@centenarycollege.edu.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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