Sophomore and senior mathematics majors Victoria Dominguez and Marisa Mauldin were honored by being selected for the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for the 2007-2008 season.  To be considered, they had to meet stringent requirements including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and the completion of at least 66 percent of the team’s regularly-scheduled competitive rounds.

Victoria has only been on the team for a year, but she is already playing in the national tournaments. In May, she helped her team place third overall at the NCAA Division III National Championship, the best finish ever by the Southwestern women’s golf team. So what does this golfer think about mathematics? “The thing that draws me to mathematics is the fact that it allows you to be creative when trying to solve problems. There are so many different ways to solve problems, and I like that it isn’t completely straightforward.” She plans to go to grad school and get her Ph.D. in math, and become a math professor at a university.  This year, she will be Secretary of the SU Math Club (MAA Student Chapter).

To list only a few of Marisa’s many accomplishments, she was SU’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2006-2007, SCAC Golfer of the Year for the second year in a row, and first place individual finisher in four tournaments, only one behind the SU record. She says she is most proud of her team’s two consecutive conference championships and national standing. Not only are these golfers strong in athletics, but also in academics; “we posted the 3rd best GPA nationally for the 2007-2008 season.” As a math major, she says she is most proud of having the mathematical ability to help other students as a math tutor. “I get to meet more people and help them learn math!!” She also loves mathematics itself. “I think that math is crucial in our world today and is used everywhere! Just like I learned in the Projective Geometry course, math is related to many things people wouldn’t even imagine. Most of all math is fun!” This year, she will be President of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Undergraduate Mathematics Honor Society.

Congratulations to our mathletes!