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June 09, 2015

Shreveport, LA – LSU Shreveport is honored to have one of its mathematics professors, Dr. Rick Mabry, to be recognized as a successful teacher. Dr. Mabry received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Louisiana/Mississippi section of the MAA. Professor and Chair of Mathematics, Dr. Tibor Szarvas, nominated Dr. Mabry for his excellence in his understanding and teaching of the subject material.

“Dr. Mabry had the embodiment of what a college mathematics professor at any four year university should have. His teaching in the classroom was excellent,” Dr. Szarvas said. “He had a unique sense of humor and style in teaching as he was engaging and entertaining yet deep in the material he was presenting." 

Dr. Mabry’s knowledge of mathematics enabled him to effectively teach his students and create an interesting classroom learning experience. Dr. Mabry also made a point to encourage his students in and out of the classroom, even to go so far as to encourage them to start their own research and publish material in mathematics journals with him.

“He developed curriculum and collaborated with faculty and students. He even collaborated with researchers and professors from Canada in his development of curriculum and his own research,” Dr. Szarvas said. “He had an extensive passion for mathematics.” 

Dr. Mabry retired from his career in the middle of May after teaching at LSUS for 26 years. He is now in the process of moving to Germany. The mathematics department has been grateful for Dr. Mabry’s addition to the university.

The mission of the MAA is to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.  The MAA instituted the Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 1991 in order to honor college and university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. In 1993, the MAA Board of Governors renamed the award to honor Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo.

The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members of the association include college, university, and high school teachers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students.

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