Math Department Helps Students SEEK Success
On April 30th, SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) held its 38th Annual SEEK Awards Ceremony. Every year at this event, the program honors a Baruch faculty member or administrator with its “Friend of SEEK” Award. The award was developed to recognize the way in which different individuals on campus contribute to the success of the SEEK students.
This year, the program honored Weissman’s Department of Mathematics. Department Chairman Warren Gordon accepted the plaque and was joined by Joseph Collison, who has worked closely and very successfully with SEEK for many years, as well as newer faculty members Judy Broadwin, Sarah Harney, Peter Gregory. April Allen-Materowski, Aaron Converse, Rados Radocic, and Gil Schwartz were not able to attend the event but also work with SEEK.
Although SEEK students enter Baruch less likely to succeed in mathematics than their non-SEEK counterparts, the extra attention they receive from these faculty members makes all of the difference. SEEK math classes have an extra hour of instruction each week, and students must attend study labs as well. This formula seems to be working overall – the SEEK sections of math boast higher pass rates than the non-SEEK sections.
But the SEEK Program was not merely interested in celebrating the measurable success of the their partnership with the math department – they wanted to give sincere thanks to the faculty for the high quality of teaching as well as the individual care they give to their students, which helps to ensure that students succeed.