Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2009

Schreiner Chautauqua lecture to look at math’s lighter side

The Center for Innovative Learning at Schreiner University will present “Knotty Math Tricks and Other Mathematical Gems” as part of the Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23. Dr. Stefan T. Mecay, associate professor of mathematics at Schreiner, will give the talk in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theater on the Schreiner campus in Kerrville.

“Basically the lecture will cover a variety of fun topics including getting volunteers entangled in a knot using jump ropes and having the audience use math to free them,” Mecay said. “I’ll also teach the audience the 9-card trick, a fun and simple card trick they can then go home and amaze their friends with, and finish with the toothpick game, a simple game with a mathematical twist.”

All Chautauqua events are free and open to the public, and are videotaped for later broadcast on Channel 2 Kerrville, a public service program funded in part by a grant from Humanities Texas. For more information, please contact Martha York at the Schreiner University Center for Innovative Learning 830-792-7352 or at

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