UWP mathematics professor honored for distinguished service

February 4, 2003

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Dr. Fredric Tufte, mathematics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently honored with a distinguished service award. UWP Public Relations photo by Andy McNeill.

PLATTEVILLE - A University of Wisconsin-Platteville mathematics professor was recently honored at a Baltimore, Md., ceremony with a distinguished service award.

Fredric Tufte, who has been a UWP faculty member since 1966, was among six honorees nationwide receiving certificates of meritorious service by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Tufte, nominated by the Wisconsin section of the MAA, has been a member of that organization for five decades, beginning with his graduate school days at the University of Missouri. In 1966, he became a member of the Wisconsin section and served as governor from 1990-2002.

In addition, Tufte has served the section as chair-elect, chair and the local site coordinator for section meetings. He was instrumental in establishing one of the first Wisconsin Section Project chapters and has been a frequent speaker and section organizer at section meetings. Currently, Tufte serves on the MAA Minicourse Committee.

Tufte said he was deeply humbled by the award. "To be a member of my profession and the MAA has always brought me much joy and challenge and has always given me much satisfaction."

Tufte added, "The award was especially meaningful to me because I was nominated and supported by colleagues throughout the colleges and universities of Wisconsin," said Tufte. "To have such respect among one's professional colleagues is most rewarding."

Tufte earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served in several leadership roles at UWP, including chair of the mathematics department. He stepped down from that position last year.

Among Tufte's most recent professional activities are establishing dialog and articulation between the K-12 mathematics education community and faculty at Wisconsin colleges and universities.

UWP College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Dean Richard Shultz is proud of Tufte's accomplishment. "He has served his profession with dedication and with a high level of energy," said Shultz. "In doing so, he has also brought recognition and honor to himself and the University. I respect all that he has done and applaud this recognition of his efforts."

Tufte said the award was the "number one professional accomplishment" of his career. "It's a real honor to be selected," said Tufte. "I've been active in the organization and service a lot of years in an official capacity. It's nice to have my work recognized."

Other nominees receiving awards included Karin Cheese, Owensboro Community College; Luise-Charlotte Kappe, Binghamton University; Lester Lange, Western New England College; Larry Morley, Western Illinois University and Alvin Tinsley, Central Missouri State University.

MAA is the world's largest organization devoted to collegiate mathematics education and has more than 24,000 members who participate in a variety of activities enhancing mathematics education, professional development, student involvement and public policy. Its 29 regional sections complement the organization's national focus.

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