DATE:  April 19, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. George Tintera, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, (361) 825-6028; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Mathematics Team Takes Gold Medal in Undergraduate Calculus Bowl

A team composed of four undergraduate students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Computing and Mathematical Science classes defeated 14 other college teams from throughout the state to take the gold medal at the first Calculus Bowl in Arlington, from Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16.

The Calculus Bowl, an event staged in conjunction with the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America meeting at the University of Texas-Arlington, consisted of two preliminary rounds and a final round with teams given one point for a correct answer and a point deducted for each incorrect answer. As multiple-choice questions appeared on a computer projection screen, the first team to respond had just a few seconds to supply the correct answer. If not, the other teams received an opportunity to answer the same question. Questions were retired after three incorrect answers.

The Islander team of engineering technology majors Patrick Jones, Robert Sheets and Greg Sloan and math major Jason Picarazzi correctly answered the first four questions in the final round to take a commanding lead and finished with 15 points compared to one just point for the second-place team.

Other colleges competing included University of Texas-Arlington, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin University, North Lake College and St. Edwards University.

“The team was prepared and performed very well,” said Dr. George Tintera, sponsor and an associate professor of computing and mathematical sciences. “They were a credit to their teachers and the University.”