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Schoolcraft College is a two-year community college in Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. (The school is named after Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, an early Michigan naturalist.)

Scheduled Math Awareness Week activities include the award of an annual student mathematics prize and the distribution of a special newsletter.

Everyone is invited to attend a reception Wednesday, April 23 for the annual $300 Pythagorean Prize. Ana Malusev, a pre-engineering major and a veteran math tutor on campus, has been named to receive the award this year as the most outstanding mathematics student at Schoolcraft College. Celebrations are from 4-6 P.M. in room LA-130. Presentation of awards by the college President will begin at 4:30 P.M. Ana will be presented with a plaque and other mementos, including a copy of the book **An Eye for Fractals** donated for this occasion by publisher Addison-Wesley.

The April issue of our monthly departmental newsletter, **The Right Angle**, is a special MAW issue. Over 500 copies are being distributed to students and staff, and copies have been mailed to the math department chairs at 67 metropolitan Detroit high schools. The newsletter includes the survey article by Paul Davis; a brief synopsis of the evolution of the Internet; a summary of the ITAA report **Help Wanted: The IT Workforce Gap**, on the job situation currently facing students of information technology; a preview of NCTM*s **World*s Largest Math Event #3** (scheduled for April 30); and a discussion of findings from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Randy Schwartz

Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.