Faculty & Staff Achievements




Charles K. Cook (June  2014)

Charlie Cook was recognized for his solutions to the following problems in The Fibonacci Quarterly,  Vilume 52, No. 1.
B-1121: Inequalities with 4's
B-1124: Greater Than Half the Number of Terms
B-1125: A Lucas Sum

Charles K. Cook (Oct  2013)

Charlie Cook had an original problem H-741 published in the August 2013 issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.  He was also recognized for his solution to Problem B-1114 “A Simple Inequality” in the same issue.

Salvador Macias (Sept  2013)

An essay written by Dr. Salvador Macias was recently published as part of a collectionin the Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching, Volume XII. The article titled "Toward a More Accurate and Sensitive Psychology Class:
SES as Culture" addresses the importance of including socioeconomic status as a cultural variable in classroom discussions. Macias notes that overgeneralized conclusions based on non-representative research samples may marginalize students from diverse backgrounds. He also provides specific examples of established research findings that must be reconsidered when SES is included as a variable of study.



Charles K. Cook (April 2013)

Charlie Cook Shared the highlighted solution to problem B-1101 “The Ubiquitous AM-GM Inequality” with other solvers; and was recognized for his solutions to
Problem B-1102 “From the Weighted AM-GM Inequality” and problem B-1103 “An Extension to Negative Subscripts” in The Fibonacci Quarterly vol 51, No. 1.


Charles K. Cook (September 2012)

Charlie Cook was recognized for his solution to Problem 960, "de Gua’s Theorem", in the September 2012 issue of The College Mathematics Journal.

Charles K. Cook (June 2012)

Charlie Cook presented a paper entitled "Some Identities for Jacobsthal and Jacobsthal-Lucas Numbers and Higher Order Jacobsthal and Jacobsthal-Lucas Numbers" at the 15th International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications held at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Eszterházy Káorly College, Eger, Hungary during the week of June 25-30, 2012. Charlie’s co-author was Mike Bacon of Sumter, SC.
Charlie was also a co-author for the paper "Some Aspects of Fibonacci Polynomial Congruences" which was presented by his co-author A. G. Shannon from the "Faculty of Engineering & IT, University of Technology, Sydney, 2007, Australia.


Charles K. Cook (May 2012)

Publication: "Extending Freitag's Fibonacci-Like Magic Square to Other Dimensions" in The Fibonacci Quarterly,Vol 50. Nr. 2, May, 2012 with co-authors Mike Bacon of Sumter and Russell J. Hendell of Towson University in Maryland.
Charlie was also recognized for his solution to Fibonacci Problem B-1081, "From Cassini's Identity" in The Fibonacci Quarterly Vol 50. Nr. 1, February, 2012


Charles K. Cook (December 2011)

Cook and Mike Bacon were recognized for their joint solution to Problem 1856 "Different Row Sums and Equal Column Sums" in the December 2011 issue of Mathematics Magazine.
Article Publication: Charlie Cook, Becky Hillman and Mike Bacon, "Some Specific Binet Forms for Higher-dimensional Jacobsthal and other Recurrence Relations"  in Aportaciones Matematicas Investigacion 20 for the Sociedad Matematica Mexcana 2011: The Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications.


Charles K. Cook (November 2011)

Charlie Cook was recognized for his solutions to Problem B-1077 "One of Many!"  and Problem B-1080 "The Cubic Factor" both in the November 2011 issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.


Charles K. Cook (August 2011)

"Generalized Fibonacci-Feinberg Sequences" with A. G. Shannon, Warrane College, University of New South Wales, Australia.Advanced Studies in Contemporary Mathematics, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2011.  He was also recognized for his solution to Problems B-1071 "Higher Power Equalities" and B-1073 "A Diophantine Triple in Fibonacci Numbers" in the August issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.


Charles K. Cook (June 2011)

Highlighted solution to Problem B-1067, "Close The Sums!" in the May 2011 issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.
Recognition for his solution to Problem B-1070, "A Trigonometric Identity" in the May 2011 issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.
Recognition for his and Mike Bacon's joint solution to Problem H-684, "Fugue on a Generalized Fibonacci Sequence Theme," also in the May 2011 issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly.


Hendrikus van Bulck (May 2011)

Dr. Hendrikus E. J. M. L. van Bulck, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, has been selected as USC Sumter’s 2011 Nominee for the Governor’s Professor of the Year competition.  This selection was the result of a recommendation provided to me on behalf of the USC Sumter Faculty Organization.  I’m sure all of you join me in congratulating Dr. van Bulck on this honor, and in wishing him success in the statewide completion.  Hennie will be formally recognized by USC Sumter during the Awards Recognition Ceremony on Friday, September 23, 2011.


Tom Powers (May 2011)

Dr. Tom Powers, Professor of History at USC Sumter, has been selected as the Sons of the American Revolution History Teacher of the Year for 2011, by the South Carolina Society of the SAR.  The citation that accompanied this award included Dr. Powers’ “many years of teaching American History in a school of higher education and for his patriotic activities outside of the classroom.”  The SCSSAR, along with the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, are patriotic organizations that promote the history of the founding of the United States and the principles of government set forth by the Founding Fathers of this nation.


Charlie Cook (May 2011)

Recognition for his solutions in The Fibonacci Quarterly:
Problem B-1058, "Two Identities for Quartic Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers",
Problem B-1062, "A Lot of Sums!"
Problem B-1064, "Generalized Fibonacci Polynomials ... Again!"
Solvers for Solutions to his Original Problems posed in The Fibonacci Quarterly:
4 people solved Problem B-1047, "A Radical Inequality",
2 people solved Problem B-1056, "Fibonacci, Lucas, and Pell Number Inequalities,
3 people solved Problem H-663, "Fibonacci Numbers and Trigonometric Functions".

Joint Problem Solutions in The College Mathematics Journal with
Becky Hillman, Problem 904, "A Double Integral with the Gamma Function",
Mike Bacon, Problem 905, "The Euler-Mascheroni Constant in the Form of an Integral"

Problem 94.C  Concerning Diophantine Triples from a 2nd Order Recurrence Relation in the March 2011 issue of The Mathematics Gazette.


Charlie Cook (March 2011)

Charlie Cook serves as a referee for articles eligible for publication in "The Fibonacci Quarterly".  He also serves as a referee for original problems eligable for publication in "The College Mathematics Journal".


Rebecca Hillman and Charlie Cook (Feb. 2011)

Rebecca A. Hillman, USC Sumter mathematics and Charles K. Cook, Sumter emeritus. “Some Jump Sum Patterns for the Rows of Pascal’s and Other Related Triangles” in The Proceedings for The Twelfth International Conference of Fibonacci Numbers and Their applications.


Charlie Cook and Rebecca Hillman (Feb. 2011)

Charles K. Cook, USC Sumter mathematics, emeritus, Rebecca A. Hillman, Sumter mathematics and Michael Bacon, Sumter. “The ‘Magicness’ of Powers of Some Magic Squares” in The Fibonacci Quarterly, Vol.49, no. 4, 2010.


Rebecca Hillman (Feb. 2011)

Solution to Problem B-1062, “A Lot of Sums!” in the February 2011 issue of The Fibonacci quarterly”.





Mary Sutton (July 2013)

Mary is President of the Sumter Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP). She is also on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Division. She served as Nominations Director for 2012-13 and will serve as Finance Director for 2013-14.She received the 2012-13 Member of Excellence award.








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