Alumni Stories

Alumni Profile: Dr. Janeen Peretin

Janeen Peretin is the Director of Information and Instructional Technology for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the district leadership team, Janeen was an assistant principal, high school mathematics teacher, and the chairperson of the Baldwin High School mathematics department.

Janeen earned a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in secondary education, from Duquesne University, her Master's degree from Gannon University, and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. Recently, she completed the necessary coursework to receive her Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility.

Janeen's educational passions and areas of expertise include mathematics education, andragogy, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and the artful use of technology in instructional settings. Janeen is also committed to supporting programs and initiatives that foster the growth and development of women as educational leaders.

Pricture of Dr. amy Ulinski Banic"When I think back on my time at Duquesne, my thoughts bring me immediately to College Hall and the familial atmosphere that existed in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Every day, I was challenged by professors who knew me by name and who were invested in my future. Each course presented a set of opportunities where I could continue to develop my critical and analytic thinking skills. Additionally, I was provided with opportunities to tutor, present at national conferences, and conduct research as an undergraduate, all of which prepared me for situations that I would later encounter as a professional educator and administrator."

Alumni Profile: Dr. Thomas Wears

Tom Wears graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in mathematics in 2005 and then went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from North Carolina State University in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Tom is now an assistant professor in mathematics at Longwood University.  

Pricture of Dr. amy Ulinski Banic"I enrolled at Duquesne University in the fall of 2001 as an undeclared major having selected the school in large part because of the opportunity to participate in NCAA athletics. I was always interested in math, but I never really considered it for a major. However, taking Calculus II and C++ during the fall of my freshman year with Dr. Mazur and Dr. Jackson, respectively, immediately convinced me that I was going to major in math. Dr. Mazur and Dr. Jackson just seemed to make the subject(s) come alive and I remember finding the classes to be exciting. Continuing on with the major, what I remember most (and what I found to be most helpful) about Duquesne was the way that all of the professors (especially, Profs. Mark Mazur, Kathy Taylor, John Kern, Eric Rawdon, and Stacey Levine) seemed to welcome my questions and always offer their time to provide thoughtful and considerate responses, answers, and guidance. Looking back, I now know that some of my questions and ideas were trivial (to the professors) and/or poorly formed, but the professors never dismissed them and always treated them as honest and sincere inquiries on my part, and this is something that I will forever be grateful for. Furthermore, the number of really strong students in the department in the early 2000's made for a great learning environment. I remember feeling pushed by some of the better students, but never in a overly-competitive way. At the time Dr. Rawdon's Knot Posse was in full swing and the department was able to provide a lot of students with the opportunity to do undergraduate research and travel to MAA conferences to present their work. The atmosphere fostered by the faculty, staff and my fellow students during my four years at Duquesne is without a doubt what led me to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics and what provided me with the required base needed to do so."