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Pi Day Celebrated with Pie

Submitted by on April 15, 2011 – 12:00 pm

Judges, including Andrew Wysocki, an NECC student and tutor in the math lab, Nancy Nickerson, math faculty, and Gerry Morin, history and government faculty, sampled each of the pies during the judging.

Pie was the main attraction during the Math Center and Math Resource Center’s Pi Day celebration last month when it hosted its annual pie contest on the Haverhill campus.

Sixteen pies—ranging from traditional fruit pies to a chocolate cream pie—were into the contest by faculty, staff, and students. Prizes were awarded for best pie, most original, most delicious, most mathematical pie, most colorful pie, and most devoured pie.

In addition to sampling pie, those attending were invited to share fun facts about pi, which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter of a circle.

The math center started this celebration four years ago “as another way to make math fun,” according to Rebecca Rose, coordinator of math tutoring services. “We want everyone pies to feel that the math center is a safe, comfortable place to come.”

The math center is designated for all walk-in tutoring. Located on both the Haverhill Campus and the Lawrence Campus, the centers are staffed by professional and peer tutors who work days and evenings to best accommodate students.