Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

Alumni Profiles and Directory

The following is information on some of the alumni of the Mathematics Department. If you wish to include your information on this page, send your name, the degree you earned, the year you graduated, and any contact information to the Department Chair (Email George Seelinger). If you wish, please include a brief profile and permission to post this information.


Dr. Bonnie Litwiller (1959, 1960):
After earning her bachelorís and masterís degree at ISU, Dr. Litwiller earned her EdD from Indiana University in 1968. As a Professor of Mathematics Education at the Univeristy of Northern Iowa, Dr. Litwiller devoted her career to shaping how children learn by teaching mathematics to students studying to be math teachers. She co-authored over 1,000 journal articles, published four books, edited 26 books, and given more than 200 presentations. She has also been recognized for her work by receiving the Iowa Board of Regents Award for Excellence (1993), the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), and Alumni Awards from both Illinois State University and University of Indiana.

Captain Gary W. Shnurrpusch (1969) writes:
"I graduated from ISU in May 1969 with a B.S. in Mathematics and was credentialed to teach grades 7-12 in Illinois. My career took a different but very math-related turn toward the Navy as well as affording some "teaching" of officers and sailors along the way. I served on active duty from 1969-1997; retired as a Navy Captain, Surface Warfare; served on 7 ships including commanding the last 3, one home ported in Japan. I served 3 tours in the Pentagon; gained my M.S. in Operations Research/Systems Analysis (OR/SA) in March 1975 from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. I am now in the private sector of the Defense industry as the Group Leader of the Naval Surface Warfare Analysis Group at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA), Alexandria, VA. Overall I directly served or applied math-related OR/SA for nearly 30 years of my 44 years since ISU in Navy OR/SA billets in uniform and for the Navy in the private sector ... one could say ISU Math gave me the roots to excel in the math and science, probabilities and statistics, modeling and simulation world of OR/SA." Captain Shnurrpusch was recognized in 1999 with ISU's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ms. Nancy Powell (1974):
An ISU graduate in 1974 (BA Mathematics) and 1990 (MS Educational Administration), Nancy taught at Danville (IL) High School prior to devoting more than 30 years in teaching mathematics at Bloomington High School, where she was the Lead Teacher in the Mathematics Department from 1978 through 2010. She has been a mathematics education leader in local, state, and national arenas, including service to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Award of Excellence for Secondary Mathematics Teaching (1992) and a Golden Apple Award (2008). Throughout her career, and now in retirement, Nancy is active as a writer, presenter, and consultant, including extensive involvement in technology implementation in school mathematics classrooms.

Mr. Erich Brandt (1996):
Mr. Brandt is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is currently an actuarial consultant. Mr. Brandt graduated Normal Community High School in 1992 and graduated from ISU Summa Cum Laude in 1996 with a BS in Math and a minor in Economics. In his work as an actuarial consultant, Mr. Brandt has made numerous presentations to brokers, corporate risk managers, and CFO's regarding loss reserving, future loss projections and how their company's characteristics impact their actuarial calculations. He also works at length with the students and faculty at Illinois State University (ISU) by teaching class sessions on insurance operations, assisting with the compilation of data for academic research, and discussing the actuarial profession with current and prospective actuarial science majors. Furthermore, Mr. Brandt is a member of the advisory board for the actuarial science major at ISU. Mr. Brandt's research interests lie heavily in the analysis of industry annual statement information to identify prevailing reserving trends among industry sectors.