Release Date: August 3, 2007
Smith to Deliver ASU Summer Commencement Address
Dr. John C. “Trey” Smith, an assistant professor of mathematics and recipient of the Angelo State University Faculty Senate’s 2007 Teaching Excellence Award, will deliver the commencement address during the university’s summer graduation ceremony Saturday, Aug. 11.
The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 in the ASU Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson. More than 170 degrees will be awarded, including 141 bachelor’s degrees, 31 master’s degrees and one associate’s degree in nursing.
Smith has been a member of the ASU faculty since 1994. A versatile instructor, he teaches algebra and calculus classes designed for math majors as well as alternative math courses that cater to liberal arts and business majors. He also organizes and regularly speaks in the departmental “Slowpitch Seminar” lecture series in which students are exposed to mathematical topics outside the standard curriculum.
A native of Southern California, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from ASU in 1983 and retains an affinity for snakes, lizards and birds. He also received his master’s degree in mathematics from ASU in 1991 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of North Texas in 1999.
However, Smith’s influence extends beyond the Mathematics Department. He has also taught philosophy at ASU and has penned several plays performed in the University Theatre as part of the Arts at ASU program.
In 2005, three of Smith’s one-act plays were featured in the ASU summer dinner theatre production “Uncommon Threads.” This year’s summer dinner theatre production “Original One-Act Plays” featured two of his works, “Destiny Leaves a Lot to the Human Genome Project” and “Mrs. The Elephant Man.” Another of his plays, “Between Any Two Points,” was published by the Odessa-based Brooklyn Publishing Company.
Smith shares his love of the arts with his wife, Laura, a drama instructor at Central High School. They have three sons, Huston, Carl and Lee.