Tutoring Outreach Program
Science Sundays

Wayne Hacker
Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering
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A brief history

My tutoring outreach program (a.k.a, Manic-Mondays, Tutoring Tuesdays, Working-Wednesdays, Thinking-Thursdays, Science Sundays) got it's start as ``The Physics Cafe'', which was conceptualized by Dr. Tony Pitucco. In fall of 2009 I was asked to be the the faculty sponsor, and had no idea what I was in for! It was a wonderful experience with a very dedicated following. It was held for three hours on Sunday evenings, and would often go into the wee hours of the morning. Many of the original students are now working as professional engineers, or are in grad school.

The name was later changed to Science Sundays to indicate that it wasn't just for physics students, even though we meet in the open physics lab. We were serving math, physics, and engineering students. Over time, the attendance started to dwindle, Sunday nights aren't always the best students that have full-time jobs and families.

It was decided that a non-weekend day would be best. From there, it took off. By fall of 2012 the number of students became too much for me to handle by myself, so I recruited other faculty (Dr. Chen Wei Han and Andrew Rasmussen) for help. It then took on a life of its own, and I've very proud to have been a part of it.

Unfortunately, when I went on sabatical in the academic year of fall 2013 - spring 2014 there was no one that wanted to run it and faculty that are on sabatical are not allowed to do anything with the college, this included running a once-a-week tutoring session. In the fall of 2014, when I left a second time for Hopkins, it remained closed. These were the ``dark years''.

When I returned in spring of 2015 I started to revive it again. Due to a remodel of the physics lab we were no longer able to meet in the lab. Also, owing changing insurance policies at the college, the evening tutoring needed to be sponsered by a club. I am proud to say that it is now sponsered by the engineering club and is held in a different location (F208), which has a lot of board space.

Who's welcome?

All Pima and University of Arizona students that are taking first- or second-year physics, math, or engineering courses. Come get free help with your math, physics homework, and certain engineering course work (e.g., statics, dynamics, fluids, Excel (or Calc) spreadsheet analysis, Matlab programming). For math students, pretty much any undergrad course, or any core graduate applied math course is fair game.

So come out, meet fellow students, learn about the engineering club, and bring your questions!

Location: The meeting place for the fall of 2017 is F208.

Time: Tutoring hours are from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Dates: There will be no tutoring hours during the first week of class, finals week, or on any school holidays.