MCS Alumni Profile: Erin (Bonitz) Riess ’01

Posted on October 25th, 2017 by

Tell us about yourself.

I graduated from Gustavus in 2001 with degrees in Math & Music. I am currently a stay-at-home mom. Once in a while I will tutor someone who is taking a math or stats course and needs a little help.

How did the MCS department help you get where you are today?

TJ Morrison probably single-handedly changed my mind about going to grad school. With his encouragement I went on to get a Masters in Statistics at Iowa State. I am grateful for that experience.

What is your favorite memory or memories of the MCS department?

  1. Calculus at 8am Saturday mornings after the tornado. LOL!
  2. Stats classes with Carolyn Dobler. I still remember on the first day of class she took a poll of the class, “Guess my age.” Then she told us that she had a five-year-old daughter and we took the poll again and saw how the answers changed. (brave lady! haha)


Thanks for the update Erin.

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