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Stan Rothman, QBS Advisor

Dr. Stanley Rothman,
Professor of Mathematics

QBS Faculty Advisor

 

When did you become a professor at Quinnipiac University and what do you teach?

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. That fall I began my career teaching and researching at Quinnipiac University. This year I will begin my 43rd consecutive year at Quinnipiac. I served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1992 to 2011. I have taught every course offered by the Mathematics Department. I also created the course Baseball and Statistics.

When did you first start ballroom dancing?

My wife and I started ballroom dancing approximately 10 years ago. We were introduced to ballroom dancing by Dr. Vincent Celeste, a former professor of Computer Science at Quinnipiac. He and his wife gave us private lessons at their house. We then started going to dances and joined the dance studio, Dance in Rhythm, located in Branford, Connecticut.

What is your favorite type of ballroom dance and why?

I like swing dancing because I can dance to the music I love from the late 50s and early 60s. The Latin music helps me enjoy the Cha Cha and the Rumba. The types of ballroom dances I enjoy are definitely linked to the music I enjoy.

When were you were first asked to be an advisor for the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society?

In 2006 I met a communications major Eric Turcio who danced at our studio in Branford. He is an excellent dancer and now is a dance instructor in California. He came up with the idea of forming a dance society at Quinnipiac and needed a faculty member to serve as its advisor. He asked me if I would be interested. I said yes and the project began. He took the lead and did all the legwork and the QBS can into existence.

What has been your favorite memory of the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society so far?

That is an easy question to answer. Dancing with the QU Stars was the high point for me and I think for the entire QBS. The organizational work done by the members of the QBS made the night a tremendous success. I especially enjoyed dancing with my wonderful partner Danielle Martin. Of course, not only did everyone have a great time that evening but the QBS also raised $2000.00 for Camp Sunshine. What great publicity Quinnipiac University received from the hard work done by the wonderful students belonging to the QBS.

What do you think makes the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society unique?

This is also easy for me to answer. The students that belong to the society make the QBS unique. The QBS students are mature, have great organizational skills, are caring people, and do well academically. Also, I love the diversity of the members. The QBS is truly a diverse population.

Do you have any advice for people that might be interested in joining the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society?

To join the QBS all that is necessary is an interest in learning ballroom dancing. No prior experience or skills are necessary. I never danced before and without any natural ability was able to learn all the ballroom dances. More than just dancing, anyone looking for wonderful friends will find them in the QBS. If you are unsure of whether you want to join give it a chance. Come to a few of the beginning lessons and you will see that dancing will open up a new and exciting activity that you can do the rest of your life. Think how impressive you will be when you do the first dance at your wedding or when you go to a family event and show off your dancing skills.

                                                                                  

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