Well into the 1970's, the mathematics department relied on college secretarial pools and student help to handle the office tasks that are essential to running an academic department. When the Block Plan took over in 1970, there was more and more pressure for faster response for typing and mimeographing classroom materials; with only three and a half weeks per course, there was little time to spare.
The college responded to the needs of mathematics in 1974 by hiring Georgia Moen as the secretary for Mathematics and Sociology. These two departments were situated at the east end of Palmer Hall on the first and basement floors respectively; different floors made the situation awkward, but feasible. Moen was set up in an office (Palmer 22C) carved out of the Political Science area on the basement floor. In 1980, her office was moved upstairs (to Palmer 137) into the middle of existing mathematics offices, but she still served Sociology as well. Moen left the department in 1983 after getting married just previously. After a hiatus of three years, she returned to the college as secretary of the Leisure Program in 1986, and later became a Worner Desk coordinator (in the student union).
In 1983, Carole Mills became the new secretary for Mathematics and Sociology. This was the time when personal computers were making an appearance on campus. Slowly they made their way into the everyday production of mathematical text, and Mills followed the evolution becoming comfortable with word processing, laser printers, and FAX machines.
Finally in 1989, Sociology hired their own secretary and Carole
Mills became the first full-fledged secretary of the Mathematics
Department. In addition to the basic office demands, her coordination
of lunches, special events, birthdays, etc. has given a set
of mathematicians the necessary group structure to become an effective