Section Chair's Message
Section Chair, Kevin Hartshorn, Moravian College
It looks like we have another terrific slate of activities for our Spring 2012 meeting at Shippensburg University. Not only do we have a terrific slate of speakers, our lunch table topics, and our undergraduate math competition, we also will be joined by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in Mathematics (PASHEMA). There should be plenty of activities for everyone. Be sure to see the schedule on the EPaDel page for a full list of activities.
I would like to encourage you to think about some of our ongoing activities. First, you should encourage your undergraduates to come to the meeting. They can share their research through the Undergraduate Student Session, attend the opening talk in the morning by Francis Su (Harvey Mudd),and participate in the second annual undergraduate mathematics competition.
For the second year in a row, we have having a New Colleagues Session. This is a chance for recently hired colleagues to become acquainted with the section and share their work with us.
Dan Kalman will be our final speaker at the meeting. In addition, PASHEMA is hosting a dinner and math talk with Dan Kalman Friday evening before the conference. If you are interested, you are more than welcome to join the discuss and reception that follows. You can decide whether to attend when you register for the conference.
We are happy to have Jon Meier, our 2010 Crawford teaching award winner, giving a talk just after lunch. At the business meeting to follow, we will be announcing our 2012 Crawford teaching award winner.
Finally, when you register, don't forget to take a look at the lunch table topics for discussion. These are not formal discussions. Rather, they are a chance to meet with your colleagues and peers to discuss a topic that is of particular interest to you.
EPaDel has been a tremendous source of collaboration and camaraderie because of the effort put in by faculty members across the section. Here are just a few ways that you can contribute:
- Sign up for or make use of our section speaker list.
- Encourage your students to participate in the Student Paper Competition. Papers need to be submitted by June 15.
- If you will be hiring new faculty members this year, or if you have visiting or pre-tenure members in your department, encourage them to participate in our "New Colleagues" session. This will be held every spring, and is a great way to get new faculty members involved in the section.
- Mark your calendars for the fall meeting at Millersville University on October 27, 2012.
As always, you can find lots of information about these activities and more on the EPaDel website.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at Shippensburg in April!
Kevin Hartshorn, Moravian College
Chair, EPaDel section of the MAA