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Contents for the Spring 2011 Issue


ISMAA Annual Meeting


The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the MAA


Don’t miss the ISMAA annual meeting April 7-9 at North Central College in Naperville, IL.  This year's plenary speakers include: Paul Sally (University of Chicago), Louis Kaufman (University of Illinois at Chicago), Susanna Epp (DePaul University), and Robin Blankenship (Morehead State University).

For more details and registration information see: http://ismaa.knox.edu/2011SpringMeetingB.htm 


From the Section Governor


Peter Andrews

ISMAA Governor

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL 61920




First, let me express my appreciation of the support shown by the members of the Illinois Section when I was elected the Illinois Governor of the MAA last summer. Since then, I have attended two meetings of the full Board of Governors - at MathFest in Pittsburgh last summer and at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans in January.


Before the board meeting at MathFest, I attended an afternoon-long orientation for new governors. In spite of having been an MAA member for many years, I had very little detailed understanding of how the organization worked. Along with a lot of details on the MAA staff and procedures, we got a comprehensive overview of the finances and the strategic planning efforts the board has been undertaking for several years. This planning process is the mechanism by which the organization looks at itself, the services it provides, and potential new directions it should explore. When a particular area (such as meetings or publications) is selected, a committee is formed and handed a three cycle charge. You can get an idea of what topics have been addressed and the status of each review by going to the MAA homepage and selecting the About Us tab. The Governance Documents pop-up menu includes a Strategic Planning Reports option.


One of the duties of a section governor is to keep the members of the section informed of what the national organization is doing. Before giving you a summary of the Board meetings at MathFest and the JMM, I should let you know there are some significant changes coming to the staff of the MAA. Both Executive Director Tina Straley and Treasurer John Kenelly are retiring. Searches have begun for these important positions with details available on the homepage. Please take a look at them if you think you might be interested in re-locating to DC!


MathFest 2010 - Pittsburgh












Information Technology








Joint Mathematics Meetings 2011 - New Orleans


In early December I got an e-mail reminder of the schedule for the Board Meeting at the JMM, complete with continental breakfast and a working lunch. It really is a full day. Less than two weeks later I got a follow-up letting me know there would be no breakfast provided and we were on our own for lunch as well. This was a harbinger of one of the main themes of the Board Meeting - we were running a substantial deficit for 2010 and, if we didn't make some changes, would do the same in 2011. The budgets for 2010 and 2011 had been built using revenue assumptions that were just not being realized. Thus, the staff and the Executive Committee revised their revenue estimates (final revenue figures for 2010 won't be available until late January or early February) and made significant cuts in expenditures to match. The result was estimated deficits of approximately $300-400K in 2010 and less than $200K for 2011. Some of the things cut were, across the board salary increases for the staff, staff benefits, replacement of some retiring staff, and the web-page re-design. There will be more electronic meetings of committees and boards and, of course, no breakfast or lunch for the Board Meeting!!


We do have substantial cash reserves and can cover these deficits in the short term. The staff and the Board are committed to returning to a balanced operating budget.










Project NExT


Finally, if you have questions about the MAA and its programs, please do not hesitate to let me know. I can be contacted at pgandrews@eiu.edu


From the Section Chair

Iraj Kalantari


Western Illinois University

Macomb IL 61455






The Board of Directors held its spring meeting last January at the downtown campus of De Paul University and more information about that meeting will be coming to you in the form of the minutes of the meeting.

Permit me to list some important requests again:




My letter to your department should arrive early in March; please consider adding your voice to this important cause.



Become an Institutional Sponsor


ISMAA offers three levels of Institutional Sponsorship. Free student registration at the annual meeting comes with each level.

The base level, Ordinary Sponsorship ($50), allows unlimited student registration at the annual meeting.

The higher levels, Supporting Sponsorship ($90) and Speaker Sponsorship ($150), have all of the benefits of Ordinary Sponsorship *PLUS* two free faculty registrations.

Those who choose Speaker Sponsorship will be listed as an underwriter of a plenary speaker at the ISMAA meeting. Regular registration at the meeting is $20 (on-site would be $25), so those schools who would normally choose Ordinary Sponsorship may wish to consider the Supporting level. However, to make life easier on our secretary-treasurer (and faculty who wish to avail themselves of the "free" registration) please contact Jon Johnson <mailto:jonj@elmhurst.edu> by e-mail for the procedure prior to registering for the Annual Meeting. A copy of the form is available online <http://ismaa.knox.edu/out-of-focus/winter-2007/inst-member-2007.pdf>.

ISMAA Project NExT Program


The Tenth Annual ISMAA Project NExT Program will be held in conjunction with the ISMAA annual meeting at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, April 7, 2011 - April 9, 2011. Up to nine 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows will be selected. Anyone within their first four years of teaching mathematics (after finishing a master's or doctoral degree) at any two or four-year college or university in Illinois is eligible, as well as any graduate students at universities in Illinois who are completing their PhD this year and have a position in Illinois for the 2011-2012 academic year. 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows' meeting registration, pre-conference workshop registration, opening banquet fees, and Friday and Saturday lunches at the annual meeting will be paid for by the ISMAA Project NExT for the 2011 and 2012 ISMAA Annual Meetings. The 2011 Program will begin on the morning (8:45 – 11:45 AM) of Friday, April 8, 2011 with Dr. Robin Blankenship, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Morehead State University, who will be presenting An Inclination to Find the Height and Totally Tubular: Inquiry- and Discovery-based Collaborative Investigations of Geometry and Measurement.

The workshop is followed by an opening lunch during which new ISMAA NExT fellows will have an opportunity to get to know one another as well as other sectional Fellows and national NExT Fellows. The ISMAA Project NExT program will conclude on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9, 2011, following the closing address of the ISMAA meeting. After a brief box lunch, the group will reconvene for a session devoted to the role of technology in teaching mathematics. This year we will match new ISMAA NExT Fellows with a Mentor at the meeting. It is expected that each Mentor-Fellow pair will continue to communicate about professional development issues throughout the following academic year. 

Application materials for 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows can be accessed via the links below. For further information, please contact the Director for the ISMAA Project NExT Program: 

2011 ISMAA Project NExT Application (MS Word)
2011 ISMAA Project NExT Application (pdf) 

Timothy McMurry
Department of Mathematical Sciences
DePaul University
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
PHONE: (773) 325-1340
FAX: (773) 325-7807


The registration deadline for the 20ellows is March 14, 2011.