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Fall 2009 Section Chair's Statement

Greetings to members and friends of the Indiana Section of the MAA,

It's the time of year again when everyone is scrambling to get their classes ready to begin.  Congratulations to those of you who already have, or will soon, begin the semester with as few complications as possible. If you need a distraction from the hectic pace for a moment, here is some information about the section and upcoming events.

First, I would like to thank Patricia Oakley (Goshen College) for going above and beyond the call, by serving as Chair of the section for two years in a row. If you see her at the upcoming fall meeting looking quite relaxed, you know why - she can sit back and enjoy a meeting for the first time in two years.  Also, a big thanks goes to Matt DeLong (Taylor University) for serving as our Treasurer for several years.   We still have money, so Matt must have done a splendid job!  Incoming officers are Charlie Peltier (St. Mary's College), who replaces Matt as Treasurer, and Vesna Kilibarda, who is Vice Chair and will be in the hot seat starting Spring 2010. Continuing officers are Secretary Andy Rich (Manchester College), Public Information Officer Adam Coffman (IPFW), Newsletter Editor William Turner (Wabash College), Student Activities Coordinator Robert Talbert (Franklin College), and AMC Regional Coordinator Elton Graves (Rose Hulman). Our section Governor - who represents us at the national level - is David Housman (Goshen College).  It's all of these people who help the organization continue to run smoothly, so give them a pat on the back when you see them.  If you are interested in helping keep the section moving along, please let any of us know, as opportunities always arise; for example, this is Robert Talbert's last year as the Student Activities Coordinator.

The Fall meeting of the Indiana section of the MAA will be held Saturday, October 17 at Purdue University Calumet's Academic Learning Center, in Lake County, which is the most northwest county in the state.  We have two invited speakers: Michael Bolt (Calvin College) will present "Paint by number: a visualization of complex functions", and Nicoleta Tarfulea (Purdue University Calumet) will present "A computational model for tumor-angiogenesis and intervention strategies for cancer". These speakers serve as bookends for the program, one will speak in the morning and the other at the end of the program in the early to mid afternoon. On my growing schedule for the day, I have many open boxes representing available slots for contributed talks, and this is where you come in! Please consider contributing a talk to the program; we have no over-riding theme for the day, almost any topic of mathematical interest is fair game. This is a great venue for student presentations as well, so please encourage your students to submit talks. Information about directions, registration and submittal of talks is (or soon will be) available on our web page, http://www.maa.org/indiana.  The deadline for submission of a talk is Friday, October 2. The deadline for early registration is Friday, Oct 9; early registration guarantees the cheaper rate as well as availability of a meal at lunch - you can still register late or at the meeting itself, but it is a bit more expensive, and there may or may not be an opportunity to sign up for lunch.

To plan your travel to the meeting, please know that we have several rooms reserved under the name "Indiana Section MAA" at the Comfort Suites 1344 East 83rd Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410.  The rate is $90 which includes a continental breakfast.  The phone number is 219-736-9500.  There are many other hotels in the area as well, clustered at the intersection of I-65 and Rt 30 in Merrillville, IN. The URL of the Comfort Suites is:

http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-merrillville-indiana-IN213?promo=gglocal

While attending Mathfest earlier this month, I learned a couple of things that might be of broad interest. First, the MAA plans to initiate electronic memberships in 2010 (in which all journals would be received electronically). Second, you can keep up with the MAA via Twitter, using "MAAnow" (for current events, etc) and "MAAreviews" (for current reviews) as names to follow.

Finally, the executive board agreed to purchase a brick for the walkway of the MAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. We received a thank you from the national organization which said, "Many thanks for purchasing a brick on the Paul R. Halmos Commemorative Walk outside of The Carriage House Conference Center. Your brick will be engraved 'INDIANA SECTION 2009'. You are contributing to making the 'Walk' a most unique and interesting part of the MAA Headquarters."

I look forward to a successful meeting in October.

Ken Luther

Chair of the Indiana Section of the MAA

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