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Spring 2018 Section Chair's Statement



TRISECTION MEETING: March 23-24, 2018, at Valparaiso University

Wow, wow, wow!  March is upon us like a lion and with it comes a meeting the likes of which you have never seen before.  The spring meeting is a tri-section meeting with the Illinois and Michigan sections, an event about as rare and wonderful as a solar eclipse; we don’t even have to travel outside our beloved state, as it is being hosted by Valparaiso University.  Instead of two invited speakers, we have six: Steven Butler (Iowa State), Allison Henrich (Seattle), Judy Holdener (Kenyon), Michael Jones (Math Magazine), Jennifer Quinn (MAA), and Mike Starbird (Texas).  Instead of starting Friday afternoon, it is starting Friday morning March 23 and going until Saturday afternoon.  We will have the usual student competition but with teams from all three states.  There will be a mathematical art exhibit, Project NExT activities, an IBL workshop, section awards, contributed talk sessions, and many activities geared towards students.  Come see old friends, make new ones, and introduce your students to the MAA!  My personal angle on the tri-section: I can’t wait!  Early registration, contributed talk submission, and registration of teams for the contest closes on March 2.

Our spring business meeting will be at 4:30 on Friday.  The Nominating Committee has proposed that Will Turner be nominated for vice-chair and Haseeb Kazi be renominated for secretary. Lara Pudwell will be assuming the position of chair for the next year.  We are looking for someone to be nominated as treasurer to take over from Alex Capaldi who has given us such excellent service the past four years.  Nominations for any position can be made from the floor.

Project NExT has been such a positive force for our section and nationally.  The Indiana section is working on raising $2500 to support an Indiana Project NExT Fellow for 2018-19.  Please consider contributing to this.  ( )

Don’t forget that our section sponsors speakers who will be glad to come give a math talk to your students with the only cost to you being that you and your students listen to a plug for the MAA.  ( )

We can always use more help, so let me know if you would like to get involved in the section.  

We want to hear what is happening in your department.  To post departmental news, post it directly on our FaceBook page: or email it to our newsletter editor Will Turner or our public information officer Josh Holden .

See you soon at Valparaiso!

Andy Rich



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