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Spring 2019 Section Chair's Statement



INMAA Spring Meeting: April 5-6, 2019, at the University of Indianapolis
Dear Indiana MAA Colleagues,

Greetings!   I invite you to our spring meeting Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at University of Indianapolis.  The plenary speakers are: Deanna Haunsperger, the 2017-2018 MAA President, of Carleton College, speaking on “A Glimpse at the Horizon;” Alissa Crans, associate director of Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching), of Loyola Marymount University, speaking on "Cracking the Cubic: Cardano, Controversy, and Creasing"; and Manda Riehl, of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, speaking on "Discrete Mathematics Applied to Biology."  Indiana’s section of Project NExT will be hosting a panel discussion on "Teaching Students to Think about Learning," including all three plenary speakers.  Both the Section's distinguished teaching award and distinguished service award will be presented at the conference banquet on Friday evening.

The deadline for early registration is Friday, March 15.

For undergraduates, we are hosting the annual “Friendly” Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition (ICMC) on Friday (Registration deadline Fri. 3/15; Late registration deadline: Wed. 4/3), and on Saturday will be a workshop entitled "Recognizing Gerrymandering: are you smarter than a Supreme Court Justice?" There will also be a mathematical game show Saturday afternoon during the Section business meeting.

Please consider giving a talk.  The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15. You can see more details about all the spring meeting activities at:

We had a fantastic Fall 2018 meeting at Hanover College, and I want to particularly thank the local host Haris Skiadas.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank many people that make our IN MAA meetings possible. I thank the executive board: Will Turner, Vice Chair; Phil Mummert, Treasurer; Haseeb Kazi, Secretary; Andy Rich, Past Chair; Krysi Leganza, Section Representative; Paul Fonstad, Student Activities Coordinator; and Josh Holden, Public Information Officer.  I thank many more including Kaiti Ansaldi heading up our College Visitors Program and serving as our Outreach Coordinator, Livia Hummel and Amber Russell leading Indiana’s Section NExT, Adam Coffman editing meeting abstracts, and historian and assistant historian Rick Gillman and Lauren Decker, respectively.  There are also committees and many others who contribute to behind-the-scenes work.  Thanks to all!

As my term as Section Chair expires at the close of the spring 2019 meeting, Will Turner (Wabash College) will become the Chair of the section for 2019-2020.  The nominating Committee has put forward Kristin Farwell (Grace College) as a nominee for the Vice Chair for 2019-2020 and Dan Dobbs (Trine) for Secretary.  Other nominations for the above positions will also be accepted. Note that the Vice Chair for 2019-2020 will then become Chair for 2020-2021.

In addition to the positions listed above, two appointed positions will transition this year as Stacy Hoehn (Franklin College) begins a three-year-term as public information officer and Colin McKinney (Wabash College) begins a three-year term as student activities coordinator. 

Thanks again to our outgoing officers (Andy Rich, past chair; Haseeb Kazi, secretary; Josh Holden, public information officer; and Paul Fonstad, student activites coordinator) for their fantastic service over a number of years!

Apart from the spring meeting, 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.  ( )

With so many things going on, our section welcomes your feedback.  Feel free to contact me at or Will Turner at

For further updates and announcements, keep following us on our webpage, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @indianaMAA. We look forward to seeing you at UIndy next month!

Lara Pudwell
Chair of MAA Indiana Section



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