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Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Distinguished Service Award
Paul T. Mielke
To the best of our knowledge, a citation was not prepared for the presentation
of this award; however, the following article appeared in the Fall 1993
Indiana M.A.A. Section Newsletter.
Double congratulations go to Professor Paul T. Mielke of Wabash College.
In April, Paul was the recipient of the first Annual Indiana Section Distinguished
Service Award, presented at the Tri-Section Meeting at Saint Mary's College.
Also, at the Summer Meetings held in Vancouver, it was officially announced
that Paul will also receive a 1994 MAA Certificate of Meritorious Service.
The latter presentation will be made at the January Meetings in Cincinnati.
The last time the Section had the privilege of nominating a recipient
of the Certificate of Meritorious Service was 1989, when Rodney Hood of
Franklin College was honored.
Professor Mielke received his bachelor's degree from Wabash College,
where he has spent nearly all of his mathematical career, and he earned
his Ph. D. in mathematics from Purdue University. He served as chairman
of the Wabash College Mathematics Department and his efforts have impacted
significantly on his department and school. During his nearly five decades
of membership in the Mathematical Association of America, Paul has actvely
contributed at the national and sectional levels. He served the Section
as Secretary-Treasurer from 1960 to 1966, as Vice-Chair from 1968 to 1969,
and as Governor from 1972 to 1975.
At the national level he served as the Executive Director of the MAA Committee
on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM), and he was an associate
editor for the American Mathematical Monthly. At Wabash College
in 1965 he founded "The Friendly Mathematics Competition," which
we all know today as "The Indiana College Mathematics Competition."
Paul's continuing dedication to, and efforts on the behalf of, the ICMC
are well-known and appreciated by the Section and its members.
The two Section committees charged with handling the nominations and
selections of recipients of these two awards deserve the Section's appreciation
for independently coming up with such a magnificent choice!
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