Note that these are currently unapproved but will hopefully be approved at the April, 2007 meeting.
Iowa Section of the MAA
Section Business Meeting
Saturday, April 8, 2006
Iowa State University
Al Hibbard (Chair, Central College) called the meeting to
order at 11:28am.
new members to the section were introduced. Debra Czarneski and William Schellhorn teach at Simpson
Van Niewaal moved that the minutes from last yearÕs meeting be approved;
A.M. Fink seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously.
for Vice-Chair Elect and Treasurer were distributed; nominations from the
floor were requested, but there were none. Jim Freeman collected and counted. Karen Shuman (Grinnell College)
was elected Treasurer and Larry Naylor (Drake University) was elected
Johnson (substituting for Wendy Weber) presented the treasurerÕs
report. There were no
Freeman (Governor, Cornell College) gave a quick update.
Van Niewaal (Coe College) was presented with the sectionÕs Meritorious
Service Award at the San Antonio meetings.
Stroyan (University of Iowa) was presented with a Haimo Teaching Award at
the San Antonio meetings.
solvency of the national association is a primary issue. Since the association is
dues-driven, the dues structure is being changed to try to help
this. Dues will now be
calculated (roughly) by dividing the cost to run the association by the
number of members.
presented a 50-year member:
Frank Kosier (University of Iowa).
presented the section teaching award to Catherine Miller (University of
announced that the sectionÕs student chapter coordinator position is being
suspended due to lack of interest to fill it.
presented the proposed changes to the sectionÕs bylaws. A.M. Fink (Iowa State University)
moved to accept the changes; Murphy Waggoner (Simpson College)
seconded. The changes passed
unanimously in a voice vote.
Berger (Competition Coordinator, Luther College) announced that a team
from Grinnell College won this yearÕs competition. Marc Chamberland (Grinnell
College) accepted the trophy.
Twenty-eight teams participated this year at Luther College.
reminded the section that time is running out on the matching challenge
put forth by Steve Willson (Iowa State University) to raise funds for the
section competition. To date,
$2,015 has been raised and matched by Willson. The deadline for this challenge is May 2006.
led a discussion of the timing for the section competition. It most recently took place in
early March, and it is slated to happen in late-February or early-March to
try to avoid spring breaks.
One idea was to connect it in some way to the undergraduate
symposium at Simpson College.
There was some discussion about moving it to the fall, but concerns
about coinciding with homecomings were raised. No decision was made as to whether it will move.
reported that this yearÕs Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at
Simpson College was a success.
There were 55 attendees from ten institutions, with 20
Birgen (Wartburg College) discussed the progress towards having a Section
NExT here in Iowa.
are waiving section meeting registration fee for three years for
participants and providing a couple of meeting rooms on the first day of
the meetings for special sessions for the participants.
goal of Section NExT is to get more young Ph.D.s involved in the section
meeting. First year,
participants would just come and observe. Second year, participants would give a presentation at
the section meeting. Third
year, participants would help organize the Section NExT.
said that it might be possible to open this to graduate students who are
close to finishing.
Stroyan (University of Iowa) said he would pay for the first ten
announced that the American Mathematical Competitions is looking for
colleges to help host portions of the competition.
were extended to Elgin Johnston (Iowa State University) for his work in
coordinating the meeting at ISU.
announcements for lunch were given.
adjourned at 12:22pm.