Iowa Section of the MAA
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Mariah Birgen (Chair) called the meeting to order at 11:25am.
extended the thanks of the Section to Larry Naylor and Drake University
for hosting the meeting. Birgen
welcomed and introduced first time participants: Neil Martinsen-Burrell (Wartburg College)
of last yearŐs Business Meeting were approved without dissent.
Waggoner (Simpson College) was elected Vice-Chair Elect.
- Karen Shuman,
Treasurer, presented the TreasurerŐs report. Birgen extended the thanks of the Section to Steve
Willson (Iowa State University) for generously matching donations to the
Competition fund; the total amount raised was $6800.
Freeman, Governor, presented the GovernorŐs report. Thanks were extended to Birgen for
serving as Chair for two years during the transition to the new executive
structure. Freeman reminded
members to buy books; the Section benefits and the sale of book
contributes to keeping MAA dues from rising. Freeman announced the Distinguished Lecture Series, the
300th Birthday of Euler, PREP Workshops, the cycles of
Strategic Planning, membership of the MAA (~24000) and retention (~93%),
the solid finances of the MAA, the upcoming elections of President and First
Vice-President of the MAA, and the upcoming meetings at MathFest (August
3-5, 2007) and the Joint Meetings (January 6-9, 2008).
announced Cal Van Niewaal was elected Governor of our Section for the next
three years. Freeman was
thanked for his service as Governor.
presented Al Hibbard (Central College) and Bruce Sloan (Simpson College)
with certificates celebrating their respective 25-year MAA memberships.
announced the student speakers at the Meeting and presented faculty of
their institutions with certificates to give to the students.
extended the thanks of the Section to Mark Mills (Central College) and Cal
Van Niewaal (Coe College) for their respective service in the positions of
Information Director and Liaison Coordinator. The new Information Director will be Al Hibbard
(Central College) and Monica Meissen (Clarke College) will be the new
Liaison Coordinator. In order
to stagger the terms of these two positions, Hibbard agreed to serve as
Information Director for two years; MeissenŐs term is three years.
Berger (Student Competition Coordinator) announced the results of the 13th
Annual Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition. The award for first place was presented to Drake
University. The competition
trophy will reside at Drake University for the next year. Thanks were extended to Grinnell
College for hosting the Competition and to Mark Mills for posting
information on the Section website.
led a discussion of the timing of the Competition. This year it was scheduled in the
spring; care was taken to schedule it around the Section Meeting and
SimpsonŐs Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium. Discussion of moving the Section
meeting to the fall to allow greater flexibility in scheduling the Competition
around the various times of spring break ensued.
Moved (Weber, Goodman seconded): The Chair of the Section will
form a committee to investigate moving the Section meeting from Spring to
Fall. The committee will list
pros and cons of such a move; information will be compiled and posted in
the Fall 2007 Section Newsletter.
Members will vote to move the Section meeting to the fall by
November 1, 2007.
Motion passed by consent.
Waggoner reported on the 2007 Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium. The Symposium is funded by a grant
from the NSF through the MAA.
There were 95 attendees at this program designed specifically for
announced there were no nominations for the Section Teaching Award. Birgen encouraged members to not
only nominate faculty in their own departments, but to also consider
nominating colleagues at other institutions.
ASA meeting will be Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Grinnell College.
encourage members to contact him if they are taking students to MathFest
so that professors could coordinate some joint events with students at
other institutions in Iowa.
asked members to contact him if they will have students doing summer
research in Iowa, not necessarily through an REU program, so that
professors can coordinate some social events for the students.
Birgen (Wartburg College) announced the first pre-conference workshop of
Iowa Section NExT was held Friday, April 13, 2007 at Drake
University. Members were
asked to encourage pre-tenure faculty to apply to Iowa Section NExT and
to attend the workshop at next yearŐs meeting.
and Exhibits will close at 4pm.
- Lunch locations
were briefly announced.
was adjourned at 12:25pm.
Wendy A. Weber