Iowa Section of the MAA
Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Present: Ruth Berger (Competition Chair), Mariah
Birgen (Chair), Joe Gallian (MAA President), Al Hibbard (Past Chair), Mark
Mills (Information Director), Larry Naylor (Vice-Chair Elect), Karen Shuman
(Treasurer), Cal Van Niewaal (Liaison Coordinator, Governor elect), Murphy
Waggoner (candidate for Vice-Chair Elect), Wendy Weber (Secretary)
Birgen called the meeting to order at 7:10am.
of last yearÕs Executive Committee Meeting were approved without dissent.
welcomed our visitors: Murphy Waggoner, candidate for Vice-Chair Elect,
and Joe Gallian, MAA president and plenary speaker for this meeting.
extended a thanks to Mark Mills (Information Director) and Cal Van Niewaal
(Liaison Coordinator) for their service in their respective
positions. Birgen thanked Al
Hibbard for accepting the next term of Information Director. Monica Meissen, new Liaison
Coordinator, was not able to attend.
To insure that both of these positions would not be renewed in the
same year, Hibbard agreed to accept a two year term for Information
provided a summary of the donations received in the Competition
Campaign. Donations received
from 2004-2006 totaled $3414.67.
Steve Willson, Iowa State University, generously matched this
total. The total amount for
the campaign is $6829.34.
Birgen will extend the thanks of the Section to Willson at the
Business meeting today.
announced that all officers should review their respective positionÕs
operational plans after the meeting and contact him with any changes that
need to be made.
provided an update on the first Section NExT pre-conference workshop held
Friday, 13, 2007 at Drake University. Joe Gallian attended the workshop. There was one new Section NExT
member. During the workshop,
Section NExT discussion included advertising Section NExT, contacting
individual chairs of departments to inform them of Section NExT, creating
a brochure for Section NExT, increasing visibility of Section NExT on our
SectionÕs web site.
reported that the ASA, AMATYC, and ICTM were contacted prior to the
Section Meeting to see about coordinating participation in our Section
Meeting. Though there was no
positive response, it was agreed that this is a good idea and the Chair
should continue to pursue joint involvement each year.
of attendance at MathFest in August 2007. Weber will contact all Officers
after the Section meeting to determine who will be our representative at
reported that the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition this year was a
success. Students began the
day after arriving at the host institution, Grinnell College, by
interacting with each other while playing SET. They then had lunch and proceeded to take the 3 hour
team exam. Exams were graded
within two weeks, and scores were posted on the Section website. Logistics of when the Competition
should be held were discussed; it was decided that Birgen would bring this
discussion to Section members at the Business meeting later in the day.
reported on the lack of nominations for the Section teaching award. The process for soliciting
nominations was discussed. In
years where nominations are low, the Secretary will contact past yearÕs
nominators to ask them to consider re-nominating a person for the current
year. In order to reach
individuals, the Secretary will use the SectionÕs website to email members
directly. The Secretary will
follow up by contacting liaisons to encourage them to remind them to
nominate worthy colleagues.
The Secretary will also contact members of the Section involved in
Project or Section NExT and encourage them to nominate mentors.
reminded member of upcoming elections, term endings and awards (Vice-Chair
Elect is elected yearly)
- 2008: Election of Secretary
2008-09: The Section can
have a Polya Lecturer
- 2009: Term begins for new Information
Director, Election of Treasurer
- 2009-10: Election of Section Governor
- 2010: Nominations for Meritorious
Term begins for new Liaison
brought up the idea of contacting attendees of each yearÕs Section
Meeting to help evaluate the meeting. With the database generated from registration, it will
be easy to email attendees and gather ideas to make the meeting better.
of whether Liaisons are passing information on to members. It was decided that since the
Section maintains a database of email addresses of all MAA members in the
Section, that important information could be sent directly to members;
liaisons could then send on information to non-members of the MAA. It was pointed out that the
national office only sends email to liaisons, and that liaisons need to
send national information to all department members.
of the timing of forming nominating committees was discussed. Nominating committee members must
have enough time to contact nominees and then to wait to hear back from
them. The Chair should
contact past chairs to ask them for recommendations of nominees. The nominating committee should
be listed in the fall newsletter so that Section members can send them
nominations. It was agreed
that the Past Chair, who has served in all chair positions, should be involved
in helping to make sure that tasks are completed in a timely fashion. Hibbard pointed out that reminders
for some important tasks could be automatically sent out via email
beginning this fall.
was adjourned at 7:58am.
Wendy A. Weber