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MAA Iowa Section Newsletter
Fall 2016

This is the web edition of the Iowa Section Newsletter. To receive a printed copy of the newsletter or to make suggestions/comments, please contact the editor, Joy Becker,


Section Governor's Report

Here is a link to the Section Governor's Report shared by Mariah Birgen at the fall meeting: Governor's Report

Link to MAA proposed bylaws:

Submitted by Section Governor Mariah Birgen
Wartburg College

Section Chair's Report

We were honored to have Art Benjamin, Stephen Kennedy, and our own Steve Butler give plenaries at the Fall 2016 Iowa Section meeting hosted by Grand View University. It was the Iowa Section's centennial. As it was a cause for celebration, we had a pizza party complete with reminiscing about the past 100 years of the Iowa Section of the MAA. Next fall, we will have our section meeting at Loras College in Dubuque.

Submitted by Section Chair Jason Smith
Graceland University

Section Treasurer's Report

Here is the final report from the Section Meeting: Report from Treasurer

Submitted by Section Treasurer Jonas Meyer
Loras College

2016 Iowa Section Teaching Award

Al Hibbard of Central College was awarded the 2016 MAA Iowa Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Nominations for the 2017 MAA Iowa Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are now being accepted. Please send any questions to Section Secretary, Susan Crook,

Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition and Competition Coordinator

The traveling trophy was presented at the fall section meeting to the University of Iowa, winner of the 22nd annual competition in February 2016. The 2017 competition will be held March 4 at the University of Iowa. See the contest page for further information.

It was recently decided that the competition coordinator will have a term length of five years. A subcommittee of the Executive Committee will be appointed to choose the new coordinator. Interested individuals are encouraged to volunteer, or nominations for the coordinator may be sent to members of the Executive Committee.

For questions or comments, contact the competition coordinator, Ruth Berger.
Luther College

Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

MUMS will be held at Simpson College in Indianola, March 31-April 1, 2017. This year, MUMS is being combined with the CURM Student Research Conference.

Dates of Importance

January 4-7, 2017 - JMM in Atlanta, GA.

March 4, 2017 - Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

March 31 - April 1, 2017 - Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.

July 26-29, 2017 - MathFest in Chicago, IL.

October 20-21, 2017 - Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.