The Mathematical Association of America

North Central Section


Business Meeting Minutes, October 26, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 1:10 by President M.B. Rao.

Mike Hvidsten gave the governorís report.  At the national level the MAA is seeking comment on the possibility of holding elections of officers electronically.  The goal would be to increase the numbers of votes cast in elections.  There is also a push to encouraging sections to develop programs for new faculty to supplement national Project NEXT activities.

Dale Buske, section newsletter editor, asked for feedback on the decision last spring to post the newsletter electronically.  In response to a question, most of those present indicated they had received notification that the newsletter had appeared online.

Secretary Wally Sizer put out a call for nominations for the section Distinguished Teacher Award.  Nomination forms are available online, and are due in his mailbox January 1, 2003.  Departments are encouraged to considering nominating top teachers for this award.  The secretary announced that attendance at the current meeting was 56.

Tom Sibley gave the treasurerís report, indicating section finances were doing well.

M.B. Rao shared Dick Jarvinenís report on student chapters.  While many departments in the section have student chapters, we are far short of the goal of having student chapters on every campus.  The cost is minimal and the benefits to students can be considerable.

Upcoming meetings were announced.

Spring, 2003óMacalester College, St. Paul, MN, April 25-26
Fall, 2003óUniversity of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
Spring, 2004óWinona State University, Winona, MN

The next Summer Seminar will be August 4-8, 2002, at Gustavus Adolphus College.  The topic is COMBINATORIAL GAMES and the seminar leader is Elwyn Berlecamp.

The executive committee proposed a resolution that the meeting fee be waived for all speakers at section meetings.  The reason was to encourage more people to present, so we might have fuller schedules and possibly the option of choosing between parallel sessions.  The motion was approved after discussion.

Marc Brodie announced the Pi Mu Epsilon conference at St. Johnís University April 4-5, 2003, and urged members to encourage their students to attend and present papers.

The meeting concluded with applause for the local arrangements committee.

Respectfully submitted:  Wally Sizer

Last updated on Friday, May 30, 2003 .