The Mathematical Association of America

North Central Section


North Central Section MAA

Business Meeting Minutes, October 25, 2003

University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD

President Matt Ritchie presided.

Future Meetings:  The next meeting will be April 23-24, 2004, at Winona State University.  Institutions are asked to volunteer to host meetings after that, and should contact the president or one of the other officers if they wish to host.

Summer Seminar:  Twenty-eight people participated in the 2003 summer seminar on combinatorial games.  Host and topic are sought for the 2005 seminar; plans should be underway by the end of the present academic year.

Teaching, Service Awards:  Nominees are sought for both these awards.  For the service award, a detailed letter of nomination is sufficient and can be sent directly to Randy Westhoff, Bemidji State University (by March 1, 2004).  For the teaching award, a detailed letter of nomination should be sent to Matt Richey by December 15; finalists will be asked to submit a more complete application by February 1.

Speakers for Future Meetings:  Suggestions for invited speakers are welcome, and should be directed to Matt Richey or President-elect Jennifer Galovich. 

Student Chapters:  Dick Jarvinen, section student chapter coordinator, reported (in absentia) that the section now has 15 student chapters, and that it is easy to set up a student chapter.  Details for doing so are available at the national MAA web site.

Governor’s Report:  Mike Hvidsten brought member attention to the new nationwide Henry L. Alder Awards for Distinguished Teaching by Beginning Faculty.  Departments can nominate candidates for the awards—check out the national web site.  Also Mike indicated that the section will begin organizing activities for beginning faculty; anyone with ideas on what should be set up should contact Mike.

Secretary’s Report:  Wally Sizer pushed the speakers’ bureau, both to get volunteers who are willing to talk to high school or undergraduate audiences and to alert departments to this resource.  To offer to speak or to line up a speaker, contact Wally.  He also noted that meeting attendance was 48, representing 17 institutions.

Treasurer’s Report:  Tom Sibley indicated balances in all section accounts are good.

The section thanked the local arrangements committee at the University of Sioux Falls for their efforts in hosting the meeting for the section.  Their work was duly appreciated.

That concluded the business meeting.

Submitted—Wally Sizer, secretary


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