The Mathematical Association of America

North Central Section


North Central Section, MAA

Business Meeting Minutes, April 26, 2003


President M.B. Rao presided.


Governor’s Report—Mike Hvidsten.  A more complete report appears elsewhere on this web site.  Mike emphasized the MAA Programs for the Mathematical Education of Teachers (PMET), four sessions of which will be held in the summer of ’03.  He also indicated that electronic voting for national officers was being implemented this year and urged members to vote; also, comments on this voting procedure should be directed to Mike.


Webmaster’s Report—Dale Buske.  Dale indicated that the position was more that of an information officer, and asked members to send information for the web site to the webmaster (


Treasurer’s Report—Tom Sibley.  Tom distributed a written report and summarized by saying that finances were in good shape.


Secretary’s Report—Wally Sizer.  Wally expressed some concern that people were not getting communications because they were not checking the section web site.  He reminded members of the web address and encouraged them to check the site periodically.  He announced the formation of a section speakers’ bureau for providing high school and college undergraduate lectures, and encouraged members to take part by contacting him to be added to the list (  He announced that official attendance at the spring meeting was 70.  He drew attention to the national MAA program funding new or expanded undergraduate mathematics conferences.


 Student Chapters Report—Dick Jarvinen.  Dick encouraged schools to set up student chapters if they don’t have one yet.  The listing of present student chapters is on the section web site.


Elections.  The Nominating Committee proposed the names of Jennifer Galovich for president-elect, Jason Douma for webmaster, and Joel Iiams for member-at-large.  No other nominations were made and these individuals were voted in unanimously.


Future Meetings.  The fall, 2003, section meeting will be at the University of Sioux Falls on October 24-25, and the spring, 2004, meeting will be at Winona State University in April.  The officers are looking for hosts for meetings after next spring, and institutions interested in hosting future meetings should contact one of the officers.


Summer Seminar.  The summer seminar on Combinatorial Games will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College August 4-8.  More information is available elsewhere on this web site.


Awards.  The section Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Professor Tom Sibley of St. John’s University, and the section Meritorious Service Award was presented to Professor Loren Larson of St. Olaf College.  Twenty-five and fifty year membership certificates were also presented.


Wally Sizer, secretary.