The Mathematical Association of America

North Central Section


North Central Section, Mathematical Association of America

Business Meeting, April 23, 2005

St. Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota


President Jennifer Galovich presided.

Treasurer’s Report:  Tom Sibley indicated that section funds are doing well, including the summer seminar fund.  Sixty-seven teams took part in the section math contest last fall.

Secretary’s Report:  Wally announced that changes to section by-laws approved at last spring’s meeting were approved by the national committee on sections in January so are now in effect.  Registered attendance at this meeting was 91, nineteen more than at any other meeting in the last two years.

Student Chapter Coordinator’s Report:  Dick Jarvinen reminded section members that support for student chapters is available from the national organization and from the section funds.  He sought suggestions for enhancing and supporting existing student chapters and encouraged institutions to establish new student chapters.  He reminded members of national travel support for student chapter members giving papers at national MAA meetings.

Information Officer’s Report:  Jason Douma thanked all those who had submitted news for the web site, and indicated that submissions are welcome any time of the year.  He is constantly updating the list of department contacts in the section, so such information should be sent to him.

Team Competition:  Results of last fall’s competition are on the section web site.

Section NExT:  Mike Hvidsten reported that the first meeting of section NExT fellows was held April 22nd.  There are currently nine section NExT fellows.

Governor’s Report:  Dan Kemp announced that Saunders MacLane had died recently.  Dan announced the establishment of the David Robbins Prize in combinatorics by the MAA.  It will be awarded every third year.  He encouraged members to vote in the on-going national MAA elections.

Nominations:  President-elect Dale Buske announced the nominating committee’s nominations for new officers:  Steve Kennedy—President-elect; Randy Westhoff—Treasurer; Su Doree—Member-at-large; Dick Jarvinen—Student Chapter Coordinator.

When no further nominations were made, the slate was elected by acclamation.

Future Meetings:  The fall meeting will be held at South Dakota State University (in Brookings), October 14-15, 2005.  Our next spring meeting will be at the University of Minnesota, Mankato, April 21-22, 2006.  We are looking for an institution willing to volunteer to host our fall, 2006, meeting.  We are negotiating with a site for spring, 2007, but are looking for other hosts beyond that time.

Summer Seminar:  The summer seminar on Bioinformatics will be held at the University of Minnesota Duluth July 18-22, 2005.  Professor Laurie Heyer of Davidson College will be the main lecturer, with supporting biology lectures by Professor Rob Rutherford of St. Olaf’s biology department.  Scholarships are available for new section members—for this and other information, see the web site.

Certificates and Awards:  President Galovich handed out 25 and 50 year membership certificates. 

The section’s 2005 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD was presented to IVY KNOSHAUG of Bemidji State University.

Thanks to Organizers:  Appreciation was shown to Matt Richey and others at St. Olaf College for their efforts in organizing the meeting and making sure local arrangements went smoothly.


Submitted—Wally Sizer, section secretary


Last updated on Thursday, May 05, 2005 .