The Mathematical Association of America
North Central Section
Officersí Meeting, October 25, 2002
M.B. Rao, Past President Ralph Carr, President Elect Matt Richey, Governor Mike
Hvidsten, Treasurer Tom Sibley, Newsletter Editor Dale Buske, At Large Member
Randy Westhoff, Secretary Wally Sizer.
Governorís report: Mike
mentioned two items which would be in his report to the section:
the possible use of electronic voting on the national level and section
efforts to complement the Project NEXT program.
With the second item we discussed the possibility of integrating with the
ongoing Wisconsin NEXT programs, perhaps providing some support to North Central
participants, and the possibility of doing programs on a more local basis. With local programs is the problem of the ďdensityĒ of
new faculty in some locations.
M.B. sought input for the formation of a nominating committee, the
outstanding teaching award committee, and the meritorious service award
committee. Several names were
proposed, and M.B. will try to form the committees from among those suggested.
If need be, he will contact other officers for more suggestions.
Newsletter editorís report:
Dale was concerned about the uncertainty of electronic addresses.
It was worked out that each of us will contact four institutions and (1)
get current email addresses (Dale says itís good enough to be sure of the
address for a contact person at each institution), and (2) get names of new
people who might be good speakers (20 minute) for future meetings.
The email addresses are to go to Dale; names of potential speakers go to
Wally. It was also pointed out that
the national office has email address lists, but these were apt to have
Tom said section finances are generally in good shape; this is true of
the summer seminar account as well as the general account.
There was general discussion about how to increase
involvement in section activities, especially student involvement and new
faculty interest. One topic
particularly emphasized was getting more speakers at meetings, so programs might
run longer and people might have a choice of talks to attend.
The officers decided to recommend to the business meeting that fees be
waived at section meetings for all speakers in an effort to encourage people to
Wally expressed a concern that he had felt some pressure from his
institution in setting up the present meeting to include a statement that
participants with disabilities should contact a local representative if they
needed special accommodations and they would be provided for.
For this meeting someone had requested a sign interpreter for the deaf
for the Friday night lecture, and after some inquiries it was offered that the
cost would be covered by the deanís office.
However, if we continue to promise assistance for participants with
disabilities it might be at the expense of the section.
The officers decided that Wally would modify the statement to indicate
that the section would make a reasonable attempt to accommodate those with
disabilities, given advance notice (about 3 weeks), and that the section would
cover expenses if necessary. Also,
local organizer instructions will be modified to emphasize handicapped
accessibility. [In the present
instance, the signing interpreter showed up for the talk but the person making
the request did not, so the service was not necessary].
Upcoming meetings: The
University of Sioux Falls has offered to host the Fall, 2003, meeting and Winona
State University has offered for Spring, 2004.
Both offers were accepted. There
was a brief discussion of invited speakers for the fall.
Respectfully submitted: Wally Sizer
Last updated on Friday, May 30, 2003 .