This past June, a large group
of PNW-MAA members together with Western Regional AMS members put on a
grand show at Portland State University. There are too many contributing
individuals to list here, but it is appropriate to point out two
individuals that deserve special merit for their work on this meeting:
Jeanette Palmiter, Portland State University, and Ken Ross, University
of Oregon. I know from a count of e-mails, phone-calls, and face-to-face
meetings and from the success of the meeting itself that this duo
invested a tremendous amount of time in planning this meeting.
Our next two section meetings
will be at Whitman College in Walla Walla and the University of Alaska at
Anchorage. The planning group for the Whitman meeting is chaired by Albert
Schueller of Whitman College. Albert is joined by Laura Schueller, Whitman
College, and Erik Schulz, Walla Walla Community College. Together the
three are well on their way to creating a terrific event for us. Larry
Foster of the University of Alaska Anchorage is the point person for the
Alaska meeting. This meeting should be particularly exciting in that we
expect interest from mathematicians all over North America.
The meetings of PNW-MAA are a
wonderful opportunity for us to share ideas, for students to meet other
mathematics students and mathematicians, and for all of us to renew old
friendships and create new bonds. I hope to see you and your students in
Walla Walla this June.
We are fortunate to have a
collection of dedicated individuals in our section who have agreed to take
on various duties in our service.
The committee to nominate and
select the section’s Distinguished Teaching Award winner is currently
reviewing nominations and will select the DTA winner soon for announcement
at our June meeting. Chairing the committee this year is Mary Ehlers of
Seattle University. Elena Toneva of Eastern Washington University, Wendy
Houston of Everett Community College and Dick Koch of the University of
Oregon round out this year’s committee.
This winter, we will be voting on
a new governor for the section. Afton Cayford of the University of British
Columbia has agreed to serve as chair of the three person nominating
committee for this position. Also serving are Millie Johnson of Western
Washington University and Nancy Neudauer of Pacific University. They will
be selecting several candidates and submitting their names and short bios
to the MAA headquarters. Subsequently, the headquarters will conduct an
election in our section.
There are two other groups that
have completed their work for our section recently. The bylaws committee
was chaired by Jenny McNulty, University of Montana, and included Ken
Ross, University of Oregon, Larry Curnutt, Bellevue Community College, and
Mary Ehlers, Seattle University. The Nominating Committee for Section
Officers was chaired by Richard Iltis of Willamette University and had
members Millie Johnson, Western Washington University and Yves Neivergelt,
Eastern Washington University
Finally, I want to recognize the
efforts of a special group of early-career faculty who have created a
vibrant project NeXT in the Pacific Northwest. Of particular note are
Nancy Neudauer and Jenny McNulty who have been overseeing the section NeXT
activities for several years. On behalf of the entire section, thank you,
Jenny and Nancy, for creating a program that will have lasting impact on
young faculty, the section, and our students.