Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA
100th Anniversary Meeting — April 2017
Plan now to the Section's 100th
meeting April 21–22, 2017
at Colorado State University, Pueblo.
Mark your calendar now for the festivities
to take place in Pueblo as the Rocky Mountain Section celebrates its
founding in 1917! The 100th Anniversary meeting will be
held April 21–22, 2017, and promises two days of engaging
speakers, student activities, book sales, and more.
Plenary Speakers for the meeting will include:
The weekend's agenda will once more include a Friday Pre-Conference
Workshop, a Friday evening banquet to be held at Pueblo Community
College. Other tentative happenings include a return of Student
door prizes from generous vendors, and special networking opportunities.
For more information, please see the
On-line registration and will be available via soon. You may
your suggestions for special sessions or panel themes, workshop
topics or presenters, and other party ideas to Janet Barnett.
We need your help!
2017 Call for Officer Candidates
The Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA needs you!
We are seeking members to serve as
Please contact Heidi Keck
if you are interested in serving in one of these roles. Descriptions follow.
The Chair-Elect is an elected
position voted on during the spring business meeting. The person serves
a one year term and then becomes the section Chair for two years and
serves as Past-Chair for an additional year for a total of a four year
commitment. The first year the person will:
attend all Executive Committee Meetings,
act in place of Chairperson if that officer cannot fulfill his/her position,
serve on Program Committee,
chair the Distinguished Teaching Award Committee.
The Secretary/Treasurer is also
an elected position voted on during the spring business meeting. This
is a three year term with these duties:
Making all the officers aware of their duties.
Assisting officers in the performance of their duties.
Responsible for Section funds and preparation of reports.
Responsible for preparing and distributing minutes of all Section and
Executive Committee meetings.
Help with call-for-papers and other mailings.
Preparation and distribution of Section Newsletter
Archivist for Section.
Serve on Program Committee
Handle details not assigned to other officers.
Serve as co-signer for bank account once one is past secretary.
Secretary/Treasurer is assisted by the section newsletter
editor, the web page editor, the book sales coordinator, and the awards
The Awards Coordinator is an appointed position. This
person assists with Distinguished Teaching Awards given by the section
and will perform these tasks:
serves at the pleasure of and works closely with the secretary/treasurer,
provides up to date information to the section on the nomination process,
forms, and deadlines for each award,
is encouraged to actively recruit nominations from section members,
is responsible for gathering the nomination materials and keeping track of
eligibility of the nominees (this especially relevant for ECTA),
tracks the nominations that are resubmitted for consideration,
provides all materials to the awards committee along with any evaluation
rubrics to aid with evaluation,
is responsible for ordering the trophies and getting the plaques to the next
section meeting, and
assists with improving nomination packets submitted for national teaching
The Awards Coordinator is not a member of the Executive Committee
or the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee deliberates and makes a
recommendation to the Executive Committee. Once the Executive Committee
finalizes awards the Awards Coordinator is informed of the decision.
Letter from the Section Chair
I thought I would briefly introduce myself as the new Rocky Mountain
Mathematical Association of America Section Chair. I have been a
mathematics faculty member and (a mostly willing) administrator for the
last 36 years, the last fourteen at the University of Colorado Denver,
who has always enjoyed the information and activities offered by the MAA
(since being provided a student membership in 1978). I completed a two
year rotation at the National Science Foundation (2012-2014) during
which time I had an opportunity to visit the MAA National Office and
attend several talks at the Carriage House. This also afforded me the
chance to work closely with the MAA staff on key projects pertaining to
undergraduate mathematics education.
I'd like to encourage you to use this "slow" time of the year
to consider looking into and finding out more about several section
activities, awards and opportunities that you or some of your fellow
departmental colleagues might want to take advantage of
Take stock of
your department colleagues, and nominate them for one of the sections'
The section offers two teaching awards:
Also, the section offers a small grant program in order to assist
Section members a chance to attain funds for projects in support of
Section Activities Grants Program DesignObjective
Finally, for additional information about the section, our meetings,
programs and the other items visit the
Rocky Mountain MAA Section Website.
Haimo award winner in the Rocky Mountain Section!
CSU-Pueblo Mathematics Professor Janet Heine Barnett
will receive the 2017 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of
Mathematics by the Mathematical Association of America at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
Prize Session, scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2017, 4:25 pm,
in Atlanta, GA.
Some excerpts from Dr. Barnett's citation:
"Janet Heine Barnett is recognized for her outstanding successes
in the undergraduate classroom, for her important scholarly and curricular
work in the history of mathematics, and for her substantial impact on
secondary mathematics education in her native southeastern Colorado. She
is known on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus as a challenging
and demanding professor whose classes are in great demand and appreciated
by her students. Through her interest in the history of mathematics,
Janet has become an international leader in efforts to teach mathematics
using primary historical sources
Additionally, Janet has taken the lead in improving the educational
outlook of the residents of southeastern Colorado
The MAA recognizes the great positive impact of Janet Heine
Barnett on mathematics students and teachers at her own institution, in
her region, and across the country, and is honored to present her with
the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College
or University Teaching of Mathematics."
for the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings if you would like to attend and
congratulate Janet in person!
Fall 2016 Newsletter Now Available
Fall 2016 Newsletter
is now available in
PDF format. Check out
the latest news about
a report on the
2016 Section Meeting, and more.
Rocky Mountain Section History, Live on the Website
You are invited to check out the collection of
Historical Materials on the section website.
Materials include Meeting Reports from (almost) all meetings between
1917 and 1998, narrative summaries by David Ballew, and another
narrative, with emphasis on Colorado College, by Bill Ramaley.
This is still a work in progress! Those with time, energy, and
interest are invited to study these materials and contribute to understanding
the history of our section.
Voluntary Section Dues
Annual Colorado Mathematics Awards Ceremony/Reception