Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA
Spring 2021 Section Newsletter now available
You can now download the Spring 2021 Section Newsletter as a pdf.
Colorado College to Virtually Host 18th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (PPRUMC)
The 2021 PPRUMC will be hosted virtually by Colorado College on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The organizers are hopeful that many undergraduates will participate and present on their research, so we can all feel the support of our regional mathematics community. Registration will be open soon. Students who would like to present should register by Friday, February 19th; others can register up to the Friday before the event (2/26) to recieve Zoom links by email.
For more information and to register, see the conference website.
Section Member Recieves 2021 Chauvenet Prize
Congratulations to Travis Kowalski of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, recipient of the 2021 Chauvenet Prize, recognizing an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic, for The Sine of a Single Degree, The College Mathematics Journal 47 (2016).
Change in the Early Career Teaching Award
The criteria for the ECTA has been modified to include faculty members
that have completed a master's instead of restricting access for this
section award to only members who hold a doctorate. The Henry Alder Award
(the national award) requires a PhD so ECTA continues to be distinct from
the national award in cases where our awardee does not have a PhD. The
new eligibility requirements are (with the changes in italics):
To be eligible the candidate must:
For any questions, contact the
Early Career Award Selection Committee
2020 Early Career Teaching Award Winner
The Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA is very pleased to announce that
the 2020 recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award is Dr. Molly Moran,
of Colorado College.
Dr. Moran's nomination truly demonstrates that she is an outstanding
and dedicated teacher. By all accounts, she shines in the classroom,
finding innovative ways to help students learn. Along with her deep
subject knowledge and her thoughtful approach to the art of teaching,
students and peers report that Dr. Moran displays a passion for her
subject and a profound commitment to inclusivity in mathematics. Dr. Moran
also has an impressive record of mentoring undergraduates in research:
her students have presented at venues such as the Joint Meetings in
Mathematics, and they describe this experience as "eye-opening"
and "life- changing." (Some of these students have since gone
on to graduate study in mathematics.) It was a pleasure for the committee
to hear about the wonderful work she is doing.
We congratulate Dr. Moran on her exemplary service to her students,
her institution, her section, and her discipline. We know that we will
continue to see great things from her in the years to come.
This award includes a personalized plaque, and a check in the amount of
100⋅ϵ dollars (rounded to the nearest cent).
Are you interested in nominating a colleague
for the ECTA? Follow these links to the
nomination guidelines and
Nominations open for 2021 B.W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award
In 2020, the Rocky Mountain Section did not receive any
nominations for the Burton W. Jones Award, so no award was
granted. Nominations are still open for 2021. Follow this link
to learn more about the award, and go
here for details on what is required, and for links to the forms.
2021 Election of Section Chair
Our spring election was delayed until September due to the
coronavirus. Congratulations to Mona Mocanasu, who was re-elected as
Secretary/Treasurer, and to Ken Monks, who was elected vice-chair.
Thanks to everyone who voted!
is now soliciting nominations for the important
position of section chair for an election to be held in late spring
2021 (two-year term, usually this office is filled by the preceding
year's Chairperson-Elect). Nominations can be sent to
nominating committee chair. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Duties of the Chair include:
- Provide leadership for Section; much of the section business can be conducted by phone or e-mail.
- Receive and answer mail from national MAA.
- Contribute a Chairperson's report for each newsletter.
- Arrange and preside at all Executive Committee Meetings. In recent
years, the only in-person Executive Committee Meeting is held on the
Thursday evening preceding Annual Spring meeting.
- Preside at all section Business Meetings. Traditionally, the
section business meeting has been the first event on Saturday of the
annual spring section meeting.
- Represent the Section at the Section Officers' Meeting held in
conjunction with MathFest and the Joint Mathematics Meetings, or
designate a replacement. The Section receives $250 from national,
if it had an official representative (other than the Section
Representative of the MAA Congress) at the MathFestSection
Officers; Meeting in the previous year, to be used as partial
travel reimbursement to its official representative. (See the
Expense Reimbursement Policy on the national MAA website.)
- Serves as ex-officio member of all standing committees
- Coordinate with Program Chairperson to arrange for invited speaker(s)
from national MAA speaker list. See Section Meeting Organization Handbook
- In each year during which the Officers of the Section include a
Chairperson Elect, appoint a member for a two-year term to the Teaching
- Appoint a member (each year) to the Nominating Committee.
- Appoint Section NExT Coordinator / Committee; see Section IV of
this handbook for appointment dates.
Note: Elected officers of the section must be
members of the MAA.
Annual Business Meeting (Virtual)
The 2020 Section Business Meeting was held as planned on Saturday,
April 18, 2020. Approximately 17 persons attended (virtually).
A recording of the meeting is available here.
Fall 2020 Newsletter Available
The Rocky Mountain Section Fall 2020 Newsletter is now available in
Thanks to Pam Peters
for putting this together.
Please contact George Heine
about any formatting issues.
2020–2022 Section Chair
Dan Swenson of Black Hills State University in Spearfish,
South Dakota, is our new Section Chair, and will serve until the 2022
A brief biography of Dr. Swenson is available online as part of the
Nominating Committee Report in the Spring 2019 Newsletter.
2019 Teaching Award Winners
Congratulations to Kenneth Monks, Front Range
Community College (Boulder Campus), winner of the
Early Career Teaching Award, and to Travis Kowalski,
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, winner of the
Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award.
The Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching honors beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. National MAA has granted Ken Monks an Alder Award for 2020.
link to read Dr. Monks' citation.
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.