Newsletter of the RockyMountain Section of the MAA

Spring 2001


Section to Host NSF Grant Writing Workshop

The Rocky Mountain Section Program Committee is pleased to announce that our application to host a NSF Grant Writing Workshop has been approved! Hosting this workshop offers a unique opportunity for our section to make an impact on the quality and quantity of mathematical and interdisciplinary proposals submitted to the NSF and other funding agencies while offering professional development for faculty right here "at home". Led by Stuart Boersma, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Central Washington University and PI/co-PI on several successful NSF proposals, the workshop will assist potential grant seekers with the art of writing effective — and fundable — grants. Participants will also learn about federal funding opportunities, especially in the NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education.

The workshop is scheduled to take place in two parts on Friday, 20 April. Part I will run from 10 am - 12 pm, just prior to the official opening of the Spring 2001 Meeting, with Part II closing out the program at the end of the same day. Please note that the workshop does consist of four full hours, and the afternoon session will not repeat the morning session. Issues to be addressed in the morning session include the benfits of proposal writing for faculty, the priorities of NSF-DUE, and the grant writing process with an empahiss on the keys to successful proposals and a look at the review process. The afternoon session will include a mock proposal review and a look at issues such as budgets and cost sharing.

The workshop fee of $15 will help to cover the costs of workshop materials, and can be paid using the meeting registration form on page 7. All institutions in our section are encouraged to send a representative to this special workshop opportunity. For more information, please contact either Heidi Keck ( or Janet Barnett (

Nominees Sought

Nominees are being accepted for the position of 2001-2003 Section Vice Chair. This position on the Executive Committee is reserved for a faculty member from a junior or community college within the Rocky Mountain Section. In addition to acting as a contact between the Executive Committee and the two-year\community colleges within the section, duties of the Vice Chair include serving as a member on the Program Committee, the Awards Selection Committee, and the Committee on Professional Linkages. The election for Vice Chair will take place at the 2001 Spring Section Meeting in Gunnison. If you would like more information about the position and its responsibilities, please contact the Section Secretary. To make a nomination, please contact the Nomination Committee Chair George Donovan (Metropolitan State College of Denver) at (

Program Highlights

The plans for the Spring 2001 Section Meeting at Western State College are looking great! Gunnison in April promises to be one of the most beautiful meeting sites possible, a non-trivial promise for a region as full of beautiful settings as the Rocky Mountain Section. Many thanks to Heidi Keck and her colleagues for the fine work and gracious offers of hospitality. We are especially indebted to Heidi for preparing the section's successful application to host the NSF Grant Writing Workshop scheduled for Friday, 20 April. Please see page 1 for more information about the workshop.

The meeting will officially open with an invited address Reflections on K - 16 Connections by our 2000 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, Professor Barbara Bath of Colorado School of Mines. Professor Bath's unswerving dedication to the promotion of quality mathematics teaching and learning, her unflagging enthusiasm and superb organizational and leadership skills, and her thorough understanding of the entire educational system and its interconnections truly serve as a model for the rest of us to emulate. As she recalls her various experiences with education at all levels, Dr. Bath will also comment on opportunities now available at NSF —— a nice complement to the meeting's NSF Grant Writing Workshop.

Also joining us from the East Coast will be Professor Thomas Banchoff, current President of the MAA, who will deliver both the Friday Banquet Address Surfaces Beyond the Third Dimension in Portugal and Saturday's Keynote Address Interactive Mathematics via the Internet, Across All Dimensions. A past recipient of several prestigious national collegiate teaching awards and the author of numerous papers, Professor Banchoff has taught at Harvard, Amsterdam, Yale, and is a faculty member at Brown University. He has also served as associate editor of journals which include Mathematics Magazine, the American Mathematics Monthly and Communications in Visual Mathematics <>.

Rounding out the scientific program will be talks contributed by intelligent, involved and inspirational people like you! Be sure to send in your abstract for a contributed paper by March 16 to become a part of this exciting program. More information on the Contributed Paper Sessions can be found on pages 5 - 6.

Student presentations, both graduate and undergraduate, are especially encouraged. Registration for students is free, and all student speakers receive a complimentary one-year membership in the MAA as well. Please use the special Student Flyer located in the center of this newsletter to let your students know about the benefits of attending the meeting. The Program Committee is organizing special panel discussions for students as part of the scientific program, so please encourage your students to attend even if they are not speaking.

Awards Update

The 2001 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient has been selected! To be among the first to learn the identity of this individual, be sure to join us at the April 20th Awards Presentation at this year's Spring Meeting Banquet in Gunnison.

Many thanks to Award Selection Committee members Barbara Bath (CSM), Marsha Driskill (Aims CC), Patrick Enright (Arapahoe CC) and Lou Talman (MSCD) for completing their charge during the busy holiday season … and for agreeing to take on the additional task of selecting a recipient of the Section Certificate of Meritorious Service. At each January meeting of the Association, honorees from roughly six Sections are recognized with this award for service to the MAA at the national level, or for service to the Section. The next Rocky Mountain Section recipient will be honored at the January 2002 National Meeting. A call for nominations for this award appeared in the Fall 2000 newsletter with a deadline of 31 January 2001. If you are interested in making a nomination, and did not receive the necessary information in time to meet this deadline, please contact the Section Secretary immediately.

Preliminary Meeting Program

Program details will be posted on the Rocky Mountain Section web site

Friday, April 20

10:00 - 12:00 NSF Grant Writing Workshop - Part I

Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University

11:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Business meeting, MAA Executive Committee

12:00 - 1:00 Luncheon for Mathematics Department Chairs

11:00 - 4:00 Registration

12:00 - 5:00 Publishers, Exhibits and Hospitality Room

1:00 - 1:15 Opening Remarks and Welcome, Harry Peterson, WSC President

1:15 - 2:00 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Invited Lecture

Barbara Bath, Colorado School of Mines

Reflections on K-16 Mathematics

This talk will trace my path from the National Institutes of Health to the Colorado School of Mines to the National Science Foundation. It will recall middle school mathematics with Native Americans, curriculum reform, connections to other disciplines, the standards movement, and the search for funding. It will include opportunities now available at NSF.

2:10 - 5:20 Parallel Sessions - Contributed Papers, Special Sessions & Panels

3:30 - 5:30 NSF Grant Writing Workshop - Part II

Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University

5:30 - 6:00 Departmental Liaison Meeting

6:00 - 7:00 Reception, College Union Ballroom, Hosted by Western State College

7:00 - 9:30 Banquet and Awards Ceremony, College Union Ballroom

Banquet Address: Thomas Banchoff, Brown University

Surfaces Beyond the Third Dimension in Portugal

How does an art exhibit in Providence RI end up all over Portugal? Virtual collaborations for recreating virtual exhibits point the way to new ways of communicating mathematics across the Internet.

Saturday, April 21

8:00 - 8:50 MAA Business Meeting

9:00 - 9:50 Keynote Address: Thomas Banchoff, Brown University

Interactive Mathematics via the Internet, Across All Dimensions

Internet-based instruction can compress response time and alter the ways we relate to students and the ways they relate to each other. Interactive computer visualizations can bring new insight into courses like multivariable calculus and differential geometry. How will these new experiences affect the ways teachers teach and students learn?

10:00 - 1:00 Parallel Sessions - Contributed Papers, Special Sessions & Panels

Second Call for Papers

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2001 Spring Section Meeting is March 16, 2001.

Proposals received from students and MAA members after this date will be scheduled on a first-come, first-scheduled, space-available basis.

Proposals from non-members who are sponsored by MAA members must reach the program organizers by the deadline to be included in the program.

Although talks on all topics mathematical are welcome, special sessions are being organized around the following themes:

As in past years, the default talk length will be 20 minutes. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate requests for other talk lengths, as well as other scheduling preferences, within the constraints of the schedule.

For non-electronic submissions, please use the Speaker Response Form located on the following page. E-mail equivalents of this form are encouraged! Please be sure to include all requested information if using e-mail, and make sure your title and abstract provide as accurate a description of your talk as possible within the specified word limit.

If you are interested in organizing a special topic session, a panel discussion, or a workshop —— or if you know of a topic which would be of particular interest for the meeting —— please contact the Program Chair Heidi Keck (; 970-943-3167) now.


April 20 - April 21, Western State College, Gunnison

Last Name ____________________________ First Name____________________________

Affiliation ____________________________

Address ____________________________

City ____________________________ State ______ ZIP_______

Email Address ____________________________

FAX Number ____________________________Phone Number ____________________________

MAA member? ______ AMATYC member? ______ Other? ______

AMS member? ______ NCTM member? ______



Do you plan to attend Friday's luncheon? Yes ______ No ______


______ Student Registration ($0)

______ Non-student Registration ($12 before 4/9, $20 after)

______ NSF Grant Writing Workshop ($15 per person)

______ Friday Banquet ($20 per person - spouses and friends are welcome)

Please indicate the number of meals of each type required below. Banquet reservations must be received by 4/9 to be guaranteed; a limited number of Banquet Tickets will be available on site.

______ Flank Steak

______ Chicken Tivoli (The default banquet choice is chicken.)

______ Sundried Tomato Ravioli (vegetarian)





Please make checks payable to Western State College - MAA Conference and return this form with payment* to: R
Rocky Mtn. MAA Annual Meeting Registration
Professor Heidi Keck
Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics
Western State College
Gunnison, CO 81231

* Please note that there is a $17.00 charge for checks returned for insufficient funds.

Speaker Response Form - Due 16 March 2001

Speaker Name ________________________________.

Affiliation ________________________________.

Mailing Address ________________________________.

Email Address ________________________________

Phone Number ________________________________.

Faculty Sponsor*________________________________.

MAA Member Sponsor**________________________________.

Title of Talk: ________________________________.



Abstract (100 words or less):






Is this talk intended for the: Geometry and Its Teaching Special Session? Technology Projects Special Session? History of Mathematics Special Session?

Special Equipment Needs: ________________________________.

Schedule Preference Request:________________________________.

Special Talk Length Request:________________________________.


(Note: e-mail submissions are strongly preferred.)


Professor Heidi Keck
MAA Meeting Program
Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics
Western State College
Gunnison, CO 81231

*For student speakers only. **For non-MAA members/non-students only.


News from The National

MAA Guidelines for Programs and Departments Updated

The MAA's Guidelines for Programs and Departments in Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences were approved by the Board of Governors in August, 2000. These guidelines were originally developed between 1990 and 1993 and were approved, in their original form, by the MAA Board of Governors in 1993. A Task Force for Revising the 1993 Guidelines was appointed in 1997. The current document is a result of their work.

The Guidelines in the current document are intended to be used by mathematical sciences programs in self-studies, planning, and assessment of their undergraduate programs, as well as by college and university administrators and external reviewers. Mathematical sciences programs and their administrations can use the recommendations included in these Guidelines as a basis for allocating resources and planning for the future. A copy of the Guidelines is available at

CUPM Curriculum Initiative and The CF Project

The Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) kicked off a major curriculum initiative at Providence's Mathfest 1999. Since then, CUPMs Subcommittee on Calculus Reform and the First Two Years (CRAFTY) has sponsored a series of interdisciplinary workshops comprising the heart of the Curriculum Foundations (CF) Project. Each workshop focuses on a particular partner discipline (such as physics), or a group of related disciplines (such as health-related life sciences).

Electronic copies of workshop reports are available at for members of the mathematical community who wish to initate discussions on these issues. To contribute your group's analyses of the reports to the national discussion, send email to or hard copy to Tom Berger, Chair of CUPM, Department of Mathematics, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901. (Electronic copy preferred.)

Interested in organizing or serving on a panel or round table discussion about these documents at the section meeting? Contact Janet Barnett at or Heidi Keck at


More Meeting Information - Maps and Accomodations

Maps of Gunnison and the WSC campus will be mailed to all MAA members with the Final Program in early April. These maps can also be accessed at (city) and (campus). All parking on campus is free.

Participants should contact motels/hotels directly to reserve accomodations for the meeting. Lodgings listed below are close to campus, some within walking distance. Please note that these are not guaranteed conference rates, so that reservations should be made as soon as possible in order to obtain the quoted rates. All rates may be subject to tax unless other arrangements are made by participant.

 ABC Motel Inc (in town)  Best Western - Tomichi Village
 970-641-2400  212 E Tomichi 41883 E Tomichi (1.5 m. east on Hwy 50) 970-641-1131
 1 person: $42; 2 people: $48  1 person: $49; 2 people: $54

 The Cattleman Inn (In town)  Days Inn (1 mile)



 301 W Tomichi 701 W Highway (50 Frontage Road) 970-641-0608
 1 person: $38.50; 2 people: $39.20  1 person: $44; 2 people: $52

 Hylander Motel (In town)  Mary Lawrence Inn (In town)
 412 E Tomichi 970-641-0700  601 N Taylor 970-641-3343
 1 person: $55; 2 people: $62  $69 - $115; occupancy: 2 to 4 people

 Mountain View Lodge (In town)  Super 8 Motel (In town)
 117 N Taylor 970-641-1799  411 E Tomichi 970-641-3068
 1 person: $44; 2 people: $54  1 person: $35.89; 2 people: $38.59

 Swiss Inn (In town)  Water Wheel Inn (2 miles)
 312 E Tomichi 970-641-9962  2 miles west of Gunnison on Hwy 50 970-641-1650
 1 person: $50; 2 people: $68  1 person: $55; 2 people: $55

 Western Motel (In town)  Wildwood Motel (2 miles)
 403 E Tomichi 970-641-1722  1312 W Tomichi 970-641-1663
 1 person: $38; 2 people: $44  1-2 person, 1 bed $40; 2 beds: $46

Section News

Voluntary Section Dues Contibtuions

Please note that voluntary section dues contributions can be submitted with your Spring Meeting registration fees for those who are attending the meeting. Any contribution you make will help the section build up funds in support of initiatives and activities in support of our goal and mission.

To submit your dues, simply write in any amount you wish on the line provided on the registration form on page 7; if you would like to designate a particular use for your contribution (e.g., student activities, section activity grant program, Distinguished Teaching Award program), please write that information in. Every little bit will help, and all contributors will receive a letter acknowledging the contribution for their financial records. (Promise!)

If you are not attending the Spring Meeting and wish to make a contribution in support of section activities, you may use the form which will appear in the Fall Newsletter for this purpose, or contact the Section Secretary to obtain a dues coupon.

Special Student Flyers

Be sure to share the flyers located at the center of this newsletter with your students. The Executive Committee is pleased to be able to sponsor student participation in the section wtih activities like the Logo Competition and special panels at the meeting. Many thanks to Tom Kelley (ex-MSCD) for approving the use of some of the left-over funds from the 1995-1996 Exxon Student Activity Grant which he secured for the section in order to offer a cash prize of $50 in the logo contest.

University of Colorado at Denver

After nearly 30 years of service to the CU-Denver Mathematics Department, Zenas Hartvigson retired this year. He was the driving force in the creation of computer labs and the integration of technology into the mathematics curriculum at CU-Denver. He was the director of the Master of Basic Science program, and the teacher and designer of many courses at all levels of the curriculum.

Otero Junior College

Gladwin Bartell retired from the department last year. The department is currently seeking to fill that position; recent master's degree graduates who may be interested in the position can be directed to Marlene Boettcher (719-384-6824) for more information.

2001 Professional Development Calendar

For more detail on the following, visit MAA's Professional Development Calendar at <> .

More Dates and Deadlines

Pi Mu Epsilon Looking for Student Papers for Mathfest

The Pi Mu Epsilon Council encourages students who are interested in presenting papers at Mathfest 2001 to begin making plans soon. Members of Pi Mu Epsilon representing their chapters at this meeting are eligible for partial travel support. The application deadline is June 29, 2001. More information about Pi Mu Epsilon and application materials can be found at the PME web site,, or contact

Project NExT Applications Due Soon

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is the MAA's very successful program for new or recent Ph.D.'s in the mathematical sciences who are interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Applications for the 2001 - 2002 year are due on April 13, 2001. Application information is available at, or contact T. Christine Stevens (, Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Computer Science, Saint Louis University, 221 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Some Upcoming Meetings