Message from the Southwest Vice President

I just returned from the spring board meeting of the AMATYC Board.  The most exciting thing to tell you is that the board has approved the Southwest Regional Meeting to take place in the summer of 2013.  It will be a great deal of work, but I know this region is up for it.  This gives all of us an opportunity to show the other regions how well we can host a meeting.  Your affiliate president will be contacting you with more information.

There were many other ideas and information discussed at the meeting.  One of the information items that was presented is that a few of the AMATYC committees have openings for regional representatives.  I would like to have a southwest representative on all of the committees, so if you are on one of these committees, or are interested in joining these committees, and would like to represent the southwest region, please contact the chair of the following committees:

In addition, several task forces were created during the meeting.  If you are interested in serving on one of these task forces, please let me know and I will forward your name to Jim Roznowski.  He will contact you if there are still openings on the task force.  The task forces are:

  • 40th Anniversary Planning
  • Live streaming of annual conference sessions Review of Standards – Beyond Crossroads Updating the guidelines on academic preparation

In addition, there is a Statistics pre-session on Wednesday, November 7, in Jacksonville, Fl.  There is no cost for the pre-session, but you will have to provide all travel costs.

Also, approved at this meeting was a pre-session on research in two-year mathematics programs, hosted by the RMETYC committee also on November 7.  Look for more information on this from April Strom.

I am excited to be a part of this region.  Please let me know if you need anything from me.

 Kathryn Kozak, VP of the Southwest Region of AMATYC

Joint SUnMaRC, MAA, ArizMATYC Conference Report

 Twice each year the Arizona Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (ArizMATYC) holds a conference for mathematics instructors from two-year institutions in Arizona.  These conferences offer various sessions of interest to mathematics educators, as well as a meeting for the Mathematics Articulation Task Force where representatives from Arizona community colleges and four-year universities address articulation issues. 

This spring, ArizMATYC had the unique opportunity of holding a joint meeting with the Southwestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Southwestern Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference.  Over the course of three days, more than 230 registrants from a dozen states converged on Pima Community College’s beautiful Downtown Campus to attend sessions on programs for pre- and in-service teachers, technology in teaching, undergraduate mathematics research, developmental education, applied and pure mathematics, and engaging students in mathematics. There was a stimulating panel discussion on how to find a job in industry with a mathematics degree and keynote speeches from Dr. Phil Kutzko, Dr. Steven Dunbar, Dr. Omayra Ortega, and Dr. Rebecca McGraw. Dr. Kutzko informed attendees of the National Alliance, a partnership of faculty working to increase the number of underrepresented students in the math sciences.  Dr. Dunbar provided a brief history and role of Mathematical Olympiads in mathematical culture.  Dr. Ortega shared her interesting journey to and current research in mathematical epidemiology.  Dr. McGraw discussed research areas such as technology, cross-cultural comparisons, curriculum and assessment development and the psychology of learning.  Finally, we welcomed with a diverse group of presenters consisting of faculty, instructors, K-12 teachers, graduate students and undergraduate students coming from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Michigan.

We are grateful to Pima Community College for hosting and to all of the participants, presiders, special session organizers and keynote speakers for contributing to the success of this conference.  We look forward to our next conference scheduled this fall at Yavapai CC in Prescott, Arizona.

Ana Jiménez
ArizMATYC President