American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the Spring Council
Eastern Illinois University
Physical Science Building - Room 2167
April 6, 2002
The meeting of the Executive Council was called to
order by President Kelly Roos at 7:12 a.m. In attendance were Ann
Brandon, Carl Wenning, David Renneke, Curt Hieggelke, Duane Ingram, Gary
Wolber, Kevin Kimberlin, John Askill, Cliff Parker, Deborah Lojkutz,
Charles Schulz, Roger Reeves, Troy Gobble, Kimberly Shaw, Gary Gladding,
and Bruce McCart.
Secretary-Treasurer Report: The first
order of business was to approve the minutes from the past Executive
Council meeting, as well as the current treasurer's report which shows a
balance of $3607.68 as of April 2, 2002. Both reports were accepted
without question or correction.
Section Representative's Report: Curt
Hieggelke outlined two major ongoing issues at the national level: (a)
Should the Announcer be distributed electronically with a limited
printing for use at national meetings only, or should it continue in
hard copy to the entire membership? Only about 10% of the membership
attends national meetings. Curt also noted that most of the membership
appears to want to continue with hard copy publication; some of that
national leadership wants to see the hard copy publication minimized as
a cost-saving measure. (b) What should the relationship be between the
national AAPT and the sections? An attempt to systematize this
relationship (e.g., similarities of constitutions, duration of
officerships) might well end with the administration of AAPT past
president John Hubisz.
Representative to the AAPT High School
Committee Report: Ann Brandon noted that the national office
has recently completed or will soon complete revision of the red, green,
and blue guideline books relating to the preparation of high school
physics teachers. The booklets should be available from the national
office some time this summer.
Publicity Chair, Section Editor, and Webmaster
Report: Dave Renneke noted that the deadline for the Announcer
was next week and that he would have a report prepared to submit on
behalf of the ISAAPT.
Newsletter Report: Roger Reeves noted
that all continues well with the Illinois Physics Teacher. He noted the
ongoing generosity of his school district in providing free
photocopying. The only expense to the Association at this point is for
paper and postage. He also noted that the IPT is now available in color
from the ISAAPT website.
Committee for the Outstanding High School
Physics Teacher Award: Gary Wolber, in his last official duty
as coordinator of the Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award
program noted that the costs for administering the program are high -
approximately $300 for this year. $200 of this was for photocopying and
mail distribution of the application materials to Executive Council
members. Also, there were no new nominations this year. Gary noted that
he has had a hard time getting the word out to high school
administrators requesting nominations without a special mailing. Carl
Wenning thanked Gary for his work during these past years and, speaking
on behalf of Diana Roth who could not be present for the meeting, noted
that Diana is willing to take Gary's place as administrator of the award
program. He also noted that Diana would want to streamline the process
of nominations and application. The Council agreed to the need to do so.
Charles Schulz nominated Diana to head the Outstanding High School
Physics Teacher Award program. Ann Brandon seconded the motion. The
motion was carried unanimously.
Committee for the Distinguished Service
Citation Report: Roger Reeves, speaking on behalf of Roger
Malcolm who could not be present for the meeting, noted that the
Distinguished Service Citation committee is putting forth the name of
Ralph Miller, formerly of Greenville College, for recognition at the
fall meeting. Ann Brandon motioned that the nomination be accepted.
There were numerous seconds. The proposal passed unanimously. It was
suggested that the name of the awardee not be hidden so that Ralph might
invite guests, and that a public announcement of the award might also
draw additional members to the fall meeting.
Dues Assessment ad hoc Committee Report:
Carl Wenning, Roger Reeves, and Dave Renneke spoke briefly about dues
collection and promotion of the ISAAPT. Following an extended
discussion, it was decided that a postcard mailing would be made early
in the 2002-2003 academic year to all 750 or so high school physics
teachers, and chairpersons in physics departments within all Illinois
community colleges and universities. Secretary-Treasurer Carl will see
to the mailing. The post card will contain information about benefits
associated with ISAAPT membership (e.g., CPDU's, meetings, and website
address). At the suggestion of Curt Hieggelke, Dave was authorized to
spend up to $100 to set up a domain name for the ISAAPT such as
www.isaapt.org thereby making contact with ISAAPT a simpler matter.
Fall Meeting: John Askill noted that
the planning for the fall meeting was progressing nicely but, that due
to recent budget cuts at Millikin University, he was concerned about
charge backs to the physics department there for use of even
departmental rooms. It was informally noted that the Executive Council
was "aghast" at the possibility of charge backs as a way to
make up for University deficits. John was authorized to make this
sentiment known to his administration, and went on record to support his
efforts to eliminate such costs.
Other Future Meetings:
Representatives present from other hosting Universities noted that
things look good at their institutions for future meetings. Gary
Gladding mentioned that the "tentative" on the Spring 2004
meeting at UIUC could be removed. Kimberly Shaw noted that SIUE is
willing to host during spring 2005. Troy Gobble of Riverside-Brookfield
High School volunteered to host the Fall 2005 meeting at Riverside. Both
offers were accepted, and it was noted that the Riverside event would be
a good venue for a joint meeting with the Chicago section.
ISAAPT-ICCB (Illinois Community College Board)
Working Group Report: Duane Ingram spoke briefly about Illinois Articulation Initiative
transfer agreements and the place of the proposed physics transfer plan
within that framework. He noted much to the surprise of the Executive
Council that IAI officials had set up
a second advisory committee, especially after IAI administrator Jerry
Pogatshnik had authorized the ISAAPT to provide recommendations. It was
decided that the ISAAPT ad hoc committee for the physics transfer
agreement would contact both the head and members of this second panel
to let them know about ISAAPT work. Duane will spearhead this effort.
Other Business: Curt Hieggelke noted
a recent meeting in Texas held before the state's section meeting that
dealt with curricular issues. He suggested that Illinois consider a
meeting such as this. As time was quickly running out for further
discussion of the last agenda items, discussion about national Section
Rep. recommendations was put off until the next Executive Council
meeting. Curt noted that in the past the ISAAPT Executive Council had
held meetings at a time and date different from the section meetings,
thereby allowing adequate meeting time. Roger Reeves suggested that a
separate meeting date be set or that continuations of Council meetings
might be scheduled to take place following the close of the Saturday
sessions at future ISAAPT meetings. There was a general consensus that
the 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. meeting time is inadequate considering the work of
Ann Brandon made a closing announcement that Larry
Martin who teaches physics at North Park University was recently
stricken with a brain tumor. He is now at home convalescing from recent
surgery. Ann noted further that he would be delighted to hear from
acquaintances via e-mail.
The meeting was formally adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Carl J. Wenning