Minutes of the Spring Council Meeting
American Association of Physics Teachers
Illinois State University
Bone Student Center - Founders Suite
April 12, 1997
The meeting was called to order by President Dave Sykes at 7:35 am. Those attending were Carl Wenning, Curtis Hieggelke, Eric Peterson, Gary Wolber, Tom Snyder, Dave Sykes, Roger Reeves, Roger Malcolm, Bill Conway, Wei (Kathy) Qin, Yan Lwin, Chuck Schulz, Tim Wagner, Fred Zurheide, and David Renneke.
The minutes of the Fall 1996 council meeting were presented and approved. The oral treasurer's report indicated a balance of $3,922.14.
Curt Hieggelke presented his section representative's report. It is also
published on the ISAAPT website. Effective now, Curt tendered his resignation as section representative since he is now on the national AAPT executive board. A motion was made, seconded and carried (MSC) to appoint Conley Stutz to replace Curt for the remainder of this year. Dave Sykes will send letters to the national office and to Sandy Harpole informing them of the change.
Roger Reeves reported that the ISAAPT newsletter still costs less than $200 for each one. It is published twice a year, two weeks before each section meeting. He really appreciates having the schedule and abstracts available on the web.
Carl Wenning reported that as of this morning, 97 people are registered for this meeting, 63 are or have attended workshops, and 30 are giving talks. The council expressed its appreciation to Carl for all of his efforts in making this meeting run so smoothly.
Tim Wagner discussed a revised timetable for receiving information pertaining to the annual outstanding high school teacher award. It was noted that in addition to a plaque, the winner receives a check for $100. The 1996-97 winner is John Young of Princeton High School who received the award at last night's banquet.
MSC that David Renneke be the recipient of the 1997 Distinguished Service Citation to be presented at the fall meeting.
Fred Zurheide reminded us that the fall meeting of ISAAPT will be at SIUE on October 24-25. It will be a joint meeting with the St. Louis area physics teachers. They are planning an event at the Gateway arch in St. Louis. Yan Lwin said that the dates for the spring 1998 ISAAPT meeting at Western Illinois University have not been set yet. Eric Peterson made the same comment about the fall 1998 ISAAPT meeting at Highland Community College. (Note: A week after this council meeting, Eric indicated by phone that the dates for the the fall 1998 meeting will be October 23-24, 1998.)
MSC that we ratify the following action that had already been approved by the Council via e-mail: Carl Wenning suggested that the judging for the Student Research Symposium be made by a representative panel of volunteer judges to be selected by the conference hosts. (Note: The corresponding web page describing the Student Research Symposium has been updated to reflect this decision.)
To facilitate Council action it was MSC that the minutes of each council meeting be sent out by e-mail to the council members shortly after the meeting. After allowing some time for feedback, the minutes will be put on the ISAAPT website with an indication that they are unapproved. Official approval will occur at the next meeting, as usual.
There was discussion of having the ISAAPT lend its support for a guidebook that would be given to new high school physics teachers. MSC that Dave Sykes appoint an ad hoc Guidebook Committee to look into this and come back to the Council with a recommendation. Dave then appointed the following people to this committee: Carl Wenning (chair), Roger Reeves, Fred Zurheide, and Kathy Qin.
It was announced that Steve Siegel has resigned from the Council. His term was to expire in 2000. MSC that we appoint Howard Balfour to fill out this year, contingent upon his acceptance. (He accepted later in the day.)
The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 am.
David R. Renneke