Section of the
American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the
Summer Council Retreat
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Private Meeting Room in the Bone Student Center immediately inside
the entrance to McAllister’s Restaurant
July 10, 2008
President Deb Lojkutz called the
meeting to order at 10:00 am. Council Members present: President Elect
Tom Foster, Webmaster Dave Renneke, Newsletter Editor Brian Davies, Ann
Brandon, Ray Bugayong, Tom Carter, Bill Hogan, Chris LaRoche, Rob Mason,
Don Reid, and visitor Carl Wenning. Secretary/Treasurer Dave Sykes
arrived at 10:15.
E-Action Items: A motion to
approve the Council Minutes of the Spring Meeting at the University of
Illinois, Champaign/Urbana was made by Doug Brandt on May 5, 2008 and
seconded by Tom Foster. President Lojkutz informed the council by e-mail
on May 12 that the minutes had been approved.
Constitutional Revision: The
Council worked collectively to revise the ISAAPT constitution and
bylaws. Carl Wenning volunteered to record and incorporate changes into
the constitution and bylaws. The revised constitution and bylaws will be
sent out to ISAAPT members prior to the Fall Meeting at ISU through the
Illinois Physics Teacher. A vote to accept the revised
constitution and bylaws will be conducted during the fall meeting at ISU.
Elizabeth Langford was originally scheduled to act as section
representative for the AAPT meeting in Edmonton but is unable to do so.
Tom Foster has volunteered to fill in for Elizabeth. President Lojkutz
will contact Elizabeth to determine her intent on acting as section
representative for future AAPT meetings.
Prairie APS Section: Tom
Foster reported that he had talked with representatives of the new
Prairie APS Section. They indicated that the Prairie APS Section
consisted of members from multiple states including, Iowa, Illinois,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Indiana. Many ISAAPT council members
felt that the student symposium was better suited for an APS section
since content of student talks generally is not education oriented but
the Prairie APS section representatives were not willing to commit to
conducting the student symposium. Also, it was noted by some Council
members that it would not be fair to expect Illinois physics students to
present at APS meetings in other states. Brian Davies added that the
inaugural Prairie APS meeting is tentatively scheduled to be in the fall
Winter AAPT Meeting in Chicago:
1. Ann Brandon reported that the Chicago Section had planned several
activities for the AAPT Winter Meeting in Chicago including a demo show
and a “make it and take it” workshop.
2. Tom Foster suggested that ISAAPT brochures and applications be
available for attendees to the national meeting since many participants
will be from Illinois who aren’t members of the ISAAPT.
3. Tom Foster and Dave Sykes offered to organize a cracker barrel
session on physics teacher recruitment, retention, and preparation. Carl
Wenning agreed to bring the proposal for the session to both the AAPT
High School and Teacher Preparation committees in Edmonton.
Fall ISAAPT Meeting at ISU:
Carl Wenning presented a draft program for the Fall ISAAPT/IACT Joint
Meeting at Illinois State University on October 10-11. Friday morning
will consist of roughly a dozen 50 minute talks/workshops. The rest of the meeting will be typical of ISAAPT
meetings with a tentative list of invited speakers including Dwain
Desbien, Gregg Swackhamer, David Marx, and Daniel Holland.
1. Carl reported that former ISAAPT High School Physics Teacher of
the Year Tom Holbrook recently was named a Presidential Award Winner.
2. Carl suggested that the Illinois Physics Teacher include space
for advertising. A motion was made by Tom Carter to allow for
advertising in the Illinois Physics Teacher for an appropriate
fee. The motion was seconded by Don Reid. Upon discussion a motion was
made to amend the original motion to include that the advertising must
by approved by the publicity committee. The motion to amend was seconded
by Bill Hogan and passed. The amended motion was then passed. Bill Hogan
volunteered to ask a couple of venders to determine an appropriate fee
3. Chris LaRoche suggested that we do more at meetings that would entice
the general public to attend. Dave Sykes noted that the public was
invited to the keynote on global warming at the fall 2007 Meeting at
LLCC yet only a few attended despite extensive advertising.
A motion to adjourn was made by Tom
Foster and seconded by Bill Hogan. The motion passed and the meeting was
adjourned at 2:25.