Wisconsin Section, American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting
October 27, 2001, at UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point
At approximately 55 minutes and 17 ± 3 seconds after the hour of high noon central daylight time, the slightly gravelly but nevertheless stentorian tones of President Earl Blodgett broke through the murmur of conversation and resonated throughout the back room of Michele’s as he called to order the 60th meeting of the longest established, permanent, floating physics teachers’ organization in the great state of Wisconsin. The WAPT business meeting had begun.
The following agenda items were scheduled for discussion:
1. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes were apparently OK, since nobody else could remember much about it either, on a motion by Jim Mallmann, seconded by the entire SouthWest table.
2. Treasurer’s report: Bob Lind - UW-Platteville
This was similarly accepted on a motion by Jim again, seconded by J. Erik Hendrickson, with many noticing and noting vocally that under Earl’s Stirling (or is it Carnot?) leadership a meeting for the first time ever actually lost money!
3. Section Representative’s report: Jim Mallmann, MSOE
Section representative Jim Mallmann gave us the low-down on his section report, that is, he only mentioned some non-obvious stuff from the yellow sheet.
4. High School Representative’s report: Judy Schmidt - Oak Creek H. S.
5. Two-year College Representative’s report: Theo Koupelis - UW- Marathon
Theo’s entire report is included on the back of this sheet.
6. Committee reports
Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Domann
Service to and/or Excellence in the Teaching of Physics at the Secondary School Level: Marian Schraufnagel, Cory Militzer
The rules and past award winners are in the Rules/Awards folder.
This very active committee has maintained its perfect record of still not only not meeting, but not even having any members. Needless to say they also had no report, but if they had it would be that Wisphys is now online. Spread the word.
7. Old Business From the Floor
Nothing worth mentioning here.
8. Sites for future meetings
As you may recall, last year’s minutes contained the announcement: “John Norbury then moved that UW-Milwaukee be the site for the 2002 meeting and this too w as seconded and approved before John even finished his motion.” Perhaps we should have waited a few seconds longer. Then we might have heard the other shoe drop. As the realization that we may have no place to go next Halloween began to slowly seep into our collective consciousness J. Erik Hendricks on came to the rescue and volunteered both UW-Eau Claire and Matt Evans. This was passed before Matt could utter a word with the agreement that we really should try to line up meeting sites for two years in advance. That way program assistants (who do most if not all of the real work) could attend the year before they are on to get all the details of how it all comes together. It would also be better for student participants to know in advance.
A call for a volunteer for the 2003 meeting site was met with complete silence except for the old clock on the wall.
9. New business from the floor
The lively discussion that started during the presentation by Shelley Lee from DPI on PI34, the new licensure rules w hich will affect everyone who gets certified after August 2004, now continued with animated contributions from just about everyone. This ended with a motion by Jim Madson and Roy Knipsel to urge changing the wording in PI34 to read “chemistry and/or physics” for physical science certification. This passed unanimously. (NOTE ADDED JANUARY 18, 2002: The change was made!)
10. The annual R4 section: The results follow:
Two-year college representative to the Awards committee: Marilyn Neiss
President: David Tamres
Vice President: Matt Evans
Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Lind
High School Representative: Judy Schmidt
Two-Year College Representative: Theo Koupelis
Section Representative: Jim Mallmann
11. Closing remarks
Earl led the cheers for David and everyone else involved with this year’s very successful and enjoyable meeting.
Led by all at 1:52:07 PM!