President's Message

I hope all of you who attended the IMACC Conference came away with as much as I did. I was entertained (Dan. Gardner, Shirley and Lowell Lathrop), informed (COMPASS placement, College Algebra online, ICCB issues), and challenged to respond (ISMAA/IMACC Curriculum Report on Finite prerequisite). These were just a few of the sessions.

Thanks to everyone who helped put together such an outstanding conference. This includes but is not limited to, Past-President Dominic Magno for his program, Conference Coordinators Vern Kays and Mark Smith, ConneXion editor Marvin Johnson, and everyone who was involved in presentations. Thanks also to Shirley Lathrop for her "get acquainted" game. A big thanks to the groups who helped raise money for the IMACC Scholarship fund; Bill Schooley for his "Raffle Man" efforts, The Probability and Statistics Study Group, The Linear Applied Geometry Group, and the newly formed Combinatorics Group

Looking ahead to the next year, IMACC has several important issues to investigate and address. The implementation of the core curriculum of the Illinois Articulation Initiative starting this summer and how it impacts our colleges and the classes we teach is something we must carefully monitor. The growing use of technologies to deliver instruction is another area we are exploring.

As more IMACC members retire, new hires should be recruited as members. New members bring new ideas which help our organization change and grow. It is my hope that every community college mathematics department will contact the new instructors on campus and plug them in to the benefits of joining IMACC.

The AMATYC Conference in Chicago in the year 2000 is not that far away. As the state affiliate, IMACC will be closely involved in the planning and set up for this national Conference. Marvin Johnson is the Conference Chairperson. When Marvin asks, please give generously of your time and effort to make this the best Conference ever.

If you are teaching summer school, I hope your classes are going well. If you have the summer off, enjoy! Either way, I hope you find time to relax before the fall semester hoopla begins again.

Lisa Benson, President