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Minutes of the North Dakota Academy of Science.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING 2016

President Haring called the annual business meeting to order in the Arikara Room of the Memorial Union on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota on April 15th, 2016 at 6:15 PM. President Haring welcomed all and thanked them for their attendance.

Minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting were approved by all academy members present by voice vote.

The first new business was a motion by Dr Bryan Schmidt to separate the Secretary-Treasurer position into two separate positions: (1) a Secretary who will be responsible for management of the daily operations of the Academy, and (2) a Treasurer who will be responsible for oversight of the financial holdings of the Academy. After discussion, the motion was approved unanimously.

The following vacant executive committee positions were voted on and filled. Dr Zeni Shabani from Minot State University was elected as President-Elect. Dr Christopher Keller from Minot State University was elected as Councilor to replace Dr Douglas Munski. Dr Stuart Haring from North Dakota State University was elected as Secretary. Dr Daniel Clayton from Minot State University was elected Treasurer.

Discussion was held regarding the dates and duration of the 2017 Annual Meeting. Dr Christopher Keller from Minot State University motioned for two-day meeting. Ismail Hassan from Minot State University seconded, and the motion unanimously carried. Meeting dates were discussed at length. Concern was expressed about meetings late in the semester conflicting finals schedules. Concern was also raised about inclement weather impacting earlier meeting dates. After lengthy discussion, Ismail Hassan from Minot State University motioned to have incoming President Zhang determine the 2017 meeting date after looking at venue availability at the University of North Dakota. Joel Collins from Minot State University seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Registration for upcoming annual meetings was discussed. Some members are facing difficulties with separate membership fees as department- and/or university-specific rules prevent payment for professional memberships using a university account. Dr Christopher Keller from Minot State University motioned to have registration and membership fees combined into a single registration/membership fee. Dr Daniel Clayton from Minot State University seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Dr Christopher Keller from Minot State University motioned to offer an exempted registration fee for lifetime members. Dr Daniel Clayton from Minot State University seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Dr Ron Jyring from Bismarck State College motioned to have regular registration/membership fee plus a discounted early bird registration/membership fee. The motion carried unanimously.

Discussion was held regarding abstract formatting for the Proceedings. The role of the Editorial Board in accepting submissions for publication in the Proceedings was discussed. Dr Stuart Haring from North Dakota State University motioned that the Secretary has final authority for establishing a reasonable character limit for submitted abstract. Ismail Hassan from Minot State University seconded. The motion carried. Joel Collins from Minot State University motioned to have an Abstract Book with a 1500 character limit, including spaces, for submission and a separate non-peer reviewed publication for submitted articles with no character limits. Breanne Hatfield from Minot State University seconded. The motion carried. Discussion was had regarding continued printing of the Proceedings or if it should become an electronic-only publication. Joel Collins from Minot State University motioned to retain the print copy. Dr Ron Jyring from Bismarck State College seconded. The motion carried.

Dr Christopher Keller from Minot State University motioned to charge the academy Historian with finding more information on A. Rodger Dennison. Dr Ron Jyring from Bismarck State College seconded. The motion carried.

The Academy budget was presented by Secretary-Treasurer Schmidt. There was $12,264 in the Academy checking account. This did not include the expenses incurred for the current Annual Meeting, which were approximately $3,500-4,000. There is currently approximately $4,000 in the Scholarship Fund, $10,312 in the Research Foundation Fund, and approximately $200,000 in stock holdings. The stock accounts started with $4,000 in stock donated in 1983 and a further $10,000 donated in a second account in 1993. Both of these accounts are near being considered delinquent for lack of activity. Without original paper stock certificates, taking possession of these accounts is difficult. A company contacted the Secretary-Treasurer offering to regain possession of the accounts in the name of the Academy in exchange for a fee determined as 5% of the current value of the stock. Breanne Hatfield from Minot State University motioned to use such a company to regain possession of the stock. Ismail Hassan from Minot State University seconded. The motion carried.

There were 8 professional talks, 17 Denison graduate student talks, 11 Denison undergraduate student talks, and 29 poster presentations. The Denison Awards were presented by President Haring. The award winners were:
Place           Undergraduate              Award
                Awards Recipient

2nd runner-up   Stephanie Kitowski (UND)   $100
1st runner-up   Suzannah Miller (MiSU)     $150
Winner          Belinda Zabka (MiSU)       $200

Place           Graduate                       Award
                Awards Recipient

2nd runner-up   Sunitha Takalkar (NDSU)        $100
1st runner-up   Timothy Wilson (NDSU)          $125
Winner          Atrayee Bhattacharya (UND)     $150
                Nilushni Sivapragasam (NDSU)   $150


At 7:57 PM, Breanne Hatfield from Minot State University motioned to adjourn the meeting. Ismail Hassan from Minot State University seconded the motion. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Bryan Schmidt, Secretary-Treasurer
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