Dear Friends of Pi Mu Epsilon,
As you are aware, PME’s mission consists of recognizing mathematics achievement and supporting undergraduate mathematics scholarship. In my role as treasurer, I see firsthand how society money is spent to further this mission. There is of course the society journal, which publishes primarily articles authored by undergraduates. Society grants, e.g., Good Lectureships ($500), Matching Conference Grants ($300), and Matching Prize Grants ($100), allow the national organization to support scholarly activities at its local chapters. In addition, students who attend MathFest and speak in Pi Mu Epsilon Student Sessions receive generous travel support, in fact up to $865 per student at MathFest 2012. Finally, Pi Mu Epsilon provides financial support to activities sponsored by other organizations, including the Mathematical Association of America Joint Meeting Student Poster Session, the American Mathematics Competitions, and the American Regional Mathematics League. It is immensely satisfying to me at the end of each fiscal year to review how much money our organization spends to fulfill its mission.
While collected membership fees generate the majority of society income, gifts from donors play an important role as well. Generous contributions made by Professors J. Sutherland Frame, Richard Andree, Richard Good, and J. Douglas Faires, make possible the J. Sutherland Frame Lecture, the Andree Award for outstanding student-authored journal papers, the Richard Good Lectureship Program, and the triennial advisor award, respectively.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of PME, which takes place in 2014, the Pi Mu Epsilon Society National Council has established the Centennial Endowment Fund, whose proceeds will be used to increase the amount of monetary support provided by the national society to its local chapters and their members. We invite all friends of Pi Mu Epsilon to donate to this fund at any level. Individuals and/or chapters contributing $100 or more will be designated as “Centennial Sponsors” and recognized in coming journal issues, in the MathFest MAA/PME Student Program, and at the 2013 Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet. In addition, every Centennial Sponsor, be it an individual, a chapter, etc., will receive a personalized Centennial Certificate featuring handwritten calligraphy.
Finally, all contributions to the Centennial Fund are also tax-deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. (Donors will receive acknowledgement letters documenting their contributions.)
Please consider joining the National Council in contributing to this fund, which will help Pi Mu Epsilon increase its financial support of undergraduate mathematics scholarship.
Should you have any questions regarding the donation process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
P.S. Checks should be made out to “Pi Mu Epsilon, Inc.,” with “Centennial Fund” included in the memo line, and mailed to me at the address shown below.
Professor of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University
National Secretary-Treasurer for the Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society
Dept. of Math GVSU
1 Campus Dr.
Allendale, MI 49401