Minutes of the Business Meeting of the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists

13 October 2001

Minutes compiled by Secretary/Treasurer Aaron Reed


President Finck called the meeting to order at 1430 on 13 October 2001.

The minutes from the 2000 business meeting were provided to the members. It was moved that the minutes be approved, the motion was seconded and approved.

President Finck accepted nominations for vacant positions on the board of governors.
President elect: Lynn Robbins was nominated but declined. Glennis Kaufman was nominated and approved by acclimation.

State Representatives:
Arkansas: Gary Heidt was nominated and approved by acclimation.
Nebraska: Justin Hoffman was nominated and approved by acclimation.
Student Member at large:
Luke Westerman was nominated and approved by acclimation.

President Finck then asked if any old business required attention.

Glennis Kaufman stated that checks from previous meetings had not been cashed. Jerry Choate moved that these checks should be destroyed, the motion was seconded and passed.

President Finck opened the floor for new business.

Glennis Kaufman stated she was concerned about the low number of student presentations. She proposed creation of an award for student research. The award would be in the amount of $500 with increases at two-year intervals. The award would consist of three parts: a written proposal, budget, and oral presentation. The floor was opened to comments on the proposal. Tom Tomasi asked for clarification on eligibility. G. Kaufman stated that all students would be eligible and that the award was intended to support new or ongoing research rather than completed projects. President Finck called for a motion to accept the proposal in principle. The motion was seconded and passed.

Ryan Rehmeier offered, on behalf of Kansas State University, to host the 2002 annual meeting of the society. Housing at Konza would not be free, but costs were expected to remain consistent with previous meetings. It was moved that the 2002 annual meeting be held at KSU, the motion was seconded. Specific details of the meeting were then discussed at length. The motion passed.

President Finck asked that a public gesture of thanks be given to Luke Westerman for the work that he had done preparing for the 2001 annual meeting of the society.

President Finck then adjourned the meeting.