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American Chemical Society
Named Outstanding Chapter
MAILED: Oct. 25, 1999|
The student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently was named an outstanding chapter for its work during the 1998-99 academic year. Only 28 out of 900 chapters nationwide received this designation.
Dr. Bob Eierman, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Jason Halfen, assistant professor of chemistry, were co-advisers for the group.
"We helped (the students) get organized and were supportive but stayed out of their way as they made things happen," Eierman said. "It was a pleasure to work with such an active, competent and inclusive group of students."
Student leaders of last year's award-winning group included the following: president Autumn Rich, 1999 graduate from Maribel; vice president and tutoring coordinator Katy Splan, 1999 graduate from Duluth, Minn.; secretary Keetra Plegge, senior from Irma; treasurer Steve Carlson, 1999 graduate from Marshfield; and demonstration show coordinator Andrea Halberg, senior from New Auburn.
There were as many as 50 students participating in the society during the year, and they did a variety of professional and social activities that led to the honor. The students performed chemical demonstration shows in local elementary schools and at the mall for National Chemistry Day and tutored UW-Eau Claire chemistry students. They toured local chemistry-related industries, graduate schools and the State Crime Lab in Wausau. Two students represented UW-Eau Claire at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Los Angeles. The group held a spring banquet where many awards and scholarships were presented. They also earned money for the organization by selling periodic tables, soap and lab coats out of the chemistry stockroom.
Eierman expects the group will continue with similar activities this year.
"It is nice to be recognized by an outside organization for work our students do," Eierman said. "This award is relatively selective and means that the range and quality of the activities is truly excellent."
"Of course our students are outstanding and we all know it," Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, professor and chair of the chemistry department, agreed, "but it's nice when someone else outside of the university says so, too."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 25, 1999