Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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44th Annual Awards Gathering

Monday 08 May 2017

This event has already taken place. For a list of upcoming events, see our events page.

Chemistry Building Atrium
Western Michigan University
18:30 - 20:00

For a list of previous Section Award recipients, click here.

Monday, May 8, offered inviting weather for our 44th celebration of our Section's Award Ceremony. Approximately 95 students, parents and friends gathered in the atrium of the Chemistry Building at WMU to celebrate the accomplishments of High School students and a teacher, College students, as well as to recognize service to the American Chemical Society and to the local section. Our Examination subcommittee chair, Dr. James Kiddle, was his typical efficient self in administering the requisite examinations and in making all the necessary arrangements for this gathering - the décor and food were much appreciated.

Our section chairman, Steve Secreast, introduced our two College awardees (one from Kalamazoo College and one from Western Michigan University) followed by our Outstanding Chemistry Students as nominated by each student's teacher (each of the 9 present received an Amazon Gift card and a certificate) and ended by naming and giving awards to the 21 winners of our competitive scholarship examination - we had a tie for first and fourth places and a 4-way tie for seventh place! The students were happy to let us know their future plans, most of which involved STEM study.

The teacher recognized was Ms. Michelle Mason from Portage Northern HS. The Section award for service went to Mark Wolfman who has continued as our section webmaster despite his move to Chicago for graduate school; Brian Eklov received a Salute to Excellence plaque; and Doug Williams received the 2016 Volunteer award from the Committee on Community Activities for his major role in our 30th annual Museum Event.

It was very heartening also to recognize 3 60-year members of ACS - D. C. Wendt, Ray Judy, and Chuck C. Coverdale - and 6 50-year members - John Engelmann, John Greenfield, Mike McCarville, Alan Sarapu, Lydia Hines, and Doug Morton (in absentia); each of them received a certificate of appreciation from ACS for service to the Society.

This year's event was a wonderful reminder that the future of our science is in "good hands" and each attendee seemed to enjoy the opportunity to meet friends who come each year and to make new acquaintances.

Student awardees

Sarah Glass, Kalamazoo College awardee Jacob Kirkendall, Western Michigan University awardee

Michelle Mason, Portage Northern Chem Teacher, Awardee

50-year members present