MC's ACS chapter honored again, invited to present at regional conference

November 25, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

For the third year in a row, Maryville College’s student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has been honored at the national level.

The Maryville College ACS chapter received an “Honorable Mention” recognition from its parent organization. The award, which recognizes the chapter’s activities during the 2000-2003 academic year, will be presented during the 227th ACS national meeting in Anaheim, Calif., on March 28, 2004.

Additionally, in recognition of the Maryville College chapter’s success in recent years, officers from the organization were invited presenters at the 55th annual Southeast Regional Meeting of ACS, held Nov. 16-19 in Atlanta, Ga.; this year’s conference was themed “Chemistry for a Dynamic Society.”

Maryville College student affiliate chapter president Sarah Hurst, vice-president Kimberly Collins and treasurer Adam Mabe gave a presentation as part of the conference segment on “Successful Student Affiliate Chapters.” The presenters were asked to discuss methods they used to encourage active participation in their chapter, as well as activities that the College chapter was involved in during the last year.

And according to Dr. Kristi Kneas, assistant professor of chemistry and faculty advisor to the College’s ACS student chapter, the three Maryville College students had plenty of activities to talk about.

“The Maryville College student chapter,” Kneas noted, “has been recognized in large part because of its commitment to several initiatives.”

During the last academic year, the College chapter has conducted chemistry demonstrations at local schools and community events, sponsored the College’s annual Alumni Science Symposium, collected supplies for area non-profit organizations and organized other charity fund raisers and social events.

Beyond community involvement, ACS chapters work to further the professional development of their members. To this end, attending and presenting at the regional ACS meeting was an invaluable experience, Kneas observed.

“By attending the ACS conference, students had the opportunity to learn about current research in chemistry, interact with both students and professors from other institutions and observe one of the most significant means of disseminating scientific information – public presentations,” she said.

Maryville College’s ACS student chapter was one of 77 such organizations at colleges and universities across the country to receive an “Honorable Mention” award. Chapters at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee State University in Nashville, and the University of Tennessee at Martin were among those in Tennessee receiving recognition.

In recognition of the achievements of those chapters that received awards, a note of accomplishment will be published in “Chemical and Engineering News,” the ACS’s official national news magazine.

Maryville College students who major in chemistry or a related science are given the opportunity to enroll in the College’s ACS student affiliate chapter. Currently, ACS is the largest scientific professional society in the world, with more than 7,500 students participating in the student affiliates program nationwide. The national society includes more than 150,000 members representing every field of chemistry.

Currently, members of the Maryville College chapter are working to raise funds in order to attend the national conference in Anaheim next spring.

Affiliate chapter president Sarah Hurst is the daughter of Dale and Judy Hurst of Lenoir City. A 2000 graduate of Lenoir City High School, Hurst is now a senior at the College, majoring in biochemistry.

Vice president Kim Collins is also a senior biochemistry major. A 2000 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, she is the daughter of Terry and Debbie Collins of Oak Ridge.

Treasurer Adam Mabe is a junior chemistry major at the College. The son of Charles and Nanette Mabe of Walland, he is a 2001 graduate of Heritage High School.