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American Chemical Society to honor

Manchester’s student affiliates chapter

For the fifth consecutive year, Manchester College will receive a student affiliates chapter award from the American Chemical Society.

The ACS announced in its in Chemistry magazine that Manchester’s chapter will receive an honorable mention, based on the 2003-2004 annual report of activities. Chapter adviser is Dr. Susan J. Klein, chair of the Chemistry Department. The society’s awards ceremony will be held at its national meeting March 13 in San Diego.

Manchester’s student chapter, with about 25 members, has a history of excellence in the eyes of the ACS: With this award, the chapter will have received two commendables and three honorable mentions in the past five years. There are about 1,000 student affiliate chapters in the United States; the society will honor 179 in March.

Manchester College’s chapter activities ranged from selling molecular model kits to organic chemistry students to creating a bulletin board about “The Earth’s Atmosphere and Beyond” for the North Manchester Public Library.

The MC students staffed the chemistry stockroom and a panel of chapter members participated in a weekly science seminar about summer science experiences. The students also attended science lectures and exceeded their fund-raising goals.

Chapter officers submitting the report to ACS were Alyssa Hoff, president, of Elkhart, Ind., who graduated in May; Nicolaas Vermeulen, vice president, of North Manchester, Ind., a senior this year; Andrea Dillon, treasurer, of Vandalia, Ohio, a senior this year; and Leslie Holtzclaw, secretary, of Decatur, Ind., who graduated in May.

Chemistry and biology/chemistry are popular majors at Manchester College, which is constructing a $17 million Science Center in the center of campus. The state-of-the-art facility will be ready for students in mid-summer.  This fall, 72 students are seeking degrees in chemistry or biology/chemistry. For more about Manchester College’s science offerings, visit

Manchester’s American Chemical Society chapter affiliate officers for 2004-2005 are Nicolaas Vermeulen, president; Chrissy Zirkle, vice president, a junior from Noblesville, Ind.; Emma Lowman, treasurer, a sophomore from Greentown, Ind.; and Elena Bandera, secretary, a senior.

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