Chemistry Club Meeting: 9/21/06


The second 2006-2007 SIUE Chemistry Club Meeting was held Thursday, September 21, 2006, at 2:00 p. m. in the chemistry club room (SL 1107).  All officers were present. 


The old business began with results from the Yahoo! Groups poll regarding the new meeting times.  There was an even amount of votes for Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and Fridays at 2:00 p.m.  It was decided the meetings will be held the first Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m.


The Monsanto tour will be held this Friday, September 22, 2006 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Anyone who signed up to attend should meet in the chemistry club room at 2:00 p.m. in order to leave for Chesterfield.  We will be carpooling.  No cameras are allowed inside Mosanto facilities.  Anyone who did not sign up and wishes to go should contact Dr. Lu at


Next, Dave Herrmann gave an update of his new program, Cougars Volunteering for Science (CVS).  He received a grant through the American Chemical Society for $400.  Groups of at least three students will take a box that contains a hands-on experiment into the classrooms of local schools.  Demonstrations include acids and bases, food sciences, liquid nitrogen, and biodegradability.  CVS will be targeting schools with a high percentage of underprivileged children in the sciences.   Demonstrations will occur four times per semester.  Volunteer hours acquired through CVS count as SLDP and scholarship service hours.  Students performing the demonstrations will be required to participate in a training session.  There is an informational meeting this after, September 21, 2006, at 3:00 p.m.


New business began with an introduction of our new active members for the 2006-2007 academic year.  They are Rindi Sherman and Nathan Motl.  Congratulations.  Active members must attend at least three events per semester and will receive a code for the chemistry club room.


Upcoming chemistry club events include an ACS meeting, homecoming, Tri-City Youth, trivia night at Dr. Lindell’s, book/bake sale, National Chemistry Week, and Halloween Party at Dr. Shaw’s

  • The ACS meeting at St. Louis University will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2006, at 6:30 p.m.
  • SIUE Homecoming is holding Family Day on Saturday, October 7, 2006, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  All departments will be participating and providing demonstrations.  The chemistry department will also have a table with hands-on activities for children including slime, magic snow, magic sand, and UV beads.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare slime beforehand, set-up, and be at the table for homecoming.  Sign-up sheets are available.  Many alumni will attend.
  • Chemistry club will be participating in the Tri-City Youth program through SLDP.  We wil be attending Holy Rosary School in Fairmont City, IL about four times this semester to do demonstrations.  Holy Rosary’s after school program has about forty children ranging from K-8.  Our first tentative date is Friday, September 29, 2006, at 2:30 p.m.  Contact Lindsey Hamilton or Crystal Hise for more information.
  • Trivia night is a social event where the physics, biology, and chemistry clubs all join to participate in games including Trivial Pursuit and Scene It.  Pizza will also be provided.  It will be held Sunday, October 15, 2006, at 3:30 p.m.  Those people volunteering are needed to help set-up at 2:30 p.m.  Directions to Dr. Lindell’s are available in the chemistry department office. 
  • Chemistry club will be holding its annual book/bake sale this fall, October 16-18, 2006, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Lydia Bach, Nicole Arnold, and Will are  collecting books and bake goods donated from faculty.  Volunteers are needed to man the table.  Sign-up sheets are available.
  • The Halloween Party will be held at Dr. Mike Shaw’s on Friday, October 27, 2006.  Attendees may choose to wear a costume.  We will have fried turkey.
  • National Chemistry Week is October 22-28, 2006.  On Saturday, October 21, 2006, the SIUE chemistry department will be participating at the St. Louis Science Center.  They will have a table with hands-on demonstrations for children.  This year’s theme is “Your House Is Built on Chemistry.”  Volunteers will be needed to help at the Science Center.  Participation may count as extra credit in general chemistry courses.  Sign-up sheets are available.


Lastly, students joining the SIUE chemistry club are encouraged to become ACS Student Affiliates.  Student affiliates have opportunities to attend the ACS conventions.  The spring 2007 convention will be held in Chicago. Students may visit for more information.


The chemistry club meeting was concluded at 2:45 p.m.