Sioux Valley Section

Welcome to the Sioux Valley Local Section Home Page. We are one of the 185 Local Sections of the American Chemical Society and our members come from all over the state of South Dakota. ACS Local Sections promote public awareness of chemistry by being involved in community outreach programs and by working with students of chemistry and science. We hope to encourage an interest in the chemical sciences. If you are interested in becoming a member of ACS, please go to for more information. If you are already an ACS member and would like to join our Local Section, please call or e-mail me or another officer (see Local Section Officers information below).
Dr. Andrew Strangjord, Ph.D., Chair

Chair - Dr. Andrew Strandjord, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 274-5496

Chair Elect - open

Past Chair- Dr. George Mwangi, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 575-2069.

Secretary - Dr. Ying (Daisy) Deng, University of South Dakota, University Center Sioux Falls SD, (605) 367-7715

Treasurer - Mr. Jeff Jung, T&R Services, 705 6th Ave. North, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 534-3571.

Councilor - Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605) 274-4822.

Alternate Councilor - Dr. Adam Sturlaugson, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 331-6757.

NCW Coordinator, CCED Coordinator - Mrs. Melissa Tille, POET Research, Sioux Falls SD (605) 261-0085,

Public Relations Chair, Newsletter Editor - Dr. Ranjit Koodali, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD 57069 (605) 677-6189,


Councilor and Web-person is Jetty Duffy-Matzner, please send her your web listings!

A link to the Councilor's report from the 2017 Fall National Meeting inWashington D.C. is here – please let me know if you have any questions. There is some news about materials available for the upcoming Chemist Celebrate Earth Day events and the upcoming ACS elections. If you have any questions please contact our councilor and webmaster, Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

Dates of interest 2017

The Executive Board is still working on updating our bylaws to include changes for electronic balloting and changes in our student members. If you have an interest and would like to be involved please contact any of the local section officers. Chair Andrew Strandjord and Councilor Jetty Duffy-Matzner will start the process. Please let us know if you would like to assist us.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

blue boxMidwest Regional meeting will be held October 18-20th in Lawrence, Kansas. See you there!

bulletWe will be hosting a member dinner and undergraduate poster contest on Friday, September 29th a tAugustana University in the Froiland Science Center. Members will be asked to contribute $10 dollars towards the dinner, spouses are welcome. Please come and help us make changes to our bylaws to allow electronic balloting and support the regional undergraduates. The event will run from 6:30 to 9 pm. The Froiland Science Center is located at the corner of Summit Avenue and 33rd Street in Sioux Falls. PLEASE JOIN US!! Contact any officer for further information. Please RSVP to Chair, Andrew Strandjord by September 27th.

bulletNational Chemistry Week will becelebrated by the local section in October. We will have a K-12 poster contest.Please contact NCW Coordinator Melissa Tille for questions. We arepleased to announce that Alustriel Day won the 9-12 catagory for last year. She was a senior at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. Please see the attached link to view Alustriel's design.

bulletLast year the Sioux Valley Local Section hosted our annual Undergraduate Poster Contest at Augustana University from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm on Saturday September 24th. The poster event was held in the new Froiland Science Center at Augustana University. Dr. Stanley May(USD) graciously provided a seminar for those in attendance. We are pleased to announce the winners for the contest. Winners are reimbursed for travel to regional and national ACS meetings. 1st place Austin Frtiza (USD) with mentor Dr. Grigoriy Sereda, 2nd place Hope Juntunen (DSU) with mentor Stefan France and 3rd place John Fanta (USD) with mentor Dr. Zhenqiang (Rick) Wang. We hosted students from Augustana, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Dakota State University.

students at Poster 2016

bulletWe are looking for a Chair-Elect and volunteers so let us know if you would consider serving the local section. You can contact any officer for further details.

bulletCCED imageThe Sioux Valley Local Section hosted a K-12 poem contest for the Sioux Valley Local Section for CCED run by our Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Tille. The winner in the 9-12 catagory was Alustriel Day from Washington High School, her teacher is Jennifer Barrett. Her entry was forwarded on to the National ACS and she won the National CCED competition in second place. Please see the following link to look at her great poster celebrating this year's theme of water. Please see all the national winners including Alustriel in the following link.

bulletOur Public Relations Chair, Dr. Ranjit Koodali, will be doing monthly broadcasts for Dakota Midday:Innovations on the last Friday of the month.

The initial post can be found at

This post discusses converting CO2 into batteries:

This post discusses graphene:

Recent Events

Please send any news to Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

blue boxA Science Fair hosted by SDSU had an event sponsored by the Sioux Valley Local Section by volunteer Dr. Faithi Halaweish. Three area awards were given. First place went to Emily Larson (Tea High School). Runner Up was Elizabeth Rude (Waverly South Shore). 2nd Runner up was Kaelin Alons and Carly Haarsma (Unity Christian High School).

bulletElections for the local section were held. Treasurer - Jeff Jung, Secretary Daisy Deng, Councilor Jetty Duffy-Matzner.