Sioux Valley Section
Welcome to the Sioux Valley Local Section Home
Page. We are one of the 186 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 http://www.acs.org 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. Z. Rick Wang, Ph.D., Chair
Chair - Dr. Z. Rick Wang, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD 57069, (605) 677-7281 Rick.Wang@usd.edu
Chair Elect -Dr. George Mwangi, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 575-2069. firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Chair- Dr. Ying (Daisy) Deng, University of South Dakota, University Center Sioux Falls SD, (605) 367-7715 Ying.Deng@usd.edu
Secretary - Dr. Ying (Daisy) Deng, University of South Dakota, University Center Sioux Falls SD, (605) 367-7715 Ying.Deng@usd.edu
Treasurer - Mr. Jeff Jung, T&R Services, 705 6th Ave. North, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 534-3571. email@example.com
Councilor - Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605) 274-4822. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate Councilor - Dr. George Mwangi, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 575-2069. email@example.com
NCW Coordinator, CCED Coordinator - Mrs. Melissa Tille, POET Research, Sioux Falls SD (605) 261-0085, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations Chair, Newsletter Editor - Dr. Ranjit Koodali, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD 57069 (605) 677-6189, Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu
Councilor and Web-person is Jetty Duffy-Matzner, please send her your web listings!
A link to the Councilor's report from the Spring 2015 Denver National Meeting is here – please let me know if you have any questions. There is some news about materials available for the upcoming guidelines for ACS approved undergraduate programs,changes in registration fees and the upcoming ACS elections. If you have any questions please contact our councilor and webmaster, Jetty Duffy-Matzner.
Dates of interest 2015
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.
-Chemists Celebrate Earth Day: This year's theme was Climate Science: More than just a weather report! We are pleased to announce this year's winner for the 2015 Poem contest as Jillian Stamp from Washington High School, her teacher was Jennifer Barrett. You can view Jillian's poster with the following link. We had 26 students participate in the contest. Jillian's poster has been forwarded on to the national ACS poster contest. Please contact Melissa Tille for further information. The poster contest rules are at that link and the entry form can be found at here: Sioux Valley 2015 CCED Poem Contest form.
We held our annual awards dinner on Friday, May 1st at Tre Lounge in Sioux Falls from 7-9 p.m. There was about 42 members, spouses and students present for a fine dinner in the Lower level of the Tre Lounge at 601 W. 33rd Street Sioux Falls. Past Chair Daisy (Ying) Deng was recognized for her contributions to the local section along with 20 graduating undergraduates. There were two catagories: outstanding and honorable with a prize of a $60 and $30 dollar Barnes & Noble gift card respectively. Senior names Honorable: Jennifer Allen (USD), Jiwoo An (SDSU), James Cassidy (SDSU), Shelby Dufflield (Augustana), Madeline Pfeiffer (Augustana), Trevor Sandgren (Augustana), Katie Smith (Augustana), Scott Splett (SDSU), Genevieve Tillotson (Augustana). Outstanding: Shelby Beer (USD), Shelby Braun (Nothern State University), Sarah Fisher (Augustana), Shimara Gunaswardana (SDSU), Eric Habbe (Augustana), Dakota Junkman(USD), Jordan Kramer (USD), Dannah Miller (Augustana), Hayley Naasz (USD), Ethan Pauley (Augustana) and Nicholas Pekas (USD).
Sioux Valley Local Section Election Results for the 2015 year: Chair Elect - George Mwang, Chair -Rick Wang, Immediate Past Chair -Daisy(Ying) Deng, Secretary -Daisy(Ying) Deng, Treasurer - Jeff Jung, Councilor( 3 yr term) Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Alternate Councilor (3 yr term) George Mwangi, Outreach Chair - Melissa Tille
Please send any news to Jetty Duffy-Matzner.
We hosted our Annual Research Poster Contest on Saturday, September 20th at the GEAR Center (4800 N Career Ave) in Sioux Falls. The schedule ran from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.There were 17 posters presented. First place went to Delaney Schara and Kellan Klubben (Augustana College), second place went to Sarah Fisher (Augustana College) and third place went to Alex Hannerstorm (USD). Thanks to the many volunteers who made this a memorable day. Pictures will be posted soon.
Midwest Regional meeting was held November 12-15th in Colombia, MO. Many of our members were there.
We are very pleased to annouce the winners for the National Chemistry Week's Illustrated Poem Contest. We had 27 entries in the 6-8th grade catagory and 13 in the 9-12th grade. Winner of the 6-8th grade catagory was Ashley Geraetsof Memorial Middle School, teacher is Rachelle Anderson. Winner of the 9-12th grade was Savanna Timbey of Washington High School, teacher is Laura Mehlbrech. Congratulations, those winning entries received a cash prize and will be entered into the national ACS contest. Please click on the following links to see our winner's posters: Ashley Geraets and Savanna Timbey.
The Sioux Valley Local Section hosted an Awards Dinner on May 2nd 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Tre Lounge in Sioux Falls. About 30 local section members and students gathered to celebrate our graduating seniors and volunteers for the local section. We were pleased to recognize 12 Outstanding Seniors and 3 Honorable Mentions. Outstanding Seniors: Stephen Bollinger (USD), David Christianson (USD), Steffani Donahoe (USD), Tam Ho (USD), Amanda Johnson (Augie), Aaron Kern (Northern State University), Kristin Luepke (Augie), Allison McEldowney (SDSU), Travis Nelson (USD), Ruthellen (Elle) Tornberg (Augie), Carissa Wieseler (USD). Honorable Mention: Adam Pay (SDSU), Dien Tran (Western Iowa Tech Community College), Renae Waters (Black Hills State University). In the left picture Officers: Melissa Reiss and Jeff Jung are with Chair Daisy Deng to pose with a graduating seniors. As can be seen in the right picture a good time was had by all.