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 and parts of Iowa, Nebraska & Minnesota. 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

BYLAW CHANGES: The Executive Board isworking on updating our bylaws to include changes for electronic balloting and changes in our student members. The proposed bylaw changes have been emailed to all of our members and were presented at the local section meeting on September 29th. The changes will be part of the section's elections in October. Please look at thislink to see the major changes that will be implemented if the changes passes. Please send questions to either Chair Andrew Strandjord or Councilor Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

bulletWe hosted a member dinner and undergraduate poster contest on Friday, September 29th at Augustana University in the Froiland Science Center. We introduced the ballot of officers for elections and changes to our bylaws to allow electronic balloting and support the regional undergraduates members. We also had a panel and are grateful to our panelists: Keith Francis (Sanford Research), Aubrey Jones (South Dakota Agricultural Labs), Stanley May (University of South Dakota), Billie Streufert (Augustana University Career Center), and Melissa Tille (POET) There were 13 posters presented during the undergraduate research symposium and we are thankful for our 10 judges with representation from Augustana University, Morningside, Dakota State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota. We had three finalist posters from: Katelyn Stevens & Cameron Jensen (Augie), Ashleigh Chov (USD), Hope Maunders & Alissa Runia (Augie). We had the three winners that will receive funds to reimburse travel to ACS meetings. First place with $800 were Troy Hollinsworth & Austin Kroeger (Augie). Second place with $500 was Carl Lang (Augie). Third place winners with $400 were Claire Fanta & Katie Tlusty (Augie). Pictured below - first row from left to right - Katie Tlusty, Alissa Runia, Hope Maunders, Katelyn Stevens, Ashleigh Chov. Second row - Carl Lang, Cameron Jensen, Austin Kroeger and Troy Hollinsworth.

Thanks again to our panelists: Stanley May, Melissa Tille, Aubrey Jones, Kevin Francis and Billie Struefert.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

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

bulletElection Ballot: Elections will soon be upon us. Please take time to consider becoming a volunteer leader for our local section! Currently we have the following names on the ballot which will be mailed in October: Chair - Andrew Strandjord, Chair Elect - Open, Sectretary - Ying Deng, Treasurer - Jeff Jung.

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.

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.