The Waynesburg University American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter received the “Outstanding Chapter Award” for activities conducted throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.
We have a wonderful and talented group of chapter members on this campus, and it's thanks to the teamwork between all of us that we can call ourselves an outstanding chapter."
Student chapter awards through the ACS include “Outstanding,” “Commendable” and “Honorable Mention.” Waynesburg’s chapter was one of only 56 to receive the 2021-2022 “Outstanding” award. This award makes the 15th “Outstanding” designation received by the chapter.
“Receiving this award means a lot, not just to me, but to our ACS chapter as a whole,” said Haley Ferricks, a senior chemistry major and former ACS chapter president at Waynesburg University. “It shows that our members are actively involved with and dedicated to our goals of service, outreach and growth, despite any challenges we may face. We have a wonderful and talented group of chapter members on this campus, and it's thanks to the teamwork between all of us that we can call ourselves an outstanding chapter.”
Each chapter is evaluated by a group of faculty advisors as part of the selection process for the awards. They are each rated on the number and quality of events and activities provided throughout the year and how well the goals outlined in their reports were achieved.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, the chapter sought to provide new activities, in addition to some of their annual events like the Haunted Lab, that would create a positive impact on students.
“After two years of pandemic regulations, the chapter wanted to try new ways to engage non-members,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and professor of chemistry. “One new activity was to prepare ‘exam encouragement kits’ for students in chemistry classes. Each kit contained some school supplies, treats and a note of kindness and encouragement from the ACS officers.”
For more information, contact Dr. Baldauff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-852-7617.