On November 18, 2010, members of the Student Affiliate American Chemical Society (ACS Club) visited the AP Chemistry class at Saltsburg High School to give a brief chemistry demonstration and talk to students about IUP and chemistry. At the end of the discussion, a donation of $1,000 was presented to chemistry teacher Jolene Spadafora for class supplies and equipment.
Club members Deanna Belsky (president), Jonathan Henninger, and Erica Bouch (a 2006 Saltsburg graduate) performed demonstrations with liquid nitrogen for the class and held a Q&A session with the students about the Chemistry major, classes at IUP, and general college life. The majority of the high school students were juniors, but many had already decided on the majors they planned to pursue at IUP or other institutions.
The ACS Club at IUP, which was formed in the 1970s, is comprised predominantly of students in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and pre-professional majors. Members provide free chemistry tutoring four days a week during the semester, raise money via fundraising activities that is donated to local school science programs ($1,000 each year), and hold or participate in community outreach activities such as National Chemistry Week in Pittsburgh, Mole Day, and local science festivals.
The club was recently given a Commendable Award by the National Office of the ACS for their achievements and activities during the 2009–2010 academic year. The club also received two Honorable Mention Awards for the 2008–2009 and 2006–2007 academic years.
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