JACKSON, Tenn. – April 3, 2003– The Union University student affiliate chapter was named an “Outstanding” chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the fourth consecutive year at the 225th National Meeting of the ACS in New Orleans Sunday, March 23. The designation is based on professional development of students in chemistry and the chapter’s contributions to the community.
"These awards are evidence of the commitment and dedication of our students to serving others," said Charles Baldwin, O.P. and Evalyn Hammons University Professor of Pre-Medical Studies at Union and faculty advisor to the ACS chapter. "The legacy of the chapter has always been service both to the campus and to the community at large. That legacy is being continued by current members."
Union’s chapter was also one of five to be named an ACS Green Student Affiliate Chapter. This is the first year that designation has been awarded.
Green chemistry is the design and use of chemical products or processes which prevent or reduce the use of hazardous substances. Union’s chapter received the designation based on activities such as the distribution of 1200 trees at its Environmental Awareness Conference and the hosting of a presentation by green Chemist John Warner of the University of Massachusetts.
Of more than 900 ACS student affiliate chapters, only 31 were named “Outstanding” and only five received the “Green” designation.