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The young people were present in fine attire on a lovely May Monday afternoon in the foyer of the Chemistry Building on the WMU campus, along with teachers, friends and/or parents, to receive awards based on achievements in their chemistry studies.
It was our section's 45th annual Awards Gathering where we recognize high school students and teachers, as well as college students, section members who have served the American Chemical Society for many years, and others in the community and of our membership whose contributions have been noteworthy. This year for the first time we also recognized our Project SEED student, Victor Plascencia (Comstock HS), and Kalamazoo College's Dr. Dwight Williams, his mentor over the 10-week summer research program,
Though none of our six long-time members (1-50 years, 2-60 years, 1-70 years, and 2-76 years) was able to be with us, our councilor, Lydia E. M. Hines, did present a recognition certificate to Dr. Donald Iffland at his home that afternoon; a retiree from the WMU Chemistry Department he served as Section chairman in 1967 and 1968. Our member volunteer for his able and willing service for many years was Dr. James Kiddle. This year we also gave awards to two of our Section's HS teachers for their many years of instilling enthusiasm for chemistry in their students – Mr. Brad Portis at Gull Lake HS and Mrs. Doreen Odziana at Paw Paw HS. A separate short description is given in a separate article regarding the Salute-to-Excellence award given to the Kalamazoo Public Library's representative Susan Warner.