IUP American Chemical Society Club Gives to Karns City Community

Posted on 4/6/2015 8:30:22 AM

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, two students from the Student Affiliate American Chemical Society (ACS Club) accompanied Nate McElroy (BS '94) on a visit to the advanced chemistry class at Karns City High School.

This year, club president Dina Ludovici and vice president Cassandra Hanley gave presentations to students in Michelle Rhodes' advanced chemistry lab that demonstrated catalysis, supersaturation and crystallization, and reaction kinetics. Following the demonstrations, Ludovici, Hanley, and McElroy discussed the chemistry major, career opportunities, and student life at IUP. Ludovici and Hanley then presented a $1,000 check to the president and vice president of Karns City's Physics Club to be used for chemistry and physics supplies for the class.

"I'm proud of our club for continuing their outreach and donations to local schools. It's through their time and efforts in fundraising at IUP that allows them to do these trips," said McElroy. "And I think it's valuable to the high school students we visit to see that what they're learning in class now has relevance later in college, even if they don't choose the chemistry major."

Students at Karns City High School

This year's school visit was particularly special for McElroy, who graduated from Karns City in 1989.

Each year, the ACS Club visits a local high school chemistry class to give demonstrations, talk to students about chemistry and IUP, and to donate $1,000 towards supplies and equipment for their science program.

Recent past donations have been given to Purchase Line, Marion Center, United, Homer Center, and Saltsburg schools.

Department of Chemistry