Chemistry and Biochemistry

Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social 2015

Posted: in Alumni, Emeritus, Faculty, Staff, Oct 12, 2015

The 2015 Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was held Friday, October 9, in the Benson Science Building.  Alumni, young and old, came with their partners to greet faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees at a reception followed by a delicious meal.

After the meal, everyone moved to a lecture hall for a presentation and talk.  Dr. Francis R. Nordmeyer, who served as Department Chair for nine years, was honored with the “Distinguished Pillar Award.”  This award recognizes individuals who have acted as pillars on which the department could build and grow.  Dr. Steven G. Wood presented the award, and Dr. Nordmeyer gave a few words to the group on his love for the department and his respect for its high degree of collegiality.  Dr. Adam T. Woolley then introduced his father, Dr. Earl M. Woolley, who gave a fascinating presentation titled “The Benson Building: Why and How.”   Dr. Woolley was instrumental in convincing the university that a new science building was necessary and also making sure the design would fit the needs of faculty and students.   Dr. Woolley remembered those who worked with the little they had in a small department and paved the way for the incredible growth seen over the years. 

Thanks to all who attended this wonderful event. 

Photos:  top-left, Dr. Wood presents Distinguished Pillar Award to Dr. Nordmeyer; top-right, Dr. Woolley gives a presentation on the Benson Building; center, guests enjoy dinner together; bottom, professors emeriti Marvin Smith and Byron Wilson visit at the reception.