Kalamazoo American Chemical Society Local Section


Chemistry & Culture:
“Elements of Dance”

The Results

Please note that we are currently planning another dance event for 2013 and are looking for sponsors and collaborators.

Here is some exciting news!
Our event is a finalist for the ChemLuminary Award!

It has been six years since our Section received a ChemLuminary Award [2007 for Best on-going event for National Chemistry Week].  This year our self-nomination has brought us the designation of “finalist” (one of three) in the “Most Innovative New Activity or Program” category – look in our September Newsletter after the Fall National ACS Meeting in Indianapolis to see if we were declared the winner; better yet, if you are attending the Indy Meeting, join the ChemLuminary party on Tuesday evening, September 10, at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel from 8:00 p.m. to midnight [free hors d’hoeuvres and dancing, too] and learn first-hand if our Section is declared the winner in this category!

Left to right: Chemistry instructors and their dance partners. Dr. James Guzinski (retired from Kalsec) with Jenny Grunberg, a Kalamazoo dentist, Dr. Elke Schoffers with Art Downey, a professional dance instructor. Photo by DB Photography
Guzinski and Schoffers (WMU Department of Chemistry) performed showcase dances with their partners at "Elements of Dance" on November 9, 2012 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and also taught a Salsa lesson. The event drew a total of 179 people, including 63 local chemists along with ballroom dancers and spectators.
Congratulations to Evan Dalke, a WMU graphic design student, who won a cash prize after submitting the winning T-shirt graphic, which was also printed in the event program.
More, TBA; please return at a later point to see additional photos, some pictures have also been posted on our public Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ACSKalamazoo?fref=ts.


Old Event Announcement

November 9, 2012, 6:30-9:30 PM
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

FREE Admission.
Free Snacks.
Free Dance Lesson.
Dance Showcases.
Puzzles – Win Prizes!
Music: Ballroom, Latin, Swing.
 Partner Not Necessary – No Dress Code.
Open To The General Public.

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No RSVP required. All are welcome but there is limited seating for the brief program in the beginning, in addition to standing room. Contact Elke.Schoffers@wmich.edu by November 7 (extended) to reserve a chair. There will be refreshments, displays and mingling in the KIA lobby. Showcases, a dance lesson, a special demo and open dances take place in the auditorium. There is no dress code. We recommend your Sunday Best as appropriate attire. Dancing is not required but we sure hope that you will try. Hope to see you on Friday, November 9, 2012!



What is it?


Press Release


WMU Chemistry Instructors Teach New Steps At The KIA


Financial Support

This event is made possible with funding from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and through generous donations from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Kalamazoo Spice and Extraction Company (Kalsec), Aldrich, VWR and the WMU Business Technology and Research Park.



Elements of Dance –Timeline

Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 PM
Deadline for chemistry students to register for the “Cupid Shuffle” with Dr. Schoffers
See flyer for more details.

Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 PM
Deadline for submission of artwork for the “T-Shirt Design Contest”
to win a cash prize, submit to Dr. Guzinski
 See flyer for more details.

Friday, Nov. 9 6:30-9:30 PM
Join us for “Elements of Dance”
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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