2016 Outstanding Service to the Division Awardee, Mickey Sarquis

Year Awarded: 
2016

The 2016 recipient of the 2016 Award for Outstanding Service to the Division is Arlyne (Mickey) Sarquis. The award will be presented at the Division’s Sunday Reception on August 20, 2016 at the National ACS meeting in Philadelphia.

The following is from the nomination letter.

Mickey is an outstanding member of our chemical education community, our society, and our Division. Mickey not only epitomizes the best of the chemistry education profession but also demonstrates exemplary practices of service to our organization. Having been an ACS and CHED member for more than 37 years, Mickey has distinguished herself as an advocate for excellence in chemistry education, a tireless worker, and a true leader. She has helped to guide the path and growth of our Division through challenging times, helped to embrace the efforts and abilities of those at the precollege levels and worked to open opportunities for both our new and existing members.

Mickey was the first editor of the Secondary School Chemistry Section of the Journal of Chemical Education, a post she held for 17 years. During her term, with the approval of Editor Joe Lagowski and the Broad of Publications, she established numerous avenues for precollege professionals and those with scholarly activities in these areas to publish and impact our profession in new and exciting ways. Division membership, the subscribership, and active involvement of precollege colleagues including myself, soared to record levels.

As our elected ACS Counselor for 5 years (2004–2009) and alternate counselor (1989–1991), Mickey not only represented CHED but also helped to formulate ACS policy assuring our voice was heard and included. During her terms on Nominations and Elections (elected council committee 2008-2010) and Membership Affairs Committee (council committee 2005–2008) she helped to set the pathway for our membership to be heard and stay involved.

Mickey served as our Division’s Chair in 2002 with pre/post succession responsibilities spanning the years before and after. She also has served on a myriad of committees including the Program, Publicity, Recognition, Long-range planning, Two Year College, and Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education committees. She also was an appointed member of the Society Committee on Chemical Education for 3 years. Mickey has been a presenter and symposium organizer at numerous BCCE and ACS Regional and National meetings. Additionally, she served as Program Co-Chair for the 19th BCCE held at Purdue University in 2006.

One of the most important contributions that Mickey has made to CHED, our profession, and the general public has been her outreach activities. Recognizing the importance of such efforts before it was in vogue, Mickey worked to improve the public recognition, perception, and appreciation of the contributions of chemistry. Over the course of her career, she has tirelessly been engaged in developing outreach activities, holding events, and mentoring her colleagues in the “how to” of successful outreach for the public. Through her encouragement and coaching, many Division members participate in outreach activities providing a far greater impact promoting a positive perception of chemistry. Mickey also served on the National Chemistry Week National Development Subcommittee and as NCW Advisor. Her efforts were rewarded in 2008 when she received the Helen Free Award for Public Outreach.

Awardee Name: 
Mickey Sarquis, 2016

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