I’m happy to report that the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3) membership continues to be strong. We sponsoring four conferences this year, plus a fifth program during the BCCE. We are also fortunate to have a dedicated and supporting group of officers who work diligently year-round. A complete list of 2012 officers can be found at our website (2yc3.org).
The 195th 2YC3 Conference was held on March 30-31 at the Oceanside Campus of MiraCosta College (California). The conference theme was “Looking Forward: Innovations in Teaching Chemistry.” Nancy Lee served as program chair, Theresa Bolanos as program co-chair, Mark Yeagar as local arrangements chair, and Pierre Goueth and Don Robertson as exhibits coordinators, all of whom are faculty members of MiraCosta College. Approximately 85 members were in attendance.
The 196th Conference was held on April 27. This conference marked a new way to reach two-year college faculty members. It was our organizations first webinar meeting. The title of the program was “Chemistry Education for a New Generation.” Lance Lund from Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Minnesota) was the program chair. The webinar was presented in collaboration with the ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges. Blake Aronson and Joan Sabourin from the ACS OTYC were co-organizers of the webinar. The one day conference had 147 registrants. Attendees logged on for an average of 4 hours and the 7 sessions averaged 68 viewer.
This fall we have a program during BCCE at Penn State University. The 198th conference will be at Harper College in the Chicago, IL area. The last conference of the year will be at Arizona Western College in Yuma, AR. Information on these and future meetings can be found in the Meetings section of our website.
As a result of our recent collaborations with the SOCED Task Force on Two-Year Activities and the ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges, the COCTYC authorized the creation of a new position to oversee the ongoing workshop series entitled, “Resources for Excellence.” I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Jo Sanders to a three year term as the Workshops Coordinator. Amy Jo has been involved in our organization for a number of years. She has served as the Midwestern RAB coordinator, program chair (Stark State and BCCE), and is a trained workshop facilitator. Welcome and congratulations, Amy Jo!