What’s Happening in Chemistry Circles

Issue #113 November 2, 2004

         web address: http://www.chem.tamu.edu/ugrad/

[a publication of the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University]

written by Dr. John L. Hogg

DON’T FORGET THAT THE Q-DROP DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 5 P.M. Chemistry majors need only come to Room 104 and complete the form. Either Dr. Tiner, Ms. Warren or Dr. Hogg can help you. Appointments are not necessary for this.



              The 17th annual Chemistry Open House was held on Saturday (October 30) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event was organized by Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, associate director of the first-year chemistry program, and, as usual, the event was a big success. A crowd of over 800 enjoyed all the activities. Volunteers included staff, faculty and students from Chemistry and from the Physics Department.


            Preregistration for the spring 2005 term is set to begin November 18. Each student will be assigned a registration start time and have 48 hours from that start time to complete registration. The start times are totally random within a certain classification. Classifications are based on the current semester and not on what your classification will be at the end of the semester. Students will receive a Neo e-mail notifying them of their start date and time after November 5. Check the following web site for additional information: http://register.tamu.edu/

You may check the on-line schedule of courses at: http://courses.tamu.edu/default.aspx?campus=CS

            Chemistry majors will want to note the following.

            Chemistry 234, required of all chemistry majors, is no longer listed as an honor’s course so all chemistry majors may register on-line for the course. Because of crowding in the Chemistry 234 sections, we are encouraging B.A. chemistry majors especially to consider postponing their registration in Chemistry 234 until the fall semester. B.A. students have more schedule flexibility than B.S. students when it comes to labs so we are asking that this be done on a voluntary basis. If the labs are oversubscribed, it may be necessary for me to ask some B.A. students to delay their Chemistry 234 enrollment to allow B.S. students to take the course in the spring semester.

            All B.S. and B.A. chemistry majors must take Chemistry 234 (offered in both the fall and spring semesters now) after taking Chemistry 231 (or Chemistry 237 in some cases) but only B.S. students are required to take Chemistry 334 after taking Chemistry 325. B.A. majors take the sequence Chemistry 325/326 instead. Chemistry majors must take the special section of Chemistry 228 taught by Dr. Hogg or the honor’s section taught by Dr. Bergbreiter unless they have permission from Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg to do otherwise.

            Carefully check the degree plan requirements and core curriculum requirements in your particular catalog when planning your schedule. You may do a degree audit by going to myrecord.tamu.edu. Click on current students once you are there and then click on the degree audit request option. Please contact me if you have difficulty interpreting your degree audit. One of the things I’ve noticed recently is that many of you have not made sure that your high school foreign language credit and/or computer science credit has been noted at A&M. This means when you get ready to graduate you may be in for a real surprise and find out that you must take a year of a foreign language before you can graduate. This can easily be checked by us if you ask us to do it. As always, continue to call Ms. Warren at 845-0520 to schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg. Please do not send e-mails to schedule advising appointments.


            Students who plan to graduate in the spring 2005 semester enter the diploma fee when they register and then check the main A&M web site at the beginning of the spring semester to file their degree application online. 


            College of Science students will graduate on Friday afternoon, December 17 at 2 p.m. in Reed Arena. Check the following web site for more details: http://graduation.tamu.edu/


            Anthony Rodriguez (B.A. 2003) has changed divisions at Champion Chemicals. He has gone from quality to product development in the Flow Assurance group. He will be specifically working on new paraffin inhibitor products dealing specifically with flow assurance with foamers, defoamers, hydrates, and drag reducers. He wanted to let everyone know that he is now engaged to Sarah Holt (B.A. 2003) and the wedding date is to be announced. Sara was just at A&M last week where she spoke to the Chemistry 100 class about pharmacy school and careers in pharmacy. She left me a copy of her excellent power-point presentation if there are any students who would like to view it. Friends may send congratulations to Anthony at arod236@hotmail.com and to Sarah at


            Sara Mooney (B.S.1997) sent along the following update recently: “Thanks for Orbitals to keep us updated on the Chemistry department! I've been able to reconnect with several friends because of the monthly updates. I thought I'd join in the fun and forward an update. I just graduated from law school in May (after working for Pennzoil-Quaker State for a few years), and took the Texas Bar Exam in July. I've already passed the Patent Bar Exam, and currently work as a patent agent for Keeling Hudson, LLC in Houston, TX. I'm hopeful that my title will change on November 5th to patent attorney. I can be reached by email at saramooney@earthlink.net. Also, I chatted with Dr. Rad Kothmann, MD (BA 1997) via email. He informed me that he has joined a practice in Fredericksburg, TX after completing his residency in Corpus Christi. His email address is radkothmann@hotmail.com. I hope everyone is doing well! Thanks again for Orbitals!”

            Emily Brock (B.S. 2004) has provided the following information about her post-graduation plans. I remind you that Emily was a leader of the Texas A&M Aggie Dance Team and has a long history of dance. “I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that I am doing great with my new job up here in Dallas. I work insane hours and have just started working 7 days a week at the studio but things are going really good. I love my apartment and am learning my way around Dallas more and more everyday. I thought I'd send you the link to the website for our studio so you could check it out. (www.dallaspowerhouse.com) The studio is huge (enrollment is over 1,000 kids) and growing every week. Me and the boss lady get along well and I love all the people I work with. The kids I teach are anywhere from 2 years old up to high schoolers and adults. Pretty much, I get paid to play games and sing songs with the babies, but then there is my high school drill team prep classes who want to know if I will do chemistry tutorials instead of class when they get to that in school. HA! I really do love all my kids...learning names has been a chore but man the little ones are cute and can always make you smile and laugh. I went to the local high school football game last week with another instructor to see the drill team (we have or have had most of the kids and are close with the directors) and it was like being a celebrity seeing all of our kids. CRAZY! So all in all, life is definitely good. Hope everything is going well for you there...life sure is different without chemistry on the brain! Take care!” You may contact Emily at: emily_brock@hotmail.com

            Erin Greenwald (B.A. 2002) announces the arrival of Jack Owen Greenwald at 4:21 am on August 1, 2004. He weighed in at 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. By his 2 month check-up, he was already 13 pounds 14 ounces and 24 inches long (90th percentile in both height and weight!). Erin is a graduate student in the Ph.D. chemistry program at Texas A&M University. Friends may send belated congratulations to Erin at: egreenwald@mail.chem.tamu.edu