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We are pleased to announce

2023 UNL Chemistry Alumni Reunion

Our theme is "Centennial of the First Woman to Earn a PhD" in honor of Lila Sands whose 1924 PhD  thesis was titled "The preparation and properties of [alpha]-mannonic and [alpha]-gluonic lactones." Dr. Sands was the second chemistry professor in the University of Arizona Chemistry Department, where she studied natural products of desert plants.

Alumni Reunion

The Reunion will take place on March 31-April 1, 2023
The banquet will take place at AKRS Champions Club on the UNL Campus on Friday evening, March 31 (there will be a cash bar). There will be no charge for alumni and one guest to attend the banquet. The Embassy Suites is holding rooms for us but it will be your responsibility to pay for the room. Rooms may be booked using this link: UNL Department of Chemistry Alumini Reunion Reservations. This link is good until March 10th.
Friday March 31, Tentative Schedule
3:30 Alumni colloquium (112 Hamilton Hall)
6:00 Cocktails (AKRS Champions Club)
7:00 Alumni Banquet (AKRS Champions Club)
8:00 Post-Banquet Program
  • Tributes to Attending Alumni
  • Tribute to the First Four Women to Earn PhDs
  • Lila Sands Legacy Award to David S. Hage
  • Historic UNL Chemistry Related Videos
  • "On the Shoulders of Giants" clip
  • "The Test's Tomorrow" by Liz Sutton
  • "Lloyd Moore, UNL Glassblower, 1958-1983" by Quinn Smith
Saturday April 1, Tentative Schedule (all in Hamilton Hall)
9:00 Coffee
9:30 Greetings from Administrators to be determined
10:00 “Who’s Doing What in Hamilton Hall” by Jody Redepenning, Chair
10:30 “My Endless Supply of 15 Favorite Artifacts” by Mark Griep
11:25 Group Photo in Hamilton Hall
11:45 Boxed Lunches in the Chemistry Resource Center
1:00 Tours of Hamilton Hall and Avery Hall
2:00 Tours of recently renovated campus buildings
4:30 Wine & Cheese Mixer with Current Grad Students
Friday's Tentative Banquet Offerings
• Cocktail Hour will include a selection of cold hors d'oeuvres
• Dinner Buffet will likely include Carved Bourbon Glazed Ham, Vegetarian Mushroom Marsala on pasta, and Linguine of the Sea.