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UMSL Chemist is our annual magazine of departmental and alumni news. The Spring 2024 edition is available electronically. This will be mailed to all alumni, friends and donors but that will be an electronic version only. If you have news of Chemistry Department Alumni or just want to get in touch, email the editor, Professor Lol Barton.

Archived issues of UMSL CHEMIST

We are delighted to announce that the 25th Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture will be presented by Professor Carlos J. Bustamante Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor in Biophysics:, at the University of California –Berkeley, who will speak on Monday, October 7, 2024  

THE 37th ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURE for 2023-24 was presented by Profesor Robert A. Stockland, Jr, PhD 1990, following the Department Awards Ceremony on April 29. More information about him and the Lecture may be found here.

Sixty Years of Great Chemistry were celebrated on April 13, 2024, in an event organized by the Chemistry Alumni Council. Michael Finkes BS 1973, MS 1978, emceed the event in which each of the six decades between 1963 and 2023, in the department and in current affairs, were described. Professor Barton oversaw 1963-1972, Richard Hoyt BA 1976 did 1973-1982, Steve Kolodziej BS 1987, PhD 1992, did 1983-1992, Jean (Huhmann) Vincent BA 1992, PhD 1996, did 1993-2002, James (JB) Carroll BS 2008, PhD 2013 did 2003-2012, and Professor Dupureur oversaw 2013-2023. About 60 alumni, students and faculty were in attendance on the third-floor rotunda of the student Millenium Center

An event: A Celebration of the life of CHARLES W. ARMBRUSTER was held on the 3rd floor Rotunda of UMSL Millenium Student Center at 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, 23 April 2023. For details, visit


Alumni Reception on May13, honoring the 50th Anniversary of the class of 1973 was held at 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Science Learning Building - Solarium, UMSL North Campus. For details and registration visit www.umslalumni.org/chemistry2023

Successful event honoring the 50 th anniversary of the third graduating class was held over the weekend May 18-19, 2019.

The third UMSL graduating class was 1968-69. The year 2019 is the 50 th anniversary of that class which included 29 chemistry graduates. The Chemistry Alumni Council held an Alumni Reunion as a celebration over the weekend of May 18-19, 2019 and invited all graduates to attend but especially those who graduated from 1967 through 1970.

Of the approximately 40 1969 graduates in attendance, five chemistry graduates attended all or part of the celebrations. They included  Joe Bono, Mario Deprimo, Tim Miller, Doug Nuelle and Les Tucker. The weekend began with a check-in and mingle followed by a campus bus-tour. Then the group heard a presentation by Chancellor Emerita Touhill titled UMSL: The Early Years. The evening Golden Alumni Reception for alumni from 1967, 1968 and 1969 was held in the Millennium Center from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All five 1969 chemistry alums were there along with Mike Finkes, BS 1973, MS 1978, Ray Novak, BS 1968, and Harold Messler BS 1970.

On the Saturday morning, following breakfast the 1969 graduates were robed and participated in the Commencement Ceremony. Following the latter, the 1969 graduates participated in the Golden Grad Luncheon, in the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Lee Theater, and the 2019 chemistry and biochemistry graduates and their families enjoyed a more informal luncheon with some faculty and alums in the Whittaker Room also in the Touhill. About 85 attended this luncheon. This latter, organized by the Chemistry Alumni Council and the Alumni Association was followed by a reception in the Solarium of the Science complex where both 1969 and 2019 chemistry graduates were honored. Photos are available - where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Alumni Council events.

UMSL Distinguished Alumni Awards to Chemists

Distinguished Alumni Lecturers
A former student from the Department of Chemistry at UMSL delivers this annual lecture, which is followed by a reception. This forms part of the regular departmental seminar program and is typically scheduled for the first Monday in May as the final seminar of the academic year. The lecture follows presentation of the Annual Departmental Awards.