Cat Jump Fails & Successes

Just a little silliness to ring in the new year. Happy 2014, Chem Grads!

Hello fellow graduate students!

This Friday (the 25th) at 5 pm the chemistry grad club is hosting the annual Halloween social in Rab’s Room!  Just as usual, you can expect plenty of beer, a few snacks, and alcoholic punch (although, from what I hear it’ll be hard to top the witches’ brew from last year).  We’ll also be sure to have some non-alcoholic drinks for those of you who prefer them.

Costumes are not required but are most certainly welcome!  However, for some, mourning attire may be more appropriate as this social will also serve as a funeral for the beloved Moon Temple which is set to close very soon.  Those of you with fond memories of the soon-to-be-departed are encouraged to share so that we all might say goodbye together.

So, please come to pay your respects.  And more importantly, have a good time, show off that amazing costume, enjoy a few brews, and relax with other hardworking graduate students!

Feel free to pass this invitation along to post docs and faculty that may want to join us.  We hope to see you all there and have a great week!

-Tyler (tylerc22@uw.edu) and Lauren G. (gagnonl@uw.edu)

Grad Club Social Chairs

This week marks the end of another school year.  To celebrate the coming of summer, the graduate student club will be hosting its annual end of the year BBQ this Friday June 14th.  The BBQ will start around 5:30 on the CHB patio.  There will be beer, snacks and a selection of BBQed goods.  Our vice president, Julian Rees, will be operating the grill and from what we’ve heard, he is a very talented grill-master.  I think we’re all in for a real treat!

See you there!

Tom Porter and Mike Larsen
Graduate Student Club Social Chairs

Chemistry Graduate Students,

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, Mexico, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat. Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans near Puebla, at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,500. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, then considered “the premier army in the world.”
To celebrate this great victory, the Graduate Student Club will be hosting a social this Friday May 3rd.  Here are the details–
Where: CHB Patio (weather permitting – forecast says sunny with a high of 71! )
When: Friday May 3rd 5:00 PM
Goodies:  Beer, Margaritas, Chips & Dip, other light snacks
We will also have the BBQ up and running if you would like to bring your own food to grill.
Feel free to forward this on to your post doc, faculty, or staff friends who might be interested. Hope to see you all there!
Tom & Mike
Grad Club Social Chairs

Our next social will be on Friday, May 3rd and will be Cinco de Mayo themed.  Beer and margaritas will be available as well as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

We are also thinking about hosting another homebrew competition in July 2013.  We will be sending out an email to gauge interest in the next month or so to plan a meeting.  Be sure to attend our meeting if you are interested in participating!  The homebrew socials are one of the departmental favorites!

We will be hosting the department’s annual prospective grad student open house this weekend (March 8-10). Let’s show the prospective students why the UW Chemistry Department is a great place to be! Please keep your office or lab doors open and answer prospective students questions. There will be a poster session and division dinners on Friday. Also, everyone is invited to join us on Saturday evening in CHB 102 for a “family dinner” of fun and socializing.

A more detailed schedule is posted in the Events section.

We will be hosting a social on Friday, February 8th.  Come by and get some beer and snacks!

Fellow Graduate Students,
As I’m sure most of you are aware, the greatest holiday of the year is rapidly approaching. No, its not Christmas or the Fourth of July… Its Halloween! To celebrate this great time of the year, the Grad Club will be hosting a Halloween social this Friday (26th) in Rab’s room starting around 5:00 PM. As usual, there will be a ton of wobbly pops (beer) and witches’ brew (boozy punch) and a few light snacks. Those of you with more of a hankering for sweets will be very interested to know there will also be an assortment of candy and sugary non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
Costumes are not required but are highly, highly encouraged. There will be goody bag prizes for the top 3 costumes (judged by quasi-professional DJ Eric Fischer) and a goody bag for the person who can most closely guess the ingredients of the witches’ brew.
Hope to see you all there!
Grad Club Social Chairs

Here are our minutes from the October meeting, prepared by our secretary, Sam!

October Meeting Minutes