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Registration & Conference Materials
Lunch/Meals – including New Member Lunch and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions
Committee Meetings at the 2012 BCCE

Internet Access
Campus Bookstore
Mail & Copy Services
ADA Disclaimer

Past BCCE Locations
2014 BCCE
ACS DivChed Committees

2012 BCCE Volunteers
Jens Breffke – The Pennsylvania State University
Kenton Chodara – The Pennsylvania State University
Marguerite Ciolkosz – Retired Chemistry Teacher
Stuart Friesen – The Pennsylvania State University
Melissa Gettle – The Pennsylvania State University
Sean Haggerty – The Pennsylvania State University
Shea A. Hicks – The Pennsylvania State University
Josephine Igwe – The Pennsylvania State University
Atousa Jahanshahi – The Pennsylvania State University
Martin Kociolek – Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Amanda Leffler – The Pennsylvania State University
Xiaoyan Lu – The Pennsylvania State University
Kate Masters – The Pennsylvania State University
Julie McIntosh – The Pennsylvania State University
Francelys A. Medina – The Pennsylvania State University
Sharyn Miller – The Pennsylvania State University
Jenna Mott – The Pennsylvania State University
Paul Munson – The Pennsylvania State University
Matthew Naedel – The Pennsylvania State University
Judy Ozment – The Pennsylvania State University
Todd Pontius – The Pennsylvania State University
Zach Reitz – The Pennsylvania State University
Matthew Ross – The Pennsylvania State University
Lorraine Snead – The Pennsylvania State University
Sheri Strickland – Converse College
John Tierney – The Pennsylvania State University
Alex Valente – The Pennsylvania State University
Wei Wang – The Pennsylvania State University

Fundraising Coordinator
Joe Keiser – The Pennsylvania State University

Mark Maroncelli – The Pennsylvania State University

Exhibition Coordinator
Tracy Halmi – Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Conferences and Institutes
Nancy Eckard – The Pennsylvania State University
Marian Dunegan – The Pennsylvania State University

Demo Extravaganza Coordinators
Jackie Bortiatynski – The Pennsylvania State University
Bill Farina – The Pennsylvania State University
Jim R. Nye – Bellefonte Area School District
Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys – The Pennsylvania State University

Workshop Coordinators
Mary Jo Bojan – The Pennsylvania State University
Philip Stemple – The Pennsylvania State University
Dennis Weidel – The Pennsylvania State University

High School Program Coordinators
Richard Goodman – Horace Greeley High School
Mary Shoemaker – The Pennsylvania State University

2YC3 Coordinators
Amy Jo Sanders – Stark State College
Amy Toole – Pennsylvania College of Technology
C. Michele Turner – The University of Akron

Poster Coordinator
Larry Miller – Westminster College

General Papers Coordinator
Joe Shane – Shippensburg University

Sesquicentennial Program Chairs
Roger Egolf – The Pennsylvania State University
Roy Olofson – The Pennsylvania State University

Program Chairs
Kent Crippen – University of Florida
MaryKay Orgill – University of Nevada – Las Vegas

General Chairs
Sheryl Rummel – The Pennsylvania State University
Dan Sykes – The Pennsylvania State University

Information for Symposia Presiders and Presenters!!! Please Read!!

Need assistance? All members of the planning committee and volunteers are wearing a yellow shirt and a purple name card.

Arriving Sunday? Park in the HUB parking deck (parking is free on the weekend), check-in at the BCCE registration desk located on the first floor of the HUB – 131 pre-function space adjacent Alumni Hall, pick up your registration materials, head over to 004 LFS to obtain your temporary access account and download Wireless 2.0 (if you have not already downloaded Wireless 2.0 prior to arrival), return to car and check-in at your place of accommodation.

Arriving Monday-Thursday? Check-in at the dorm and obtain your parking permit purchased in advance (if applicable) OR check-in at your hotel then obtain a parking permit (if applicable…see the section on Parking) OR park in the HUB parking deck ($1.00 per hour or fraction thereof) and check-in at the BCCE registration desk located on the first floor of the HUB – 131 pre-function space adjacent Alumni Hall, pick up your registration materials, head over to 004 LFS (or other room as indicated on the schedule…see section on Internet) to obtain your temporary access account and download Wireless 2.0 (if you have not already downloaded Wireless 2.0 prior to arrival), return to car and check-in at your place of accommodation.

Registration & Conference Materials

On-site Registration/BCCE Check-in Hours:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 131 Alumni Hall, Hetzel Student Union (HUB)
Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 131 Alumni Hall, HUB
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 131 Alumni Hall, HUB AND 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., HUB Info Desk

On-site Registration fees
Regular fee:  $375
High/Middle School Teacher:  $240
Student:  $240
Retired:  $305
Guest:  $95
Guest under 17:  $70

The conference registration fee permits access to all conference technical sessions (oral and poster), plenary lectures, refreshment services, the exhibition hall, and all social events. Social events include:

  • Opening Reception on Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB
  • Ice Cream Social on Monday 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Willaman Bridge/Pelick Courtyard
  • Picnic at the Arboretum on Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Closing Reception on Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB

Conference Materials
Upon arrival, conference attendees will receive a registration packet which includes a conference tote bag, badge with lanyard, water bottle, conference pocket guide, and event tickets (if applicable).

Conference Badge Colors
The color of each name card designates the “status” of that attendee:

Red: Represents a new ACS member and/or first time attending a BCCE
Orange: Represents an accompanying guest or child
Green: Represents an exhibitor
Blue: Represents DivChed officers and committee chairs
White: Represents a veteran BCCE attendee

Purple: Represents a member of the planning committee or a volunteer

Online Program Guide: This website will serve as the online program guide for the 2012 conference and will contain detailed information on every workshop and technical session, as well as all anciliary events and meetings.

Printed Pocket Guide: You will receive this at check-in and it contains a basic overview and schedule for the conference as well as a campus map.

Printed Program Guide: If you are interested in a comprehensive printed program guide, there will be a limited supply of them available for advance purchase through the online registration site.

Handouts of Presentations: The decision to make handouts available rests solely with the authors of the papers and workshop leaders. Consider going green and sharing your talk electronically. Use a jump drive to collect files that you would like to access later.


If you still need to secure lodging, feel free to download our guide to on and off campus options. Lodging information is also available here.


If you are still in need of transportation options to State College, please click here.

State College is extremely walkable, but there is also a free bus service operated by CATA. During the summer months, the red and blue lines are in operation. The LOOP and LINK service provides fare-free campus/downtown circulator and cross-campus shuttle service. The Blue Loop provides the circulator service around the Penn State Campus and Downtown State College, running clockwise via College Avenue. The Red Link runs back and forth across campus between Innovation Park and West Campus (White Course Apartments) via Curtin Road and Park Avenue.

Service area and schedule: The service area is limited to campus and the immediate downtown area. Over the summer, LOOP and LINK operate on a Reduced Service schedule. Routes and schedules can be obtained from the CATA website (mobile apps are available):
Click here to download a route map.
Click here to access the CATA website.


For attendees staying in the dorms, parking permits were purchased, in advance, via the dorm reservation form and are included in your registration materials when you check-in at the conference registration desk.

Parking Office staff will be available to sell parking passes at BCCE Check-in on Sunday, July 29, from 11am -5pm. Parking passes are $21 for the conference. Parking at the HUB and Eisenhower parking decks is not monitored on Sunday, so you can park in either of these lots in order to check-in and purchase a parking permit if you need one. Beginning Monday at 7:30 a.m., July 30, you can purchase your parking permit at the Penn State Parking Office adjacent to the Eisenhower parking deck.

To obtain a visitor permit to park at Penn State, visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau located at the corner of Park Avenue and Porter Road (M-F 8:00am-6:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm; Phone: 814-231-1400 or 800-358-5466, E-mail:, web:, or the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck (M-F 7:30am- 5:00pm; Phone: 814-865-1436, E-mail:, web: to purchase a permit. Currently, the fee is $4.00 per day; daytime parking is in the commuter lots: Lot 44 (near the Bryce Jordan Center) and Stadium West (next to Beaver Stadium). There is no parking in the commuter lots from 2:00am-4:00am.

Visitors may park in the HUB Deck (off Shortlidge Road), the East Deck (off Bigler Road), and the Nittany Deck (beside the Nittany Lion Inn) for $1.00 per hour. When entering the deck, you must take a stub from the machine at the Kiosk Information Booth at the entrance. You must give this stub to the attendant when exiting the deck. Parking decks only accept cash for payment. You must have a permit to park in the decks between 2:00am-4:00am.

A campus parking map and other useful maps are available at the following websites:
Faculty/Staff Parking
Other helpful maps


You can eat lunch on or off campus. An on-campus lunch plan is available through the online registration process, but does not represent a discount from the pay-at-the-door rate ($11.00). Attendees may also purchase lunch on-site at Pollock Commons. This plan is offered as a matter of convenience because Pollock Commons is located near the main conference buildings.

The New Member meeting and the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions will be held in a private lunch room within Pollock Commons:

New Members Meeting

Monday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Tuesday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons:

  • 2YC3: Are you a Two-Year College instructor? Come get the scoop on Two-Year College Consortium and ACS Office of Two Year Colleges?
  • Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL)
  • Discussions of Theoretical Frameworks – hosted by the Theoretical Frameworks Symposium

Wednesday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons:

  • The Younger Chemistry Education Researchers Task Force

Pollock Commons

Pollock Commons provides a diverse array of all-you-can-eat food options. The dining schedule and prices are below (cash only):

Sunday, July 29
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Brunch ($13.30)
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Supper ($13.30)

Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast ($6.60)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch ($11.00)
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Supper ($13.30)

“The Mix” is a convenience store and grill located on the first floor of Pollock:
Sunday, July 29: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

HUB Dining

The following restaurants are located in the Hetzel Student Union Building (the HUB) – the same location as the exhibition: Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Panda Express, Sushi by Panda Express, Picalilli’s, Wild Cactus and Starbucks. The hours of operation of each during the conference are located here. All food vendors accept cash, and debit or credit cards.

Off-campus Dining

If you’d prefer to eat lunch off-campus, there are many restaurants nearby. Download a full list and map.

Committee Meetings at the 2012 BCCE

Saturday, July 28, 2012
ACS Exams Institute

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM     1st-4th floor Graduate Research Rooms, Chemistry Building
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM     Social at the Days Inn
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM     Supper at the Days Inn

Associate Editors, Journal of Chemical Education

  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM     212 Whitmore Lab

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Biennial Conference Committee

  • 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM    301A Chemistry Building

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Chemical Education

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM   301 D Life Sciences Building

Chemical Education Research Committee

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM     301 D Life Sciences Building

Monday, July 30, 2012
New Members Meeting

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Training Room, Pollock Commons

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges – Workshops facilitator meeting

  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM    212 Whitmore Lab

Committee on Computers in Chemical Education – closed session

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM    301D Life Sciences Building

Birds of a Feather Sessions

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Training Room, Pollock Commons
    • 2YC3:  Are you a Two-Year College instructor?  Come get the scoop on Two-Year College Consortium and ACS Office of Two Year Colleges?
    • Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL)
    • Discussions of Theoretical Frameworks – hosted by the Theoretical Frameworks Symposium

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Committee on Computers in Chemical Education – open session

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM    301D Life Sciences Building

Birds of a Feather Sessions

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM        Training Room, Pollock Commons
    • The Younger Chemistry Education Researchers Task Force

Internet Access


    This is your most convenient way of accessing the internet/email and is independent of PSU tech services.

Request a PSU Access Account to use with university computers and in campus computer labs.
There is a procedure that must be followed:

  • 1. Upon arrival, request a temporary PSU access account (times/locations below).
  • 2. You must provide a photo I.D.
  • 3. Review and agree to the AD20 requirements.

The above steps will take from 2-5 minutes to complete.

Conference attendees can obtain access accounts at the following times and locations:

  • Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 PM 004 LFS
  • Monday 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 004 LFS
  • Monday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM lower lobby of LSB
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 006 LFS
  • Tuesday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM 006 LFS
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 006 LFS
  • Wednesday 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM 112 BKE

BCCE staff will be on-hand to assign and activate access accounts. Once your access account is activated, you may use any university computer and computer lab to access the internet/email. The above computer rooms/locations are reserved for BCCE attendees during the stated times. Please note that there may be a queue to receive an access account depending on the volume of requests at any particular day/time.

  • 4. Wireless service – Once you have activated your temporary access account, we will provide instructions on connecting to the wireless service.

All local hotels have free WiFi available.

Many restaurants in downtown State College, within walking distance of campus, offer free wireless internet access. They include: Starbucks (College & Burrowes), Irvings Bagels (College & Allen), The Corner Room (College & Allen), and Panera Bread (Beaver & Allen).

Campus Bookstore

Stock up on all things Penn State! The campus bookstore is located in the ground floor of the Hetzel Student Union, also known as the HUB-Robeson Center.

Mail & Copy Services

The U.S. Post Office is located in the basement of McAllister Building, which is adjacent the HUB-Robeson Center. Copy services are available on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center.

University Libraries

Main Library – Paterno-Pattee

  • Paterno Library – Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Special Collections
  • Pattee Library – Arts and Humanities, Fred Waring’s America, Gateway (Library Learning Services), Maps, Music and Media Center, News and Microforms

Branch Libraries

  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture – 111 Stuckeman Family
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences – 105 Deike
  • Engineering – 325 Hammond
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences – 201 Davey
  • Dickinson School of Law Library – 214 Katz

Community Library – Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801


Day Bridge 861-4391 (Contact is Cheryl) – Drop-in available. Parents will need to complete a health assessment w/ proof of immunizations and some registration forms, which can be e-mailed in advance. Payment is due ahead of time. Open 7 am to 6 pm.
6 weeks – 12 months $48.60
1 yr to 24 months $44.74
2 year olds $41.53
3 & 4 yr olds $34.21
K – 12 yr olds $34.00 (child must have completed K)

ADA Disclaimer

Most of our campus facilities are equipped with ramps, wheelchair-accessbile restrooms, and automatic doors. If you have difficulties in mobility, we encourage you to consider a motorized wheelchair, because PSU’s campus is quite expansive. All PSU parking lots have handicapped-accessible parking. A valid parking permit is required, even with the state-approved ADA/handicapped parking placard or license plate. The CATA bus service is also wheelchair accessible.

Past BCCE Locations

1st BCCE: Snowmass-at-Aspen, CO 1970
2nd BCCE: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 1972
3rd BCCE: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 1974
4th BCCE: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 1976
5th BCCE: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 1978
6th BCCE: RIT – National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY 1980
7th BCCE: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 1982
8th BCCE: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 1984
9th BCCE: Montana State University, Mozeman, MT 1986
10th BCCE: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1988
11th BCCE: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1990
12th BCCE: University of California – Davis, Davis, CA 1992
13th BCCE: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 1994
14th BCCE: Clemson University, Clemson, SC 1996
15th BCCE: University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario 1998
16th BCCE: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2000
17th BCCE: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 2002
18th BCCE: Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2004
19th BCCE: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2006
20th BCCE: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2008
21st BCCE: University of North Texas, Denton, TX 2010
22nd BCCE: The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 2012

2014 BCCE

The 2014 BCCE will be held at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stay tuned for more information!

ACS DivChed Committees

2012 Executive Committee

Chair: George Bodner, Purdue University

Chair-elect: Frank Torre, Springfield College

Immediate Past Chair: Arlene Russell, University of California-LA

Secretary and Councilor: Resa M. Kelly (11-13), San Jose State University

Treasurer: Anna M. Wilson (12-14), Purdue University

Member-at-Large: Jimmy Reeves (11-13), Univesity of North Carolina at Wilmington

Gabriela C. Weaver (10-12), Purdue University
Renee Cole (11-13), University of Iowa
Ellen Yezierski (12-14), Miami University

Alternate Councilors:
Jennifer Lewis (10-12), University of South Florida
Mickey Sarquis (10-12), Miami University Emerita, Terrific Science
Jeff Hepburn (11-13), Central Academy, Des Moines, IA
Laura Pence (12-14), University of Hartford

Program Chair: Irv Levy (11-13), Gordon College

Editor, Journal of Chemical Education: Norb Pienta, University of Iowa

Director, ACS Examinations Institute: Thomas A. Holme, Iowa State University

For a complete listing of DivChed Committee Members, click here.


Technical Symposia Schedule

Technical Symposia Schedule

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule

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