The Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony
The Vanguard Award
The Chemical Educational Foundation's Vanguard Award recognizes and honors the outstanding efforts of an individual who has exhibited leadership and commitment to fostering the public's understanding of, participation in, and general appreciation of chemistry, chemicals, and the chemical industry. Through various outreach initiatives, Vanguard Award winners raise awareness of the importance of science education and take action to enhance science education in their communities.
The 2014 Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 29.
Nomination forms are currently available for download. The submission deadline is February 1, 2014.
2013 Vanguard Award Recipient
The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) honored Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company for his outstanding efforts on behalf of improving science education at the Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony held on May 7, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.
Liveris has been the driving force propelling The Dow Chemical Company to the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives. By engaging in nationwide partnerships, contributing funds, and encouraging employee volunteerism, The Dow Chemical Company has been able to support an array of educational programs spanning from kindergarten to secondary education. In 2011, The Dow Chemical Company signed on to become the Diamond Sponsor of CEF’s You Be The Chemist® programs; a partnership that has enabled CEF to expand its programmatic content and broaden its reach, engaging more K-8 students in the sciences than ever before.
The evening featured speakers William A. Fidler, CEO of Brenntag North America and Howard Ungerleider, Executive Vice President, Advanced Materials of The Dow Chemical Company who accepted the award on Liveris' behalf.
Fidler kicked off the festivities by congratulating Liveris and praising The Dow Chemical Company's commitment to improving science education. Fidler highlighted the increased impact that has been felt in classrooms across the country since The Dow Chemical Company signed on to become a Diamond Sponsor of the You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs in 2011. In the four months leading up to the Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony, The Dow Chemical Company had distributed over 300 Activity Guide flash drives to local educators, sponsored 4 Essential Elements workshops, 7 Local Challenges, 5 State Challenges and had signed on to be a Platinum sponsor of the 2013 National YBTC Challenge.
Fidler commended Liveris and The Dow Chemical Company for their understanding that while individual company outreach programs are meaningful, the greatest impact is felt through the collective efforts of chemical companies across the board. Fidler added that working together to maintain a united front is vital to the necessary advancements in science education, as well as the future of the chemical industry.
Accepting the award on Liveris' behalf, Ungerleider graciously thanked all of the chemical industry members present for their own outreach initiatives and contributions to CEF, reiterating Fidler's claim that the full potential of positive change cannot be realized without the collective efforts of many. The Dow Chemical Company feels the time is now for industry members to invest in the future. By taking a leading role in the implementation of programs such as YBTC, The Dow Chemical Company is striving to create a better educated and well-informed informed future generation and to remind everyone from community members to legislators that the United States is still a chemistry-dependent economy, an economy that demands improvement to science education standards and opportunities.
Congratulations and many thanks to CEF's Vanguard Award winners and presenters for raising awareness about the importance of chemistry and taking action to enhance science education!
*Photos courtesy of Joe Shymanski.
Howard Ungerleider accepting the 2013 Vanguard Award on behalf of Andrew N. Liveris from presenter William A. Fidler
CEF's Vanguard Award winners exemplify the positive impact that chemical industry members can have on their communities by raising awareness of the importance of chemistry and chemicals within the community and our everyday lives.To read more about previous Vanguard recipients and ceremonies, visit the Past Vanguard Award page or click on the individuals' names below.
|Andrew Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company
|Stephen R. Clark, retired CEO of Brenntag AG
|Gregory S. Babe, President & CEO of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC
|Norman R. Bobins, President of Norman Bobins Consulting, LLC
|Arthur McFerrin, Jr., President of KMCO, L.P.
|Patrick J. Marantette, President of E.T. Horn Company
|Richard A. Peacock, President of PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.
|Stephanie Burns, Chairman, President, and CEO of Dow Corning Corporation
|Michael Campbell, President, CEO, and Chairman of Arch Chemicals, Inc.
|Laura Dornbusch, President of Expo Chemical Company, Inc.
| M. Blouke Carus, Chairman of Carus Corporation
Audley C. Harlow, retired Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD)
|Mark Kramer, Senior Vice President - Industrial Chemicals East of Vopak USA
|J. Roger Hirl, President & CEO of Occidental Chemical Corporation
|A. Wayne Tamarelli, Chairman & CEO of Dock Resins Corporation
G. Stephen Robins, President of G.S. Robins & Company
|Earnest W. Davenport, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Eastman Chemical Company
|Robert A. Roland, retired President of the Chemical Manufacturers Association
|Jean Belanger, retired President of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association
John R. Hess, Chairman of John R. Hess & Company, Inc.
|John Johnstone, retired CEO and Chairman of Olin Corporation