Student mixes hard work, chemistry

IUS Horizon

Andrew Stillman, chemistry senior, is involved in campus organizations such as the Chemistry Club and Phi Eta Sigma.

Students walking down to The Commons to grab a bite to eat or relax could spot a large poster of a chemistry student on the wall.

Even if you don’t see him on a poster, you’ll probably notice Andrew Stillman, chemistry senior, making his way to one of his classes or one of the numerous organizations and activities he is involved in at IU Southeast.

From orchestra and band to the Student Program Council and the Student Life Committee, Stillman is a busy man.

He is involved in the Honors Program, the Legacy GOLD program, the Chemistry Club and honors societies, such as the Alma Kron Delta Kappa Leadership Society and Phi Eta Sigma.

Of course, school comes first, and Stillman is academically juggling just as much.

Along with his chemistry major, he is applying for associate’s degrees in math, physics and biology.

In addition, he is taking classes with the Honors Program and has been involved in on-campus research projects.

“The question everyone asks me is ‘When do you sleep?’” Stillman said,  “and I ask, ‘Sleep? What’s that?’”

Stillman said he gets his caffeine from Coca-Cola, which keeps him going on his busy schedule.

One of the tasks Stillman does is working for the Honors Program Student Advisory Board.

As president of that board, he helps initiate efforts to promote and develop the community of students within the Honors Program.

“[We’re] in charge of putting events together to bring students together through the Honors Program to help them relax and incite conversation,”  he said.

Stillman is heavily involved in the Department of Chemistry.

He helps mix solutions and does other preparation work for chemistry lab classes.

Stillman is also involved in activities with Campus Life.

He worked in the office as an intern last summer taking calls for new and prospective students and parents of students, calling people to remind them of their STAIR appointments.

Stillman has also worked as an orientation leader for two years helping with STAIR session orientations and leading off-campus info-sessions.

He also is a part of the Legacy GOLD program, which stands for Grenadier Outstanding Leadership Development, which sets student leaders up to impact their community by directing their attention to social change.

GOLD organization members must decide on a social issue they want to be involved in and together come up with a project to tackle that issue and work together as a team to see the project through.

“Andrew is a really hard worker,” Kathy Meyer, orientation and leadership coordinator, said.  “He has a great work ethic, and he’s just an all-around friendly guy.”

Meyer said orientation leaders always have to be patient and empathetic to help new students and their parents as they embark on a new journey through college.

“Andrew’s always got an open ear,” Meyer said.

Stillman said he plans to graduate in May.

Stillman is currently trying to make post-graduation plans.

He said he will miss the students and professors here at IU Southeast but not the homework and hectic schedule along with running from class to class.