The ARCS Light Award is a distinctive honor awarded to a member who has given the highest quality of long-term service to ARCS Foundation. One ARCS Light may be chosen by her Chapter each year, though there is no requirement that the award be given every year.
The ARCS Light is honored at the Chapter’s annual meeting and at the ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting.
A candidate for the ARCS Light Award must have been an active member for at least three years, have served on a variety of committees as well as on the Chapter Board, have given continuous service that has had a positive impact on the ARCS Foundation, have demonstrated a willingness to serve, have respect for ARCS Foundation leadership and membership, and be an exemplary representative of ARCS Foundation to her fellow members and to the community.
Colorado Chapter ARCS Light 2018-2019
Our chapter’s deserving 2018-19 ARCS Light is Barb MacDonald, who says that she was easily persuaded to join in 2011 by the members’ energy, drive, and passion for science and education. At her second ARCS meeting she found herself accepting nomination to be Vice President of Membership, and as demonstration of her enthusiasm, she still holds that vital position. Barb is reliably focused each year on promoting member renewal and producing the chapter handbook, yet also finds time to help make the Gala an annual success. Above all, she thoroughly enjoys telling everyone she meets about the life-changing impact ARCS has on students, on the advancement of scientific knowledge and on technological progress
She traces her love of science to her 7th grade science teacher who introduced Archimedes as “the Bathtub Boy,” and finds that ARCS is a perfect culmination of her 40-year career as a librarian specializing in the sciences. With an MLS from the University of Denver, Barb managed various library services at Great Western Sugar Company, Colorado School of Mines, NASA Headquarters, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Reclamation, and seven Air Force Bases. Her professional work also included implementation of hazardous material data systems in Alaska, England, and Italy, and hazardous waste audits in Hungary. Science has indeed provided Barb with intriguing opportunities!
Other than ARCS, Barb’s activities include genealogical research and as much time as possible in the mountains in company with Donald, her husband of almost 50 years, and Morgan, her granddaughter of 10 months.