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July 11th, 2016

Southwest Section

Published on July 11th, 2016 | By: Belinda Raines

The roots of the Southwest Section go back to 1945 when eleven brick makers gathered at the University of Texas and organized the Ceramic Society of the Southwest. In 1951, this group was granted a charter by The American Ceramic Society as the Southwest Section. Its purpose is to promote all ceramic arts and sciences. Semi-annual meetings of two or three days include presentations of symposia, technical papers, suppliers’ exhibits, plant tours, a banquet, social program, golf outing, and companions’ program. Suppliers are invited to display their products at tabletop exhibits.



Chair: John Spence

Acme Brick Co.

Secretary: Fred McMann

Fives North American Combustion

Chair-Elect: Harland Dixon

Acme Brick Company

Treasurer: Glenn Holladay

Materials & Ceramic Chemicals

Vice Chair: Geoff Cogar

J.C. Steele and Sons

Counselor: Fred McMann

Fives North American Combustion

Annual dues: $25 ($20 if over age 65)

Mail check for dues to:
Fred McMann
4102 Palmer Plantation
Missouri City, TX 77459

Meetings & Events

The Southwest Section of ACerS Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet took place June 7 – 10, 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park, Birmingham, Alabama. The theme for this year’s event was, “Passing Down a Legacy of Knowledge to the Next Generation.”


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The Southwest Section administers the Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund.  Here is information about each of these scholarships:


The Robert & Mary Buttle Scholarship Program 
The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to help students finance their college education. An explosion of unthought-of ceramic products and processes within the preceding 50 years created exceptional opportunities for ceramic engineers and scientists. There is particular need for applied and production engineering, as well as scientists.


Students of a recognized two- or four-year program of ceramic engineering or ceramic materials science are invited to apply for a grant from this fund, following successful completion of their first year.  Complete the application and enclose a recommendation from the department head or advisor. Be sure that qualifications are met according to the criteria on the application, listed in order of priority.  Download the application today!


The Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Program 

Scholarship grants will be awarded to students working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in a four-year program, although consideration will be given to those in a two-year degree/certificate program, providing other criteria are met. Applicants will be required to be sponsored by an active member of the Southwest Section of The American Ceramic Society. Download the application today!


For information about scholarships, contact Harland Dixson.



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