dream of being a chemist.”
But by the time Pappas was a college
sophomore, his plans of becoming
an accountant just didn’t interest
him anymore, he said. During his
sophomore year, Pappas was enrolled
in a pre-med chemistry class to fulfill a
science requirement.
His professor was W. Brian Hill,
who, among other things,
had been the first
science faculty
member hired
at the campus
in 1958
and had
pushed for
the creation
of the IU
Southeast
chemistry
degree in 1971.
Hill, who passed away
in March, inspired
Pappas’s love of chemistry.
Hill’s “old-school” approach
to the discipline and his
ability to create a sense of
competition in the class
appealed to Pappas.
Dr. Hill was
a legend,”
Through a bridge to college program,
Pappas had taken an IU Southeast
business administration class while he
was still a senior at Providence High
School in Clarksville.
I was the top student in that class and
got a scholarship to IU Southeast,”
Pappas said. “I had taken one chemistry
class in high school
and hated it, so I
had no idea
I’d
ever
Pappas has worked with distillers
in Croatia who hope to get their
essential oil business off the ground,
and assisted distillers in Hawaii who
hope to produce a sandalwood oil that
in the past has only been available
in India and Indonesia. As a teacher,
he helps aromatherapists and other
practitioners who use essential oils.
There are so many uses for these oils
and just about everyone is using them,
whether they are aware of it or not,”
Pappas said. “Essential oils are very
relevant to everyday life, and there’s
a growing interest among the general
public in understanding the oils.”
Crafting a career in
chemistry
His profession is quite
different from what he
imagined as an IU Southeast
business freshman in
1985.