Love What You Are Doing
Chairing a student chapter of the ACS is a
unique experience. If you’ve already been
elected to lead, I congratulate you and invite
you to enjoy this experience to the fullest.
During my term as president, I have learned
that teamwork is the key to success. The
members are the engine of the chapter and
we must keep them active in order to proceed. I assure you
they have great ideas, so listen to them. I also learned that it is
important to divide the work load and maintain efficient com-
munication; this will help everyone feel like important parts of
the chapter, because they are. Planning ahead helps to achieve
success. Things do not always go as one expects, but the end
result is amazing! And the most important part, love what you
are doing, because if you do... you will do your best!
motivating participation in lyceum-sponsored trips and activities. With the help and guidance from our president Joe Meany,
coordinator Susanna Ayers, and treasurer Molly Croteau, we all
formed a team that was able set this positive tone throughout.
My lesson learned was to have fun, enjoy the office, motivate
others, and spread the word of the organization daily. Do this,
and the chapter naturally becomes more enriched.
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Posted by Emily
Don’t Forget the Fundamentals
Our chapter is successful because we have
outstanding public relations and an effective
way to share responsibilities. The fundrais-
ers are also good public relations events,
helping maintain good relations between
the chapter, students, and faculty — and
motivate all to support the chapter. It’s also
important to share responsibilities. The treasurer keeps track
of funds, and the secretary takes notes and maintains display
cases. The public relations officer sets up new activities. The
historian takes pictures at events and uses them for the website
and for posters. The vice president writes the newsletter and
helps the president. The president and vice president essential-
ly do everything that is not covered by other officers — send-
ing reminders for ACS meetings and filling out and turning in
paperwork, etc. It boils down to electing officers who are willing
to put forth the effort.
Inspire and Involve Non-science Majors
Shortly after becoming chapter president,
I realized that many students who lacked
chemistry backgrounds avoided our events.
They assumed our activities would be unin-
teresting to them and too complex for them to
understand. As you and I both know, chemis-
try is not only interesting, but is also relevant
to everyone’s lives. I felt as president, it was my duty to get my
peers to understand this as well. The board, the advisors, and I
worked on creating fun events with underlying chemistry themes
and educational objectives. We held a magic show, tie-dying
event, field trips, and more, always including either handouts or
discussions to explain the chemistry involved in the event.
Student participation in our chapter increased as others realized
that they could understand and were actually interested in what
chemistry had to offer them. Look to inspire and involve your
peers — you could change the way they think about chemistry.
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OYEBOLA OLADEINDE is the president of the ACS Student Affiliates
chapter at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
CJ PRUITT is the president of the ACS Student Affiliates chapter at Western
Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.
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Lead by Example
The opportunity to serve as vice president of
the SAACS Chapter at Keene State College
(KSC) was a chance for me to help the
chemistry department shine in the eyes of
prospective new chemistry majors, surround-
ing KSC departments, and the professional
chemical community in the region. I was
mindful to set a good example of the quality education, inspira-
tional faculty, and dedicated students in the department whenev-
er I discussed our chapter with a potential member or speaker/
host. I used this approach when recruiting new members and
MATT GALANTE is the president of the Bellarmine University ACS Student
Affiliates chapter in Louisville, KY.
CHRISTINA HANSEN is president of the Utah State University Chemistry
and Biochemistry Club in Logan, UT.
EMILY ROBLES is president of the ACS Student Affiliates chapter at the
University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.
IAN PEARCE is vice president of the Park University ACS Student Affiliates
chapter in Parkville, MO.
BEN MICHAELSON is the vice president of the ACS Student Affiliates chapter at Keene State College in Keene, NH.
GRACE CHARLES is president of the ACS Student Affiliates chapter at Stern
College for Women-Yeshiva University in New York, NY.