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Chapter presidents: Mary
Maliakal and Pawel Kolano
Number of chapter members: 75
Number of ACS Student
composition: Large, private,
urban, 4-year institution
LOYOLA UNIVERSI TY CHICAGO
Q What advice can you offer a
A Be patient and let the student
Q What is your most successful
A Our most successful recruiting
method is having a booth at the
campus-wide student organization fair, where we can reach the
maximum number of students.
We attract prospective members
with our displays and giveaways.
For example, this past fair, we
had a display including dry ice,
the infamous Coke-Mentos reaction, a homemade lava-lamp, and
glowsticks, along with information about the chapter and our
for Chemistry in
Chemistry Day was held at Loyola,
and it was a smashing success,
with about 900 high school students who visited throughout the
day. This kept our volunteers very
Timothy L. Thomas, 1 year
Q Why/how did you become a
A I became the faculty advisor a
little over a year ago, after the
chemistry department chair asked
for a volunteer. I do it because I
am excited about chemistry and
I wish to share that excitement
with the students.
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Q What are your most popular
A Our most popular chapter activities thus far have definitely been
our planned trips and outings,
which include tours to local
national laboratories. We have
made trips to both Argonne
National Laboratory and Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory
Q How do you inform members
of chapter activities?
A Our most effective method of
communication is through our
e-mails, which are sent regularly
to all of our members, as well as
to the chemistry major mailing list.
We also utilize a Facebook group,
making announcements, sending
messages, and promoting events.
Non-electronic forms of communication involve flyers, announcements in chemistry classes and
labs, and word of mouth.
Q What is your role as a
A My role is to help the students
organize events and act as a liaison to the chemistry department,
as well as a few other functions.
Q How does your chapter
participate in National
A Each year the ACS Chicago Local
Section holds its annual Chemistry
Day celebrations for local high
school students at one of the
universities in Chicago. We send
volunteers to help set up, assist,
and run activities, all within a fun
environment. This year the annual
Q What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A Our most successful fundraiser is
the sale of molecular model kits
and goggles via the chemistry
department stockroom. Another
very effective method of raising
money is through the sale of
T-shirts, which are very popular.
The chemistry department generously helps to fund many of our
activities, and we also receive
some funding from the student
activities fund of the university.
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A It’s been pretty painless so far.
The only problems are trying to
work out schedules when dealing
with groups and trying to increase
student turnout at events.
Q What has been your most
rewarding experience as a
A I enjoy seeing the ACS officers
mature and grow as leaders.
Taking a leadership role brings out
the best in some students.