Chapter president: Oyebola
Q What methods do you use to
A One incentive is that we provide
contacts for internships and job
opportunities. We also try to
involve the new recruits in all
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
A Keep in touch with your officers
and make sure the executive
board meets regularly. Ideas flow
when even a few officers get
Q How do you ensure a smooth
A After the election at the end of
the spring semester, the new officers are briefed on what was done
during the previous year and ideas
are exchanged to see what can be
improved for the next year.
such as the National Cancer
Institute and the state forensics
lab. We also have many speakers
representing a wide variety of
occupations in the field of chemistry; some of the speakers come
from graduate and professional
schools, and some are recent
alumni who describe their career
MORGAN S TATE UNIVERSI TY
a restaurant certificate and two
goody baskets. This generated a
lot of publicity for the club, as well
as raising money.
Q How did you celebrate
A We celebrated Earth Day by working with our local ACS section in
a community clean-up of nearby
Herring Run Park.
Louise Hellwig, 15 years
Q How did you become a
A I became faculty advisor when the
former advisor, my office mate,
was looking toward retirement
and asked if I would be interested
in advising the chapter.
Q In what ways does your
chapter give back to the
A Our chapter participates in the
Morgan Undergraduate Chemistry
Help (MUCH) Program, in which
our members go to nearby
elementary schools once a week
and lead a class in fun chemistry
experiments to popularize science.
Q Do you collaborate with
other clubs on campus on
A Once or twice a year we collaborate with Bio Club, sponsoring a
speaker of common interest.
Q Is your chapter active in
your institution’s recruiting
A We assist at two university open
houses per year, where we staff
a chemistry table with demos in
the arrival hall, and also serve as
guides in the chemistry department.
Q How do you communicate
with chapter members?
A E-mails and flyers have been the
most effective communication
tools. Our recent creation of a
Facebook page for our chapter
offers additional tools, such as
discussions boards and the possibility of posting photos. Also, our
president sends out a mass text
message as a reminder shortly
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A Some years there are many active
members who show a lot of initiative and some years, for whatever
reason, there are not so many
involved members. The trick seems
to be to build on the momentum
when there’s a particularly active
set of officers and get freshmen
and sophomores involved at that
time, to give them experience
under enthusiastic leadership.
Q What are your most
popular chapter activities?
A Our most popular activities are
field trips to scientific facilities
Q What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A We raise most of our funds selling
candy and sodas. This year we
held a Valentine’s Day raffle for
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A The most rewarding aspect is
developing more rapport with the
students than is possible simply as