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Ocean County College
Toms River, New Jersey
Chapter president: Erine O’Connor
Number of chapter members: 18
Number of ACS student members: 6
composition: Small, public,
suburban, 2-year institution
Q How have you “put a human
face on chemistry”?
A Our students created a video last
year where they targeted students
from K–2. It was a simple video
that brought chemistry to this
younger audience. Since young
children love bright colors and
happy songs, chapter members
sang a catchy song and created
fun projects that facilitated
Q In what ways does your
chapter give back to the
A The chapter raised money and
made a donation to St. Jude’s
Christian Children’s Fund.
Members also collected nonperishable items during the holidays to help St. Francis of Assisi
Food Pantry, and we entered a
bike-a-thon to raise money for the
American Cancer Society.
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A Limited funding is always an issue.
Q Do you collaborate with
other clubs on campus on
A Chapter members collaborated
with Phi Theta Kappa to build a
rain garden. Students attended
planning meetings and began the
digging for this project over the
summer. Matching funds were
received by Barnegat Bay National
Estuary Program that supports
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
COUR TES Y OF OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE
A I love to see students build strong
relationships with their peers.
This is facilitated when they are
working on something fun like a
video or bake sale. These personal
relationships are very important.
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
A Keeping a good line of communication between you and your
members is of utmost importance. Students can be certain
that I respond to their e-mail
within 24 hours. This builds
trust and security.
Maria Tamburro, 2 years
Q What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A Every semester, our members host
a bake sale. Students donate their
time and sweets to this cause.
Through this simple and effective
fund-raiser, we have helped fund
admission to aquariums and small
Q Why/how did you become a
A I thought starting an ACS student
chapter would give the students a
sense of pride and purpose. These
students are some of the hardest
working students around.
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In the November/December 2009 issue (Volume 19, Number 2),
in the chapter award listings, the following information was incorrect.
It should have read:
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, recognized as a
Commendable chapter. The faculty advisors are Edward Treadwell
and Svetlana Mitrovski.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recognized as a Commendable
chapter. The faculty advisors are Hephzibah Kumpaty and John Ejnik.
Stern College for Women-Yeshiva University, New York, NY, recognized as an Honorable Mention chapter. The faculty advisors are
Donald Estes and Evan Mintzer.
Happy 400th Anniversary
Adolph Butenandt received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1939 for
his work on sex hormones, not polymethylenes and higher terpenes.