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a liquid nitrogen ice cream social. Spending about two weeks
advertising this event with different media, including e-mails,
flyers, Facebook, and our student chemistry webpage, allowed
us to reach a wide range of students. On the evening of our first
meeting, we had over 30 attendees! Since then, each of our
meetings and events is filled with 10 or more members. Knowing
how to reach out to our peers and keeping an open-door policy
for everyone interested in chemistry has definitely helped us
succeed in exposing our university to chemistry and ACS.
Posted by Sunny
every meeting and send them out through a “series of tubes” to
all our members. It doesn’t take much to keep all your members
involved and informed.
Increasing Member Participation
Recruiting members who are genuinely inter-
ested in our chapter’s activities has been a
challenge of ours for quite a while. We would
frequently find ourselves with members who
viewed their membership as just a way to
enhance their professional school applica-
tions. This hurt our meeting attendance and
greatly hindered our ability to offer quality
activities. While we had high attendance at some events (e.g.,
lectures from professional school representatives, national meet-
ings, and social events), other events, such as meetings and
community service events, were poorly attended.
To solve this, we decided to establish a point system, where
members had to attain a minimum threshold of points before
they could attend these select events. To earn points, members
had to attend a certain number of business meetings, help with
community activities, and participate in at least 90% of the
chapter’s general activities.
We now see a great increase in our chapter’s attendance and
an improved effectiveness of our work for the community and
campus. We even earned the Student Organization of the Year
Award on campus that year. Great success!
Posted by Shannon
Re-Evaluating and Moving Forward
Last year our chapter went through a leader-
ship development assessment, which led to
a fresh start for our chapter. We reached our
educational goals by creating new outreach
programs, going on field trips, and attend-
ing the ACS national meeting. This led our
chapter to receive an Outstanding Chapter
Award from ACS. Although our leadership
team worked diligently to provide better programming and more
activities for the chapter, we still didn’t see as much member
participation as we desired.
This year, we are still experiencing problems with member
involvement. In the words of our co-president, Jen Bruno, we
need to “explore ways to get these members involved and to
‘lead without authority’ to light a proverbial fire under these students to get them involved the way they say they will be.” We are
now working to delegate chapter responsibilities and projects
to members to allow them to grow with the chapter. In turn,
students will feel like they are part of a family, where everyone
is involved in bringing the mission of ACS into fruition in our college and community. The idea is to change the atmosphere to
consistently engage the members and build a family.
Posted by Alyssa
Using Technology to Boost Member
Let’s face it...trying to organize chapter meet-
ings can be a challenge. The real problem
comes when everyone is willing to come but
can’t because of work or classes. My chapter
ran into just this sort of conundrum. Poor
turnout is an issue no chapter leader wants
to leave unaddressed, but the simple logistics
of getting all our members together doesn’t always work. This
semester, we had terrible turnout compared to the previous one.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find a time when everyone
could get together to discuss our activities. Not surprisingly, we
found our answer in technology. Instead of insisting everyone
be present for our meetings, we got all the e-mail addresses
from our members and created the “TC3 (Texarkana College
Chemistry Club) Bulletin.” All we do is type up the minutes from
miCkey BiGG is a junior majoring in chemistry with a concentration in
forensic science and a minor in criminal justice. He serves as co-vice-president
of the ACS student chapter at Newberry College, SC.
kAtrinA tHistle is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at Simmons
College, Boston, and is the treasurer of her ACS student chapter.
elizABetH wAlsH is a junior chemistry major at Northern Kentucky
University, an undergraduate researcher, and the activities coordinator for her
ACS student chapter.
CJ pruitt is a senior and ACS student chapter president at Western
Kentucky University. In the fall, she plans to attend graduate school at the
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) to pursue a Ph.D. in physical or analytical
sunny HuAnG is a junior chemistry major at the University of Southern
Indiana intending to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. She is the current president of her
ACS student chapter.
sHAnnon woodruFF is a senior chemistry major at the University of
Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. He has been involved with the UMHB ACS
student chapter since 2006 and has been its president since 2007.
etHAn mCBride is a sophomore at Texarkana College, TX and ACS student
chapter president. He plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
in the fall to pursue a B.S. in chemistry.
AlyssA HueBner is a senior biology and psychology major, chemistry
minor at Florida Southern College and is graduating in May. She begins a two-year post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in June.