time spent with the chapter, while also promoting membership and retention. Some chapters offer events, such as liquid nitrogen ice cream socials, as a part of regular meetings to encourage students to become chemistry majors and members of the chap- ter. although the meetings have a social component, the
chapter leaders also discuss chapter activities and other business to balance productivity and socializing.
the “Classroom luncheon Series” was an idea that originated at the University of Richmond student chapter. a special
guest was invited to each luncheon for a question-and-answer
session with chapter members at the Virginia institution. the
sessions were exclusively for students to network, learn about
chemistry careers, and hear about the career
paths of the invited guests while enjoying lunch together.
Local action, global impacts
the impact of some service endeavors extends beyond the
chemistry department. to take advantage of a general height-
ened awareness, some chapters are providing environmentally
friendly services to their schools.
Chapter members at South Texas College in Mcallen teamed
up with biology club members to become certified by the texas
Stream team to test the quality of water in local streams, rivers,
and other bodies of water. periodically, the chapter also received
requests from citizens of the greater Mcallen area to test lakes
on their ranches.
the CSu fresno chapter made spill kits for chemistry teach-
ing labs, hoping to eventually expand the program by providing
spill kits to labs in other departments on campus. In doing so,
the members wanted to have a positive impact on their campus
community as well as the environment, and consulted with their
campus department of environmental health and Safety about
how to include only eco-friendly contents in the kits.
of course, if you don’t have the resources to assemble entire
spill kits, there are more basic ways to help your department
reduce its carbon footprint. Setting up recycling stations in places
that previously did not have the means to recycle, or introducing
more environmentally safe alternatives to disposing of chemical waste are simple initiatives that help your department, your
campus, and the environment.
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No better time to start
the ideas offered here for department and college campus
service are some of the activities collected from the 2009-
2010 chapter reports. Some of these may be effective on your
campus, or perhaps they will help to stimulate new ideas that
you can adapt to your own needs and capabilities. regardless
of the activity, these examples demonstrate the importance
and benefit of introducing multiple service activities on your
campus. We hope to see some more rewarding accomplish-
ments in the coming year! iC
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South Texas College members became certified by the Texas Stream Team to
test the water quality at local streams and rivers.
nicoLe di FaBio is a senior education associate in
the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office.