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Chapter president: Heather Nennig
Number of chapter members: 16
Q How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from year
A We have an ACS chapter operations binder that is passed down
from one president to the next.
Usually the new president has
been strongly involved in the
chapter activities and the chemistry department itself during the
previous year, so smooth officer
transitions are not a problem.
Q Do you have any unique
A We have chapter mascots. Each
year, one or two energetic and
optimistic individuals are chosen
for this position. Their job is to put
a smile on your face (and inspire
you) when you arrive in the chemistry department.
courtesy of ripon college
A I highly enjoy helping the students
organize field trips that expose
them to the role of chemistry in
the broader world, such as attending an ACS national meeting or
touring the research laboratories
at the Miller Brewery. There is
something new to learn for every
participant, and the bonding that
occurs among the students, faculty, and staff lasts a lifetime. Plus,
the trips are a total blast.
Q What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A Every year, we plan a pizza sale
Superbowl weekend. We buy
frozen pizzas and then cook and
deliver them to student football
fanatics (and there’s quite a few
at Ripon College) before and during the game. We usually raise
about $300-500 each year.
Colleen Byron, 19 years
Q What are your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
A Probably our most unique (and
popular) activities are our chemistry intramural co-ed floor hockey
team and annual educational/
recreational trip to the Miller
Brewery and Brewers game in
Milwaukee, WI. Our student members and three faculty/staff members form our hockey team and
compete against other teams in
the league. (Last year, we won the
championship!) For the Brewers
trip, we tour the Miller Brewery,
tailgate at Miller Stadium, and
attend a Brewers game.
Q What types of activities do
A For each chemistry seminar guest
speaker, we host a lunch discussion and a casual coffee conversation with the students before the
guest speaker presents his or her
lecture. We also plan fun activities, such as an end-of-the-year
softball game and picnic and
a holiday party (complete with
“Secret Santa” gift exchange for
faculty and students) at the end of
the fall semester.
Q Why did you become a faculty advisor?
A It’s important to build involvement in a community of students,
faculty, and staff. This is also one
of the most enjoyable parts of
being a chemistry faculty member.
is also available
Q Do you collaborate with
other clubs on campus on
A This year, we have collaborated
heavily with the Ripon College
biological honor society, Beta Beta
Beta. We, along with the biology
and physics departments, host
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A I have not faced many challenges
as a faculty advisor. The biggest
is probably that the number of
student members can change
dramatically over a short time at
a small college, and the expectations of activities may need to be
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?