West Virginia State University
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Chapter president: Joshua Kim Number of chapter members: 18 Number of ACS student members: 10
Institution environment/composition: Small, public, suburban, minority-serving, 4-year institution
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: It’s in our officers’ job descriptions to mentor their replacements for the following
year. Whenever possible, our students who
are returning officers help provide on-the-job training for the new officers during
the first couple of months of the new academic year.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We have been actively working with local
scout troops to help them earn their science merit badges, belt loops, and Try-Its.
Last summer we participated with the Boys
and Girls Club of St. Albans and many local
elementary schools in helping to enhance
science education in the community. The
group has also hosted several blood drives
that exceeded the expectations of the
American Red Cross.
Q: What are some of the interesting
ways your chapter recruits its
A: We are actively recruiting elementary education majors to help in our child outreach
activities. These are the people who have
expertise in teaching children. We want to
get these future teachers excited about science now, so that they will be effective science teachers in the future. They are often
the unsung heroes in educating our future
Q: What is your most popular
A: One of our most popular activities is the Careers in Science
Seminar series. The speakers in
this series are determined by the
members, who choose speakers
with careers that are of interest
to students. We arrange to have
these speakers talk about their
career choices and job descriptions to students here at the
university, and also to local high
school students who attend the
lectures. We invite speakers to
speak about once each month
during the academic year.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We have worked with several organizations. Our chapter works with the Student
Environmental Action Coalition most frequently, monitoring water quality issues
and other environmental monitoring
programs. We have begun to work with
the Communications Club to help us better advertise our upcoming activities and
better report on the success of previous
events. The Student Teachers Group has
been vital in encouraging education majors
to become active in our club by visiting the
local schools with us.
Q: What is the most effective commu-
nication tool that your chapter uses
to promote chapter activities?
A: The most effective way that our chapter
members communicate with each other
is through Facebook. Since most of our
students and others have Facebook pages,
we use Facebook to pass along information
and maintain contact with widespread
Q: What is your most successful fund-
raiser to date?
A: Our most successful fund-raiser is the use
of the Kroger Cares Cards. Our local Kroger
grocery store donates 5% of face value of
every gift card to the nonprofit group that
sells it. In the two years we have been a part
of this program, Kroger has donated several
hundred dollars to our chapter.
Michael Fultz, 2 years
Q: Why did you become
a faculty advisor?
Fultz: Because I know the benefits that I
received as a student in career preparation and community service, and I wanted
to pass that on to the next generation of
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Fultz: The greatest challenge has been
maintaining an adequate budget to do
all of the outreach and service projects
that the organization accomplishes every
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Fultz: I have enjoyed seeing my students
learn that giving back to the community
through participation in elementary school
and scout projects is enjoyable, and seeing their desire to lead more community
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
Fultz: Be patient. It can take a while to
build contacts in schools and community
organizations as well as an active stu-
dent chapter to accomplish the many
great things that your members can
dream of. C
We want to feature
WVSU chapter members pose with Mary Kirchhoff,
director of the ACS Education Division, at the chapter
awards ceremony at the ACS Spring 2011 National
Meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Contact us at
800-227-5558, ext. 4480,