tennessee tech university
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Chapter president: Megan Monteen number of chapter members: 42 number of ACs student members: 21
Chapter website: www.tntech.edu/chemistry/acsaffiliates/ institution data: Large, public, rural, 4-year institution
Q: How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from year
A: We give each officer a booklet that
explains the duties of their office and
what is expected of them. The new officers
read the previous year’s chapter report to
guide them in planning activities for the
new school year.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have two social chairs, and this year
we created a Freshman Liaison position
to encourage more freshmen to become
active in the chapter.
Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week? Chemists
Celebrate Earth Day?
A: We always make a Periodic Table of
Cupcakes for a fund-raiser, and try to do
something each year we have never done
before. We have a party on Mole Day.
Earth Day usually involves cleaning up a
park or creating flower beds on campus.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We had a silent auction of balloon art
and sold liquid nitrogen ice cream to raise
over $700 for the Cookeville Children’s
Q: What is your chapter doing to
celebrate 2011 as the International
Year of Chemistry?
A: We had a “Water Wednesday” for kids at
the Cookeville Children’s Museum, and
helped a faculty member who organized an
energy poetry/art contest, which also tied
in with Earth Day. For the fall semester we
have been doing activities with kids involving health and wellness.
Q: What are some of the interesting
ways your chapter recruits/retains
A: We have a one-credit freshman interactions
course, and the course requires the chemistry majors to attend at least two chapter
Q: What is your most popular or unique
A: Balloon twisting is our most unique activity.
We do it for fund-raising events and at the
ACS meeting during the outstanding chapter poster session at Sci-Mix.
Q: What types of activities do you
A: We have movie nights throughout the year.
We have sponsored paintball, bowling, and
various parties over the course of the school
year. We recently made tie-dyed T-shirts as
a chapter activity and will also do this as a
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We collaborate often with the ASBMB student chapter and the Chem-Med club.
Q: What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A: We sell goggles and notebooks to most
of the lab sections of our chemistry
Dan Swartling, 6 years
Q: How did you become a faculty
swartling: I was chosen by the chairman
to succeed the previous advisor. I was
someone who had a good rapport with
the students and wanted to try new and
different things with the chapter.
Q: What challenges have you faced
in your position?
swartling: The biggest challenge has
been getting freshmen interested in joining the chapter. This year, the chapter
created a Freshman Liaison position to
encourage more freshmen to join the
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service as
a faculty advisor?
swartling: It has been very rewarding to
watch students develop into effective
leaders and to take students to the ACS
meeting each year to present research
posters and to attend the undergraduate
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
swartling: Don’t be afraid to let the students lead and come up with activities to
do; don’t be afraid to step in when
needed to guide the students towards
the goals they have set for themselves as
Tennessee Tech University chapter members attended the 241st ACS national meeting in
Anaheim, CA, where they received a “Commendable Award” plaque at the Student Chapter