College;;Salt Lake City, UT
Chapter;president: Charles Kambourian number;of;chapter;members: 79 number;of;ACS;student;members: 47
Website: slcc-science.org/chem/ACS/ACS-index-Fall.htm institution;description: Large, public, 2-year institution
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have a variety of unique positions for
our chapter members. Officer positions
include marketing director, fund-raising,
service coordinator, research director, speakers coordinator, student resources, events
coordinator, treasurer, and activities coordinator. Because we have a large group of
pre-pharmacy students, we also formed the
Pre-Pharmacy Informational Learning Society (PILS), which has similar officer positions,
for more individual growth.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A:; We have been very;involved;in the Festival
of Trees program, where we decorate a tree
with many different items of sports;memo-rabilia;to be auctioned off to the general
public. All of the proceeds are sent to Pri-mary;Children’s;Medical Center. We have
a large group of chapter members, who
call themselves “Elemental Expeditions,”
who visit local elementary school students
and show them entertaining, safe, and fun
chemical reactions that involve food.;We
also visit local schools that send their students to SLCC and we demonstrate interesting chemical reactions and tell students
about SLCC chemistry.
Q: What is your most successful
A: We hold a general meeting at the;begin-
ning;of spring and fall semesters. All of our
professors that are involved with the chap-
ter announce that the SLCC ACS student
chapter will be holding a general meeting to
meet all of the officers, announce our activi-
ties, and share our current or future research
projects. In general we have about 60–100
students attend this meeting. We also pro-
vide pizza and soda, which always helps. ;
Q: What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A: We hold a silent auction. Our club members gathered products and services
donated from local businesses that ranged
from 18-hole golf to a transmission service. We had around 30 items listed on
a wall in the entrance to our Science and
Industry building for anyone to bid on for
a whole week.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
Ron Valcarce, 17 years
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
valcarce: Because I was active in an ACS
student affiliate chapter as an undergraduate, I knew about the opportunities for leadership, camaraderie, education, and service an ACS student chapter
could provide. I wanted our students
here at SLCC to have the same experiences.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
valcarce: Because SLCC is a two-year
institution, we have a high rate of student membership turnover. Many students do not join our chapter until their
sophomore year, so they have only one
year of membership before they move
on to a four-year institution. We have to
be very active in recruiting and training
new officers on a yearly basis.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
valcarce: I have particularly enjoyed
watching new officers gain confidence
as they interact and learn to lead the
chapter. These skills, in particular, help
these students make the transition to a
four-year institution and ultimately to
their chosen profession.