Chapter;president:;Yana Sivolobova number;of;chapter;members:;39 number;of;ACS;student;members: 9
institution;description: Small, public, suburban, minority-serving, 4-year institution
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We redecorated our chemistry major
room/tutoring center. It was in dire need
of new furniture and a paint job. The
makeover was phenomenal, and use of the
room has increased dramatically. We also
do outreach activities with local elementary schools and did some demos for a
group that visited our campus this year.
Q: What is your most successful
A: Each year we have hot dog socials and
senior cookouts. These activities create
opportunities for students to have informal interactions with students and professors in the chemistry department.
Q: What other types of activities
do you sponsor?
A: We sponsor tours of chemistry-related
industries, trips to regional ACS meetings,
guest speakers who present their research,
biannual alumni symposia, and students
who share their summer internship experiences with other students.
Q: How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from year to year?
A: We usually elect new officers in late spring
for the next fall. Last year, our president
graduated in December so our upcoming
president worked closely with her so she
could take over at the start of the spring
semester. This made a smoother transition
than if our incoming president had waited
until fall to get started. Next, we plan to
start a binder system that each officer can
use to collect copies of any paperwork they
developed for their position to hand over
to incoming officers.
Q: What are your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
A: We sponsored and organized a Chemistry
Olympics for National Chemistry Week
(NCW) and held a variety of carnival-like
games to encourage non-science majors
to experiment with materials we regularly
use in the lab. Some of the games included
Pipetting with Pickle Juice, Titrate to the
Lightest Pink, Guess How Much Sand, and
Pin the Functional Group on the Benzene
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We collaborated with the biology club to
present a screening of the Percy Julian
movie, “Forgotten Genius,” as an event for
Black History Month and also teamed up
to distribute reusable tote bags and tire
pressure gauges for Earth Day.
Q: What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A: We sell chemistry lab manuals and goggles at the beginning of each semester. It’s
a great way to be seen and to meet new
students. We also give out a lot of directions to new students as they look for their
Jennifer Kelley, 4 years
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
kelley: Our student chapter had been inactive for many years. As a new faculty member, I was given the challenge of reactivating and improving our chapter. I really enjoy
interacting with the students and was
pegged as the best candidate for the job.
Q: What challenges have you faced
in your position?
kelley: The biggest challenge was finding
funds for the activities the group wanted
to do. We began selling chemistry lab
manuals, which were written and edited
by our faculty. Other challenges were
reinstating our group as an active student
organization on campus, and setting up
activities within the university system.
Now, the challenge for me is letting go and
letting the students have more and more
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
kelley: The family-like atmosphere our
chemistry students have with each other.
I think they feel much more connected to
the department and to the university. I
see and hear a lot more discussion about
chemistry and what they are thinking
about for their futures.
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
kelley: Don’t expect big changes right
away. It takes time for momentum to
build, but once it gets going, it will snow-
ball. At some point, you will see your
enthusiasm reflected in your students.
Also, seek out advice and support from fel-
low faculty; their experience and participa-
tion are invaluable.
PHO TO COURTESY OF FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSIT Y.
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