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Chapter;president:;Lindsay Matolyak ;number;of;chapter;members: 32 number;of;ACS;student;members: 15
Website: www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=40925 institution;description: Large, public, suburban, 4-year institution
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Chapter members who want to become officers shadow the current officers. At the end
of each academic year, we elect new officers
for the upcoming year. Also, this is when our
new treasurer takes over management of
the financial records in order to start helping
other new officers prepare for their terms.
Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week and Chemists
Celebrate Earth Day?
A: During National Chemistry Week, we set up
demonstrations and did activities with elementary school children at the Carnegie Science Center. We also performed on-campus
awareness activities— such as liquid nitrogen
experiments and the science of hockey. For
Earth Day we plan to promote green chemistry by explaining the 12 principles of green
chemistry, and demonstrate how everyone
can help by following the principles.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: Every year, at a local high school we do chemical demonstrations and donate $1,000 to
help improve their chemistry department.
We also provide weekly tutoring for chemistry
students at our university.
Q: What are some of the interesting
ways your chapter recruits/retains
A: Our members visit all the science/chemistry
classes to spread awareness of our organization as well as keep our members updated on
chapter events. To keep members interested,
our chapter offers a variety of events from
year to year, including picnics, fund-raisers,
and field trips. We also provide networking
opportunities by collaborating with other
organizations on campus, such as the physics
club, SACNAS, biology club, and Alpha Phi
Sigma, and by collaborating with the ACS student chapter at Duquesne University.
Nathan McElroy, 6 years
Q: How did you become a
McElroy: When I was an undergraduate chemistry major at IUP,
I served as secretary of the club.
When I later returned as a faculty
member, I asked to become the
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
McElroy: Other than finding it difficult to make some of the chapter
meetings (Mondays at 8 pm), there
haven’t been too many challenges.
I’ve been fortunate to have very
dependable executive officers and
a great group of students. Our
department chairs and the college
deans have been very supportive
with funding and cooperation
for activities, and the university’s
media relations office is terrific in
setting up event photographers
and press releases.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
McElroy: I particularly enjoy seeing
the recognition the students get
from the national ACS office and
event coverage in our local newspaper. It’s great to see students
getting positive press.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
McElroy: Don’t underestimate your
students’ creativity. Don’t micro-
manage. Develop a good relation-
ship with school administration
and local community leaders.
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