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Chapter;president: John Milligan number;of;chapter;members: 30 number;of;ACS;student;members: 24
Website: sites.google.com/a/allegheny.edu/chemii/ Institution;description: Small, private, rural, 4-year institution
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: As part of our executive board, we have
three committee chairs— Outreach, Public
Relations, and Social. The committee chairs
are selected by the incoming executive
board each spring. These positions give
students an opportunity for leadership
and also facilitate better communication
between the executive board and members.
members and we participate in the ACS’s
Q: What methods do you use to retain
members from year to year?
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We ran an after-school chemistry club at
a local elementary school. The program
was open to third and fourth graders in
the school, and activities included making
ice cream, Diet Coke/Mentos geysers, and
sugar carbon snakes.
A: We host a “Social Catalyst Reaction” after
our first meeting. Members dine on pizza
topped with their favorite compounds
(glucose), to create and strengthen covalent bonds with other members, and to
put Gibbs free energy to work and create
entropy playing 6 x 1023 molecularly cool
games. The event offers a relaxed atmosphere for both new and returning members to meet, reconnect, and build momentum for upcoming chapter events.
Q: Does the group collaborate
with its ACS Local Section?
Q: What is the most effective
communication tool that
your chapter uses to promote
A: Members of our chapter attend several Erie
Local Section meetings during the academic
year. It’s difficult during a busy semester to
commit to a two-hour round trip to go to
some of the meetings; otherwise we would
have been likely to attend more meetings.
We also host a local section meeting, which
a large number of our
A: Approximately one week before each
general meeting, we post fliers with infor-
mation about the meeting time, location,
and topics of discussion. On the day of
the meetings, we post a description of the
meeting on our college’s “College Head-
lines,” which are e-mailed to all students
each morning. Faculty members also
This allows prospective
students to learn about our
chapter prior to enrolling
at Allegheny. In addition,
our chapter subsidizes 40%
of the dues for chapter During the spring semester Trustee Scholar Weekends, Alle- gheny College chapter members serve as chemistry department our guides and also host a pizza party for prospective freshmen.
Q: What are some of
the interesting ways
your chapter recruits/
retains its members?
A: The admissions office at
Allegheny College hosts
two Trustee Scholar
Weekends in the spring
semester. Chapter members serve as tour guides
for the chemistry department facilities, and the
chapter hosts a pizza party
for prospective students.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLEGHENY COLLEGE.
announce our meetings in their chemistry
classes, particularly in freshman chemistry.
Q: What innovative methods of
communication are used to
inform chapter members of
A: This year, we are highlighting some of the
history of the department and chapter, so
we created two posters and hung them in
the chemistry building, along with photos
of students, faculty, and facilities. We also
post information about the ACS’s Molecule
of the Week around the chemistry building
to build awareness about our chapter.
Q: What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A: Every year, our ACS student chapter sells lab
notebooks and safety goggles. We make
the materials available to the students during each lab section throughout a two-week period. In addition, every other year
we have a contest to design a chapter
T-shirt, and then we sell the winning
Ivelitza Garcia, 1 year
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
Garcia: I became a faculty advisor for
several reasons. As an undergraduate at
FIorida International University, I was
very active in the ACS student chapter
and truly valued my experience as part of
the executive committee as well as my
interactions with our faculty advisor. This
involvement helped shape my future
goals in chemistry, and so I want to facili-
tate a similar positive experience for our
current chemistry chapter members. I
also enjoy bringing chemistry to the
community and local schools in the
hopes that we can serve as inspiration to