University University Center, MI
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Chapter;president:;Anthony Lucio number;of;chapter;members:;16 number;of;ACS;student;members: 13
Institution;description: Small, public, rural, minority-serving, 4-year institution
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
If so, what are they?
A: We appoint an activities coordinator who
is responsible for planning social activities
for the chapter. We also have a chapter
historian. The historian’s job is to take
photos at each chapter event and to compose a digital scrapbook of the chapter’s
activities at the end of each year.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We currently partner with a local high
school, where we tutor students, assist
with their greenhouse, and incorporate
lab demonstrations into their chemistry
classes. In addition, we annually volunteer
for Sci-Fest, an event hosted around Halloween, and Science and Math Extravaganza for Kids (SMEK), held each February.
Q: What methods do you use to
retain members from year to year?
A: For two years, our chapter has offered a
Member-of-the-Year Award— a gift card
at a local store— to a deserving non-officer within the chapter who has demonstrated high levels of participation and
enthusiasm throughout the year. Every
recipient of this award has assumed an
officer position in our chapter the following year.
Q: How involved is your chapter
A: Our chapter participates in events hosted
by other Registered Student Organizations
(RSOs) on campus. Each year we set up a
booth at Cards Party, an event that provides information about campus clubs to
potential members. We also participate in
a Relay for Life event on campus.
Q: What is your most effective
communication tool for
A: E-mail has been the staple communication
tool for informing our members about
upcoming events. However, we also use
Facebook to reach not only our current
members but past and prospective members as well.
Q: What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A: Our chapter’s most successful fund-raiser
has been “Pie Your Professor,” an event
where students pay to get “up close and
personal” with their teachers— with a
pie to the face. This event, held near the
end of the semester after most exams, is
very popular among the students. At the
end of the event, the professors also get a
turn to take a shot at the student chapter
members. The money raised from this
event goes to a scholarship fund for an
SVSU student to conduct undergraduate
David Karpovich, 5 years
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
Karpovich: I appreciated the mentorship
provided by my chapter faculty advisor
(years ago) and wanted to give the same
to our chapter members.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Karpovich: Sometimes my faculty duties
make it difficult to devote the time that
the chapter really deserves. I’m grateful
that our chapter leaders are always willing to step up to make things happen.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Karpovich: It’s very rewarding to see
chapter members grow from curious
observers into passionate and active
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Karpovich: Rather than trying to shape
the chapter into what you think it
should be, encourage the members to
follow their interests, work from their
strengths, and make the chapter their
Each spring, the SVSU chapter gives a “Member-of-the-Year” award to a deserving non-officer
within the chapter. Every recipient has later become a chapter officer.