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Chapter;president: Dylan Christiansen Number;of;chapter;members: 80 Number;of;ACS;student;members: 20
Website: uwf.edu/chemistry/club/index.cfmy Institution;description: Small, private, suburban, 4-year institution
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
Q: What is your most popular or
unique chapter activity?
A: Incoming officers are elected at the beginning of the spring term in order to shadow
the previous years’ officers. Prospective
officers attend campus budget meetings
and other important events with current
officers in order to acclimate themselves to
leading the chapter.
A: Our chapter has participated in the Muggle
Outreach Conference, where we performed
several demonstrations for students interested in Harry Potter. This complements our
annual Halloween party, which we open to
the entire campus.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: The community service chair is a unique
position in our organization. This officer
arranges events at which members volunteer.
Q: Can you talk about a challenge your
chapter recently overcame, and how
you did so?
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: Our chapter has participated in Relay for
A: Communication among chapter members
has been a challenge in the past. Until
recently, members exchanged messages
via a variety of channels, including a web-based program for university organizations,
Facebook, text messages, and e-mail. Occasionally important messages were missed.
Life, judged local high school science fairs,
and offered free tutoring to university
students. In addition, for National Chemistry Week, we volunteered at an event held
at the Institute for Human and Machine
Cognition specifically for children,
where we assisted
by performing chemistry demonstrations.
At a recent meeting, we all agreed to use
Q: How do you
from year to
A: We offer a wide
variety of activities to cater to a
broad spectrum of
UWF e-mail as our primary communication
medium among members, which has made
life simpler. Other channels are still used for
unofficial communication and outreach. The University of West Florida chapter participates in the univer-
sity’s annual Muggle Outreach event and performs demonstrations
for Harry Potter fans.
among students at
different levels and
also encourage rising
juniors and seniors
to consider running
for officer positions,
which ensures continuity.
PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA
Q: Has your chapter recently attended
an ACS regional, national, or local
section meeting? If so, what did they
think of the experience?
A: Thirteen undergraduate members were able
to attend the Spring 2012 ACS National
Meeting in San Diego, where they benefited
by learning about others’ research projects
and meeting with potential employers and
faculty from other universities. Attending
ACS local section meetings has also been
beneficial, as members have been able to
Tim Royappa, 13 years
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Royappa: The communication issue
described above was our biggest recent
challenge, but this seems to have been
settled. Since most of our students not
only take full class loads but also hold
down jobs and commute, the most
common challenge that remains is that
members sometimes lack the time to get
involved in the club’s programs.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Royappa: It has been very rewarding to
see our students win national recognition for our chapter’s activities.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Royappa: Keep a list of important dates
handy— when chapter reports are due,
when elections are held, when budget
requests are due to the Student Government Association, and so on. Mark these
on your calendar and notify students a
month or so in advance.