COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter;president: Kristin Kamowski Number;of;chapter;members: 75 Number;of;ACS;student;members: 10
Website: www.clubs.psu.edu/bk/chemsociety Institution;description:;Small, public, suburban, 4-year institution
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We’ve contributed to our community in
several unique ways. First, we volunteer
time at a nearby city library to educate
local kids about chemistry and its impact
on their everyday lives. Most recently
we worked on a drive to collect soda can
tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in
Hershey, PA, to benefit the families of children with life-threatening diseases who
are undergoing treatment at the Hershey
Q: What are your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
A: Our most unique activity is a “glow party”
where we perform experiments while a
DJ plays rave music. We sell glow sticks
and bracelets as a fundraiser for the
chapter. The most popular events that we
sponsor are our volunteer activities at local
libraries. We have a great turnout from the
community and have a lot of fun working
with the kids.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We have collaborated with the Environmental Club to clean up litter in the local
county park, and also worked with the
campus activities board on fund-raising
events. Every year we provide an educational opportunity for local middle school
students called PEPP (Penn State Educational Partnership Program). Students
participating in PEPP come onto campus
and participate in demonstrations and
hands-on mini-experiments in chemistry
Q: What are some of the interesting
ways your chapter recruits/retains
A: We collaborate on events with other clubs
to recruit members from those organizations and reach out to potential members
who attend. We also provide résumé workshops and host guest speakers, and make
in-class announcements inviting students
to join us. What we’ve found works best for
recruiting college students, predictably, is
providing free food!
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Officer candidates must be chapter
members for at least one year and regularly
attend meetings. This ensures the officer is
familiar with our unique requirements as a
chapter. We also hold officer elections early
in the spring to give the new officers time
to shadow their predecessors and learn the
procedures of their offices.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PENN STATE BERKS
As a fundraiser, the Penn State Berks chapter sponsors a glow party where it sells glow sticks
and bracelets while members perform experiments and a DJ plays rave music.
Greglynn Gibbs, 2 years
Q: How did you become a faculty
Gibbs: It was my idea to start up a chapter on campus. After approaching some
students and professors, I started to
recruit new members and build support
for the chapter among the students on
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Gibbs: Convincing students that we
don’t just talk about chemistry all day,
and that our group is not just for chemistry majors. We emphasize that our
main goal is educational community
outreach. Another challenge we have
faced is getting the campus community
to recognize that we, as a group, contribute strongly to the good name of our
campus and its students.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Gibbs: The most rewarding experience
for me is being a motivating force to
those involved with our group. Some-
times there can be headaches that come
with running a group, but seeing the col-
lege students strive to do better, children
in the community wanting to learn, and
parents trying to interact more at the
community events— it’s these things
that really make it all worthwhile.
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