university San Angelo, TX
COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter;president: James R. Martinez number;of;chapter;members: 32 number;of;aCs;student;members: 13
Website: www.angelo.edu/org/acs Institution;description: Small, public, urban, minority-serving, 4-year institution
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
(SPS) for some
including the annual ACS/SPS Magic Show
for our local Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)
event. EYH is organized by the Girl Scouts
and ASU for middle- and high-school-age
girls to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A: Our ACS chapter elects new officers about
a month before the end of the spring
semester. After the elections, previous
officers meet face-to-face with the newly
elected officers at least once before
the conclusion of the school year. This
allows the previous officers to assume a
mentoring role with the newer officers.
Q: If your chapter has recently attended
an ACS regional, national, or local
section meeting, how did members
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have a webmaster who manages all of
our Web and technology needs, including
our ACS chapter website, Facebook, e-mails,
and text messages. These technologies
enable streamlined inter-chapter communications.
Q: What is your most popular
or unique chapter activity?
A: Some of our members were fortunate
enough to attend the 2011 ACS Southwest
Regional ACS meeting in Austin, Texas. By
attending this meeting, they advanced their
knowledge about how chemistry is used in
everyday life. We also participated in the
Chem Demo Exchange at the ACS national
meeting in San Diego and brought back
ideas for our outreach activities.
A: We participate in Science Days, a collaborative project involving all of the science
departments at ASU. Throughout the
year, over 1,500 fourth-grade students
from the San Angelo area come to the
Q: Is there anything else you want
the readers of inChemistry to know
about your chapter?
A: Although our chapter has many chemistry
and biochemistry majors, we also welcome
members from the biology, physics,
ASU campus for a day of science fun.
Students rotate through rooms focused
on reptiles, mammals, math, geology, and
hands-on chemistry and biology activi-
ties. Our chapter finishes the day with a
with a chemical
followed by lots of
Q: Do you
with other clubs
on campus on
A: We have collaborated with the
PHO TO COURTES Y OF ANGELO STATE UNIVERSI TY.
Kevin Boudreaux, 5 years
Edith Osborne, 4 years
Q: How did you become
a faculty advisor?
Boudreaux: I stepped in to become an
ACS faculty advisor when the previous
advisor left ASU. For a number of years
prior to that, I had helped out with setting
up demonstrations and other activities.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Boudreaux: As a faculty advisor it’s very
rewarding to hear from former ASU
graduates and see what impact their time
as student members of the ACS has had
on their subsequent activities, whether in
graduate school or in the workplace.
Q: Why/how did you
become a faculty advisor?
Osborne: As a student, ACS involvement
helped me network with other chemists
and plan my career path. As an ACS advisor, I can give back to the ACS by mentoring the next generation of members.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Osborne: Helping the students maintain
momentum from year to year as the
membership and officers change is challenging. I try to encourage good record-keeping so that information is not lost
during transition periods.
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
Osborne: Let the students run the chapter
as much as possible, but encourage an
open line of communication and ask
questions. Using network drives and file
sharing sites can really help make sure
everyone has access to needed files from
year to year.