LEFT: Cincinnati State chapter members Kinshasha (Kat) Azariah, Sharonda Hall, Triska R. Thomas, and Jeremy Sauerland converse at a recent meeting.
CENTER: Cincinnati State chapter president Kinshasha (Kat) Azariah receives the Cincinnati Student Leadership Award from Wyatt Cotton.
RIGHT: St. Louis CC outgoing chapter president Jordan Aach passes the gavel to the incoming president, Sandra Warner.
PHO TO COURTES Y OF S T. LOUIS COMMUNIT Y COLLEGE
PHO TO COURTES Y OF CINCINNATI STATE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNIT Y COLLEGE
ACS Network Student Chapters Toolkit
BY ACS STAFF
The ACS Network is the Society’s social media platform. As a member of your ACS student chapter, you can use this resource
to connect with your chapter and with other chemists, develop a
profile, and collect friends. You log on to the Network with the same
ACS ID and password you use to renew your dues or to access C&EN
or other publications online.
COMMUNICATING AND PROMOTING ACTIVITIES
Chapters can use the ACS Network to remind their members of an
event or advertise a program by starting a discussion or posting an
announcement. Organizers or officers can update their status and
remind other users about upcoming events. You can choose to follow or track a group, person, or piece of content so that it appears on
your activity stream, and also set your preferences to receive e-mails
concerning content you’re tracking.
A group can be set up for the entire chapter. This group can be
used to host discussions among members, blog, and post documents to facilitate conversation among chapter members, especially
before and after your meetings. You can use the Network to help
your chapter decide as a group which events to sponsor by voting
on ideas and events. And by using the events tool, you can invite
members to participate in activities, and owners of a group can post
pictures or share a video for all members to see.
Checklist for Engaging Commuter
and Off-Campus Students
• Hold activities at varied times.
• Ask if faculty are willing to offer course credit for
• Have a communication system for those who cannot
• Provide a variety of ways members can participate.
• Assign specific action items to members, even if they
are small tasks.
• Engage members in planning activities.
EXECUTIVE TOOLS FOR OFFICERS
The ACS Network also has some very powerful and easy-to-use tools
that can support the work and duties of student chapter officers.
Officers can form a private group to keep minutes, notes, and any
other documents generated for and by chapter officers, and the
group can become a permanent place to keep documents as chapter
officers change. Meanwhile, the document and file upload tools provide more efficient ways for groups to write or review documents.
Interested in learning more? Access the Student Chapters Toolkit
other social media, such as the ACS Network, to keep members
informed; in fact, the ACS Network recently released a Student
Chapters Toolkit (see sidebar) for this purpose.
ACS student chapters can play a key role in keeping commuter and off-campus students engaged in chapter activities
and help them to get the most out of their education. With a
little flexibility, ingenuity, and communication, ACS student
chapters— and all their members— can really take off.
Blake Aronson is a senior education associate in the
ACS Education Division’s Office of Two-Year Colleges.
Lipka, S. Commuters Get Their Own Place at Mansfield U. The Chronicle of Higher
Education, Oct 19, 2007, p A31.
National Survey of Student Engagement. Major Differences: Examining Student
Engagement by Field of Study, Annual Results 2010. Indiana University Cen-
ter for Postsecondary Research: Bloomington, IN, 2010. http://nsse.iub.edu/
inChemistry • www.acs.org/undergrad