of Georgia Athens, GA
COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter president: Alexandra Dodd Number of chapter members: ~40 Number of ACS student members: 20
Website: http://tinyurl.com/UGA-SAACS Institution description: Large, public, rural, minority-serving, 4-year
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have a Kids & Chemistry chair who is
in charge of our elementary/middle school
outreach. He/she is the face of the chapter
in the primary schools in our area. We also
have a robust chemistry magic show that
has grown increasingly popular over the
last few years.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: Our chapter is very involved in local
science fairs and participates in a number
of events geared toward getting young
students excited about science in general
and chemistry in particular. We are
famous for our Halloween “slime” events
held at the State Botanical Garden of
Georgia in Athens each October.
Q: What is your most successful
A: Each semester we have a faculty member
from the food science department give
a lecture on chocolate. He brings a wide
assortment of culinary aids (chocolates!)
with him as a means of drawing the audience into the lecture. It is our largest and
most popular event. A large portion of
our new members join during/after the
Q: How do you retain
members from year
A: We remain active at all times
of the year, and make it a
point to encourage everyone
to contribute and suggest
new ideas for maintaining/
growing the chapter. When
everyone has a vested interest
in the chapter, it stays fun
Q: What types of activities
do you sponsor?
A: In the fall we organized a
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
5K fun run. We also sponsor
events like our annual “Pie
Your Professor” fundraiser.
The University of Georgia chapter is well known in the
Q: How involved is your chapter on
greater community for its elementary/middle school out-
campus? How do you attract
students to activities?
A: We recently co-hosted an international
coffee hour with the Thai student organization. Our two organizations provided
coffee and food for several hundred
attendees. This event is held each Friday
and is free for all students. It gave us great
exposure to the rest of campus and even
garnered a few new members.
Q: What is your most effective
communication tool for
promoting chapter activities?
A: Our chapter has its own Facebook page,
where we post all of our major announcements and activities. It was something
new that we implemented this year, and
so far our members have made nothing
but positive comments about the page.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Our ACS Study Guide sale. Last fall, we
raised approximately $1,500 by selling
study guides to both the general chemistry
and organic chemistry students. It was a
huge boost for our group.
Richard Hubbard, 5 years
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
Hubbard: I was looking for a good way
to get involved with the students/com-
munity outside of my normal classroom
responsibilities. The previous advisor, James
Anderson, was in the process of retiring,
and I asked if he would like to pass the posi-
tion on to me. He agreed, and the following
semester I became the advisor.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Hubbard: Fundraising, for starters. It costs
a lot of money to keep the group running
(food/drinks for meetings and Kids &
Chemistry supplies). Our fundraising efforts
have been very successful, but they take a
lot of time and coordination to accomplish.
We have had numerous successful “Pie
Your Professor” events, as well as an ACS
Study Guide sale. Membership is also an
ongoing issue. We actively recruit year-
round so that we have a constant supply
of new students. The recruiting process is
exhausting, but very rewarding.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Hubbard: I have enjoyed individual inter-
actions with a great group of students,
who are all poised to move on to exciting
careers. The students keep me coming back
for more each year. Their excitement is
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
Hubbard: Stay active, be organized, and keep
meticulous records. Our main strength has
been the ability to plan semesters ahead for
our panels and speakers, so that everyone
knows what is happening and when.