Los Angeles City
College Los Angeles, CA
COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter president: Ikenna Onyia Number of chapter members: 8 Number of ACS student members: 6
Website: http://tinyurl.com/LACCchemclub Institution description: Small, public, urban, minority-serving, 2-year
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: At the end of each semester the chapter
sponsors a pizza/finals party. We invite
all chapter members and hold elections.
We have several officer positions for less
experienced members, allowing them to
gain experience so they can be “promoted”
the next year.
Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week? Chemists
Celebrate Earth Day?
A: Our chapter has celebrated NCW every
year since 2001 by presenting a student
demonstration show. This year the chapter
presented its first outdoor show in the
main quad. We presented messy, environmentally safe demonstrations like
a Mentos/Diet Coke car race, followed
by elephant’s toothpaste and exploding
pumpkins. The Earth Day event, which also
will be held in the main quad, will focus
on informing and educating the public
about the reality (and legality) of organically grown foods. We also will have a reuse
activity, where we reuse old
vinyl records and ties and make
scented bath fizz.
Q: What are some interesting
ways your chapter recruits/
A: We participate in nearly every
campus activity and conduct
a different and noticeable
demonstration, and in the
process, the word about our
chapter gets around. The
chapter also creates and
distributes posters and flyers
around campus informing the
general population about our
activities. We are very demon-stration-oriented— but luckily,
most members enjoy practicing
demonstrations. Moreover, due
to budget cuts, most tutoring
offered by the school has been
cut, so the chemistry chapter
offers help during chapter business meetings.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: Our chapter participates in many activities of the Associated Student Organization, particularly Career Day and Earth
Day. The latter event is usually held in the
main quad, and we join with other clubs
to create a large circle of tables, and then
present demonstrations and posters to
the public. Off to the side, we usually have
Q: What are your chapter’s most
A: Our chapter is into outdoor activities!
LACC is an inner-city college, and many
students do not get to spend time at the
beaches or mountains due to cost or
distance. Our chapter tries to go on one
field trip a semester using funds collected
during our fundraisers. Last fall, we took a
bike ride from LACC to San Diego,
camping along the way. Six chapter
members on bikes participated, along
with two in the “follow car.” This last
spring, we went camping in Malibu over
the weekend, sponsored a beach clean-
up, and surfed. Finally, in mid-semester
members took a one-day hike up Dawn
Mountain in Pasadena. Participants either
brought the ACS banner with them and
displayed it, or wore chemistry T-shirts so
passersby would ask questions.
PHO TO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES CIT Y COLLEGE
The LACC chapter enjoys doing outdoor activities and
plans one field trip each semester using money collected
from chapter fundraisers.
Terry Boan, 11 years
Q: Why/how did you become a
Boan: I wanted to show the fun side of
chemistry, which is a lot of work, but the
rewards are tremendous.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Boan: Convincing students that participating in school-related clubs is beneficial and rewarding. Community college
students in particular want to spend
very little time on campus; they usually
are taking classes at several campuses
and thus they do not get to experience
the sense of community or belonging
that students at a single university typically do.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Boan: The sense of accomplishment I
feel when a former student returns to
campus to inform me of his/her success.
I believe my role as an advisor is to
encourage and prepare students for
careers and/or develop a passion for the
sciences (especially chemistry). If I can
make the students see that it is more
enjoyable if one has a deeper under-
standing of the phenomenon, and that
all the hard work they put into their
studies will benefit them in the end,
then I know it is all worth it.
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