Wichita State University
COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter co-presidents: Sarah Jack & Carmen Gott Number of chapter members: 24
Number of ACS student members: 12 Institution description: Large, public, urban, minority-serving, 4-year
Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Our chapter holds officer elections in April
and officially transitions to new officers at
the May meeting. The previous officers are
expected to work with the new officers over
the summer to ensure smooth operations
for the next school year. We also maintain
detailed computer files and archives for
future officer use.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: For the past couple of years the organization
has operated under co-presidency. Overall,
the co-presidency has been beneficial to the
group, allowing the stresses and demands
of the presidency to be split equally
between two individuals.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: Our chapter values service above all other
activities. This past year we collaborated
with Wichita’s children’s science center and
Wichita’s public schools to present science
demonstrations to children. When it comes
to service, we have found that when we
offer our help it is always accepted.
Q: Is your chapter active
in the efforts to recruit
to your university?
A: Chapter members guide
tours of the chemistry
building for high school
student groups to create
interest in WSU and
WSU’s chemistry department.
Q: What are some of
the interesting ways
your chapter retains
A: The most effective reten-
tion tool we have found
is building relationships.
Not only are we an active
network. These relationships make going to
meetings much less of a chore and more of
a chance to go hang out with good friends.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
In the Wichita State chapter, two members serve as co-presi-
dents and share equal responsibility for leading the chapter.
Doug English, 4 years
Q: How did you become
a faculty advisor?
English: I reactivated the ACS student
chapter group that had lapsed before I
arrived at Wichita State.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
English: I most enjoy watching the
chapter officers take on the challenges
of running the group and observing
the changes this brings about in them
and in the group. Without exception,
our student chapter officers have gone
on to very promising post-graduate
Q: What advice can you
offer those new to the
English: The advisor position will be
fun and easy if you have a good group
of officers. An important first step is
to find and recruit students who will
be able to lead their peers in engaging
and meaningful activities without
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