Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We hold our officer elections for next year
very early. Nominations are in February
and the actual election occurs in March.
From this time on, we begin transferring
responsibilities to the new officers. We are
currently compiling a notebook that maps
out the year’s responsibilities and a Google
Drive folder with agendas and activities to
pass on to the new executive board.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: Each officer plans and organizes at least one
major event for the year. By choosing an
activity of interest, each officer can better
support the chapter by using their talents
and passions. We also have a publicist who
advertises our activities and successes
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
back to the community?
A: Our chapter celebrates the feast of our
science building’s namesake, Albertus
Magnus, by hosting nearly 100 4th graders
to experience a day of fun science experiments and activities. This year, we invited
four other clubs to join us, so we had a
range of stations from frog dissection to the
classic exploding gummy bears.
Q: What is your most popular chapter
A: We hold the biannual Aquinas Chemistry
Society and Math Club vs. Beta Beta Beta
and Alpha Epsilon Delta kickball game and
cookout at the beginning and end of each
academic year. Needless to say, a little bit
of competition over a golden rubber duck
trophy doesn’t hurt either!
Q: What is the most effective
communication tool that your chapter
uses to promote chapter activities?
A: We use a variety of tools to reach out to
our chemistry students. We post flyers
and we have our Facebook group to send
out messages online. Our college uses
CourseConnect for teachers to give out
information and assignments online. We’ve
created a class page for our chapter and
contact all new general chemistry students each year to encourage them to get
Q: Describe any fun social events your
chapter recently had.
A: We hosted a Science Lock-In, an all-night
Q: If your chapter has recently attended
study party in our science building. In addi-
tion to having a place open for the annual
exam cram, we had several professors
volunteer their time to host exam review
sessions. We also had a variety of activities
and games for study breaks and breakfast
in the morning for those that survived the
an ACS regional, national, or local
section meeting, how did members
A: We attend the national meeting every year
and attend local section meetings when
they are within a reasonable distance. Our
chapter members are able to do a lot of networking and attend graduate school events
at the national meeting. At the local section
meetings, we are able to see what careers
are available in chemistry in our area and
we are able to network and learn about
possible future employment or internship
Grand Rapids, MI
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Marissa Saladin Chapter members: 12 ACS student members: 8
Website: www.aquinas.edu/chemistry/chemistry_society.html Institution description: Small, private, urban, 4-year
Elizabeth Jensen, 9 years
Q: How did you become a faculty
Jensen: I have always been interested.
When I was hired at Aquinas, I started
attending the student chapter meetings.
After a few years, my colleague who had
been the advisor asked me to take on the
role so he could do other things.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Jensen: Think ahead, because the students do not always have the perspective
necessary to plan out an entire academic
year and they will need help. A few years
ago, I wrote up a list of expectations for
the officers. I meet with the incoming
officers near the end of each academic
year and discuss this list with them. We
set goals, assign committees, and plan
the work that needs to happen over the
summer break. I think this helps everyone get organized and be ready for fall
semester to start in August.
Each year, the Aquinas College chapter celebrates the feast of Albertus Magnus, their science
building’s namesake, by inviting 4th graders to their college to enjoy a day of fun science
experiments and activities.