Q: How did you celebrate National
A: During NCW and the three weeks thereafter, ACS student members visited two to
four elementary classrooms in our service
area, presenting a 50-minute program of
chemistry demonstrations and hands-on
activities to the young students. We delivered a total of 23 presentations.
Q: Is your chapter active in the
recruiting efforts of prospective
students to your university?
A: We staff a display table of hands-on
chemistry activities during each Senior
Day and College Day event at the college,
both of which bring busloads of students
from the local high schools to our campus
for a visit.
Q: What is your most successful or
interesting recruiting method?
A: We sponsor an organizational meeting at
the beginning of the fall and the spring
semester to recruit interested students.
Our chapter sponsors a steak picnic at the
end of each semester for members and
Q: What are some of your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
A: Each semester we cosponsor a Stargazing
Party at the college observatory for stu-
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Chapter president: Brittany Millwood Chapter members: 28 ACS student members: 7
Institution description: Small, public, rural, 2-year
Mike Murphy, 33 years
Q: Why did you become
a faculty advisor?
Murphy: My involvement with science
clubs goes back to my high school days,
and it continues to provide an enjoyable
way to meet people who appreciate science as much as I do.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Murphy: Ours is a commuter college,
and scheduling activities that fit the
students’ busy schedules is difficult. To recruit new members, the student chapter at Northwest-Shoals Community College sponsors a
steak picnic at the end of each semester for members and their friends.
dents and their families. In the spring we
sponsor a road trip to visit the University
of Alabama and tour the nearby Mercedes-Benz factory. In January we offer a time
management workshop, which features
a lunch that includes two southern New
Year’s favorites, black-eyed peas and hog
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus?
A: We often cosponsor events and activities
with the NWSCC Science Club and the
college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
We attend in large numbers all evening
programs of the local ACS section (Wilson
Dam Section), held nearby on the campus
of the University of North Alabama.
Q: Is there anything else you want
the readers of inChemistry
to know about your chapter?
A: NWSCC has the only ACS student chapter
in the entire Alabama community college
system. Let’s fix that!