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Jessica Tischler,;7. 5;years
Chapter;president: Danielle Borgerding
A We have a public relations officer
and a demonstration coordinator.
The public relations officer creates
and posts flyers for activities and
events, updates the chapter bulletin boards, coordinates logistics
of meetings and events, and
maintains the chapter website.
The demonstration coordinator
creates, preps, and performs demonstrations, and trains others to
perform them. Having these two
positions reduces the workload of
our other officers, allowing them
to be more successful in accomplishing other tasks.
to have that experience as well.
COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-FLINT
A I was a member and officer in
my ACS student chapter when I
was an undergraduate student. It
was a wonderful experience and
I wanted my students at UM-Flint
A Keeping up with the ever-chang-ing rules that govern chapters on
campus has made things interesting over the years. This has been
particularly true in regards to
with facts regarding pollution,
how to live greener, and locations
of local recycling venues.
A Getting to know my students outside the classroom. Over the years,
I have really enjoyed getting to
know them as people and watching them develop as leaders and
A We volunteered at an NCW event
at a local science museum performing various hands-on activities. This event was organized
by the Detroit ACS Local Section.
Also, in all of our chemistry
courses, we got students involved
and excited with mystery element
quizzes. Students with correct
answers were entered into a daily
drawing with one student winning a chemistry-related prize. For
Earth Day, we held a campus-wide
“mole hunt” by hiding “
nanomoles” throughout the science
building. Students who returned
them received prizes and flyers
A Our annual “Battle of the
Chemistry Clubs” is our most
popular chapter activity. This
event is held and planned by different universities each year. Last
year, we hosted it and competed
against three other universities
in fun chemistry competitions.
Competitions have included
titration races, spectroscopy challenges, calculation relays, dry
ice curling, glassware match-up,
chemistry jeopardy, etc. Our entire
chapter participates, and this is a
great way to network with other
ACS chapters in the surrounding
flyers throughout the campus and
send e-mail messages. Chemistry
faculty make announcements in
their courses to let students know
about upcoming meetings, activities, and events. Our website and
Facebook pages also help because
we can post information about
A Find another faculty member to
assist you as a co-advisor. It has
helped me greatly. We can bounce
ideas off of each other, and it
gives the students more feedback
on their ideas. It also helps us
cover all of the chapter events so
that at least one faculty member
A There is not one communication
tool that is the best; instead we
use several tools together to help
us promote our activities. We post
A For our annual lab coat and
goggle sale, we collect and clean
gently used goggles and lab coats
that students left behind in chemistry and biology labs and sell
them at reduced rates. We also
sell our chapter T-shirts, new lab
coats, and anti-fogging goggles.
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