Q: How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from
year to year?
A: Beginning this past year, we moved
elections from the end of the academic year to the middle of the
second semester. This gives our
new executive committee time to
learn from their predecessors, especially when working on the annual
report. Also, although not a requirement, the incoming president is
typically an officer who served the
year before in another position.
This allows for the incoming president to begin with a clear sense of
what is expected and demanded
from the position.
Q: What types of activities
do you sponsor?
A: Our chapter has a Demo Crew sub-
Q: In what ways does your chapter
group that is very involved in out-
reach activities. We recently hosted
a Younger Chemists Committee
Program-in-a-Box event and this past
spring we hosted the first Illinois
Heartland Battle of the Chemistry
Clubs. For this event, we invited other
area ACS student chapters to com-
pete in a series of chemistry-related
events. The competition was a great
success and we hope to repeat the
it again next year. Our chapter also
sponsors tours of area businesses
that employ chemists. Some of our
most recent tours included have
Sigma-Aldrich and Budweiser in St.
Louis, MO, and Carus Chemical Com-
pany in La Salle, IL.
give back to the community?
A: The Demo Crew performs chemistry demonstration events in the
central Illinois area. While we target
the “pre-K to gray” audience at area
schools, churches, and museums,
most of our events are at held at
elementary and middle schools. Over
the past 6 years, we have hosted more
than 140 events that have attracted
more than 12,000 attendees.
Q: What methods are used to attract
students to your activities?
A: Each spring, the chapter hosts a
picnic for the chemistry faculty
and students. Free food at chapter
events is an excellent way to entice
more students to attend. The Demo
Crew occasionally holds on-campus
events that are open to the public.
Students, especially non-science
majors, are curious to see our
demos because they have not had
the opportunity to see them in a
chemistry lab course.
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Donny Schorr Chapter members: 96 ACS student members: 19
Website: http://lydia.bradley.edu/campusorg/chemclub/ Institution description: Small, private, urban, 4-year
Dean Campbell, 12 years
Q: How did you become a faculty advisor?
Campbell: I was asked to do so by the former
advisor. I gladly accepted since I enjoyed being
part of a student chapter when I was an undergraduate.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Campbell: The biggest challenge is information
transfer from year to year. We have tried various approaches to keep students from having to
reinvent the wheel, including recently moving
executive committee elections from the end of
the academic year to the middle of the second
Q: What advice can you offer those
new to the advisor position?
Campbell: The chapter president can make
or break the chapter’s overall performance in
any given year, but it helps immensely if the
president is surrounded by responsible people
who can shoulder some of the burden. Try to
build as much momentum as possible in the
first semester, because in the second semester
many of the seniors (who tend to have the most
experience) often become focused on their post-graduation plans.
Bradley University student chapter members display the trophy they won in the Illinois Heartland Local Section’s first Battle of the Chemistry Clubs.