Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We elect a new set of officers for the new
academic year in March of the previous year.
The new officers shadow the existing officers for a smooth transition.
Q: Do you have any unique
positions? If so, what kinds of
specialty positions are those?
A: In addition to our executive board, we have
a team of five directors, including an education director, who is responsible for tutoring
and for our members’ professional development, and a community service director,
who oversees community service activities.
In addition, our membership director keeps
track of members and recruitment, the
activities director is responsible for planning
any other activities, and the public relations
director promotes our chapter activities,
runs our social media, and keeps our website
up to date.
Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week and Chemists
Celebrate Earth Day?
A: Our National Chemistry Week activities
vary depending on the theme. Last year, we
celebrated the Sweet Side of Chemistry by
giving presentations on the
benefits of chocolate, selling
chocolates, providing chemistry
to the public,
and hosting a
For Earth Day,
and the Environmental Club.
We taught the
Q: In what ways does your chapter
to make green soap and we also made post-
ers on chemical weapons to mark the 100th
anniversary of the use of chemical weapons.
give back to the community?
A: We do chemical demonstrations and classroom visits at local high schools and grade
schools, and we design and run Science
Olympiad events. Our members work with
more than 1000 K– 12 students at Back-to
School nights and “You Be the Chemist”
events. We also reached more than 2000
people by volunteering with our ACS local
section at Higher Education Day during the
Illinois State Fair.
Q: What local ACS student chapters
have you collaborated with?
A: We send students to Illinois State University
to compete in the Battle of the Chem Clubs,
in cooperation with the ACS Heartland Local
Section. Our students also attend events
sponsored by the ACS Chicago Local Section.
Q: What innovative methods of
communication are used to inform
chapter members of chapter activities?
A: In addition to using word of mouth, we rely
on social media and we also send text and
e-mail messages to our members.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: We sell safety glasses to laboratory
students for a cheap price.
Q: Is there anything else you want
the readers of inChemistry to
know about your chapter?
A: We are vibrant, and our members build
community and long-lasting friendships in
addition to a love of chemistry.
City Colleges of Chicago
Wilbur Wright College
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter presidents: Matthew Miller and Rachel Weaver Chapter members: 76 ACS student members: 26
Institution description: Large, public, urban, minority-serving, 2-year
Doris Espiritu, 4 years
Q: How did you become a faculty
Espiritu: Together with one student,
we founded ACS-Wright College Student
Chapter through the ACS Starter Grant.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Espiritu: We have a fast turnover
of members, but the college is very
supportive of our activities.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Espiritu: Seeing students grow their love
of chemistry and build a community
among themselves. It is also very rewarding when ACS-WCSC alumni come back
and credit ACS-WCSC for their success
when they transfer to a four-year college.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Espiritu: Passion is contagious. When
students see that you are passionate
about their success, they develop that
passion to be successful and to give
back. The City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College chapter earned an
Outstanding award for the 2014–2015 academic year.