Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Even though many of the members and
officers do not know each other in the
beginning, we quickly befriend each other
through our events and activities during
meetings. This makes transitioning from
year to year much easier.
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: We have volunteered several times at the
Fargo Senior Center, serving the elderly
during the Thanksgiving and Christmas
dinners. We also helped
out in a few science
festivals, at which
our members served
as judges and hosted
experiments. Our most
recent attendance was
the Castro Valley Science Festival, where
we helped elementary,
middle, and high school
students create lava
lamps and slime.
Q: What are your most
and retention events?
A: Our college hosts Gladiator and Club Days, where
we display fun experiments in order to attract
new members. We also
plan many campus tours
and host experiments
during club meetings in
hopes of retaining our
Q: What types of
activities do you
A: We plan many campus
tours, museum visits,
and social events. We
try to sponsor transportation when we tour
campuses, in an effort to
encourage members to
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Our most successful fundraisers are
usually the flea markets that our college
hosts every month.
Q: Can you describe any fun
social events your chapter
has recently had?
A: We have had social events involving
bowling, the Tech Museum, California
Academy of Sciences, Famous Dave’s,
and other activities.
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Chapter president: Cynthia Chan Chapter members: 40 ACS student members: 24
Website: www.chabotchemistryclub.com Institution description: Small, public, 2-year
Laurie Jean Dockter, 2 years
Q: Why did you become
a faculty advisor?
Dockter: As a member of the ACS for 38
years, I saw the student interest developing
and I was excited to take on the role of faculty advisor.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Dockter: The biggest challenge in creating
a new student chapter is getting students
involved. When we first became an ACS
chapter, our college also started a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement
(MESA) program to serve financially and
educationally disadvantaged students
seeking majors in math- and science-based
fields. The development of MESA made the
creation of the ACS student chapter much
easier. Biology and Computer Science/Engi-neering clubs were also created. The students in these clubs have worked together in
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Dockter: Observing the students developing
skills they will use in their professional life.
The students have been very enthusiastic
and creative in developing events. They have
worked hard to cover all the objectives that
the ACS recommends for student chapters,
and also explore additional opportunities.
Q: What advice do you have
for new faculty advisors?
Dockter: Work with established groups
of students to help build up a community
of students who can start participating in
chapter activities. Also, encourage students
to begin working on the new online report
form at the beginning of the fall semester.
Chabot College chapter members toured San Jose State
University and posed with the statue of Olympic track star
Tommie Smith, an alumnus of the university.
September/October 2014 www.acs.org/undergrad • inChemistry