Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We have a unique governing system
where officers are encouraged to occupy
positions for two years. This way there is
effective governance for longer periods of
time, with smoother transitions between
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have a student chapter mascot. This
student has a very jovial personality and is
responsible for rallying up members during
competitive inter-department games against
the Biology Club.
Q: Is your chapter active in recruiting
prospective students to your university?
A: Our chapter’s campus events are always
open for the entire student body to attend
and participate. We use these events as an
avenue to meet new students and educate
them about the ACS, our student chapter
mission, and future events.
Q: What is your most popular
or unique chapter activity?
A: The most unique activity we have at our
institution is a friendly sports rivalry with
the Biology Club. We put together a different sporting event each semester and have
an engraved running trophy for the winning
club to display in their department that
Q: How involved is your
chapter on campus?
A: We are very involved
on campus, organizing several events that
involve the student
body, faculty, staff, and
recent example was
fundraising event we
put together, where
16 faculty and staff
members, including the
president of the college,
agreed to get pied
by students and colleagues for a donation.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We collaborate with the Biology Club,
Mathematics Club, and Engineering Club
for an on-campus event called Hypatia
Day. About 80 female middle school
students from the local community visit
our campus for a day and participate in
hands-on demonstrations with the clubs.
Q: What are your most effective
communication tools for
promoting chapter activities?
A: We have a large bulletin board in the
department where events are posted. We
also use Facebook and send e-mails to
Q: If your chapter has recently
attended an ACS national meeting,
how did members benefit?
A: Through our fundraising activities, supporting funds from the student government, and two travel grants (one from
ACS national, and one from our local ACS
section), we were able to send four students to the national meeting in Dallas,
TX. They made a research presentation
along with a student chapter presentation, and brought back many new ideas
for our student chapter to explore in
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Katherine Bussey Chapter members: 21 ACS student members: 9
Website: www.facebook.com/SMAACS Institution description: Small, private, rural, 4-year
Kayode Oshin, 2 years
Q: How did you become
a faculty advisor?
Oshin: The opportunity was presented
to me by the department when I
joined Saint Mary’s College in 2012.
I gladly took on the position, as I
wanted to see the student chapter
become more involved on campus
and in the community.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Oshin: The biggest challenge has been
to be aware of various student schedules and to be mindful of them when
planning events. Working around different exam schedules and projects
is important because the academic
success of our student members comes
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Oshin: It has been very fulfilling to
help student members put on various
outreach events for children in our
local community. Our goal is to generate interest in the field of chemistry,
stimulating children in attendance to
pursue continued education, and hopefully careers, in science, technology,
engineering, and math fields.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
Oshin: Recruit responsible and motivated students to run for open officer
positions. Having a strong leadership
core helps the student chapter run
smoothly and efficiently, and also
makes it an enjoyable commitment
for the advisor.
Last year, to help members and friends de-stress before finals, the
Saint Mary’s College chapter sponsored a bowling night at the end
of the fall semester.