Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Our Continuity Book contains all of the
forms, documents, contacts, and responsibilities of each officer. Whenever new executive board members are elected, they are
trained for two weeks using the documents
in the Continuity Book. In addition, we scan
important information onto a Google Drive
that the officers share and access.
Q: What are some of the interesting ways
your chapter recruits its members?
A: We recruit members through in-class
outreach and through outreach events the
university hosts for all the registered student
organizations. One of our most successful
recruitment events is the Ice Cream Social
that we hold at each orientation during the
Q: What methods do you use to retain
members from year to year?
A: Active members in our organization tend to
stay because of the family atmosphere we
create for them. UCF has more than 60,000
students, so it can be daunting at first for
new students to find a community. All of the
members of the executive board strive to be
as accessible as possible, making our members feel comfortable and that they belong.
The most successful events are sometimes
Q: What is your most popular or
just meeting up for bowling once a month
and “bonding” to encourage these relation-
ships that make the members feel that they
have a family on campus.
unique chapter activity?
A: Clean the World’s “Soapy Saturdays” tend
to be a real hit for our members. Clean the
World is an organization that recycles soaps
and distributes them to areas all over the
world with poor sanitation. It is a fun way to
spend the morning giving back to the community, and it also allows us to incorporate
green chemistry into our event!
Q: How do you collaborate with other
student chapters in your area?
A: Ten of our student chapter members
attended the 249th ACS National Meeting in
Denver, and we reached out to representatives of other Florida student chapters who
were also at the meeting. We hope to see
growth and unity between the Florida chapters from this initial meeting.
Q: What career-related events
does your chapter offer?
A: Speakers from the Career Services
Q: What innovative methods of
Department on campus give workshops on
résumé building, constructing a curriculum
vitae, strategies for interviewing, what
to expect for the GRE, and other related
topics. We also provide members with
information regarding career fairs and invite
speakers who are employees or employers
of companies in Orlando looking for
undergraduate chemistry majors to intern.
communication are used to inform
chapter members of chapter activities?
A: Our chapter holds weekly meetings for
members as well as make-up meetings at
an alternative time for members who are
unable to attend at the regularly scheduled meeting time. We also communicate
through our Facebook page and send meeting minutes to our members.
University of Central Florida
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Chapter president: Morgan E. Beebe Chapter members: 65 ACS student members: 30
Website: http://acsucf.weebly.com Institution description: Large, public, urban, 4-year
Stephen M. Kuebler, 8 years
Q: Why did you become
a faculty advisor?
Kuebler: When I was a new assistant professor, the chapter’s previous faculty advisor, Cherie Yestrebsky, encouraged me to
take over for her as advisor so that I could
become more involved in the department
and grow professionally. The chapter was
very well established, so the transition
was quite easy. My involvement with the
chapter helped me to develop my own
teaching and mentoring skills and to share
my ideas for professional development.
Q: What challenges have you faced
in your position?
Kuebler: The university and our surrounding community have experienced
phenomenal growth over the past 10
years. This has opened outstanding new
opportunities for the chapter to make new
professional connections and to bring our
excitement for chemistry to the community. We have greatly expanded the chapter’s outreach efforts and integrated our
activities with the ACS Orlando Section
and other ACS student chapters.
UCF student chapter members volunteer to clean and recycle soap on “Soapy Saturdays” spon-
sored by Clean the World, an organization that recycles hotel soap and sends it to areas with
high death rates due to hygiene-related illnesses.