Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We have a master binder with information
about the responsibilities of each executive position and a historical record about
events we have held. In addition, the chapter
president serves a three-semester term. In
the first semester, the president-elect assists
the president with duties, runs some weekly
meetings, and prepares the chemistry
department’s weekly seminar series. The following semester, the new president oversees
all the organization’s meetings and activities
and presides over the executive board. In the
third semester, the post-president advises
the new president.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: We have positions dedicated to planning
National Chemistry Week (NCW) events,
designing green chemistry events, putting
together the Musical Demo Show, and
setting up Kids and Chemistry events at
Q: What are your most popular or
unique chapter activities?
A: The fall and spring picnics. The fall picnic is
for chemistry majors and chemistry faculty
members. In the spring we sponsor the
All-Science Picnic and invite students and
faculty from the biology, agricultural science,
physics, mathematics, computer science,
and chemistry departments. These two
picnics kick off and end our school year and
feature food, games, and volleyball.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We have a close relationship with the
Gamma Theta chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma,
and a majority of our members belong to
both organizations. Occasionally we co-host
events or fundraise together. Our green
chemistry chairs also work with other environmental clubs on campus.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Our most profitable fundraiser by far is
the sale of lab glasses to the chemistry lab
classes. On average, we sell 180 pairs per
semester, making about $3 per pair.
Q: What career-related events
does your chapter offer?
A: Our chapter plans and runs the Truman
Chemistry Department’s Friday Seminar
Series, bringing in professors, researchers,
and other chemistry professionals to speak
about their work and advise students on
how to prepare for the future. Afterward,
students network with the speakers.
Q: Describe a challenge your chapter
recently faced and how members
overcame the challenge.
A: Last year, as the date for our Musical Demo
Show approached, we were relying heavily
on the chair in charge of the event. However, without warning, he suddenly had to
leave town the day before the event — and
with him went our demo and script binder.
Members came together and brainstormed
an entirely new production, and carried out a
very successful show.
Truman State University
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Chapter president: Leela Chapman Chapter members: 36 ACS student members: 15
Website: http://acs.truman.edu Institution description: Small, public, rural, 4-year
Tim Humphry and Amy Fuller,
Q: Why/how did you become
Humphry & Fuller: The previous advisor took a year-long sabbatical. That
was three years ago, and we have been
advising the chapter ever since.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your positions?
Humphry & Fuller: The initial challenge we faced was transitioning the
chapter to a new set of advisors. Since
the previous advisor had a style similar
to our own, it wound up being a painless process. However, it took the students a semester to really feel at ease
The most challenging continuing
aspect of advising the chapter is allowing the students to be responsible for
their own activities, and not microman-aging. Students plan, organize, and
execute events on their own. It is hard
when an event does not turn out as well
as the students wanted, but far more
often the events are great successes!
We are present for advice, but we do
not plan club events.
To help ensure that its community outreach program is well organized and successful, the Tru-
man State University chapter developed leadership positions dedicated to planning and devel-
oping its Musical Demo Show and NCW, green chemistry, and Kids and Chemistry events.
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