2009-10 STUDENT CHAPTER REPORT: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

General Instructions

Please document your activities for each category on the tables below.  Chapters that do not use the designated form may decrease their chances of receiving an award as the reviewers will not be able to easily extract the necessary information for a concise review.

 

Supporting documentation guidelines are provided for each category.  In most instances, no more than two pieces of supporting documentation should be submitted for each category.  In the online submission system, these documents should be uploaded separately – not inserted in this form – and only text and image files are allowed.  Since the Undergraduate Program can only include digital photos that are at least 300 dpi in its awards video presentation and inChemistry magazine, please send high resolution photos separately.

 

For each category, provide the date of the event and the numbers of student members (SM), other chapter members (non-SM), and faculty members that participated.  In the name of event/location column, please provide a descriptive title along with the place where the event was held.  Please record the number of people that were served by your activity (i.e., number in attendance) in the appropriate column and indicate whether or not the student chapter planned the activity.  It is imperative that all columns be completed for each activity.

 

Written summaries should give reviewers a complete, but concise, account of chapter activities.  For tips on preparing your annual chapter report, visit inChemistry, and read the article entitled “Writing Chapter Reports: Gleaning Value from the Effort” in the April/May 2009 issue and the February/March 2010 article entitled “The Lowdown on Chapter Reports”.

 

Chapter reports must be submitted by MAY 26, 2010.  The online submission system and electronic versions of the report forms can be accessed via the at www.acs.org/undergrad . If you need assistance please review the FAQ’s at www.acs.org/undergrad or contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 800-227-5558 (ext. 6166) or via e-mail at undergrad@acs.org if you have any questions.

 

Background Information

To provide institutional and departmental data, Student chapters should consult with their department chair or Registrar’s Office to obtain accurate numbers.  Incorrect information will limit the chapter report reviewers’ ability to fully access the scope and range of your Student chapter activities.

34

Number of ACS Student members (those who submitted an application to ACS)      

34

Total number of chapter members (SM and non-SM)

7586

Total number of undergraduates in the college or university

40

Number of undergraduates majoring in chemistry

11

Number of chemistry faculty

                                                                                                                                           

1.  ACS STUDENT CHAPTER MEMBERS:  {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

Please list at least six of your Student members and their ACS Student chapter numbers, indicating who held a chapter office.  You are encouraged to include a complete chapter roster, if possible.  You may expand the table or upload a roster as an attachment to your report submission.  Your chapter must have at least six national Student members in order to qualify for a chapter award or grants.

 

Name of Student Member

ACS number

2009-10 Office held

Name of Student Affiliate

ACS number

2009-10 Office held

Kayla Poindexter

2413091

President

Jhalak Patel

30084630

Executive Member

Kayla Baker

30042722

Vice President

Lee Elliott

30084625

Executive Member

Ashish Patel

2413090

Treasurer

Punam Patel

2430670

Member

Elizabeth Abernathy

30018624

Member

Casey Unger

2436118

Member

Dahlia Haddad

30081849

Executive Member

Lepold Phiapalath

30028628

Member

James Griffin

0021047

Executive Member

Robert Mitchell

2391460

Member

 

Please provide a brief summary of your recruitment and retention efforts.

       The main recruitment activity for the Fall of 2008 was the Annual SMACS CHEMagic show (about an hour long) held on September 10, 2009. In the preparation for this recruitment, fliers were posted announcing the day and time of the meeting. Also, the officers at that time went and talked to the freshman studies group of Chemistry. At the meeting we had about ten new members join, most of which were freshman that will hopefully remain with us until they graduate. Also, at the meeting we provided pizza, a cake that had a picture of the periodic table on it, and we made liquid nitrogen ice cream. We gave out several door prizes for members that renewed their dues and for the new members that joined. Finally, a demo show was performed in which many returning SMACS participated in. Some of the demos performed were elephant’s toothpaste, genie in a bottle, luminence, and methane bubbles.

       To promote unity and retention of the members, periodic meetings were held along with scholarly lectures, and a few socials. To keep members informed on upcoming events, regular emails were sent along with two marquees displaying events that hang in the chemistry hallways. Keeping members involved in the preparation and execution of demonstrations is one of our best ways of keeping our members active in SMACS.

 


2. OVERALL CHAPTER ASSESSMENT: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Using the questions listed below please provide an overall assessment of your chapter’s activities for the 2009-2010 academic year. Assessments should cover the student and faculty perspective.

 

 

       For the 2009-2010 academic year, our main objectives included continuing our outreach to the community and the region of Northwest Tennessee by planning and executing events such as the UTM Science Bowl, the Boy Scouts Merit Clinic, the Annual Collegiate Chemistry Meeting, and countless other demonstration programs. As always, UTM SMACS chapter focused on executing Green Chemistry events. We feel that Green Chemistry is vital in today's society and that the general public should be well educated in it.

       Throughout this academic year our members have grown and learned a tremendous amount about chemistry and how to interact and educate the public. We increased our outreach programs to include girl scouts as well as boy scouts this year. It was through these outreach programs and numerous hours of dedicated hard work that we were able to increase the knowledge of not only our members but also the public.

       Our major problem that arose this year dealt with the meeting times. Many of our members were enrolled in night classes and were unable to attend regular meetings and certain events. In order to allow all members to attend some of the meeting and events we alternated between Tuesday and Thursday Meetings.

       Another problem we encountered was the weather.  Due to the weather conditions, many of our scheduled events had to either be rescheduled or cancelled. Unfortunately, these natural occurrences cannot be helped. For future goals we plan to have a back up date in reserve in the event that these weather events occur again.

       Furthermore, the impact that this chapter has on the community could simply not be achieved without the hard work and dedication of its members. All of the chapter's events could not be carried out without the dedication of our faculty advisor, Dr. S.K. Airee. Friendships and connections that are made, in our chapter, will last a lifetime.

 


3. COMMUNITY SERVICE: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

What community service or public outreach programs benefited audiences outside of your institution (excluding National Chemistry Week activities)?  Did you administer a Community Interaction Grant (CIG) Grant program or an Innovative Activities Grant (IAG) program relevant to this category?  

 

Chapters will be reviewed based on the complete list of activities (both local K-12 students and general community).  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

A. Local K-12 students (List NCW/Mole Day/Earth Day events in section 4)

 

What kinds of activities did you do to encourage younger students to learn science? Did you lead hands-on activities for elementary or middle school students (Kids & Chemistry)? Did you interact with or mentor high school students?  If so, were they involved with a high school chemistry club?   You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

Did you interact with a high school chem. club?*

10/24/09

33

0

2

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Clinic

35

Yes

No

10/29/09

8

0

2

Chemistry Demonstrations at Martin-Westview High School (grades 9-12)

>50

Yes

Yes

11/14/09

30

0

20

30th Annual High School Science Bowl (grades 9-12)

143

Yes

Yes

3/04/10

15

0

2

Girl Scout Demo Show

21

Yes

No

3/20/10

5

0

0

Volunteer work at ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA

>500

No

No

4/23/10

3

0

2

Chemistry Olympiad (juniors and seniors in high school)

2

No

Yes

*If yes, please include the name of the high school chemistry club.

 

Please provide a brief summary of your work with the elementary, middle, and high schools in your area.

 

       Community service activities included putting up displays, putting on demonstration shows and helping the youth of the community. The demos at Westview High School were elephant’s toothpaste, alcohol cannon, non-burning dollar, luminescence, etc.

       The most notable above is the Annual High School Science Bowl that invites students from surrounding schools in West Tennessee. The students partake in a written test in the morning and a bowl in the afternoon. 

       Boy Scouts from the surrounding areas were invited to the labs at UTM to earn their Chemistry Merit Badges. The boy scouts participated in a number of hands on activities, which was followed by a demo show put on by UTM SMACS in the afternoon. 

       UTM SMACS also administered the ACS Chemistry Olympiad test to a few local high school students: the students were chosen based on their scores from the high school science bowl competition.

       A new event held this year was a girl scout demo show. The girl scouts participated in hands on activities and were given a chance to eat liquid nitrogen ice cream.

       Finally, at the National ACS meeting in San Francisco, CA, UTM SMACS volunteered for a community outreach program at a local museum. During the program we helped children perform various chemistry activities.

 


B. General Community

How did you serve the community? How did you promote the positive image of chemistry? You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

3/27/10

6

0

0

Campus Wide Recycling Event

>500

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please provide a brief summary of your community service activities. 

 

       Our chapter feels it is very important to inform the community about the necessity of recycling. Thus, the chapter continued their involvement with the newly built recycling center on the UT Martin Campus. We helped encourage people to recycle and helped in the recycling efforts as well.

       The chapter had every intention on helping with more campus wide recycling events, but unfortunately the weather prevented this from taking place.

 


4.  NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK/MOLE DAY/EARTH DAY: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

What role did your chapter play in the promotion of National Chemistry Week, Mole Day, or Earth Day?  How many persons were served during your activities?  Include information on how you used the ACS Office of Community Activities, if applicable.  You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

10/22/09

>50, Chapters from 4 local collages attended

0

4

Kentucky Lake Demo Show

150

No

4/20/10

14

0

2

Earth Day Picnic

22

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please provide a brief summary of your National Chemistry Week/Mole Day/Earth Day activities.  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

       For National Chemistry Week Kentucky Lake Section held a meeting, where several schools attended and many demos were performed by each school. At the meeting several outstanding professors were given awards to honor their teaching efforts.

       In honor of Earth Day, the 2nd annual Earth Day Picnic was held. At the picnic the chapter was able to enjoy the sunshine and each others company.   

       The Chapter had planned on building compost for a professor from UTM, but unfortunately extremely bad weather prohibited this activity from taking place.

 


5.  PLANNING/ATTENDING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Please list any scientific meetings (national, regional, or local) that your chapter attended, planned, or hosted.  Please note the professional organizations with which the events were affiliated, if applicable.  In the summary box, include the names of students in your chapter who presented research or chapter-related posters at events that were attended by the chapter.  Only chapter-related scientific meeting attendance should be listed, not individual student conference attendance.  You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

9/17/09

4

0

1

KLS Meeting – Union University, Jackson, TN

20

No

11/17/09

16

0

2

KLS Meeting - Union City,TN

25

No

01/28/10

4

0

1

KLS Meeting – Murray, KY

23

No

02/25/10

3

0

4

KLS Meeting – Gilbertsville, KY

> 30

No

2/27/10

3

0

1

Research Paper Presentations in Memphis, TN

>70

No

03/18-23/10

5

0

1

National ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA

n/a

No

04/10/10

16

0

7

Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting – UTM

>60

Yes

4/22/10

2

0

2

KLS Meeting – Martin, TN

20

No

 

Please provide a brief summary of your scientific meeting activities.  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

       UTM SMACS attended a few KLS meetings for the Fall 2009-Spring 2010 academic year. At these meetings there were often scientific discussions or lectures by various scientists. Also, this allowed our chapter to interact with the local chapters of ACS as well as the Kentucky Lake Section officers.

       At the National meeting in San Francisco, several SMACS members attended scientific speakers and meetings. Members really enjoyed the Eminent Scientist Lecture in particular. All the presenters were able to present in a way that undergraduates could easily understand the topic.  Also, at the National ACS meeting, Kayla Poindexter and Punam Patel presented a poster about our events held during 2008-2009. At the ACCM hosted by our chapter, SMACS members Elizabeth Abernathy, Adam Travis, Ashish Patel, and Brandi Griggs presented research findings. ACS president elect Dr. Nancy B. Jackson was among the distinguished guests. Following the research presentations, there was a dinner and Dr. Nancy Jackson gave the keynote address.

 

 


6.  COMMUNICATION: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Briefly describe how your chapter communicated about its meetings and activities to chapter members and the general public.  You should include information about your Web page, media coverage of events, flyers, e-mails, etc.  Also, discuss the effectiveness of your communication efforts.  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

       There is a dry-erase board at the top of the main stairway on the 3rd floor of the UTM Engineering and Physical Science building that the UTM SMACS use to announce upcoming events. Another form of communication is an electronic messaging board. We have two of them on the top floor of the engineering and physical chemistry building. They announce upcoming events such as speakers and earth day.

       The most important form of communication between our members is email and cell phones. This provides a fast and convenient form of communication between SMACS members. It allows for short notice of events to be effectively communicated to UTM SMACS members.

       Our faculty advisor also plays a huge role in communication because many members stop by his office periodically or see him within the chemistry department. Our department secretary also plays a major role in communication by reminding members of important events.

       All the past events are documented on the UTM SAACS website for the public to view including pictures from each of the events. The website contains many useful links including the Kentucky Lake Section of the ACS.

       The school newspaper, The Pacer, and several other local newspapers print information on SAACS activities.  We use local newspapers and flyers to inform the general public of SMACS activities and events.

       All of these forms of communication seem to be quite effective in spreading the word.

 

 Our Website for the chapter is:

 

                     http://www.utm.edu/staff/skairee/saacs/

 

This website contains links to events we have.

 

 Our email address is:

        saacs-l@mailman.utm.edu 

Our emailing system is a list serve. This means that anyone that is not listed on our list cannot email within the chapter.

The secretary, president, and vice president regularly send out emails about meetings and events.


7DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE SERVICE: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Did your chapter plan or participate in any departmental activities (e.g. tutoring programs, visiting with departmental speakers, career fairs, mock interview sessions, résumé reviews) or any campus-wide activities?  You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

10/10/09

22

0

4

Homecoming

Campus Wide

No

12/13/09

10

0

3

Chemistry Final Help Session

35

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please provide a brief summary of your department/college service activities. You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

       UTM SMACS along with the UTM Nursing Department at Homecoming provided blood pressure and blood sugar analysis before and after eating liquid nitrogen ice cream. Children that visited our booth participated in various chemistry activities. Children were provided goggles while performing these activities.

       Every year the chapter has a review help session to help general chemistry students with final exam preparation. This provided a calm atmosphere in which the students were allowed to study and ask questions. The UTM faculty and chapter members help with the review session. At the session, refreshments were provided.

       The events were strongly advertised by the chapter and the instructors/TAs.

 


8.  SPEAKERS/TOURS/FIELD TRIPS: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Please list the name and affiliation of each speaker and the title of his/her presentation. Please list the name and location of the companies, institutions, or organizations you visited for field trips or tours.  Technical meeting and conference speakers should not be included here: please list those in the scientific meeting category.  All green chemistry-related speakers should be reported in category 9.  You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

10/08/09

27

0

4

Dr. M.S. Ali – Lecture

35

Yes

11/02/09

19

0

3

Dr. Stayton – Lecture

60

Yes

2/18/10

14

0

3

Dr. Burcham - Lecture

20

Yes

3/9/10

15

0

2

Dr. John Bartmess – Lecture

20

Yes

3/30/10

16

0

1

Dr. Bob Peoples - Lecture

>100

No

4/10/10

16

 

7

Dr. Nancy Jackson - Lecture

>60

Yes

 

Please provide a brief summary of your speakers/tours/field trips.  Please include information as to how these activities assisted chapter members with building their professional development skills.  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

      Our first speaker was Dr. M.S. Ali of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). He gave a seminar of his research related to green chemistry on October 8, 2009.

       Our second speaker was Dr. Isaac Stayton from the University of Tennessee at Martin. His presentation was on "Investigating the Interactions between Silica Nanoparticles and A549 (Human Lung Carcinoma) Cells”. We were excited to have a speaker from our own department and invited other groups on campus to join us in this lecture.

       Dr. Timothy M. Burcham, also from the University of Tennessee at Martin, made a presentation called: Biodiesel: Pros, Cons, and a Demonstration”. His research was very informative to our chapter because of our focus on green chemistry. We used his demonstration as inspiration for the chem demo exchange at the ACS conference.

       Dr. John Bartmess spoke on Ionic Liquids: Green Chemistry, and Why Good Solvation means Bad Solvents. Dr. Bartmess was from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After his presentation he also encouraged many students to consider attending the graduate program at his campus.

       ACS Green Chemistry Institute Director, Dr. Bob Peoples gave an honors seminar lecture. Even though we did not host this event, many of our chapter members attended and asked many questions at the end of his presentation. It was very enlightening to learn of his aspirations towards a more energy efficient world.

       Our last speaker of the semester was president elect, Dr. Nancy Jackson. Her presentation focused on the future goals she has set for the American Chemical Society. She also spoke on her past work in foreign countries and what students can do to promote chemistry.

 


9.  GREEN CHEMISTRY (optional): {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

In order to be recognized as a Green Chemistry chapter, Student chapters must engage in a least three different types of green chemistry activities during the academic year.  Please reference the “Student Chapter Report Review Criteria and Considerations” to help you craft this section.  NOTE: You can repeat activities in this section that you report in other categories (i.e. conferences, community outreach).  This category will only be used to determine Green Chemistry chapter status. It will not be used to determine Student chapter award status. 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

10/08/09

27

0

4

Dr. M.S. Ali – Lecture

35

Yes

2/18/10

14

0

3

Dr. Burcham - Demonstration

20

Yes

3/04/10

15

0

2

Girl Scout Demo Show

21

Yes

3/9/10

15

0

2

Dr. John Bartmess – Lecture

20

Yes

3/20/10

5

0

0

Volunteer work at ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA

>500

No

3/27/10

6

0

0

Campus Wide Recycling Event

>500

No

3/30/10

16

0

1

Dr. Bob Peoples - Lecture

>100

No

 

Please provide a detailed summary of a minimum of three green chemistry activities, including a two-three sentence explanation of why you think each activity qualifies as green chemistry.  The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will use this information to determine if your activities qualify as green chemistry.  You may include up to three pieces of supporting documentation (i.e. speaker abstracts) for this category with your report.  Please label with the name of the activity.

 

       Our first speaker was Dr. M.S. Ali of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). He gave a seminar of his research related to green chemistry on October 8, 2009.

       Dr. Timothy M. Burcham, also from the University of Tennessee at Martin, made a presentation called: Biodiesel: Pros, Cons, and a Demonstration”. His research was very informative to our chapter because of our focus on green chemistry. We used his demonstration as inspiration for the chem demo exchange at the ACS conference.

       Dr. John Bartmess spoke on Ionic Liquids: Green Chemistry, and Why Good Solvation means Bad Solvents. Dr. Bartmess was from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. . After his presentation he also encouraged many students to consider attending the graduate program at his campus.

       ACS Green Chemistry Institute Director, Dr. Bob Peoples gave a honors seminar lecture. Even though we did not host this event much of our chapter went and asked many questions at the end of his presentation. It was very enlightening to learn of his aspirations towards a more energy efficient world.

       We also hosted a girl scout demonstration show. The demonstrations focused on green chemistry related topics. We began the show with methane in a can demonstrating the destructive nature methane can have in a home. We ended the show with liquid nitrogen ice cream, giving the benefits of using liquid nitrogen over other harmful volatile materials.

       The members that went to the ACS conference in San Francisco volunteered at a sustainable green chemistry event where children from the area came and participated in various demonstrations. The museum the event was held at focus on being green. After the event we enjoyed walking around the museum and observing the exhibits.

       As always we helped with the recycling barn at our campus. This year we helped sort out the different plastics of which we learned what plastics were easier to recycle than others. It sparked interest in the members that attended who passed on the information to other at the next chapter meeting.


10. FUNDING: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

Briefly describe any funding that was donated to your chapter (e.g., from the department), as well as any funds that were raised through various activities including proposal writing (IAG, CIG, NMTG, grant funding should be included).  In the description you should not only include the amount of money that was raised or donated, but also indicate how the funding was spent.  You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category.

 

Optional: Upload the Chapter Finances template. Complete a chapter finances spreadsheet using one of the downloaded spreadsheets or you own template.  If you choose to upload a file please indicate in the comments below that you have done so.

Do not include the statement in this document.

 

 

The chapter received $2250 from the UT-Martin student affairs, $475 from office of academic affairs, $300 from ACS travel grant and $140 from Monsanto SAACS Fund to help with SMACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting.

 

UTM SMACS Treasury Report
2009-10

Starting Balance (August 09)                                                                                               $639.16

Description

IN

OUT

Balaance

Dues Collected

1110.00

 

1749.16

Dues to ACS

 

849.00

900.16

Kayla Poindexter for Domino’s Pizza Social

 

48.73

851.43

Punam Patel (Cake for Social)

 

31.36

820.07

West TN Area Council (Chem Pamphlets)

 

200.00

620.07

E. W. James (SMACS Groceries)

 

46.57

573.50

Sodexo (Speaker Dr. Ali meals)

 

16.10

557.40

Pumam Patel (Homecoming Supplies)

 

99.43

457.97

KLS Subsidy

125.00

 

582.97

T-Shirts

59.00

 

641.97

Boy Scouts Registration

150

 

791.97

Ashish Patel (WalMart Donuts for CMBC)

 

15.35

776.62

Dr. Robert Peoples banquet (Sigma Xi)

65.00

234.00

607.62

SF grant & overage

408.30

 

1015.92

ACCM Banquet

310.00

1148.40

177.52

Total

2227.30+639.16

2688.94

177.52

 

 

 

 


11. SOCIAL FUNCTIONS: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Please list the social functions that were part of your yearly chapter activities.  Social activities include events such as holiday or back-to-school parties; bowling or skating events; dances, banquets, etc.  You may expand the table to accommodate more activities.

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Name of Event/Location

Number served by your activity

Was the activity planned by the chapter?

10/02/09

12

0

0

SMACS Dinner and Bowling Social

14

Yes

10/09/09

8

0

0

Preparing for Homecoming

8

Yes

11/12/09

29

0

3

Dr. Airee’s Birthday

34

Yes

11/14/09

12

0

0

Celebrate Conclusion of High School Science Bowl

12

Yes

12/05/09

18

0

2

Christmas Party

20

Yes

3/04/10

10

0

1

James’s Birthday Celebration

11

Yes

3/30/10

13

0

5

Banquet in honor Dr. Bob Peoples

45

Yes

4/10/10

6

0

1

Baby Shower for Dr. Montgomery

10

Yes

4/23/10

11

0

0

Elizabeth’s Birthday Party

11

Yes

5/13/09

15

0

0

End of the Year Bash

20

Yes

 

Please provide a few details about your social events and how they help to boost chapter morale and encourage chapter participation. You may include up to two pieces of supporting documentation for this category with your report. Please label all supporting materials with the name of the activity.

 

       We began the year by going bowling and eating out. We were very surprised by how well it went over. The members in attendance consisted of older and a few of the newer members, which allowed the new members to become acquainted with the old members. Everyone had a wonderful time and new friendships emerged from this event.

       We wanted to become more involved within our campus events; So we focused on homecoming. Each year our college invites each group on campus to set up a tent and interact with the community. The theme was luau and we gathered together the night before and enjoyed getting the decorations and other supplies needed, ready for our tent. 

       We, as always, took the time to celebrate our beloved advisors birthday this year. We had SMACS members attend and faculty of the department. We served cake and ice cream.

       For the first year in a while SMACS decided to have an end of the year/Christmas party. One of the newer professors in our department hosted it. It was definitely one of the highlights of the year, and we hope to have the opportunity to experience it again next year.

       At the end of the semester we held our second annual earth day picnic and invited friends to come as well. The picnic consisted of good food, sports, and good times with the friends present. It was a great way to end the semester.


12. CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETINGS: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Please list the executive committee and chapter business meetings that were held.  In the purpose of meeting column, please list the major goals of the meeting—i.e., to elect of officers; to plan for the April outreach activity; to plan for the holiday party.  You may expand the table to accommodate more meetings.

 

Date

Number of SM Participants

Number of Chapter Participants (non-SM)

Number of Faculty Participants

Purpose of meeting

9/2/09

13

0

1

Organizational Meeting to discuss recruiting potential members

9/3/09

4

0

1

Officer meeting to discuss potential dates for the Fall events

10/1/09

18

0

1

Finalize potential dates for Fall events with chapter members

             10/3/09

12

0

1

Discuss and being preparations for homecoming

10/9/09

8

0

0

Finish preparations for homecoming

10/21/09

25

0

2

Finish preparations for KLS meeting demo show and begin preparations for Boyscouts

10/23/09

29

0

2

Set-up for Boy scout  merit badge clinic and practice for demonstrations

10/28/09

8

0

2

Preparation for Westview High School demo show

11/5/09

26

0

1

Decide who will do what for high school science bowl

11/10/09

27

0

1

Practice positions for high school science bowl

11/12/09

30

0

3

Final practice session for high school science bowl

11/13/09

20

0

3

Set up for high school science bowl

12/13/09

24

0

2

Annual end of the year business meeting and elections

1/26/10

22

0

1

Discuss potential dates for the Spring events

2/10/10

9

0

1

Discuss ACS conference in San Francisco and develop potential list of who is going

2/23/10

20

0

2

Finalize potential dates for the Spring Events

3/2/10

16

0

1

Discuss girl scout demo show

3/3/10

12

0

1

Finalize details for girl scout demo show

4/6/10

15

0

1

Discuss final dates of the semester and encourage members to attend the last few events

4/9/10

9

0

2

Final preparations for ACCM conference

4/23/10

3

0

2

Preparations for Chemistry Olympiad

 


CHAPTER BUSINESS MEETINGS—PART II: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Please discuss the effectiveness of your meetings—were you able to accomplish your goals?  Describe how your chapter meetings assisted chapter members with developing leadership skills.  Include any incentives that your chapter provided to encourage attendance at chapter meetings.

 

       The business meetings were very effective and they served as a valuable resource to discuss and organize upcoming events within the chapter and community. In each meeting, details of each upcoming event were discussed in great detail to ensure that things were carried out in an organized and professional manner.

       The meetings were very structured and allowed members to discuss their views on what would be the best plan of action to accomplish the goals that the SMACS had set forth for themselves.

       The attendance at the meetings was very good during the first semester. Unfortunately, attendance dropped the second semester because many of our members took night classes on the days of our meetings. To try to compensate for this the meetings were alternated between Tuesdays and Thursdays so that everyone could attend at least some of the events.

       The elected SMACS officers carried out the meetings in an organized parliamentary procedure. Individual member leadership skills were promoted by spreading responsibilities of each event throughout the entire membership. The chapter met on a fairly regular basis.

       Incentives for attending business meetings included:

              1) Socialization with UTM SMACS

              2) Pizza and other food provided by SMACS

              3) Attendance is required for active member status

       The active members’ names were engraved on a plaque that is posted outside the UTM Chemistry Department Office.  The plaque contains all the names of past active members.

 


13. LOCAL SECTION INTERACTION: {Student Members of the American Chemical Society at UTM}

 

Briefly describe any interactions that you’ve had with your ACS Local Section.  If you have not worked with your Local Section, please list the barriers that prevent these interactions. Also, please include any suggestions that might be passed along to ACS Local Sections that are looking for more ways to interact with Student Chapters.  NOTE: This category will be used to increase Local Section and Student Chapter interactions. It will not be used to determine SA chapter award status.

 

       The University of Tennessee at Martin SMACS members were present at several Kentucky Lake Section Meetings.  The Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society is very courteous to the SMACS chapters in it’s’ area. At all of the KLS meetings, the Section only charges the students half of the price for the meals. This ends up being about $5 per student.  This makes a good incentive for students to come to the meetings. The meetings offer a wonderful opportunity to meet and discuss what each chapter is currently pursuing.

       The Kentucky Lake Section also works in association with the Nashville and Memphis Sections to organize and carryout numerous activities throughout the year. One such example includes the Area College Chemistry Meeting, which was held at the University of Tennessee at Martin for 2009. Another example includes the Chemistry Olympiad, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Lake Section of the ACS. 

      One might suggest several points in which local ACS could interact better with other Student Affiliate Chapters.  We could encourage students to attend more KLS meetings, to establish more connections with KLS officers and members. We could also invite KLS members to SMACS meetings. Another suggestion is to organize several other events that are geared more toward simply socializing between groups.