Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)
The SMACS club at Samford University is a group of students who are members of the American Chemical Society. We are devoted to academic pursuits in the field of Chemistry while also focusing on fellowship with each other as well as endeavoring to be a positive element to the community around Samford University.
- Be involved in the American Chemical Society;
- Promote a greater interest in the chemical sciences on campus and in the community;
- Foster and preserve communication and involvement in the chemical sciences; and
- Prepare for future scientific occupations.
If you are interested in joining the SMACS club, email our president as email@example.com, come to one of our upcoming events, or come to an event or Thursday meeting in Propst Hall for a free bagel. If you have ideas of what you would like to see ACS do, join and help make it happen. You may also request to be added to our email list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers & Members+
We are just one of the many student chapters of the American Chemical Society. For more information on national ACS, visit acs.org.
We encourage all Biochemistry and Chemistry majors to become an official registered student member of the national ACS. For more information on becoming an official registered student member of ACS, visit the ACS website for undergraduates.
Student Members of the American Chemical Society Samford University
Article I. Name
This organization shall be known as the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS).
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society is:
- To act as a way for students to be involved in the American Chemical Society;
- To promote a greater interest in the chemical sciences in students on campus;
- To promote a greater interest in the chemical sciences in the community;
- To foster and preserve communication and involvement in the chemical sciences.
Article III. Membership
A member shall be any person who abides fully by this constitution and its statements. This person should be:
- Any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student;
- Any student who finds interest in the chemical sciences;
- Any student willing to help the organization in any events that it puts on;
- Any student that upholds the integrity of this organization and the university as a whole;
- Any student that follows the purpose of this constitution.
Any member who does not abide by this constitution shall put on probation or removed from this organization under the discretion of the Council of Officers, by a 4/3 vote, or the Faculty Advisor(s).
Any member put on probation or removed from the organization may appeal there probation or removal to the Faculty Advisor(s).
Article IV. Officers
The officers of the organization shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer/ Web Master, Public Affairs Chair, and two Demonstration Officers.
Article V. Election of Officers
All officers of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society will be elected at the end of the spring semester every year. During this time, Faculty advisor here named Brian Gregory must hop on one foot while voting is taking place. Officer elections must be decided by a majority vote from the current members in a way deemed appropriate by the members and the Faculty Advisor(s) with each member getting no more than one vote.
An officer shall not be any member who is on probation or deemed unworthy by the Faculty Advisor(s).
Article VI. Duties of Officers
The duties of President of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society shall be:
- To preside over all regular and special meetings of the organization and council;
- To call meetings when necessary;
- To appoint all committees, representatives, and other persons within the organization;
- To serve as the general supervisory and see that all projects are carried out to completion;
- To represent the Student Members of the American Chemical Society in all dealings with the university and general public.
The duties of the Vice-President shall be:
- To preside over meetings and all other duties of the President in their absence;
- To preside over all secret meetings…;
- To maintain the constitution of this organization.
The duties of the Secretary shall be:
- To keep complete and accurate minutes of all meetings;
- To distribute the minutes of all regular meetings to all members and Faculty Advisor(s) in a timely fashion after each meeting;
- To decide whom will obtain a breakfast item(e.g. beagles or doughnuts) for each regular meeting or to assign someone to get said breakfast item for the meeting;
- To keep an accurate and complete roll of all members within the organization.
The duties of the Treasurer/ Web Master shall be:
- To collect all monies and disburse them only under the approval by the Council of Officers or by the Faculty Advisor(s);
- To keep an accurate record of all money transfers from the organizations fund;
- To maintain all websites affiliated with the Student Members of the American Chemical Society at Samford University including orgsync;
- To lead any fundraising taken by the organization.
The duties of the Public Affairs Chair shall be:
- To coordinate community service events;
- To represent the organization in all public service related areas;
- To coordinate all forms of public relations;
- To reserve any rooms on campus that may be needed when needed;
- To be a publicly active individual;
- To be the head of the “Nerd Ball” committee every year.
The duties of the Demonstration Chairs shall be:
- To set up all demonstrations(confirming all demonstrations are set up to happen);
- To ensure that all demonstrations are carried out in a safe manor;
- To keep an accurate tally of all chemicals and supplies in the possession of the organization;
- To safely store any chemicals and supplies in the possession of the organization;
- To obtain any chemicals and supplies needed for any demonstration to be performed.
Article VII. Impeachment of Officers
Charges may be brought against an officer by any member.
- These charges must be submitted to the entire Council of Members as well as the Faculty Advisor(s).
The vote required to bring charges against an Officer must be a 2/3 vote from all members.
The 2/3 vote may be overturned by a Faculty Advisor.
An officer is subject to impeachment through:
- An officer not adequately fulfilling their duties.
- If they are put onto probation.
- If they commit any values violations from the university.
- If they commit any crimes against humanity.
Article VIII. Meetings and Voting
Meetings of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society shall be held at regular intervals during the scholastic school year except when the Council of Officers deems it is unnecessary to meet.
Meetings are mandatory for all members of the organization and can only be missed for legitimate reasons.
Any vote shall be decided by a ½ majority unless otherwise stated in this constitution.
Article IX. Amendments.
This constitution may be amended at any time under the discretion of the Council of Officers or by the Faculty Advisor(s).
We had so much fun at Nerd Ball 2011, and we are looking forward to the long awaited Nerd Ball 2013.
McWane Science Center Demonstrations
Along with several other visiting groups, we were able to participate in the McWane Science Center's Chemistry Day. We set up a table in their exciting hands-on learning center and performed several experiments from showing the brightness of Magnesium on fire to creating a wad of slime. We had over 50 kids watch our demonstrations throughout the day and had a great time.
National Chemistry Week
This was an fun packed week in which we were able to enjoy a movie night with our own group, host a quiz night, and perform chemistry demonstrations at the McWane Science Center.
We watched The Avengers and ate lots of pizza, and we are all looking forward to our next movie night.
With a great turn out, we had an intense competition.
Restoration Academy Chemistry Labs
Last semester, our chapter began a partnership with Restoration Academy. We assist the chemistry teacher during the labs and provide the necessary equipment. After the first lab, several faculty stated that they had never seen the students be so interactive during an educational activity.
Also, a couple of our members joined with volunteers from around Birmingham to judge the elementary school's science fair projects at Restoration Academy. Here, we spoke with each student about their projects and allowed them to show off their work.