Alpha Chi Sigma

The Three Objects

To Bind...

...its members with a tie of true and lasting friendship,

To Strive...

...for the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession,

To Aid...

...its members by every honorable means in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.

Collegiate Member

I joined Alpha Chi Sigma in 1997, in the spring quarter of my third year of college, at the prompting of my good friend, chem lab partner, and eventual pledge father, Tim Link. Rose-Hulman is home to Iota chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the country, founded in 1909.

Tim Link

Pledge Father Tim Link. Photo © Gary Anderson. Used with permission.


The following year, my chapter activities were limited due to my co-op, through which I worked in Indianapolis during the fall and winter quarters. I unsuccessfully ran for the chapter Master of Ceremonies office for the 1998-1999 term; however, I was chosen by the chapter to be the Iota chapter delegate to the 1998 Biennial National Conclave, hosted that summer by the chapter at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.

During the spring quarter in 1999, I was elected as the chapter Master Alchemist (chapter president) for the 1999-2000 term. During my term as MA, I oversaw many projects, including a complete rewrite of the chapter by-laws, formalization of the chapter pledge process including creation of a pledge handbook, creation of a member handbook to facilitate active member participation, creation of notebooks for chapter officers and committee chairmen to facilitate continuity of chapter operations, and a complete rewrite of the chapter website.

Professional Member

Due to my time spent in Indianapolis for my co-op, I was active with the Indianapolis Professional Chapter even before graduation. Due in part to this activity, after graduation I was selected by the Indy Pro chapter to be their chapter delegate to the 2000 Biennial National Conclave, hosted that summer by the St. Louis Professional Chapter in St. Louis, MO.

Over the course of the next several years, I would serve on various committees. I was the chairman of a committee to revise and update the Emerald Tablet. Additionally, I was a member of several other committees, including: Rush Slide Show (ad-hoc subcommittee of Public Relations), Collegiate Activities, Professional Chapters (ad-hoc), Inter-Chapter Travel (ad-hoc), Ritual, Ritual Distribution (ad-hoc subcommittee of Ritual), and Web Assessment.

I was nominated and on the ballot several times for Professional Representative (PR), but was never elected. I was however appointed twice to one-year terms as PR, to substitute for elected PRs who had moved on to other positions within the fraternity. (After twice being appointed, nominated for the ensuing ballot, and failing to be elected, I decided that I didn't have sufficient support to be elected as PR and have declined subsequent nominations.)

Given my ties to Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Kalamazoo, and St. Louis, I was variously active with several professional chapters, including Indianapolis, Chicago, Great Lakes, and St. Louis. I also served at various times and in various capacities on the District Counselor committees for the North Central, Great Lakes, and Central districts, conducting Chapter visits, observing Ritual, and serving as the North Central district Webmaster, maintaining the district web site and email list.

Upon moving to St. Louis in 2002, I became active in the St. Louis Professional Chapter - eventually serving a brief stint as chapter president. I was also involved in the re-colonization of Alpha Epsilon chapter at Washington University of St. Louis, helping with Ritual and with advising the nascent chapter.

Fraternity Travel

Overall, I have attended four National Biennial Conclaves, and approximately a dozen District Conclaves. I have also visited/traveled to approximately 20 collegiate and professional chapters in six districts, and have helped perform Ritual at approximately one-third of those chapters.

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