Charleston (SC) Chapter
Objective: To share scientific and engineering news among chapter members
and the general public, with a special emphasis on schoolteachers.
Participants: Chapter members, schoolteachers, and the public
Description: The Charleston chapter sponsors a listserv (an electronic
email discussion group) open to chapter members and school teachers for the exchange of
information about science and engineering. The listserv, hosted by the Sigma Xi
administrative offices, serves as a clearinghouse on announcements of upcoming science and
engineering lectures, demonstrations and news.
The Whitman College-Walla Walla College Chapter uses their listserv to announce the book
titles for their science book reading club.
Cost implications and source of funds: There is no cost for the listserv.
Time Commitment: The time commitment is very light. The Sigma Xi
administrative office handles the technical aspects. The only time commitment for the
chapter is to moderate the listserv. If the listserv is not being posted to on a regular
basis, the chapter coordinator should post a message to remind subscribers of the
availability of the listserv.
Co-sponsors/Partners: The Charleston chapter has members from various
colleges, universities, industries and government labs in the Charleston area.
Number of Chapter Members Involved: There are approximately 120
subscribers to the list including chapter members and schoolteachers at K-12 schools.
Outreach/Publicity: A chapter officer has worked with the public school's
science coordinator to promote the listserv to science teachers.
Sigma Xi membership implications: There is no particular membership
implication with this program.
Checklist for Science/Engineering Listserv:
- Contact Sigma Xi chapter services staff to arrange for
listserv - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Notify chapter members about the listserv.
- Contact area schools inviting teachers to subscribe to the
- Prepare an email message to be sent to all subscribers
explaining how the listserv is set up and any rules or restrictions.
- Be prepared to explain the difference between listservs,
chat rooms, and distribution lists.
Contact Information: Rob Dillon, email@example.com