The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
October is officially upon us, and I hope your fall semester will be one of exciting learning, making new friends, and breaking out the fun, fall sweaters that were packed away in the closet all summer. Halloween is normally one of October’s most anticipated events, but this year, things might look a little different. In the spirit of safe and not-so-spooky fun, I want to provide a few creative ways leaders like you can inspire others this Halloween.
Please have a good cackle: Halloween inspires people to step outside their shell and take on a different persona with costumes and bold makeup. Though it may seem like silly fun, it’s an excellent opportunity to encourage your team to express their creativity. As a team leader, organizing a costume contest with prizes is a great exercise to empower team members to participate and be innovative. Even better, it can be done in a live setting with social distancing restrictions or in a virtual, Zoom Halloween party.
Step into the unknown: Halloween is time for mystery, but not just in the form of goblins, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Unforeseen circumstances in school or business can be just as scary. Remember, when leading a team, it’s always a good idea to have a contingency plan if you need to switch gears due to something unexpected. Just a little extra preparation can go a long way in the end.
Make it less scary for others: It’s always important to know people look to leaders for guidance, optimism and a cheerful disposition. This semester is unique in many ways. There will be many new challenges to address and overcome as we adjust to the “new normal.” Just remember, you can set the tone for others around you by staying upbeat and motivating them to do their very best.
Lastly, I’d also like to remind you that next month, November 3rd, is Election Day. As I shared in my previous letter, voting is one of our most important duties and responsibilities. Your vote is your voice--use it, and be heard.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on effective leadership.
Virtual Leadership Summit:
The last day to register for our Oct. 17-18 Virtual Leadership Summit is this Saturday, Oct 3! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to virtually connect with hundreds of NSLS members as we learn to Lead with Courage. You’ll also have your chance to win a share of more than $12,000 in scholarships!
We're excited to introduce our two keynote speakers for Oct. 17-18:
CLARISSA WARD: Author of ON ALL FRONTS and CNN's Chief International Correspondent.
DAVID CHANG American restaurateur, author of Eat a Peach, and television personality. Photo Credit: Andrew Bezek
Register today, and we'll see you soon at the Oct. 17-18 Virtual Leadership Summit!
Social Media Award Recipients
Audible $1,500 Scholarship Recipient
One member who took advantage of our Audible Membership Benefit and shared their favorite learning from a specific audiobook was randomly selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship. Learn more about our partnership at www.audible.com/nsls.
Camryn Cook, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Congratulations to our September “Communication Styles” Video Winners!
Members who share their communication style with @theNSLS and include #theNSLS on social media are entered to win a $50 gift card. Here are our current winners:
Alexis Hesik, Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Anthony Poalillo, Texas State University
Charles Moreland, University of Phoenix
Over the past decade, thousands of NSLS members have had the great honor of participating in a diverse range of International Service, Adventure, Culture, and Leadership Programs with True Nature Education.
As we continue to navigate through unprecedented times, our thoughts and best wishes are with all who have been impacted by COVID-19. Slowly and cautiously, as we prepare to explore the world again, you can trust that your safety is our top priority. True Nature Education is committed to a full range of extensive guidelines, protocols, and measures to protect public health.
We’re excited to announce that in 2021 we will introduce our first NSLS and True Nature Education program in Guatemala and roll out a new calendar of excursions to Iceland, Costa Rica, Peru, and Italy! You are invited to join us, taking your passion, leadership, service, and adventure safely around the world!
Registration at TrueNatureEducation.com!
As you head into the fall with school finances on your mind, don’t forget NSLS has partnered with Earnest to give our members access to better student loan refinancing rates. It’s easy and fast to apply online, and there are no fees.
This is a great time to refinance your student loans, due to federal rate cuts and NSLS members receive a $100 welcome bonus paid for by Earnest upon loan disbursement.
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NSLS Member Vernell Wilson Collects Donations for 954 Meals
NSLS member Vernell Wilson raised money to combat hunger for her For my Better World Project. Combining her passion for writing, through her business, ARight for U, “Will Write for you,” with a humanitarian cause, she decided to donate portions of sales proceeds from Arise AM t-shirts, tote bags, tumblers, and mugs, to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gleaners in return matched Wison’s donation.
Citing contributions of Ayesha Bromell, Craig Wilson, Craig Emery Wilson, Raquelle Wilson, and Yolanda Baston and Laura Rhodes of Gleaners, Wilson shared a letter expressing from Gleaners Food Bank expressing gratitude for her efforts.
Wilson also received matched donations from other vendors as well, including Ford Motor Company. Together, the total raised was $1,908. This donation helped Gleaners reach children, families, seniors, and other “hungry neighbors.” Wilson is elated by the rewarding, positive impact the donation made on the community. Visit Vernell Wilson’s at www.arightforu.com, for additional information.
St James - Former Cornwall College athlete Kobe-Jordan Rhooms inducted in Morgan State University's NSLS
The high/triple jumper, who is entering his senior year at the Baltimore, Maryland-based university, was nominated for the prestigious award based on his “academic accomplishment and leadership potential”, the invite said.
The award came as a surprise to Rhooms, who told the Jamaica Observer West that he was not made aware of his nomination until he got a letter from the university.
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NSLS Grand Valley Chapter kicks off first virtual Laker Involvement Fair sessions / Grand Valley Lanthorn
Each year at the beginning of each semester, many individuals on campus enjoy attending the Office of Student Life’s (OSL) Campus Life Nights, known this year as Laker Involvement Fairs. This year amid COVID-19 and the governor’s crowd-size gathering regulations, the OSL decided to hold the multiple evening sessions virtually through Zoom meetings.
RaKya Collins, President of the GVSU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), said that the virtual platform was still engaging and productive for many students and organizations, despite the disruption of the pandemic.
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Condolences and Remembrance of NSLS Member Jezreel Lowie B. Juan, A University of Hawaii student who contracted the novel coronavirus.
Juan had transferred to the West Oahu campus in 2019 as a junior after attending Honolulu Community College. A university spokeswoman on Wednesday said they did not have Juan’s age or hometown.
The statement said Juan was not on campus and did not expose the university community to the virus. The university statement also said Juan “took his studies very seriously and even in his last stages of fighting COVID-19 he worried about class assignments and constantly asked his father how he could make up for the work he was missing.”
Because of his student leadership, Juan was recently nominated to be a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
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5 New Ways Leaders Can Support Women During COVID-19
Women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19's socioeconomic effects but you can ease the burden.
COVID-19 is a once-in-a-lifetime type of crisis, and there's virtually no element of life that it hasn't disrupted in some way. On the positive side of the pandemic, the virus can challenge us to abandon systems that were toxic or inefficient and to develop entirely new, sustainable, socially beneficial ways of living.
But experts now understand based on COVID-19 data that the virus affects certain groups disproportionately, such as African Americans. And across a wide range of demographics, it's also clear that there is a gender gap in terms of socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic.
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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated, and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!