The NSLS Featured in the News
NSLS members across the country are actively working in being leaders who make a better world. You can find some of their stories covered in the news below.
NSLS Member receives Chevron/SWE Scholarship
Posted on: Jul/01/2020
MACON – Mercer University rising junior Emily Wilbourn recently received the Chevron/SWE Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
The $5,000 award is annually presented to 18 high-achieving female students enrolled in an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology or computing.
Wilbourn, from Jefferson, is a computer science major with a minor in math. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, as well as graph theory and how it applies to computer science.
“I am extremely grateful that I was selected for the Chevron/SWE Scholarship,” said Wilbourn. “Earning this scholarship allows me to devote more time to studying and participating in extracurricular activities rather than worrying about how I’m going to pay for school. I’m thankful for the support that the Society of Women Engineers has given me the past couple years. I’m also grateful to my professors here at Mercer, my coworkers at Georgia Tech Research Institute, my friends and my family who have never given up on me.”
At Mercer, Wilbourn serves as treasurer for SWE, a member of the Mercer Wind Ensemble and an inductee in the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a visiting student researcher at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Warner Robins, where she has assisted with independent verification and validation (IV&V) planning and execution for major Air Force programs.
“Emily is well-deserving of the Chevron/SWE scholarship. She is an excellent scholar, applying her studies in math and computer science at conferences and in research initiatives. Emily is also an active and well-respected member of the campus community,” said Dr. Jennifer Goode, instructor of technical communication and faculty adviser to Mercer’s chapter of SWE. “All of us in the Mercer chapter are very proud of her accomplishments and recognition at the national level.”
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COC makes a second donation to Henry Mayo
Posted on: Apr/20/2020
College of the Canyons classified staff members made their second delivery to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, providing the emergency room staff with lunch with some help from community donors and funds raised through a GoFundMe campaign
Cynthia Madia, the campaign’s organizer and an administrative assistant for Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience Education at COC, began fundraising simply as a small-scale leadership project for The National Society of Leadership and Success.
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NSLS Launches COVID-19 Webinar Series featuring Dr. Martin Makary and Dr. Justin M. Sacks
Posted on: Mar/24/2020
JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)—the nation's largest leadership honor society—is launching a free COVID-19 webinar series titled "Lead From Home" this Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. EST. In partnership with doctors—including Dr. Martin Makary and Dr. Justin M. Sacks—and college administrators, the series aims to address the fatal medical implications of refusing to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, explain how college administrations are handling the delivery of educational services during the pandemic and give a platform for the public to ask questions.
"Universities across the country have taken tremendous steps by suspending in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester to encourage social distancing, but we've seen students—and young adults across the country—ignore the advice of health professionals and their local government," said NSLS President Charles Knippen. "We're hoping our webinar will shed light on the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus, help college administrators understand what's happening nationally on campuses and drive participants to do the right thing: stay home."
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NSLS Adds Steve Madden to its Spring Broadcast Speakers Lineup
Posted on: Mar/05/2020
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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the nation’s largest leadership honor society, is pleased to announce that Steve Madden, founder of Steven Madden, LTD, will be joining The NSLS’s Spring 2020 Broadcast Speakers Lineup for a presentation on March 10th, 2020.
Steve Madden is a designer, visionary, and businessman best known for building a multi-billion dollar company that he started from the trunk of his car in 1990. Today, Madden dedicates part of his time to educating young people on entrepreneurship, growing a successful business, and avoiding common pitfalls. During the broadcast, Madden will share with NSLS members the importance of never selling yourself short, avoiding shortcuts, and how your past doesn’t have to define your future.
The presentation is scheduled to be held at St. Peter’s University on Tuesday, March 10th, at 7:02 pm EST. Interactive broadcasts of the talk will be available to all students of the hosting universities that have The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapters.
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Teresa Balestreri receives Excellence in Service Award
Posted on: Feb/03/2020
Judging by Career Services’ location in a nook on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center, it would be easy to assume not much happens there. But that couldn’t be more wrong.
What has been termed “a small but mighty staff” is tasked with guiding nearly 10,000 University of Missouri—St. Louis students toward achieving their career goals.
Director Teresa Balestreri stands at the department’s helm. Through her 22 years at UMSL, she’s focused on doing all she can to help students succeed. On Dec. 6, that dedication earned her an Excellence in Service to Students Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success.
Balestreri’s job encompasses a lot of roles – all designed to connect students with potential employers. Career Services offers job and internship search strategies, resume writing assistance and interview tips. Even before students reach the job-hunting stage, the department provides guidance on possible career paths within each major.
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Toys for Tots Drive
Posted on: Jan/03/2020
Island University - a part of TexasA&M University in Corpus Christi, held its 14th annual Toys For Tots event in association with The National Society of Leadership and Success. The school is the only university in the nation located on its own island, at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast. Their campus organization “Islander Lights’ sold tickets to the public to raise money for the event which welcomed Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, food, arts and crafts, and toy donations that surprised and delighted the children.
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Community Service is a way to give back - Alcorn State University NSLS
Posted on: Dec/05/2019
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is a community service and scholarship organization on the campus of Alcorn State University (ASU). The organization was founded at ASU on February 7, 2012 and its main goal is to not only assist the faculty, staff and students of Alcorn but to step outside of the campus and reach those in the surrounding community.
In October, the NSLS attended a leadership conference in Houston, Texas where they learned how to develop better leadership skills upon which they brought back to the campus and discussed with existing members on how to use them. President Alyssa Vessel, a Junior Political Science major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana received a scholarship while attending the event.
Throughout the Fall semester the NSLS has been actively contributing to the community. According to Vice President Shanique Strickland, a Sophomore Criminal Justice and Social Work major from Memphis, Tennessee, “Some of the events that we’ve done thus far have been a parking lot cleanup called ‘Shake the Yard Back’ which happened the morning after Homecoming, the ‘Shake Back Drive’ where kits were prepared with Saltine Crackers, Gatorade and water bottles and sat at the front desk of every dorm to assist students after the Southern University home game, a Lollipop Roulette which was held in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining facility and we visited the Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette, Mississippi where we spent time with the elderly.”
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NSLS Inductee Receives Educational Opportunity Program Honor
Posted on: Nov/07/2019
Talk to Kathleen Altamirano for just a few minutes and you’ll hear her use the same word over and over.
The senior early childhood/childhood education major from the Bronx is a student in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SUNY Cortland, which provides access and support to students with academic and personal potential.
Altamirano is grateful for the assistance she’s received from EOP, from financial aid to tutoring to the personal connections she’s forged with her fellow EOP classmates. That support has helped her reach her potential both in and out of the classroom and led her to become Cortland’s first recipient of the Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for EOP Student Excellence.
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Waubonsee’s Chapter achieves President’s Circle Status
Posted on: Oct/01/2019
The Waubonsee Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) achieved President’s Circle status for the 2018-19 academic year. The students completed nine of ten chapter pillars to achieve this status.
Advisors for 2018-19 were Spencer Brayton, Library Manager; Teri Fuller, Professor of English Developmental Education; Randall Hines, Assistant Professor of Computer Aided Design and Drafting; Anita Moore-Bohannon, Dean for Academic Support; and Dr. Mary Tosch, Student Life Manager.
NSLS Member Featured by Brookdale CC
Posted on: Sep/01/2019
After 21 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Thomas Polak IV decided to return to school to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Polak choose to attend Brookdale Community College’s nursing program because of the stellar reputation of the program. “I had heard so many positive experiences from friends, I realized there was no other choice than Brookdale,” he said.
Since Polak was already an LPN, he was able to apply for the advanced placement LPN to RN challenge. To be accepted into the program, students must attend an orientation, pass a math test, validate their nursing skills, participate in simulations and complete other requirements. If accepted, students can earn credit for three required courses or 11 credits, towards their AAS degree in Nursing.
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“From the moment I stepped foot on the campus of Brookdale, I have had the privilege of meeting phenomenal staff members during my process in registration, including everyone at One Stop, especially Beth Stryker,” said Polak. Stryker, enrollment specialist in admissions and registration, helps guide nursing students through the admissions process, and Polak said she was extremely helpful.
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