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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 Launches COVID-19 Webinar Series featuring Dr. Martin Makary and Dr. Justin M. Sacks
Posted on: Mar/24/2020
   Press Release

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
   Press Release

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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
   News Article

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
   News Article

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
   News Article

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
   News Article

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
   News Article

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
   News Article

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.
Picture of Beth Stryker.

“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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   Chapter President: "It's a life-changing society."
Posted on: Aug/01/2019
   News Article

(Kaitlyn Tambasco is an inducted member from Utica College and the chapter's Co-President. This article was originally published here.)

When I entered college, I knew I wanted to keep my involvement up. I was involved quite a bit in high school and wanted to carry that into college. During my college orientation, a common theme among the orientation mentors was involvement. Some of the students told us that they regretted not getting involved earlier. That really stuck with me and it’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Within the first couple weeks of my first semester, I really took advantage of the involvement fair. At the involvement fair that semester, I signed up for Bible Study, the Newspaper, Music/Poetry club, Art club, Psychology club, History club, English club, Curling(which is a new sport in the Olympics), W.I.N.D, Circle K, Public Relations club, Student Senate and Theatre club.

Out of those clubs, I am an active member of three of them. I realized that signing up for all of those, would really put me behind in my school work. One of the clubs that I kept hearing about was the National Society of Leadership and Success. That was one table that I didn’t stop by that day. I just thought “honor society, I’ll never make it in” and really had no interest.

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   Houston Mayor Congratulates HCC Students
Posted on: Jul/16/2019
   News Article

More than 260 students from HCC Central, Northeast and Southwest Colleges were inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the nation’s largest leadership honor society, on May 3 at the Central Campus auditorium. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who served as the event’s keynote speaker, expressed his confidence in the students’ abilities and success.

“I know the future is in good hands,” said Turner, who shared a poignant story of how he recognized the leadership skills in his daughter, Ashley, on their drive to her college in San Antonio. “I congratulate all of you on your future success. I am looking at America right here in front of me. A great city is made of great people and great leaders come from all walks of life. I congratulate all of you on what you have done and will do in this great city.”

About the inductees, HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado said, “make no mistake, it’s your hard work that proves you have what it takes to succeed. The HCC family is proud of each and every one of you.”

There are more than a million NSLS members nationwide in 655 chapters. Students are selected for induction based on either their academic standing or leadership potential. Inductees must attend leadership training events, attend speaker broadcasts, submit reports and perform at least five hours of community service.

Since 2013, HCC has created six NSLS chapters and has more than 4,000 student inductees. In the past year, HCC NSLS members participated in such community events as food bank service days, an early childhood education day at House of Tiny Treasures, and as volunteers at several local conferences and governmental ceremonies.

Also honored at the recent NSLS induction ceremony were Joel Levine, Executive Director for Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults, and Dr. Vernus C. Swisher, the retired CEO of Career and Recovery Resources. Excellence in Teaching recipients are HCC professors Walter Adams, Donald Parker and Arthemise Foley.