Sixty-seven students were welcomed into one of the fastest growing student organizations on campus May 9, during the Spring 2017 induction ceremony for the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Brookdale.
The inductees – who spent a combined 816 hours this semester participating in intensive workshops, leadership training sessions and interactive seminars – were presented with official NSLS pins and certificates of recognition in front a capacity crowd of friends, family, classmates, and college officials in the Student Life Center.
“I am so proud to be here with you and celebrate your achievement tonight,” said Brookdale president Maureen Murphy. “The organization that you are joining is truly, truly a jewel here at Brookdale Community College, and you are going to grow immensely as members of the National Society of Leadership and Success. I congratulate you all.”
The induction ceremony began with a welcome address and overview by NSLS chapter advisors Sarah McElroy and Jill Donovan, who explained the benefits and requirements of the program and what students can expect after joining the nation’s largest leadership organization.
Nationwide, McElroy said, the NSLS boasts more than 730,000 members at 550 colleges across the U.S. As of this semester, Brookdale’s NSLS chapter has grown to a total membership of more than 1,070 students.
Successful NSLS members earn lifetime membership in the national organization, as well as an official NSLS designation at commencement and a host of exclusive benefits. This semester, for example, incoming members were able to participate in invite-only broadcast seminars hosted by the likes of Anderson Cooper, Trevor Noah, Curt Menefee, Barbara Corcoran, Andy Cohen and Leigh Anne Tuohy, among others.
Students also have opportunities to lead community service initiatives, apply for exclusive scholarships and career opportunities, become program mentors, serve as executive board members, network with industry leaders and develop lasting bonds with fellow NSLS members, McElroy said.
“These skills are so, so valuable for today’s college students, and our students really seem to understand that,” said McElroy. “They really enjoy the opportunity to work and study alongside like-minded students, while setting and working towards their personal and professional goals. We are so proud to help fill that need here at Brookdale and to see NSLS continue to grow each semester.”
The ceremony also featured addresses by chapter president Chanell Singletary-Eskridge and treasurer Michael LaMura, two of 144 inaugural NSLS members who will graduate with an official NSLS distinction at commencement on May 12.
“Every door you walk through leads to ten other doors,” said LaMura, a chemical engineering major who was selected as a NASA STEM Fellow last fall. “The universe is going to give you opportunities to get where you want. What you need to do know is learn how to recognize those opportunities and take advantage of them.”
Following the presentation of certificates and pins, McElroy and Donovan recognized six incoming members as winners of the National Engaged Leader Award, presented in recognition of outstanding achievement this semester. Four Brookdale employees were also offered honorary NSLS membership and six faculty members received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award for their ongoing support of Brookdale’s NSLS students.
View the full list of inductees and award winners here.
Donovan and McElroy also took time out to recognize the outgoing NSLS executive board members, who they said played a vital role in establishing and growing the chapter over the last year.
“It’s been a journey,” said Singletary-Eskridge, a psychology major who also served as a Brookdale Student Ambassador. “I had to challenge myself and push myself to do something I’ve never done before. I’ve never been part of something that was new, and I had never been president of any organization. I had always seen glimpses of leadership inside of me, but this experience took it to a whole new level… I think I’ve accomplished so much of what I set out to do, and that makes me proud.”
The incoming executive board for the 2017-18 school year will include president Elze Raubenheimer, treasurer Frank Trejo, Jr., and secretary Mayte Javier. Executive positions and NSLS membership opportunities are still available.
To learn more about NSLS or to become a member, click here.
Check out more photos of the Spring 2017 NSLS Induction Ceremony here.