Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor
On Sunday, May 5,2019 at 2:00 p.m., 60 students will be inducted into the University of Lynchburg’s National Society of Leadership and Success. This will be the third National Society of Leadership and Success induction at the University since spring semester 2018.
According to the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) website, “The NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. With 655 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,029,596 members nationwide.”
When president of the society, Kimberly Mendez Lemus, was asked about the society, she said, “Our goal is ‘Building Better Leaders Who Make a Better World.’ NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The NSLS offers lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.”
During the 2019 spring semester, students have been working to complete the requirements to be inducted into the society. Mendez said, “To be inducted into the society, members must attend orientation, leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, and three success networking team meetings. At their induction ceremony, students will receive their official induction certification and memberships pin.”
Elissa Presslein, a member of the NSLS, said, “Being a member of the NSLS has helped me to better my leadership skills, as well as introduced me to many new people on campus. During the course of the induction process…and even after…the society has taught and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and become a better student.”
Jasmine Duff, sophomore and member of the NSLS executive board, added, “NSLS has allowed me to celebrate my accomplishments, while also allowing me to network with leaders and new people.”
Claire Steger, a student who will be inducted on May 5, said, “I wanted to join NSLS because I liked their values, and I am excited for the ways that this organization is going to lead me to do better things.”
According to Kimberly Mendez Lemus, this year’s NSLS induction ceremony, “will be having Provost Sally Selden as the keynote speaker and we will be recognizing her as an honorary member. We will also be awarding two faculty and staff awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service to Students. We will also be recognizing the Social Networking Team (SNT) Leaders, who helped in the induction process and volunteered their personal time to lead the SNT meetings.”
Dress code for this event is business casual.