(Columbia, S.C.) The Midlands Technical College (MTC) Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) celebrated the induction of 166 new student members at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, which was packed with family and friends. The chapter now has 322 student leaders.
“Our society chapter was founded to help our members create the success they want,” said Chapter President Chukwudi Nwajiaku. “The chapter does this by enabling members to engage in reflection and self-exploration, and it provides them with tools for action, inspiration to hold members accountable, and motivation to achieve their goals.”
Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. Students are selected for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. To be inducted into the NSLS, each student must first complete orientation, a Leadership Training Day, three Success Networking Team meetings, and three speaker broadcast events.
Current NSLS member and Chapter Community Service Co-chair Sariah Kessee told the new inductees she remembered how she felt as a new member.
“When I first became a member of the NSLS, I didn't know what I was in for,” said Kessee. “I began attending society meetings and going to see society speakers, and I started to gain insight into what the society is about. The common message I found in all of these speakers is that success is earned by the individual who takes risks and welcomes change.”
As part of her role as community service chair, Kessee coordinated a service event where students donated items to be distributed to the homeless community of Columbia. The group prepared more than 100 bags filled with toiletries, hats, gloves, and other items.
“We engaged with people in need, and served the community with pride and leadership,” said Kessee. “What I took from this experience is that it does not take much to make an impact on someone's life. As a leader, I am willing to take risks if it means I will leave a mark on another person's life.”
In addition to the induction, 13 current members received the society’s National Engaged Leader Award. This award is presented to members who are in their second semester with the society and have continued to participate above and beyond in society activities. To receive this award, members must attend an additional three speaker broadcasts and an additional three Success Networking Team meetings. Students must also complete five hours of community service.
“The NSLS teaches students the principles of leadership and helps students to develop goals that are rooted in personal growth and development as well as civic engagement,” said Chapter Advisor Kaci Wilhite Green. “Through the speaker broadcasts and reflective journals, students see and hear practical application of leadership principles and goal setting at work and are able to develop their own action plans for success.”
The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. With 598 chapters, the society currently has nearly 900,000 members nationwide. For more on the NSLS, visit societyleadership.org.