Being a pioneer means possessing many of the same qualities of a leader: innovativeness, confidence, inspiration, focus, and more.
For Alfred State Pioneers, many avenues exist for developing and strengthening these leadership traits and others, from a leadership minor, to the Alfred State Leadership Programs, to the Civic Leadership Living Learning Community.
Now, another path has become available for Alfred State students who are looking to lead, as the college has added a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success to its more than 100 clubs and organizations. The chapter will launch during the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.
According to its website, the National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential, and candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.
Additionally, the Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online, the website states. Upon completing the program, members receive their leadership certificate and join the top student leaders at their school and across the country.
Furthermore, members may list their affiliation with the Society on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume. Membership, the website states, is for life and provides access to benefits, including scholarships and awards; exclusive on-campus events; employer recruitment through an online job bank; and discounts on computers, textbooks, and more.
According to Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement, the chapter will increase the leadership development opportunities for Alfred State students by offering trainings and a speaker series in an effort to help students to achieve their goals. Morehouse, along with Zac Barbis, residence hall director and coordinator of Student Leadership, applied for and received a grant to cover the cost of the 2017-2018 annual membership fee of $2,800.
“Launching a local chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success is very exciting for us, because it allows us to expand the opportunities available for our students,” Morehouse said. “We are very excited to use this partnership to continue developing leaders here at Alfred State!”
“With the addition of the National Society of Leadership and Success,” Barbis said, “I look forward to our students having increased opportunities to learn from and engage with national speakers and leaders.”