Trevecca Nazarene University students now have even more opportunities to grow as leaders. This year, Trevecca joined the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
With 804,553 members at 581 colleges across the nation, NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the country.
The NSLS focuses on leadership building by having students participate in various seminars, training sessions and student-led groups to learn more about their leadership style and set goals for their future.
Trevecca has had a LEAD program for many years, and although it was available to all students, it was generally attended primarily by those in student leadership positions.
“I think one benefit that we took into consideration of joining the NSLS was that it would be perceived as more open to the entire student population,” said Logan Newkirk, a co-advisor for the chapter. “In a sense that all juniors and seniors that had met a pre-determined GPA and were in good social standing were invited to join the society.”
Upperclassmen who are selected to join the organization have access to leadership training sessions throughout the year as well as a range of other opportunities.
“There are also ample resources for students to utilize if they choose such as scholarships, success coaches, a job bank, a weekly motivational email, previous speaker broadcasts of notable individuals and professional development resources,” Newkirk said.
Seth Reeves, a senior and the chapter president, believes the organization will have a long-term impact on participating students.
“It gives a larger range of students an opportunity for a really good leadership program,” Reeves said. “I think they will get to use these skills after they graduate as well.”
Trevecca became a member of NSLS after a few years of deliberating and observing how the organization had positively affected other universities.
“Those schools did find a lot of success with their involvement in the society and there were several positive testimonials around participation with the society,” Newkirk said. “A couple of the key statistics that stood out to us and our decision to join were those around student satisfaction with the time that they spent in the society and their satisfaction with the value that it added to their college experience.”