New society offers more scholarship and networking opportunities for members.
By Juan A. Rodriguez
This college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success welcomed 156 members and announced officers at an induction ceremony April 3 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
This is the first chapter at this college.
Mark Bigelow, student life coordinator and chapter adviser, welcomed the inductees.
The keynote speaker was Charles Kippen, president of the society, who engaged criminal justice freshman Madison Root to be part of his speech.
She jumped up and stuck a card on a column in the auditorium.
Her participation got her $20 from Kippen and a chance to double her money if she completed another task.
Kippen used this as an example to show the importance of determination, motivation, community support and specific goal-setting, and the importance of really wanting something.
“We try to make sure the entire society experience is something that is not expected,” he said.
“We want to make sure that we present leadership messages in a way that are engaging, that do give people something to think about differently than the way they may have perceived the same information before, and so I hope my speech was a reflection of that and can help people,” Kippen said.
Membership has rewards, such as scholarships and letters of recommendation.
“Were planning on growing the society into more of a brotherhood where you have people you can rely on who have similar goals who want to achieve things beyond college,” Root said.
Biology sophomore Kai Ybarbo said the appeal of joining the society is that it offers him a chance to see his hard work pay off.
“Belonging to the society is proof, other than my transcript of things I have accomplished,” Ybarbo said.
For more information, call Bigelow at 210-486-0134.