November 3, 2016

New student society comes to CSU

As of fall 2016, Cleveland State University joined the 520 other colleges nationwide who have chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).

The society, founded in 2001, is an organization that aids its members to discover and achieve their goals. NSLS provides a community for students and builds “leaders who make a better world,” according to its website.

Sierra Swigert, president of NSLS, described the organization as a leadership program that expands national honor society from an accomplishemt to an experience. There is a four-step process to becoming an inducted member.

After paying $85 dues students become members. To become an official inductee, members must attend orientation, a three-hour leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts and three success networking teams (SNTs) before inductions.

To qualify, students must have sophomore standing, have a 3.0 GPA and take 12 credit hours per semester. Members can split up the four-step induction process over the course of two years or condense the process to one semester.

“Being a member is like registering for a class on CampusNet,” Swigert said. "Even if you don’t attend you’re technically in the class, but you don’t get anything out of it. So in order to be inducted you have to ‘go to class and get the grade.’”

With 400 members at CSU, the society is accommodating with schedules. For SNTs, there are different meeting times throughout the week. Events also alternate days to ensure membership attendance and avoid schedule conflicts. Some sessions are online for those who cannot make it, but members lose out on networking opportunities.

The CSU chapter hosts live broadcasts of speakers from California that incorporate Twitter chats into the livestream to create an interactive atmosphere for members. Most recently Dolvett Quince from “The Biggest Loser” and Leigh Anne Tuohy of “The Blind Side” were two of the speakers.

The live broadcasts and networking teams serve as motivation for members and teach them to learn to trust themselves in a leadership-oriented atmosphere.

“At CSU, we want to build people professionally, academically and also personally,” she said. “We want people to feel comfortable sharing their ideas, sharing their opinions.”

NSLS is an invitation-only society, but students are also able to request to join with a faculty nomination at


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