The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world
In this Issue: 

Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,

Can you believe it’s already October? As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.

If you’re like me and have already found that one thing you’re passionate about, then you probably feel like each day passes more quickly than the last. That’s a good sign when you’re cruising down the road to success, but we all know that this road isn't always so smooth. There will be some bumps in the pavement, but whether you get tripped up or not is entirely up to you. The greatest obstacle you will face on the path to success isn’t a dead end, it’s you.

One key to steering clear of this road block is to avoid chasing results and learn how to get out of your own way. People who chase results are seeking instant gratification and become consumed with tracking and monitoring the details related to the task at hand. The easy way to know if you’re too results-focused is if your happiness depends on or fluctuates with the outcome of your work. Chasing results with this kind of hyper focus monopolizes your energy, not only physically and mentally, but also emotionally. If you find yourself at this point, the best thing you can do is let go and re-adjust your focus to the one thing that drives you to get out of bed each and every day.

Instead of chasing results, chase your dreams—and do so by focusing the right amount of effort, activity and thought on the actions specific to your goals. When striving for success and pursuing your dreams, you must first get out of your own way. Whether you realize it or not, the things we think and feel are conditioned, unique responses which have become habitual over time. Start by identifying the themes that flood your mind: worries, expectations, judgments, ‘shoulda-woulda-coulda’s,’ what-if’s, etc. If the thought isn’t serving your happiness, familiarize yourself with it and determine what it is that causes you pain or uncertainty. Once you determine what those triggers are, you will be able to avoid the discomfort and begin breaking down those bad habits. By eliminating the self-sabotaging, inner commentary and replacing it with a confident, decisive state of mind, you will be able to move forward without concern.

Watch the video below in the Monthly Motivation section, as bestselling author and inspirational speaker Patrick Combs shares his expert advice on why you need to stop focusing on results and how to get out of your own way.

I hope you are all having a wonderful fall semester.
Best wishes to everyone, 

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 

Society Member Success Story: Anthony V. Martinez

Anthony V. Martinez, West Point graduate & executive board member for the Society chapter at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, joined Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Brigade and got involved in a leadership position as a means of healing after the war. This month, we would like to share with you a news story about Martinez, by Killeen Daily Herald staff writer JC Jones, highlighting how he went from being a lieutenant, captain, commander, and then post-traumatic stress disorder victim to being a peer mentor and a leader who makes a better world.

Continue reading here.

Society Spotlight

Fall Orientations

Appalachian State University

On September 8th and 9th, the Society chapter at Appalachian State University held its fall Orientation ceremonies on campus in North Carolina. Society staffers Zach Levin and Mitch Resk were among those in attendance.
See more images from this event on our Flickr.

Immaculata University

On Sunday, September 13th, the Society chapter at Immaculata University held its inaugural Orientation on campus at Alumnae Hall.
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Pennsylvania State University

On Thursday, September 10th, the Society chapter at Pennsylvania State University held one of its fall Orientation ceremonies. National Office members Shahla Akbari, Devin Lasker, and Christine Pitts were in attendance for the special occasion. 
See more images from this event on our Flickr.

York College

On Wednesday, September 23rd, the Society chapter at York College held its first fall Orientation ceremony in Jamaica, New York. 
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University of North Alabama

University of North Alabama Fall 2015 Orientation

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee Knoxville Fall 2015 Orientation

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Executive Board Retreats

Fitchburg State University

On Friday, September 11th, the Society chapter at Fitchburg State University held its executive board and advisor training day on campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
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University of South Carolina Aiken

On Monday, August 31st, USC-Aiken's executive board held its fall retreat on the university's campus. Chapter Support Manager Nikki Gupton attended the retreat, along with board members Brittany Bowen, Jessica Mason, Angelica Baylor, and Tysherryca Johnson.
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Regional Leadership Retreats

Red Rocks Community College

On Saturday, August 8th, the Society chapter at Red Rocks Community College hosted the 2015 Midwest Regional Leadership Retreat. 43 Chapter Leaders came together in Lakewood, Colorado for an exciting day of leadership and team building activities.

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Partnership Announcement

The National Society of Leadership and Success teams with Outward Bound Costa Rica to bring you more leadership programming and outdoor adventure. 

The National Society of Leadership and Success is pleased to announce a new partnership with Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR). This partnership brings to Society members the opportunity to participate in outdoor experiential learning courses designed for personal and professional growth and further development of leadership skills. All Society members who participate on any OBCR course will receive a 10% discount on tuition. 
Currently, OBCR is accepting applications for Gap Year & Semester courses. Join us this spring for challenging and exciting semester-long programs designed to help push you beyond your limits and develop leadership skills through thrilling outdoor adventure activities. On course, you will discover that rainforest trekking instills tenacity, village homestays develop intercultural understanding, surfing teaches how to overcome challenges and rafting helps develop teamwork and decision-making, all while perfecting your Spanish!

OBCR’s Outdoor Leader Semester allows Society members to earn seven internationally recognized certifications as you gain hands on leadership experience. Course highlights include a 10-day jungle trek, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving from Costa Rica to Panama. Top students from this course are invited to intern with OBCR during our summer high season and work side by side with our seasoned instructors. Semester students are eligible for academic credit either through independent study or through our partnership with Western State Colorado University. 
The River to Sea Leadership Semester is also offered in the spring. Challenge yourself by exploring some of the world’s best waves and whitewater while honing your leadership skills. Train in four essential outdoor certifications as you surf our legendary warm water breaks, paddle down dynamic jungle rivers, dive into tropical Caribbean waters, and immerse yourself in Central American culture. You can also earn 12 academic credits upon successful completion of this course.
You may sign up individually for a course, or grab a group of friends or Society members and create a custom course where you can choose the length of your course, plan your objectives, and choose a convenient time to enjoy your adventure in Costa Rica. 
Check out the two to five week summer courses we offer at and take advantage of this new partnership today.

No matter what you choose, as a Society member you will receive 10% off the cost of your tuition.
Monthly Motivation: 

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose”!
― Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.”
― Jennifer J. Freeman

Watch the video below as bestselling author and inspirational speaker Patrick Combs shares his expert advice on why you need to stop focusing on results and how to get out of your own way.

Scholarships and Awards: 

The Society Scholarships and Awards Program supports members in their pursuit of dynamic leadership, service, chapter/member excellence and for financial need. 
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Society had over $150,000 in scholarships and awards exclusively available for distribution to Society members. This year, the amount will grow to over $200,000.
Fall 2015 submission period ends Saturday, October 31st.
Click here to download the Scholarships and Awards Packet and begin your online application. 
For a full list of our scholarships, awards and grants, and to apply, click here.
To see all of Spring 2015's winners, click here.


Pillars represent the 10 best practices of successful chapters.
We are excited to recognize our chapters that have gone above and beyond by receiving the Founder's List and Order of Sigma awards this fall. Congratulations!
Order of Sigma
The Order of Sigma award is the Society's highest honor in our pillar program, reserved for those who successfully complete all 10 pillars in the administration of their chapters.
* Chapters that received Order of Sigma in both Fall 2014 and Fall 2015
** Chapters that received Founder's List in 2014 and became Order of Sigma honorees in Fall 2015
Fall 2015 Recipients
  Aims Community College   Sam Houston State University
  Baruch College - City University of New York   South Central College
  Bradley University   Spring Hill College
  Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute   St. John's University
  Central Georgia Technical College - Warner Robins  * Texas A&M University-Commerce
  **Delaware State University   **Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  Eastern Arizona College   Texas Woman's University
  Eastern Michigan University   The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  **Johnston Community College   Tyler Junior College
  Klamath Community College   University of Central Florida
  La Roche College   University of Houston - Downtown
  **Mercer University - Macon   **University of Houston-Clear Lake
  * Penn State Erie, The Behrend College   **University of the Incarnate Word
  Pennsylvania State University   University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  Rhode Island College   **Wilson Community College
Founder's List
The Founder's List award is given to Society Chapters that successfully complete eight out of 10 pillars.
* Chapters that received Founder's List in both Fall 2014 and Fall 2015
Fall 2015 Recipients
  Adams State University   Millersville University
  Ball State University   Mississippi University for Women
  *Benedict College   Montclair State University
  Bloomfield College   Morgan State University
  California State University, Chico   Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
  California State University, Monterey Bay   Nashville State Community College
  California State University, San Bernardino   National Louis University
  Central Community College - Columbus   New Mexico Highlands University
  Central Community College - Grand Island   New York City College of Technology
  Central Community College - Hastings   Newberry College
  Chapman University   *Northeast Lakeview College
  *Clarkson College   NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  Clayton State University   Park University
  Coastal Carolina University   *Penn State Harrisburg
  Davenport University   Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  Davis & Elkins College   Roanoke College
  DeVry University - Alpharetta   *Rochester Institute of Technology
  *DeVry University - Long Beach   Saginaw Valley State University
  East Tennessee State University   *San Antonio College
  Enterprise State Community College   Santa Fe Community College
  Fitchburg State University   Sinclair Community College
  Front Range Community College   Southwest Minnesota State University
  Front Range Community College - Boulder   Southwestern Community College
  Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus   Stanly Community College  
  *Front Range Community College   *Surry Community College
  Georgia Gwinnett College   Tarrant County College - South Campus
  Georgia Southwestern State University   Texas A&M University-Central Texas
  Georgia Regents University   The University of Memphis
  Grambling State University   The University of Texas at El Paso
  Houston Community College - Southwest   Thiel College
  *Indiana University Bloomington   University of Alabama at Birmingham
  Indiana University Northwest   University of California, San Diego
  *Indiana University Southeast   University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana   University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  Jacksonville State University   *University of Missouri-St. Louis
  Jefferson Community College   University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  Juniata College   University of New Mexico
  Kansas State University   University of Texas at Arlington
  Kennesaw State University   University of Texas at Dallas
  Lane Community College   University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  Loyola University - New Orleans   Valley City State University
  *Marion Technical College   Viterbo University
  Marist College   Volunteer State Community College
  Mercyhurst North East   West Texas A&M University
  Metropolitan State University of Denver   *Widener University
  Middle Georgia State University  
  Stay tuned for the March Newsletter when we recognize our Spring 2016 recipients.
What's Happening: 

Meet The Society’s 500,000th Member!

We’re excited to announce that The National Society of Leadership and Success reached a monumental milestone over Labor Day weekend!
Meet the Society’s 500,000th member, Emily Rolling! Emily is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. We wanted to get to know her a bit more and thought you might want to as well!
To continue reading click here.

10 Websites to Make Your Writing Charismatic and Powerful
by Julia Petersen

Julia is a tutor and blogger whose articles feature the latest career and educational trends. She is currently working on her first ebook, which will be dedicated to online learning.

Julia has done the research and provided us with ten online resources she feels will take your writing to the next level and make it easier, too.
To continue reading click here.

Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Jane Tsilova

Jane Tsilova joined the National Office team in August 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to a new Society staffer!
Jane, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m just another Russian spy for the National Office, building leaders who make a better world! But really, I moved to America as a 7 year old, energized, vivacious and excited about all things related to pizza, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Nintendo and Ninja Turtles! 

To continue reading click here.

Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!