The National Society of Leadership and Success
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In this Issue: 

Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,

With Halloween just behind us, I would like to take the opportunity to discuss fear and more importantly, how to overcome it.

We all have something we are fearful of, whether it be heights, flying, public speaking, or something much less tangible like failure. These fears are normal and part of being human, but at what point does fear have an impact on your life? When are you so afraid of something that your fear prevents you from pursuing your dreams? Fear can be paralyzing, and restrict you from moving forward.

The thing to remember about fear is it can only hold you hostage if you allow yourself to be intimidated by it. Fear only becomes real when we make it real. The same is true when trying to overcome fear—you need to believe you can do it. Fear is a lot like doubt, in the sense that nothing kills a dream faster.

Start by believing in yourself. The first step is always easier to take when you truly believe you have the power to accomplish your goals. However, you need to be honest with yourself and leave your emotions out of the equation. In order to make the best decisions, you must be able to see what is at stake from an objective point of view. Thoughts and feelings can pollute our best judgments, so it is important to view the situation from a neutral standpoint and develop an accurate perception.

The final piece of the puzzle is surrendering to the outcome. None of us know for sure what the future holds, so give your best to the present. The fact that the outcome is not guaranteed is often the reason people shy away from taking risks. To trump this fear and keep moving forward, you have to trust that everything you have done to get to this point will lead you to where you want to be. Have confidence in yourself and believe that you will land on your feet.

The advice I want to leave you with this month is to surrender to the unknown and take a leap of faith. Confront whatever fears you may have. Take action, even if it frightens you. If you do, you can reach heights greater than you ever imagined.

I hope your fall semester is going well, and wish you the best for November.

Best wishes to everyone,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

UAFS NSLS Members Renovate Vet’s Home

Society members from the chapter at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith joined forces with the Student Veterans Organization for a community service project renovating the house of a disabled veteran. Due to a recent diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a Marine Corps veteran is now confined to a wheelchair. UAFS students spent a weekend renovating the veteran’s house making it wheelchair accessible.

“The structural changes were a big help for him, but I think he appreciated the personal touch of us being there, helping him and cooking for him,” said Shelby Osbourne, President of the Society chapter at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

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Society Spotlight

Chapter Events

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) chapter participated in its campus’s Homecoming Student Organization Spirit Contest for the first time. The weeklong event featured a Chalk Mural Contest, Talent Show, Wing Eating Competition and much more. Pitted against all other SIUE student organizations, the Society chapter sponsored one of the eight representatives of Homecoming Court, made top four in Cougar Karaoke, and won the Best Decorated Golf Cart. During the Homecoming game, the winners of the Spirit Contest were announced. As a result of the time and dedication of the SIUE Society members, the chapter was awarded the first-place trophy.

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Virginia College in Augusta

The Society chapter at Virginia College in Augusta volunteered at Halloween with a Heart, a safe Trick-or-Treating event for special needs children. Halloween with a Heart took place on Wednesday, October 14th from 9:00 2:00 p.m. at Patriot’s Park in Evans, GA.

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Fall Orientations:

Florida Atlantic University

On Monday, September 14th, the Society chapter at Florida Atlantic University held its Fall 2015 Orientation. More than 90 students attended, along with National Office employees Malissa Myers, Sean Anderson, and Society President Charles Knippen.

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University of Alaska Anchorage

The Society chapter at the University of Alaska Anchorage held three Orientations this fall, totaling more than 240 students in attendance. The Orientations were held on September 29th, September 30th, and October 3rd.

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University of Pittsburgh

On Monday, October 12th, the Society chapter at the University of Pittsburgh held its Fall 2015 Orientation at the William Pitt Union Ballroom. Over 200 students were in attendance for the event.

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Waubonsee Community College

On Thursday, September 24th, more than 100 members attended the Fall 2015 Orientation for the Society chapter at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the areas where you need to grow”
- Steve Pavlina

33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear
How to Start Overcoming Fear, Right Now

1. Replace fear with faith. Put your faith into your own brilliance and capabilities. Believe that you have what it takes. Really believe.

2. Hush the chattering voice of fear and scarcity in your mind. Count your blessings. Be grateful in advance.

3. Chase your fear. When you run toward your fear, fear takes a different route.

4. Replace worry with action. The worst case scenario rarely happens. Learn to expect the best.

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What's Happening: 

Society Member Spotlight: Selamawit Thomas

Congratulations to "Student Leadership Program Grant" recipient, Selamawit Thomas.

Selmawit resides in Brooklyn, NY and is a recent graduate of Medgar Evers College. We would like to share with you the experience she had at the OMEP World Assembly and Conference.
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Al Roker Speaks to The National Society of Leadership and Success

On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, the Society kicked-off its Speaker Broadcast Series for the fall semester with America’s favorite weatherman, Al Roker.

The event took place at New Jersey City University and was streamed live to the Society’s 500 chapters across the country, but what most didn’t know, was that the event almost didn’t happen.
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Society Member Spotlight: Julia Carter

Congratulations to “Global Leader Scholarship” recipient, Julia Carter, from the Society chapter at Pennsylvania State University.

Julia Carter majored in Biology and minored in Spanish at Pennsylvania State University before graduating this past spring. She’s currently continuing her education and pursuing a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology with a Global Health Certificate at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health.
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Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Mitali Mehta

Mitali Mehta joined the National Office team in July 2014 as a Software Developer. We are proud to introduce you to another Society staffer!
Mitali, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a software developer by profession, but that was not the reason I moved to the United States. I moved for my personal growth. I got married to an Indian guy who moved to the United States five years back and I joined him here. I never dreamed about being settled in a country other than India, but I think it was my fate.

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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!