The National Society of Leadership and Success
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In this Issue: 
Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

It’s officially April, and by now, the vast majority of you are rounding third and heading into the home stretch of your spring semester. The win is yours for the taking, but before you can celebrate at home plate, it’s safe to say there is still work to be done.

With exams, summer plans, or graduation and induction all at top of mind, it’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of your priorities. To help ground your game plan on organizing your priorities, recall back to the significant theme from Charles Duhigg’s Speaker Broadcast this semester:

“What are the three most important things that I need to get done today, this week, this month?”
― Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and productivity expert

During the broadcast, Charles touched upon the power of the three-item to-do list. By limiting your to-do list to the three most important tasks that you want to accomplish, you’re forced to prioritize what’s most significant and have laser-like focus towards their completion. To read more of his to-do list tips, please click here.

Another important plan for boosting productivity and being at the top of your game, is what you do during your downtime. To succeed in school, at work, or in life, you must deliberately schedule time to refuel and prepare for the week ahead. The easiest way to avoid burnout is by optimizing your weekends.

Think about being as intentional with your weekend as you would with your three-item to-do list. As Friday approaches, visualize what you want to get out of your weekend. What will be time well-spent? What feeling do you want to have heading into the new week? Use the Weekend Optimizer Worksheet, a great resource by best-selling author and productivity expert Michael Hyatt, that makes it easy for you to get the most out of your weekends.

This month, I encourage you to harness the power of the three-item to-do list in your daily routine, as well as in your weekend preparation. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish when your effort is both focused and intentional.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 
Mercer Debaters Finish Top Two in State for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Mercer University’s debate team has the top two speakers in the Georgia Parliamentary Debate Association (GPDA). Mercer University - Macon Society Chapter President Kyle Bligen was awarded first-place speaker at this past weekend’s GPDA state competition in Valdosta, while fellow junior Jaz Buckley finished second. Mercer is the first institution to hold the top two individual speaker awards at the state level for three straight years.

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Trevor Noah talks about importance of laughter at N.J. college

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Trevor Noah spoke at the New Jersey City University School of Business. Trevor Noah didn't have it easy as a kid. He remembers not being able to walk alongside his parents in public, living in small spaces, and his mother looking for ways to save money on food. There was one day, Noah said, he started eating caterpillars for dinner as a source of protein. "She didn't say 'times are tough so this is what we're eating,'" he recalled. "She was like 'aye you ever try to eat caterpillars?' I was like 'oh hell yeah, this is an experience, let's do this.'" It was that positive attitude, Noah told a packed room at New Jersey City University, that helped him rise to fame as host of The Daily Show.

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Monthly Motivation: 

12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People
By Emma Rushton

I’ve read countless articles about what successful people do on their weekends. Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Here are 12 weekend habits of highly successful people:

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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!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

Chapter Spotlight: The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Society chapter actively encourages its members to be leaders who will make a better tomorrow by participating in collaborative events and giving back to the El Paso community.

On Saturday, March 4th, the Society chapter at UTEP held a service event called Project Move.

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Chapter Spotlight: Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso

The Society chapter at Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso recently held its annual Pi-Day fundraising event. The event was held at a local theme park that features zip lines and snow tubing. In the past, this event had generated a profit of $54 through selling pies. This year, the chapter raised about $250. Local bakeries also got involved through holding a silent auction as well as selling individual slices. The fundraiser was such a success that they ran out of pies before the event was through.

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Scholarships and Awards: Spring 2017 Application Window Closing Soon

The Spring 2017 submission period closes Monday, April 10, 2017.

Click here to download the Scholarships and Awards Packet and begin your online application. 

For a full list of our scholarships, awards and grants, click here.

To see all of Fall 2016's winners, click here.

As a reminder, applications are being accepted for the following:

Stephen Covey Tribute Awards
Title Amount Number Awarded Each Term Membership Requirement
Chapter of the Year $1,400 to chapter +
$100 each to 12 executive board members*
1 Chapter Award
Advisor of the Year $300 to Advisor +
$50 to nominator
1 Advisor Only
*If the chapter has more than 12 E-Board members, the $1,200 will be distributed evenly to all members.

Mission-Based Scholarships and Grants
Title Amount Number Awarded Each Term Membership Requirement
Society State of Mind Award $1,000 50 All
Healthy Living Grant $1,000 5 All
Academic Excellence Scholarship $3,000 12 Inducted
Entrepreneur Award Upon request:
maximum of $7,500
Varies Inducted
Dream Support Grant Upon request: maximum of $5,000 Varies Inducted
Learning Leadership to Living Leadership $500 10 Advanced Leadership Certification Pilot Chapters
A Force For Good Award $1,400 to chapter 5 Chapter Award
Need-Based Scholarships and Grants
Title Amount Number Awarded Each Term Membership Requirement
Financial Aid Materials Grant $1,000 5 All
Society Little Leaders Award $1,200 5 All


Member Benefits

True Nature Education

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Over the past five years, the Society has partnered with True Nature Education to invite members to participate in an immersive travel abroad opportunity to Costa Rica, which embodies the essence of service leadership.
This year, we are very excited to expand our program to Peru and Italy.

Plan Your Summer and Winter Breaks Now!

Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program
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Summer 2017:
June 17th - 24th, 2017
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July 29th, 2017 - August 5th, 2017
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Winter 2017:
December 9th - 16th, 2017
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Society Members Receive a $350 Discount Off Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program Tuition

Peru and Italy Service and Adventure Programs
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*NEW Summer 2017

*Peru 2017:
July 22nd - 29th, 2017
(Only a Few Spots Left!)

*Italy 2017:
July 30th - August 5th, 2017
(New Trip Added! Registration Open!)
August 5th - 11th, 2017
(Waiting List Only)

Society Members Receive a $450 Discount Off Peru and Italy Service and Adventure Program Tuition

Limited number of spaces are left for these trips.

Register Now to secure your spot!

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For the full list of partner discounts you receive as a Society member, please log into your Members Area by clicking here.