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SFU Honors Inaugural Members of the NSLS

December 5, 2018 Tags: Academics , Distinctions , University News

Saint Francis University celebrated the induction of its inaugural class of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) during a ceremony held Saturday, December 1st  at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness.   

Saint Francis University is the newest chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) in the U.S.

Earlier this semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) approved the official establishment of a chapter of the NSLS at SFU. The SGA's goals include a commitment to leadership development for undergraduate students.

2018 inaugural class of the National Society of Leadership and Success University President, Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., provided the keynote address for the ceremony focusing his comments on attributes of selfless servant leadership.  Ms. Jordan Perry, Senior Chapter Support Manager from the National Society, was also in attendance for the event to congratulate the members on their achievement and to personally induct each new member.  Many parents, family members, and friends were in attendance to share in the celebration of the 31 students who were inducted into the newly formed Saint Francis University chapter. 

The students who were inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success can be viewed here.

The evening also recognized five members of the Saint Francis University community who have made significant contributions to the academic success of the students at SFU.

The chapter members selected Dr. Denise Damico, Associate Professor of History & Political Science and current Faculty Senate President, to receive the Society's Excellence in Teaching Award. Also selected was Dr. Frank Montecalvo, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Student Development, for the Society's Excellence in Service to Students Award

Father Malachi, Dr. Damico, and Dr. Montecalvo were also inducted as Honorary Members into the SocietyFather Malachi, Dr. Damico, and Dr. Montecalvo were also inducted as Honorary Members into the Society along with Chapter Advisor, Dr. Bobby Anderson, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development, and Chapter Co-Advisor, Mr. Luke Trotz, Assistant Director of Student Engagement.


The Saint Francis chapter of the NSLS has already accepted 31 applicants to complete the Foundations of Leadership program in the Spring 2019 semester.  

About NSLS

NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society whose purpose is "building leaders who make a better world." Founded in 2001, the NSLS has since expanded to over 600 chapters nationwide and has inducted nearly 1 million members.  Unlike most honor societies, in order to achieve induction for lifetime membership, the students are required to complete over 10 hours of training and development in the NSLS' Foundations of Leadership program which focuses on developing an individual's sense of purpose, effective communications, goal setting and achievement, and team-work. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.

Additional information about the NSLS can be found at the national website ( and questions pertaining to the new SFU chapter can be emailed to  

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