B-CU inducts record number of students into honor society

B-CU inducts record number of students into honor society

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The Bethune-Cookman Chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, recently held induction ceremonies for more than 160 new inductees. The ceremony took place on campus in Heyn Chapel.

Students are shown after the induction ceremony at the university.(COURTESY OF B-CU)
Students are shown after the induction ceremony at the university.  (COURTESY OF B-CU)

“We are so proud of our new student leaders,” said Dr. Paula McKenzie, faculty advisor and associate professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance. “This class broke all records. Of the 265 students who joined, more than 160 completed the induction process.”

Staff honored too
In addition to students receiving their certificates of achievement, awards were presented to Dr. Hiram Powell, dean of the School of Performing Arts and Communication; the Rev. Kenya Lovell, chaplain; Junell McCall, assistant director of Student Activities and Involvement; Josh Cohen, Center for Information Technology; and Anthony Owens, National Society for Leadership and Success advisor.

“The society gives our students an opportunity to develop leadership skills through special training,” said Owens, assistant advisor and instructor/student success coach in the College of Undergraduate Studies.

The society’s motto is “We Build Leaders Who Make a Better World.” The mission is to help people discover and achieve their goals. It provides a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.

Induction process
It offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters. Fall inductees heard four nationally known speakers, including: Al Roker, NBC News; author John Maxwell; and actors Jesse Eisenberg and John Leguizama.

Each student who attended induction received a certificate, pin and T-shirt. The induction process required students to invest approximately 20 hours in leadership preparation by attending orientation, a leadership training day, three speaker broadcast events, and three success networking team meetings.

The National Society for Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, is an honor society for leaders established on the Bethune-Cookman campus in 2009. The chapter has 500 members.

The B-CU chapter is one of 500 nationwide with a total membership of more than 500,000. The chapter supports students in their quest to find purpose, create a shared vision, challenge the status quo, inspire positive action, empower others, and seek constant improvement.

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