North East presents leadership awards

North East honors

A total of 50 students from Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus were inducted to the National Society of Leadership and Success on May 6.

The students come from a diverse array of majors and backgrounds, and they all have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Of the 50 inductees, 43 received the honor of “presidential status,” with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Seven students inducted have a 4.0 GPA. This marks the second year that NSLS has been active at the Mercyhurst North East campus; in the inaugural year in 2012, they inducted 26 members.

This non-credit bearing program is designed to recognize and develop the leadership potential of students. It is a dynamic, high-quality leadership training program, which is a combination of video conferencing with nationally recognized speakers, a leadership training day, goal setting, success networking team meetings and written reflection. NSLS allows participants to discover their own leadership interests and styles while developing specific leadership skills.

In addition to honoring the 50 inductees, the May 6 ceremony also included the following special awards presentations:

  • National Engaged Leader Award: Presented to Anissa Eliason and Fabiola Leon. The award honors those who go above and beyond the steps for membership by attending orientation, Leadership Training Day, at least six speakers, participating in six Success Networking Teams and completing a community service project
  • Excellence in Service to Students Award: Presented to Katie Boyd of Parkhurst Dining Services and Darcey Kemp, dean of students. The award honors non-faculty members who exemplify leadership and mentorship and have demonstrated a commitment to bettering the lives of students.
  • Honorary Memberships: Presented to Laura Merritt, medical laboratory technician program director, and Tom Staszewski, Ph.D., academic dean. This award is presented to faculty, staff or administrators who embody the society’s mission and who demonstrate leadership in a personal and professional capacity.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Presented to Claudia Matz and Diane Onorato, English instructors; and Beth Ann Sheldon, director of hospitality management programs and the Culinary and Wine Institute. This award is presented to those who teach with passion and inspire students beyond the classroom, who demonstrates dedication to developing students beyond academic qualifications or someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of society members.

NSLS spans over the course of the academic year, allowing students to build networks with other student leaders while building a strong leadership component for their résumé. After successful completion of the requirements, students are inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. The society currently has 266,471 members at 345 colleges and universities nationwide.

For more information on NSLS, contact Darcey Kemp at 814-725-7060 or


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