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B-CU Inducts Record Number of Honor Society Members

 Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society Welcomed 160 New Inductees


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 in the Heyn Chapel located in White Hall. 

"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." 

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; Rev. Kenya Lovell, University Chaplain; Ms. Junell McCall, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Involvement; Mr. Josh Cohen, CIT; and Mr. Anthony Owens, NSLS Advisor. 

"The Society gives our students an opportunity to develop leadership skills through special training," said Mr. Anthony 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. It offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters. Fall inductees heard four nationally known speakers including: 1) Al Roker, NBC News; 2) author John Maxwell; 3) actor Jesse Eisenberg; and 4) actor John Leguizama.

Each student who attended induction received a certificate, pin, and t-shirt. The induction process required students to invest approximately twenty hours in leadership preparation by attending 1) orientation; 2) leadership training day; 3) three speaker broadcast events; and 4) 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 University campus in 2009. The chapter has 500 members. The mission states: "We build leaders who make a better world." 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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