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UD Chapter of NSLS Receives Distinguished Chapter Award

By Stacey Ortman

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) was one of five standout chapters out of over 800 nationwide to earn the Distinguished Chapter Award earlier this spring.

The NSLS is a national organization that provides a life-changing leadership program helping students to achieve personal and career growth, empowering them to have a positive impact in their communities.

Founded fall 2020, the UD Chapter of NSLS has grown from 171 members that first year to around 500 total members as of spring 2024. Students with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher and of sophomore or junior standing are invited to join NSLS at the beginning of fall and spring terms annually.

Over the years, the UD Chapter of NSLS has added programming and activities for members as well as created new leadership opportunities on its executive board.

"I am so proud of my leadership team and our members and how far we have come in such a short time," said Michelle Grace, EdD, advisor of the UD Chapter of NSLS, associate professor of communication, and internship coordinator for the Department of Communication.

She joined the NSLS while she was pursuing her doctorate degree and said she was impressed with the organization's programming and mission.

"I am very pleased to have brought this incredible organization to the University of Dubuque," Grace said. "We will keep working and innovating until we can earn that elusive Chapter of the Year Award."

The UD Chapter of NSLS meets three times a semester for speaker broadcasts that are livestreamed to all NSLS chapters and for new member induction. Other meetings include those for new members working towards induction, social events, and learning events.

Students obtain a certificate in Foundation of Leadership upon induction into the UD Chapter of NSLS and have opportunities for further certifications. They also are able to access the national chapter's job board, letters of recommendation, success coaching, and other networking and leadership opportunities.

At the 2023 Honors Convocation, the UD Chapter of NSLS received the Student Organization of the Year Award and Grace was honored with the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award.