The NSLS: An Organization Above the Rest


The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is a community service and scholarship organization on the campus of Alcorn State University (ASU). The organization was founded at ASU on February 7, 2012 and its main goal is to not only assist the faculty, staff and students of Alcorn but to step outside of the campus and reach those in the surrounding community.

In October, the NSLS attended a leadership conference in Houston, Texas where they learned how to develop better leadership skills upon which they brought back to the campus and discussed with existing members on how to use them. President Alyssa Vessel, a Junior Political Science major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana received a scholarship while attending the event.

Throughout the Fall semester the NSLS has been actively contributing to the community. According to Vice President Shanique Strickland, a Sophomore Criminal Justice and Social Work major from Memphis, Tennessee, “Some of the events that we’ve done thus far have been a parking lot cleanup called ‘Shake the Yard Back’ which happened the morning after Homecoming, the ‘Shake Back Drive’ where kits were prepared with Saltine Crackers, Gatorade and water bottles and sat at the front desk of every dorm to assist students after the Southern University home game, a Lollipop Roulette which was held in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining facility and we visited the Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette, Mississippi where we spent time with the elderly.”

If anyone is interested in joining the organization the next membership drive will be in the Spring of 2020. Those looking to become members should have a 3.0 grade point average and be in good standing with the University. The students may check with academic advisors, Roy Burr at Lanier Hall in Room 221 or 877-4037 or Carey Butler at Lanier Hall in Room 127 or 877-6297 who can check to see if they are eligible. If all of the criteria are met, the students will receive an invitation from the organization. Currently, the organization hosts 500 members on ASU’s campus and is open to both men and women.

For more information concerning the NSLS you can contact President Alyssa Vessell @_queenmisfit_ on Instagram or Vice President Shanique Strickland @renewed_nique on Instagram as well.