An overflow crowd of more than 300 family, friends and students filled the South Café in Gengras Student Union on Sunday, April 27, for the induction of 163 University of Hartford students into The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. It was among the largest induction classes in the history of the University of Hartford’s chapter, which began in 2006–07.
The Society is an organization that helps students discover and achieve their goals. Sigma Alpha Pi offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and is a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
University of Hartford students in Sigma Alpha Pi must meet specific requirements in order to be inducted. Among them are attending a leadership orientation, and involvement with a Success Networking Team (SNT), in which students select a personal goal, share challenges and receive advice, committing to take actions toward their goal and dreams. Students must also view three national video broadcasts featuring well-known leadership lecturers and attend Leadership Training Day, held annually at the University.
Chapter President Andrew Bombard, in opening remarks at the induction ceremony, announced that a week after graduation next month, he will be heading to Minnesota to work for a Fortune 17 company. He praised the Society advisors and Executive Board members for their hard work, and the impact they had on students throughout the year.
Chapter Advisors are Beth Kavaler, who has been lead advisor for the chapter since 2008, and Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley and Cheryl MacMath, who became advisors during this academic year. Kavaler also has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Society, which has student members at 417 colleges nationwide.
Executive Board members also included Co-Vice Presidents Zoe Rubin and Catherine Carey, Secretary Fabjola Oosja, Treasurer Moira D’Souza, Membership Chair Brenton Adelson, SNT Coordinator Samantha Cormier, Social Events Chair Alexandra Burrini, Fundraising Chair Hannah Crosby, Publicity Chair Annie Goyzueta, Information Technology Chair James Trombetta, and Community Service Chair Chip Glanovsky.
The Executive Board presented three Excellence in Service to Students awards, to Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, Rabbi Yossi Kulek, and Annette Rogers. Students Brenton Adelson, Motisola Mutema and Lindsay Pettinicchi, inducted into the Society a year ago, received the National Excellence in Leadership awards.
As each student’s name was read, they walked on stage to receive a plaque commemorating their induction, to the applause of the vast audience of fellow students, friends and family members. At the conclusion, the new Executive Board for the 2014–15 academic year was sworn in, led by incoming president Zoe Rubin.