NJCU Leadership Society Welcomes Over 90 Inductees, Donates Almost $3,000 to Nonprofit WomenRising

Inductees to the New Jersey City University National Society of Leadership and Success raised almost $3,000 for local nonprofit WomenRising last month.

Over 90 NJCU students were inducted at a ceremony on Dec. 21 where WomenRising was given a check for over $2,800.

“We are grateful to all of the members of NJCU’s National Society Leadership and Success for helping us to continue our long tradition of advocacy and service,” said WomenRising Executive Director Roseann Mazzeo. For over 107 years, WomenRising has been helping women and families in Jersey City and Hudson County achieve self-sufficiency and live better lives.

Tamara Cunningham, Acting Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and adjunct faculty member at NJCU, delivered a message about leading with love at the campus ceremony, which was inspired by the leadership of teachers and others during the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

At the event, Cunningham, a board member at WomenRising, also received the Excellence in Teaching award, along with professors Joan Bailey and Julio Gullién. The Excellence in Student Service award was presented to staff members Naomi Wright, John Smith and Maria Rolan. NJCU president Sue Henderson and Deidre Noel Engels, assistant professor of marketing, were also granted honorary membership into the society.

Established in 2006, the NJCU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success has over 1,500 students and over 800 of these students have been inducted into national society.

Photo courtesy of WomenRising

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.