May 11, 2017

Allison von Ende receives NSLS Award

Allison von Ende, Coordinator of Student Activities at Kishwaukee College, was named a recipient of the For the Good of the Community Award by the National Society of Leadership and Success. The award was announced at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education National Conference held in San Antonio, Texas in March.

Von Ende chartered the Kishwaukee College chapter of NSLS in 2014 with then Coordinator of Student Success, SyLinda Menafee. As current advisor to the chapter, von Ende has provided the leadership that has resulted in increasing student membership and engagement in the chapter and has emphasized community outreach and volunteerism. She has been joined this year by co-advisors Pernevlon Ellis and Nadine Franklin.

NSLS National President, Charles Knippen was the keynote speaker at the Kish chapter’s Spring 2016 induction ceremony and was impressed with the growth and activity of the chapter. After the Fall 2016 semester, the Kishwaukee Chapter received the Order of Sigma Award, the Society’s highest honor indicating achievement of meeting the standards of the ten Pillars of Leadership.

At NSLS national headquarters, Mallory Galbreath, Society Event Manager, and Virginia Parker, Chapter Support Manager, created the Award to honor von Ende and future advisors who emphasize volunteerism and service. Von Ende stated, “I was so surprised. I had no idea I was going to receive any type of recognition. I am grateful to NSLS for the honor. NSLS is such a great organization and our chapter members are just awesome. I love doing things with our chapter!”

The mission of NSLS is to help students discover and achieve their goals. The Society, founded by Gary Tuerack, emphasizes the six steps of leadership: clarification of purpose, creation of a shared vision, challenge of the status quo, inspiration of positive action, empowerment of others, and continuous improvement.  The society was founded in 2001 and current has nearly 500,000 members at 478 colleges across the United States.

For more information on the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit For more information on the Kishwaukee College chapter of NSLS, contact Allison von Ende at 815-825-9527 or at