The American University of Nigeria’s (AUN) Honor Society (HS) inducted 16 new members on the 1st of May 2021, at the Library Auditorium.
The Honor Society’s elite membership is reserved for outstanding student role models committed to excellence; leadership, scholarship, responsibility, and service.
The 15th annual induction was attended by the Interim AUN President represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Byron Bullock; Dean of the School of Arts & Science, Patrick Fay, Dean of SITC; Grace Eletu, Dean of School of Law, Peter Ocheme, as well as staff and students.
Some students say it is the most important student organization on the AUN campus dedicated to recognizing outstanding student role models. “ I feel very honored to be a member of such a prestigious society which recognizes students for more than just academic achievements”. Said Aisha Usman, one of the 16 newly inducted members.
Every Spring semester, students who attain a CGPA of 3.5 and above; on a (4) four-point scale, for three consecutive semesters are invited to apply for membership. After series of interviews with the executives, successful candidates are selected and inducted.
The AUNHS President, Odinaka Bruno Okemini gave insights into the Honor Society. “We do not just recruit students who read books, but those who add value to other students' lives by acting as leaders both in and outside of the AUN community”, he said.
Members are carefully chosen because they are expected to be strong in their academics and non-academic activities, he added.
The HS’s Principal Advisor, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussain(ASH) welcomed the inductees on board. He talked about the criteria and benefits of joining the AUNHS. Urging members to commit to excellence, influence other students to uphold school ideals, demonstrate the highest standard of honesty, integrity and be dedicated to their academics.
“We have a lot of talented students around the campus who take part in community services, yet the AUNHS distinguishes itself from others because of the 3.5 CGPA and its four (4) pillars; leadership, scholarship, responsibility/character, and service”. “Students can also be dismissed from the AUNHS when they fail to achieve certain aims and objectives of the society. Said Dr. ASH.
He also encouraged the inductees to conduct themselves and abide by the ethics and standards of the Honor Society. He concluded his speech by saying “the mission is to identify and promote future leaders who provide genuine services, not eye service”.
The host, Rahma Olaniyan introduced the keynote speaker of the event, Dr. Erebi Ndomi who talked about servant leadership.
“Leadership is the process of social influence which maximizes the effort of others toward the achievement of a goal while “servant leadership” is a leadership philosophy in which the goal of the leader is to serve”. “I encourage you to write your name in the heart of the people you serve through your leadership as members of the Honor Society be a servant leader, I look forward to seeing your great feats when you graduate from AUN”.
The Interim President represented by Dean Bullock presented sashes and certificates of induction. He led the induction pledge and concluded by congratulating the inductees.
The HS Principal Advisor, Dr. ASH, and the AUNHS President Odinaka Okemini presented the keynote speaker Dr. Eremi Ndoni with a certificate of appreciation.
Joan Amananbu of the Student Government Association gave closing remarks.
“on behalf of all of us at the AUNHS, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone present here for this wonderful event. I also want to say a special thank you to all our especially guests that came, academic and non-academic staff. I want to also urge you to try to leave your life by these four (4) pillars of the Honor Society; scholarship, leadership, service, and character”. Congratulations to the new inductees, this is the beginning of a new era”.
Reported by Halimatu Muawiyah &Hadiza Aliyu