Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society -  OSS

Honor Society Reaches "Mini Milestone" and More

Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management and all Protective Security Disciplines is beginning its 5th year of operation.  With more than 20 institutional chapters, 3 professional chapters, and a vibrant National Chapter, the Society has inducted academically superior students from over 40 schools across the Country.  Professor Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD, Chair of the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security Division at St. John’s University and the Founding Director and current Executive National Director of the Honor Society offers, “I think the success of our Society is the direct result of how the Homeland Security Academic Community has embraced us right from the beginning.”  Honoring the academically gifted students from more than 25 diverse majors which compromise the Homeland Security Enterprise, Professor Grossmann has his hands full.  “We would not be celebrating this mini-milestone without the efforts of many talented people from several academic institutions and the professional community at large. It is apparent, that the key to our success thus far, has been the overwhelming interest in becoming involved with the Society, from our Virtual Internship Program, Student Ambassador Program, and the many faculty members who have volunteered to be Chapter Coordinators at our chapter schools, together we make it all work.”  The Order of the Sword and Shield, also known by its Greek designation Omicron Sigma Sigma, will be reaching another milestone this year as it inducts its 500th member.

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Executive National Director Introduces New Initiative at the
     6th Annual Homeland Security and Defense Education Summit

Burlington, MA.  Executive National Director Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD, was recently invited to the 6th Annual Homeland Security and Defense Education Summit to introduce a new affiliation initiative with the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience, and Security (INSPRS). The Summit, sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, in partnership with Northeastern University, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Guard Homeland Security Institute, and the National Homeland Defense Foundation was held at the Joint Forces Headquarters, Hanscom Air Force Base, near Boston, MA, September 26-28, 2013. With an audience comprised of security and emergency management educators, government agency representatives, and practitioners from around the world, Prof. Grossmann announced a new affiliation with the upstart INSPRS organization.  The Order of the Sword & Shield will be recognized as the "official" honor society of this new membership organization which will be the leading global resource that integrates education, theory, analysis, and practice to promote the protection of democratic liberties, civil security, public safety, and overall societal resilience.
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Over 350 Industry Dignitaries, Faculty, and Students Gathered for 3rd Annual Awards Dinner and Induction Gala!

Queens, NY. Over 350 industry dignitaries, distinguished faculty, students, and their family members attended the 3rd Annual Awards and Induction Ceremony Gala event held at St. John's University, NY on April 4th 2013.  The Founding Chapter presented the 15 newest members of the Honor Society. Achieving levels of superior academic excellence in the Homeland Security discipline, these students represent the best and brightest of future security leadership. Inductees included Andrew Appel, Hatim Bennani, Michael Bernard, George Brista, Maria Luisa, Capobianco, Daniel Cosgrove, Joseph Costabile, Gregory Danca, Jr., Richard Dolan, Jr., Mary Ellen Erickson, Donald Graham, Dillon Harvey, Jorge Marin, Christian Marshall, and Dakotah McBride. Congratulations class of 2013!


Images from the Awards Dinner and Induction Gala

DRI International Awarded Professional Chapter at June 2013 Certified Membership Conference!

Philadelphia, PA.  Nearly 75 members of DRI International witnessed the ceremonial formation of their Professional Chapter and New Member Induction on June 4, 2013.  Over 30 Master Business Continuity Professionals (MBCPs) were inducted into their newly formed professional chapter.  Original MBCP Barney Pelant signed the Scroll of Chapters and DRI International President Alan Berman was among the newly inducted MBCPs.  In total, more than 270 MBCPs are scheduled to be inducted this year, making the DRI International Chapter the largest in the Society. DRI International is a non-profit organization and a global BCM education and certification body. As such, it sets the standard for professionalism in business continuity planning and has provided the profession's premier certification and education programs since 1988.

Images from the DRI International Chapter and Induction Ceremony

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The Honor Society goes "Greek"!

Queens, NY.  The Order of the Sword & Shield has adopted a Greek name. Omicron Sigma Sigma (OSS) is our new "Greek" designation to be used in conjunction with our existing name. This was a decision reached by the Advisory Board and Managing Director to better align our organization with the rich tradition of "Greek" influence in the Honor Society Industry.  Executive National Director Jeffery P. Grossmann stated, "we are proud of our new secondary moniker and look forward to its immediate and widespread use".
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New Member Spotlight

2013 Inductee 
Jason Skonberg is a Police Officer for the Township of Montgomery, NY. Jason has a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management from SUNY Empire State College and is expected to graduate from Pennsylvania State University at the end of this year with a Masters Degree in Homeland Security. Jason is an 11 year veteran of the United States Air Force and of Operation Enduring Freedom. Welcome Jason!

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Chapter News

Members of the founding St. John's Chapter volunteer at the recent Tunnel to Towers 5k Run in NYC honoring first responders and military heroes.  

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Faculty View

Medaille College School of Adult and Graduate Education faculty at graduation.  Can you spot the Honor Society's official cord?

The induction season is coming! Be sure to submit your application before the July 15th deadline to be included in the next class.

Apply Today!

Our motto is Ex Scientia Pax "out of knowledge comes peace".

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Society staff hard at work

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Chapter Spotlight

Members of the St. John's Chapter were recently invited to our nations capital to participate in a special briefing at FEMA Headquarters. Attendees were briefed by FEMA leadership on several current programs and initiatives. While in DC, members also visited the National Cryptologic Museum, National Law Enforcement Memorial, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and attended a movie premier at the International Spy Museum.

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Chapter News

Adelphi University's Emergency Management Program recently inducted its first six students into the Adelphi Chapter of the Honor Society. Welcome Adelphi students!  

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Student Testimonial

"Membership in the Order of the Sword and Shield Honor Society will immediately set you apart from your peers. I can tell you first hand, after being inducted into the Honor Society in 2012, many doors have opened. When applying to Graduate school at Boston University, the Dean commented to me, "You have a homeland security degree and you are a member of a homeland security honor society?" Needless to say, 3 weeks later, I received my acceptance letter."

Thomas Swenson
Graduate Student
Boston University
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mages from Various Events and Functions

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We are looking for volunteer staff members (could be virtual if you are not local), please let us know if you are interested.

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The First Annual National Conference will be held in New York City in Fall 2014. 
Details to follow.

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