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  24 collegiate chapters, 3 professional chapters, and a vibrant National Chapter, the Society has inducted academically superior students from over 50 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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National Chapter Takes Part in FEMA National Preparedness Month

Patterson, NY. In conjunction with FEMA's National Preparedness Month activities, the National Chapter visited the Patterson, New York Library to speak about Emergency Preparedness.  Ambassador Rosemary Hartofilis and Executive National Director Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD presented emergency preparedness topics and best practices to a large group of local residents.  The Home office duo fielded many questions long after their program ended - staying until every last participant had their specific questions answered.  Tara Mead, Adult Program Assistant of the Patterson Library called the event a "great success" and invited the Society back for future events. Prof. Grossmann was impressed with the library's efforts to bring quality programs to their patrons.  "This was absolutely a fantastic event, from the energetic and warm group of participants, to the wonderful event staff; even the conference facilities were just first class".  Rosemary Hartofilis added, "I cannot wait to come back next year, this was a great experience and a lot of fun".
     
     The Order of the Sword & Shield  - Omicron Sigma Sigma is committed to helping local communities prepare for safety and emergency                                                                   situations, and sponsors informational events throughout the year.


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  Chapters Unite to Teach Children About Safety

Seaford, NY. On April 16, 2014, several chapters united to participate in the latest community event geared towards young elementary school children.  Members of the St. John’s University, Adelphi University, and National Chapters held a “safety and emergency” day event at the St. William the Abbot Elementary School in Seaford, NY. “Presenting safety and emergency information to 1-3 grade students was an amazing experience” said Rosemary Hartofilis, an Ambassador of the Society and current graduate student at St. John’s University.  Rosemary added, “The team worked really hard in preparing for this event”.  Fellow graduate student and Ambassador Willy Gomez added, “These kids were fantastic, they were really into the discussion and understood what we were talking about”.  Joining Rosemary and Willy were Society Intern Patrick Knab, and inducted members Samuel Geffen, Felicia Jaffe-Alleyne, and Raymond Hughes.

The Order of the Sword & Shield  - Omicron Sigma Sigma is committed to helping local communities prepare for safety and emergency situations, and sponsors informational events throughout the year.


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       Chapters Take Part in America's Preparathon

Queens, NY. Chapters throughout the Honor Society, such as the Founding Chapter at St. John’s University - photo featured, participated in FEMA sponsored America’s PreparAthon.  Dubbed as “America’s Day of Action”, this event is part of a national community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Held every spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon encourages Americans across the country to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes.  At St. John’s University, Society Ambassador Rosemary Hartofilis organized a presentation featuring campus safety and emergency response personnel.  Students and faculty in attendance were briefed on past events and probable hazards.  “This type of information exchange and open dialog is at the heart of FEMA’s Program”, says Society Director Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD.  “Anytime you have a chance to share information with students, faculty, and employees, its a winning situation for all who are involved”.

The Order of the Sword & Shield  - Omicron Sigma Sigma is committed to helping local communities prepare for safety and emergency situations, and sponsors informational events throughout the year.


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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

Congratulations to 2014 Inductees Captain Brian David and Firefighter Martin Sedegah of the District of Columbia Fire Department.  Captain David, a 25 year veteran of the Department and Firefighter Sedegah, a 4 year veteran of the Department, are enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia.


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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.





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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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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 Spring 2014. 
Details to follow.

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