Letter from the Board | Fall 2020

Hi, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter Councilors and Members,

It is strange to think that a year ago, the Board of Officers were meeting in-person, planning for the upcoming year – including a 75th-anniversary celebration in fall 2020.  So much has changed since then. The pandemic and its subsequent effects have impacted so many of our members and institutions. 

Since its founding in 1945, the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has supported and recognized adult students.  We see the sacrifices and challenges adult students face every day. Starting this spring, adult students face even more challenges, as campuses moved to online learning, children were suddenly home without daycare or school, and restrictions closed many companies and businesses, costing jobs- not to mention the general anxiety about COVID-19. Supporting and recognizing adult students is now more important than ever. 

Our staff at the Home Office have worked hard to accommodate these changes. In the spring, the Home Office extended the scholarship deadline and enabled Councilors to submit applications online, so that we could still award 14 scholarships.  The Board and Home Office put together a guide for conducting virtual induction ceremonies so that chapters could recognize inductees while campuses are closed, and allowed for chapters to purchase gift cards for inductees so that students could purchase their own items from the online store.  The Home Office and the Board are currently working on other ways to support our chapters and members through the current reality. 

Chapter Councilors, please contact the Home Office if you have any questions or concerns about managing your chapter during the current situation.  We are happy to help! 

Members, please contact your chapter councilors if you have any questions or concerns as well. Your Chapter Councilor is a great resource for information! 

Finally, with everything else going on, we really enjoy seeing your stories, your certificates, chapter events, and induction ceremonies!

Please continue to share with us on social media, so that we can share in your celebrations and accomplishments. 

2020 Scholarship Recipients Highlight

Daniel Burke was born in Northeast Ohio on October 23rd, 1985 to parents Mark and Carolyn Burke. He grew up in Chardon Ohio and attended Chardon High school before joining the Army on May 4th, 2004.

Daniel is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and a graduate of the Army’s Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff Course, Master Fitness Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Ranger School, and Master Gunner School.

Daniel’s wife Nicole is a practicing Social Worker with a graduate degree from the University of Southern California. They have been married for ten years and have two children ages 9 and 7. Daniel is currently completing the yearlong U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss Texas after being selected for promotion in 2019. He also studies Organizational Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Pi Delta Chi chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Daniel is scheduled to graduate in 2021 and plans to attend  George Washington University for a graduate degree in legislative affairs thereafter. 

Daniel Burke

Gloriann is a junior at Worcester State University and a proud member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. She currently works full-time as a Paraprofessional Kindergarten Aide, part-time as a Coordinator of a high school after school music lesson program, and as a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster children who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families in Worcester County.

Mrs. Switzer expects to earn her bachelor’s degree in 2021.  With the expertise and guidance at Worcester State, she was able to create her own major in Liberal Studies in Child Advocacy.  She will graduate with two minors – one in Sociology, which she has already completed, and the second created as interdisciplinary minor blending sociology, psychology, criminal justice, education, urban studies, and the creative arts. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my spouse, children, and family, close friends, and coworkers for their constant support and words of encouragement.”  

“Where I once believed that my chance for a degree was lost and unattainable it then became a learning adventure filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment.”

Gloriann Switzer

View the full list of 2020 Scholarship Recipients here. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda’s annual scholarships here.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals and continue their education! You can help students like Daniel and Gloriann on their continuing education journeys by making a donation today!