I Knew What I Wanted and I Set a Goal

Alpha Sigma Lambda Member Guest Blog:

I never dreamt that I would go from being a 1.7 GPA high school student to being in a college honor society. Not only has Alpha Sigma Lambda given me the opportunity to be part of an honor society as an online student, but also as an active duty military member. My motivation to keep my 3.9 GPA is highly influenced by the organization and the high standards that it in embeds in the members. Graduating with Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics on the Flight Deck of the USS Midway at the Embry-Riddle Graduation in San Diego, California. Wearing the ASL Military Medallion, ASL Honor Cords, and ASL Stole.

During high school I was struggling so badly with my grades that I barely made it through, I had less than a 2.0 GPA if I remember correctly. No one else in my family had gone to college, so I really didn’t see a reason to either. I joined the military three months after my high school graduation. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do in life, but I knew with my previous high school record that no college was going to take me. The military did a great job of showing me what I was capable of and always doing my best.

I was really enjoying my current job and being enlisted in the Air Force, but I knew I was capable of so much more. All new enlisted Airmen are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force, so I thought I would give it a shot and see what happens. I was able to graduate from the Community College of the Air Force at the top of my class, receiving the Air Force Pitsenbarger Award over the other graduates. I used this as more fuel for my motivation, I was determined to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in less than two years and take a shot at becoming a military officer and pilot. This would be tough considering that I would have to take four college classes while working a full-time job and taking care of my small family.

 

I knew what I wanted and I set a goal that would get me there.

I found a great online program through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that has programs focused on aviation for aspiring student pilots. I was knocking out college classes very quickly, but taking no time off from school was slowly starting to wear me down. Along the way, I discovered the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society through my school counselor and was so excited to find out that as a non-traditional student, I would still have the opportunity to join a college honor society.

Being a part of ASL encouraged me to keep my grades very high and in order to keep my status in it. I accomplished my goal and graduated May of 2017 with honors and finished my Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in less than two years.

I am currently in the running for an officer position as a pilot in the United States Navy. I am also currently on track to finish my Master of Science in Aeronautics next year. Being an ASL member and keeping my GPA so high has made me a very competitive Officer Candidate.  I cannot thank ASL enough for helping me to achieve my dream and holding me to such a high standard among my classmates. I encourage any non-tradition, military or adult student to take full advantage of ASL and what it has to offer. I will definitely be representing ASL at the Master’s Graduation next year!

 

Community College of The Air Force – Kortney Pope

 

ASL Asst. Exec. Director Dr. Carrie Johnson

Watch as Dr. Johnson discusses what Alpha Sigma Lambda has been doing to connect with its members, offers tips for adult learners and shares her history in adult education.

Since 2011, Dr. Johnson has directed the B.A. in General Studies, an adult degree-completion program, at Eastern Illinois University. She previously held a faculty position at a university in the Chicago area. She is the past-president of the Adult Higher Education Alliance and a contributing editor for the Adult Education Quarterly.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson and the other members of the ASL Board of Directors on our About ASL page.

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2017 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee Betty Telford

The William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award honors chapter councilors for their commitment to promoting lifelong learning, dedication to serving adult learners, and leadership to the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.

“I joined the staff at Salem College in 2007 and have held a variety of positions. From the early days at Salem I well remember the first induction and the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter, Chi Nu. I had been invited by several students being inducted and the initial membership was 8 students. Quickly the adult students learned the value of membership and invitations to join were coveted. By 2010, I volunteered to take over the duties of chapter adviser, planning two induction services each year, providing opportunities to expand leadership skills for members and educate the adult population and faculty on the value of membership.” – Betty Telford

Learn more about the William C.Hine Distinguished Service Award.

Contribute towards the William C.Hine Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Donate here.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Election Announcement: 2017 ‘Member-at-Large’ Maria R. Altobello

Maria R. Altobello is the Interim Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University. She joined the faculty in 2001. Prior to becoming the Interim Dean, she was serving as Associate Dean
since 2012. She received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from
Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).

Strategic management consulting, new investment opportunities, financial management, database design and implementation, and project management are among Dr. Altobello’s main areas of expertise. Some of the industries in which she has worked include: oil, precious metals, procurement, engineering, media, publishing, banking, and education. She has taught courses in Accounting, Database Systems, Client/Server Computing, Web site Development, and Information Systems to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students.

The Member-at-Large represents the interests of the Chapter Councilors to the Board, and stands ready to assume the duties of other Board Members who are unable to fulfill their responsibilities to ASL. The Member-at-Large has full voting privileges and participates in all Board activities.

Alpha Sigma Lambda 2017 Elections Announcement – Board Secretary Karen Cordova

“I have been at Regis University for over seventeen years teaching students in the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies as Affiliate and Lead Faculty.  I work for Jesuit Worldwide Learning, which provides Higher Education to those at the Margins, a diploma awarded by Regis University. 
I had been in the role as advisor for two honor societies including Alpha Sigma Lambda where I helped our students manage and coordinate events to provide knowledge and entertainment to its members and campus community.  My varied roles demonstrate an eclectic background but all with the sole purpose of my passion for serving the student and learner.” – Karen Cordova

The Secretary, with the cooperation and assistance of the ASL Home Office, is responsible for the compilation and reporting of responses to the Annual Status Report forms. The Secretary distributes and maintains the official minutes from each board meeting for archival purposes.

Learn more about Karen and her work with Jesuit Worldwide Learning “This program has brought hope and opportunity to these students and to the community in general,” she said. “These are highly motivated individuals who take their studies very seriously. They crave an opportunity to better themselves and want to use their education to make an impact.”

What ASL Means to Me

I’ve been working as an assistant dean and adviser to our adult learners at Providence College (RI) for more than 20 years.  I love serving as treasurer and participating on the ASL Board because of the dedication and passion for adult learners that all Board members have.    We do a lot of work, and have a lot of fun as a group!

However, my favorite part of being involved with ASL is you, the adult learner.   Close to 20 years ago, before I was married with children, I was planning a trip to Italy with my Mom.  I decided to take one year (two semesters) of basic Italian prior to the trip.  The classes were wonderful and I’m so glad I took them.  However, I could BARELY get my homework done, and this was at a time when I was working full-time but had no family of my own to care for and far fewer responsibilities than you most likely do!

This experience added tremendously to the great respect and admiration that I already had for our adult learners.  You have to juggle so many competing priorities, and you find a way to do it well.   Frankly, I am in awe of you.

If I could offer one piece of advice gained through my years of working with adult learners, it would be that it is NEVER too late to learn.  As a wise student told me at the beginning of my career, “Well, I’m going to be 50 in two years whether I work on my degree or not, so why not be 50 WITH a degree?”  So simple, yet so profound.  I have shared that story on numerous occasions.

Good luck as you travel on your journey toward a college degree, and know that there are many people incredibly willing and happy to help you – you only need to ask.

http://www.providence.edu

Find out more about Anne Nagle here.

ASL Strategic Planning in 2016

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been working on moving forward, and focused on growth in 2016. As part of this these new efforts towards development, the Board of Directors decided to consult Larry M. Starr, PhD and his associates at Systems Wisdom to see if they could help Alpha Sigma Lambda create a long term strategic plan.

The goal of this strategic plan was to help identify how the organization can better serve our adult honor student members, councilors, and grow as an organization so we can continue to honor the hard work of adult students, which is the heart of this organization, and continue to support adult honor students by increasing Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarships in the future.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda strategic planning sessions were led by John Pourdehnad, PhD, “recognized thought leader in systems and design thinking with primary areas of interest in the implications of systems thinking in complex interactive problem formulation, systems redesign and complex project management.” The first of these sessions included Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors, staff members, social media staff, student members, chapter counselors and students in DOCTOR OF MANAGEMENT IN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP program at Philadelphia University.

After the initial group meeting, we divided into smaller teams, in hopes that we could identify which areas people saw the organization growing, what areas need more support, and what people saw as the ideal Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor society in the future. Many great ideas were shared, and at the end everyone was excited about new ideas, and opportunities for Alpha Sigma Lambda to help adult honor students across the country for many years to come.

The latest planning session focused on the current staff and board members, identifying research and previous planning, we hoped to bring forward discussion based brainstorming during the meeting. Members helped determine the best directions to move forward with the help of the strategic planners, and finalized the strategic plan. This meeting was held in New Orleans in October 2016 and in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Higher Education 2016 Conference.

“Invited into the Strategic Leadership community are students, faculty, organizational leaders and mentors who are motivated to develop capacities to effectively navigate situational, organizational and dynamic complexity, and apply tools leading to creative and innovative outcomes.” Learn more about the Strategic Leadership program at Philadelphia University.

For more information on the project or the program design visit www.systemswisdom.com

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Welcome to the Future

Welcome to the NEW Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Blog

We are thrilled to launch our new website and the ASL blog. The Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors and office staff have worked incredibly hard to provide our student members, chapter councilors and education partners with a better online experience, and an opportunity to be a part of the ASL community.

Some of the new features on the site include an updated directory, a chapter councilor log in, and updated scholarship pages. Also, you can learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda board members on their profiles and look out for guest blogs from our Board of Directors.

This year has been filled with many new changes at Alpha Sigma Lambda. Along with the website, logo, and blog updates, ASL has recently updated our social media networks. Please visit the social media page for further instruction, and refer to our social media policy guide.

The ASL blog will feature chapter highlights, member stories, and insight from Board members. If you would like to share your story, please submit it here or send to blog@alphasigmalambda.org. We hope that sharing member’s stories and highlighting their accomplishments will encourage and inspire others to continue their education.

Stay tuned for more new website features, tips and resources, as well as updates on 2017 Scholarship announcements!