Spring 2019 | Board of Directors Meeting at Eastern Illinois University

Photo 2019 June Board Meeting @Eastern Illinois University 7.22.19

              The Board of Directors recently met in Blair Hall at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. The home office of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been located in Blair Hall on EIU’s campus since 1996.  

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors met on June 22, 2019, at Eastern Illinois University for the mid-year meeting.  There were many agenda items discussed, including the celebration of the 75th anniversary in 2020-21.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the board toured the beautiful EIU campus.


Featured in the photo(s):

Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Past President and current Executive Director,  Esther Powell (left) and Treasurer, Maria Altobello (right) snap a photo while touring the beautiful Doudna Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

               The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members stayed at the Unique Suites Hotel in Charleston.  Robin Rennels, Cheryl Hines, and Sharon Nichols enjoy the evening relaxing at the Brick House Bar and Grill inside the hotel.  

               Matt Hlinka, Maria Altobello, and Guy D’Onofrio show off their ASLHS pride by wearing ASLHS matching ball caps.  

                The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members and office staff stop for a photo in front of the Old Main Castle’ also known as the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building at Eastern Illinois University following the board meeting.

Pictured left to right are:  Matt Hlinak, Society President; Esther Powell, Society Past President; Karen Cordova; Society Secretary; Regis Gilman, Executive Director; Robin Rennels, Office Manager; Shelley Hintz, Vice President; Back row: Guy D’Onofrio, Asset Manager/Assistant Executive Director; Cheryl Hines, Member-at-Large; and Sharon Nichols, Office Assistant.    Maria Altobello, Society treasurer (front).   

Tanika Woodard | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

“I am a native of Mobile, Alabama, and I have been pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mobile​. This scholarship will allow me to afford to student teaching this coming academic year. After graduation, I plan to obtain a degree in Counseling. I was also inducted into our Iota Eta Sigma Lambda in January 2019.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Tanika Woodard on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

Brittany Eddy | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Eddy is a student in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. By trade, she is an investment associate with a firm located in Charlottesville, VA.

Here, she co-founded a financial confidence mentorship program with a local nonprofit organization. At UVA, she is a Peer Mentor, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Treasurer for the Beta Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Brittany Eddy on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Alpha Sigma Lambda chapters celebrate scholarship and leadership.

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for nontraditional students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education.

Membership shall comprise of chapters at colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations.

New Chapters

Alpha Kappa ChiMontana State University

Xi Iota – Wichita State University – Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology

Tau Alpha Geneva College

Chi Pi –Simmons University

 

Reinstated Chapters

Delta ChiNotre Dame of Maryland University

Delta Iota LeMoyne College

 

Learn about the benefits and advantages of having an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter at your learning institution or apply to start a chapter. 

Fall 2018 Inductions

Creighton University Nu Tau Epsilon 
Mrs. Laurie Galeski

We held our 2018 induction into Nu Tau Epsilon, Creighton University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda on November 7, 2018. This program is very student oriented. Our Master of Ceremonies, John Rumbaugh, was a 2015 inductee and one of our 2017 inductees, Kim Sauer, did a beautiful student reflection. The Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Dr. Gail Jensen, gave a warm welcome. As Chapter Councilor, Laurie Galeski read each new inductee’s Biographical Sketch and thank you while they stood by our Dean to take a picture. A heartfelt presentation was given by our keynote speaker, Tammy Williams, who was a graduate of our College. We concluded the formal program with a closing reflection from Fr. Andy Alexander and then convened to a formal reception honoring our students. 

Inductees: Yasin Abdulgasem, Jeanne Bray, Danielle Brunow, Beth Cavanaugh, Kyle Chapman, Tamara Cleaves-Denes, Kaitlyn Cooper, Brick Demique, Kyle Eckert, Sarah Fackler, Rebecca Hall, Theresia Hhayuma, Steven Kell, Martha Kokotajlo, Michael Lacerda, Nicholas LaPlant, Patricia Larson, Laura Ranney, Jennifer Rasmussen, Kevin Todd, Jana Urzendowski, Jazmyne Van Houten, Lisa Wise, Sarah Zimmerman 

 

Jackson State University Xi Mu 

Dr. Gloria Smith 

 Faculty, associate dean, and staff, along with family members of each inductee were invited to the event. The associate dean along with the director spoke and inductees participated in the ceremony activities. 

Inductees: Keara Alexander, Andrea Beals, Cameron Brown, Jennifer Calvin, Jermaine Glover, Antoinette Hall, Anthony Holmes, Ryan Johnson, Gwendolyn Leflore, Annie Ransburg, Felicia Reed, May Reed, Teresa Robinson, and Elroy Winding. 

Salem CollegeSigma Chi Nu 

Mrs.  Betty Telford 

ASLHS Induction Ceremony for the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education was held Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Shirley Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center at Salem College. Dean Telford, Chapter Adviser opened the ceremony and Liz Kelly, President, Angie Higgins, Vice President, and Anna Lunsford, Secretary participated in the pinning ceremony. 

Stephanie Arcos*, Kathy Williams Barnes*, Krista Berlin*, Elizabeth Agnelli Berndt*, Christy Butler, Wanda R. Camp, Amber Chase, Olivia Cleary, Marjorie B. Doran*, Tamika N. Ellerbe*, Sara A. Gibson, Patrice Yvette Glenn, Carolina Haverty, Gabrielle Hill, Karen M. Hoch, William C. Hoyme, Tricia Klein, Kayla Knight Abbie Gray Lakins*, Johnna Leavy*, Nateria Danee Lewis, James Maderia Jr., Ursula Maier*, Angela Muse, Nydia (Castillo) Nunez, Bradley Parrish, Susanne F. Pegram, Marjorie B. Plowden, Jason W. Potter, Mildred Proctor, Cassandria Reich, Chloe Scott, Sophia M. Seyler-Wetzel*, Teaquoise Shuler-Lindsay, Janet McKay Smith, Kimberly Turner- Kendrix, Lauren Willard, Jerotich Yegon 

 

 

Mount Saint Mary’s University  Omicron Pi 

Mr. Peter Zaferes

On November 13, 2018, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles California hosted our 2018- 19 Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ceremony. 19 outstanding scholars were inducted into our Omicron Pi Chapter. Our provost, Dr. Robert Perrins officially welcomed inductees and Dean Suzanne Williams initiated the pledge and bestowed certificates and ASL pins afterward. Department chairs, faculty, the inductees and their families enjoyed the ceremony immensely and everyone celebrated together at the lovely reception that followed the induction. 

Inductees: Nancy Aguilar, Yvonne Aguilar, Eyosef Bogdanov, Charles Cano,  Fitzgeral Cano, Carla Evdemon, Tynisha Floyd,  Matthew Gafa,  Halm Nnenna, Celene Heredia, Shashonk Illam,  Robert Lopez, Michelle Manzano, Carmina Ramirez-Holguin,  Victoria Rauser, Martha Torres, Ana Valdes, Dominic Waechter,  Benton Williams

University of Mobile Iota Eta Sigma Chapter

Dr. Pamela Buchanan-Miller

On Wednesday, January 30, the University of Mobile’s Iota Eta Sigma (In His Service) chapter inducted 20 members, 17 of whom are pictured here. One, Brian Boyle, was inducted as an honorary member. Mr. Boyle is a UM alumnus who currently directs the marketing and recruiting for UM’s Alabama College for Professional and continuing studies. Participating in the ceremony were four of the chapter’s faculty members (Mattie Easter, J.B. Locke, Daniel Chancey, and Dr. Debra Chancey) and one student member (William Miller, inducted 2013). Approximately 75 were in attendance including many family members, and a reception was held afterward. Because of organizational changes, this was our chapter’s first induction in two years–a real celebration of our students’ accomplishment! 

Inductees: Amy Baker, Jacqualine Davis, Whitney Dillard, Laura Foots, Jennifer Horton, Melyssa Hughes, Maranda Kirk, Charlie Mason, Chrissi Moore, Tyieka Pettway, Jessica Pickens, Zachary Schrimsher, Sally Shoemaker, Marcus Talley, Tracey Wasdin, Shamika Williamson, Tanika Woodard, Morgan Littlewood, James Easter, Brian Boyle 

Murray State UniversityEta Delta 
Ms. Alison Marshall 

Inductees: Stephen Grace, Brittany Shelton 

 

Lipscomb University – Upsilon Pi  

Dr. Regina Henry 

Inductees: Kennedi Browne, Elizabeth Cameron, Mariela Diaz Bonilla, Chris Farmer, Abigail King, Harold Loyd, Nicholas Maenza, Linda McCampbell, John Mott, Lindsey Ocho-Ryan, Jessica Pinto, Jeremy Plate, Tammy Reid, Maira Rodriguez, Asailio Timmermeir, Amanda Wynne, James Young 

 

George Fox University Gamma Omega Delta  

Mrs. Rae Casey

The Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter at George Fox University’s aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. To honor our inductees, we hold a small induction ceremony for them and their family. Each inductee is individually recognized by reading a short biography and presenting of their cord, pin, and certificate. 

Inductees: Adena Bailey, Thomas Briner Jr., Emily Burgess, Irene Calder, Ana Flor Casola Grandao, Rosemarie Cordell, Dolores Cranley, Kenneth Fontenot, Elizabeth Gavrilovic, Guillermo Guevara, Elizabeth Harvey, Karen Howard, SuAnn Loewen, Karina Reddaway, Chad Russell, Lisa Thorpe, Joseph Wendland, Stephanie Wetjen 

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Membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

Learn about the benefits and advantages of having an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter at your learning institution. Applying for Chapter Membership is quick and easy!

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2019 William C. Hine Awardee EMILY SNYDER

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.

EMILY SNYDER

 2019 William C. Hine Awardee

Emily Snyder directs all operations for the Office of Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living at Stony Brook University, which serves a commuter student population of over 15,000, approximately 10% of which are identified as non-traditional students/adult learners. Her work focuses heavily on building community and support services that encourage a vibrant and holistic college experience for this substantial cohort, with a spectrum of diverse needs and life circumstances. Offering this valuable group of students a “home away from home”, ways to connect with others who are sharing a similar student experience, and opportunities to be recognized has brought tremendous pride in and confirmation of the importance of this work. Emily’s goal is to connect with the institution’s non-traditional population as early on in their academic journey as possible, a primary motivator while she collaborated to create the University’s non-traditional student specific orientation experience.

Emily established the Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2011, which has provided an essential platform to highlight the incredible academic achievements of Stony Brook University’s adult learners. Engaging adult learners in campus life and fostering relationships with and among the non-traditional student population has been tremendously rewarding, and energizes and inspires Emily to continue her work with and for this demographic. She is eager to support Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Board of Directors this year and to provide any insight that may be helpful to chapters across the country.

To contact Emily email: wchawardee@alphasigmalambda.org

“One of Snyder’s most notable contributions to non-traditional student support was her involvement in the creation of the Non-Traditional Student Orientation Experience, held as part of new student orientation, which launched in 2012. This program introduces students to support services prior to their first semester and offers them a chance to ask questions to a panel of peers comprised of alumni and returning non-traditional students. Students also have the chance to start building community with one another and to network with advocates across campus.” Read more …   

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education who come together to celebrate scholarship and leadership. Establish a chapter at your learning institution, honoring the academic accomplishments of adult learners and offer nontraditional students a chance to apply for yearly Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships. 

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Sigma Xi  

Suffolk County Community College – Michael J. Grant Campus

Upsilon Rho

Irvine Valley College

Re-established Chapters

 Gamma Gamma   

Rhode Island College

Upsilon Alpha

University of Arkansas – Fort Worth

Omega Philia  

Dickinson State University 

 Psi Omega     

Nichols College

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education who come together to celebrate scholarship and leadership.  Starting a chapter brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

2019 Board of Directors

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Board of Directors

 

As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:

 

Society President:  Matt Hlinak, Dominican University – Priory Campus

Society Secretary:  Karen Cordova, Regis University

Society Treasurer:  Maria Altobello, Franklin Pierce University

Member-at-Large:  Cheryl Hines, SUNY Cortland

 

Learn more about the history of Alpha Sigma Lambda starting in 1945, when Dr. Rollin Posey was Dean of the University College at Northwestern University inherited an honorary named Alpha Sigma Lambda and decided to remake it to serve the needs of his students, while recognizing superior scholarship among those students.

Get involved by starting a chapter at your learning institution.

Eta Lambda Thanksgiving Food Drive

On the Saturday morning prior to Thanksgiving week, each year, this Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter assembles gift baskets and goes shopping with the gift cards and monetary donations they’ve received so they can make the holiday special for families in their community.

The Eta Lambda members are the originators of this project at Providence College and are at the forefront every year, for nearly 20 years, creating a Thanksgiving tradition for the chapter!  “We have been very successful, and it’s really fun to do!”  Anne Nagle, Assistant Dean of School of Continuing Education at Providence College and Alpha Sigma Lambda Treasurer.

The Eta Lambda Thanksgiving food drive is running through Friday, 11/16 and is collecting canned and boxed goods, grocery store gift cards, and monetary donations. 

If you are interested in donating, please send donations to:

 School of Continuing Education office, Harkins Hall Room 109, PC, 1 Cunningham Square,

Providence, RI  02918.

They are hoping to collect enough donations for 20 complete dinner baskets, including turkeys which will then be delivered to a local social service agency and distributed to families that are in need in the Providence, Rhode Island area through D.A.R.E. (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) located on Lockwood Street. Learn more about this project: http://bit.ly/2OodOl0   Have questions? Email anagle (at) providence.edu or call 401-865-2817.

About Anne 

Anne Nagle has been involved with Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for 12 years, and currently serves as Treasurer. Anne earned an M.A. degree from Salve Regina University (Newport, RI) and B.A. degree from Boston College (MA).

Jody Hahn

Jody Hahn is a sophomore at Luzerne County Community College and will graduate in May 2019 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business Management Technology. Jody is President of the Adult Learners Association, a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and is Service Hallmark Vice President for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has served as a student ambassador and as a peer tutor for four semesters. She has received awards for Adult Learner of the Year, and for Outstanding Peer Tutor. 

While being very involved on campus Jody has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.976 and has been on the Presidents list for three semesters. When she graduates, she intends to transfer to Penn State University to complete her bachelor degree in Business Management. She has 20 years experience in business and finance as a corporate trainer and hopes to teach business courses at a college or university when she obtains her degrees. She would like to inspire others to make returning to school a reality; because though juggling work, family, and studies can be a challenge, it is also full of rewards. Her favorite quote is: 

“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars. Now reach for them.”

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students Jody Hahn.