Alpha Sigma Lambda News

“In an era when strong women are celebrated role models, a dynamic mother-daughter duo will earn their places on that elevated platform Saturday as they receive their bachelor degrees during Jackson State University’s commencement exercises. Read more …

“Amy Higgins, of Sweet Valley, a student at King’s College, recently received an honorable mention in the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Undergraduate Writing Competition.” Read more…  

“Business West (blog) Eger holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from American International College, where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Murphy, who has served as a paraprofessional in MBK’s Accounting Department since 2013, has been promoted to tax associate.: Read more… 

“I am excited to be here in Murray and part of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Team. I am committed to building upon MCCH’s successes in providing the highest quality care for those we serve,” said Lawrence. Read more…

“On Monday, April 9, a group of Thomas University students were inducted into the Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda during a ceremony held inside Balfour Chapel on TU’s Forbes Campus. Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society for non-traditional students who have earned at least a 3.2 GPA after taking at least 24 undergraduate semester hours at TU.” Read more… 

Dean College held the 2018 Honor Societies’ New Member Recognition Ceremony this past Thursday, April 5th in the Marvin Chapel located in Dean Hall. Students were inducted into three societies: Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Dr. Michael Fishbein, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dean provided opening remarks before transitioning the podium over to President Dr. Paula Rooney to welcome the crowd. Read more…

Alpha Sigma Lambda at Eastern Illinois University

Epsilon Xi Chapter

In 1996, the National Home Office of Alpha Sigma Lambda was moved to the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston, Illinois with staff devoted strictly to ASLHS business. Dr. Hine has brought his considerable expertise to the organization not only by serving as a sponsor of the National Office but also through his representation of ASL at various national conferences such as UPCEA, ACHE, and CAEL and more recently as the ASL Director of Marketing.

Dr. Hine served as Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, since 1986.  Throughout his career, William Hine provided professional leadership in several professional associations, including vice-president in the American Association in Adult and Continuing Education, Board of Directors of ACHE, National Advisory Board of CAEL, and has served as president of the Illinois Council for Continuing Higher Education.

“Friends of William C. Hine Endowed Scholarship” recognizes Dr. Hines service to Alpha Sigma Lambda and his commitment to serving adult learners.

William C. Hine was involved with Alpha Sigma Lambda since 1980 and was instrumental in establishing the ASL Chapters at the University of Evansville and Eastern Illinois University. In his honor, Alpha Sigma Lambda created the William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. William C. Hine with EIU School of Continuing Education faculty.

Other faculty members have supported Alpha Sigma Lambda at EIU, including, Dr. Carrie Johnson, former Asst. Exec. Director. Watch as she 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.

Chapter Councilor

Kimberly Redfern

(217) 581-5618

karedfern2@eiu.edu

 

Chapter Secretary

Peggy Hickox

(217) 581-6644

pahickox@eiu.edu

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

2018 New Chapters:

Wilberforce University

Rho Kappa

Wilberforce, OH

Lehman College of City University of New York

Upsilon Sigma

Bronx, NY  

Xavier University

Xi Delta

Cincinnati, OH

 

Re-established Chapters:

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

Upsilon Alpha

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Randolph College

Lambda Phi

Lynchburg, VA

 

2017 New Chapters:

University of Mary Washington

Mu Kappa

Fredericksburg, VA

Dakota State University

Omega Beta

Madison, SD

State University of New York – Canton

Iota Upsilon

Canton, NY

East Carolina State University

Alpha Nu Chi

Greenville, NC

Texas State University

Tau Beta

San Marcos, TX

Brenau University

Kappa Kappa

Gainesville, GA

University of Michigan – Flint

Upsilon Mu

Flint, MI

University of South Carolina – Aiken

Omega Iota

Aiken, SC

St. Catherine University

Rho Gamma

Minneapolis, MN

Re-established Chapters:

Kentucky State University

Kappa Sigma Upsilon

Frankfort, KY

Eastern Kentucky University

Sigma Chi Kappa

Somerset, KY

Grand Valley State University

Sigma Lambda Sigma

Grand Rapids, MI

Alpha Sigma Lambda at ANTSHE 2018

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda was excited to exhibit at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina for the ANTSHE: Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education conference! #ANTSHE2018

ANTSHE’s mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisors that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed. Learn more about ANTSHE 

Scholarship Applications Will Be Accepted Starting

January 10, 2018!

The purpose of ANTSHE Scholarships is to assist nontraditional students in their college education. ANTSHE awards scholarships in varying amounts each academic year. Applicants are required to be enrolled or plan to enroll for the academic year at an accredited college or university in a degree program of study. 

(Left) Tracy Sullivan, Chapter Volunteer; Earlee Corbin, ASLHS member of the Mu Chi Alpha chapter at Johnson C. Smith University and ANTSHE Chapter President; Sharon Nichols, ASLHS Office Assistant; Valerie Dennis, President of the Mu Chi Alpha Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University.

 

Speaker Dr. Robert W. Hill, Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership at Nova Southeastern University

Topic: “How to Foster a Civil & Socially Cohesive Classroom”

Alpha Sigma Lambda News

News featuring Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society members and chapters from across the United States. 

 

 

“I can’t say enough good things about the organization, and I would not have been able to finish my education without receiving the ASL scholarship,” said White. “I am so grateful for the staff and professors who supported my application.”

 

 

 

 

 

“The faculty have been so tremendous and supportive in understanding my needs as an adult student,” comments Cavanaugh. “Adult students bring all that life experience to the table, and I am happy to be a part of that group.”

 

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The four joined 18 other students tapped as new members of the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.”

“Bank of New England is pleased to welcome John S. Kelley as senior loan officer and senior vice president of commercial real estate lending. Kelley is a commercial real estate professional with experience in lending and credit risk assessment.”

“Inductees included Brieanna Pressley Howell, of Clyde. She is majoring in accounting. In a ceremony in GWU’s Tucker Student Center, 22 students and two honorary inductees joined the society as representatives of the University’s Degree Completion Program (DCP).”

“Although their backgrounds often are wildly different, SUNY Cortland’s approximately 300 non-traditional students all have interesting stories to tell. Take Corrine Edick, for example. The College’s third recipient since 2010 of an Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship from the national honor society for non-traditional students decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school in 2009.”

“Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) names Nathan Lawrence as the new Director of Quality Management.”

William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award for 2018 Dr. Terry Kidd

‘Increasing the quality of programs and services for adult learners’

Serving as the Dean of the Division of Extended Learning at Houston Community College, my administrative tenure has been devoted to making a difference and serving our most vulnerable and forgotten in society. This scope and opportunity allow me to engineer a vision that provides district-wide leadership and campus-based management for the largest workforce education operation in the nation. Through seven major reporting units, we serve adult learners in School of Continuing Education, Apprenticeship Programs, Corrections Education, VAST Academy, the Center for Health Care Professionals, Online Continuing Education, and the Accelerated Teacher Certification. Our division is able to reach and impact not only the academic and workforce needs of our adult learners, but also engage adult learners in programming that builds and develops self-esteem, confidence, self-efficacy, and motivation. As a result of this vision, our 47 programs have enrolled more than 16,700, students generated more than $16.3M in revenue annually and has placed over 80% in jobs related to their adult learning programming. During my tenure and in response to serving the needs of our adult learning and industry, we have launched new high growth, high demand programs in Corrosion Technology, Maritime Logistics, Cyber-Security, Nonprofit Management, and Industrial Technology and Energy. I have also led the reorganization effort of the division by crafting a bold new vision that integrates social justice and customer relations lifecycle modeling. This approach takes into consideration best practices from high-performing organization framework, CRM technology and a holistic approach to serving adult students, with special emphasis on Veterans, foster care youth, seniors, and those in lower socio-economic conditions. Additionally, I’ve worked with my division though facilitating professional development to enhance their skill set and help them navigate through the transition from a traditional education delivery systems to a more innovative service approach, where an adult-centric learning perspective is at the center of our operations, instruction, and services.

‘Increasing the visibility of adult learners and their achievements’

During my tenure at HCC, I established the first Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter in Houston Community College’s 46-year history. This took place in 2012 based on the need to recognize our adult learners, who work so hard and have many competing interests that oftentimes keep them from pursuing education Each year, HCC holds an awards banquet and induction ceremony for our adult learners and the faculty, who have excelled in Workforce related programs. In addition, the Workforce program under my prevue has been featured in the local media, in location publication such as the Houston Chronicle and also national wide produced publications such the Career Focus and Houston at Work magazine all highlight the achievements of workforce adult learners and faculty throughout the Houston area. These publications and television segments have reached over 1 million ones in the local Houston area. Further, Alpha Sigma Lambda has attracted the attention of our City Mayor, the Controller, the nonprofit community, as well as, Workforce development agencies at the local and state level. Each month at our institutions’ board meetings, we high an adult learning who’s excelled academically and professionally.

One of the biggest challenges I faced happened early in my career, at Houston Community College. I entered the role of Associate Dean of Workforce Development at one of the campuses. It was apparent that my arrival to this campus was seen as a sign of hope as there was much distress. The faculty was discouraged, defeated, and devastated. Staff was despondent and discouraged. Students were dismayed and disillusioned. The atmosphere was thick with distrust. As a result, enrollment suffered, the climate was at its lowest point, and student needs weren’t being met. Being a new leader, it was my duty to change this culture and rebuild trust. The task seemed insurmountable, given the past history, climate and distrust. Coming from a system officer perspective, which was broad and singular in scope, I had to transform my thinking and role to a micro level to involve multiple stakeholders in action. Each month at our institutions’ board meetings, we highlight an adult learning who’s excelled academically and professionally.

‘Fostering positive relationships between local ASLHS members and faculty/staff’

This role was a metamorphosis of both in consciousness and practice. In order to meet this challenge and solve the major problems, I had to devise a plan, not only on how to advance workforce development but also how to rebuild and change this depressed climate and usher in a sense of healing. This plan worked to build a structure, based on the framework of appreciative inquiry that calmed fears, built trust, continuity, team cohesion, and a focused direction of growth and development. Time was spent in facilitated meetings, working together brainstorming as a single unit to move towards organizational success. As a social science researcher and an educator from the humanist camp, I knew I had to work on the soul and spirit of the division. I did this by working to encourage faculty and staff through ropes courses, team building, and trust exercises. This work also allowed faculty and staff to be assigned to teams to create, present, and facilitate their ideas. I also began to recognize faculty and staff on their accomplishments. Mobilizing assets and initiating change from a grassroots level helped produced phenomenal results that lead to new policies to be developed, doubling the enrollment, greater division continuity, more partnerships with industry and, improved relationships. The heart of this work was the work of the heart. When you engage people at a level of trust with integrity and are consistent with action, you are able to obtain buy-in. This buy-in is what helps get the results to turn around an organization. Central to this work was the integration of Alpha Sigma Lambda staff and students who were inducted in the organization.

ASLHS helped provide a single focus and direction, which was serving the adult learner and helping support those students who had multiple social obligations and commitments. It helped us see our work in a different light.

The perspectives of the inducted adult learning honor students helped provide the narrative as to what we as faculty and administration should be all about. Hearing their voices and stories helped provide faculty a stronger link and connection to serving our adult students. ASLHS faculty and staff from across the district would routinely participate in our team building and student success seminars, by providing that voice that advocates for adult learners. Because of this integration of ASLHS inducted members, students, and faculty, with my work as Associate Dean and now as Dean, my team and I have been able to move the needle in transforming both instructional and operational practices that enhance the ultimate adult learning experience.

2018 WILLIAM C. HINE SERVICE AWARDEE
DR. TERRY KIDD, Dean

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Houston Community College

(713) 718-7500
terry.kidd@hccs.edu

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! Apply Today 

2018 ASLHS Vice President Shelley Hintz

Shelley Hintz is excited about the opportunity to participate with Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at the national level as the Vice-President.

Ms. Hintz is the Director of Academic Support and Retention and an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  In this role, she focuses on helping students achieve their educational goals, which includes developing tutoring services, recognition programs, and engagement activities for the university’s adult student population.

Shelly has been the chapter councilor for the Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda for almost ten years, and also serves as an officer for two other honor societies at the university.

In the role of chapter councilor, Ms. Hintz has focused on increasing engagement and providing more opportunities for the membership.  Ms. Hintz developed an online induction ceremony which allows all members to attend or watch, regardless of location. She developed and maintains the Tau Chapter website and also manages the chapter scholarship. She helps Alpha Sigma Lambda members gain valuable experience through volunteering as UMUC mentors and peer tutors.  As a board member at the national level, Ms. Hintz would be interested in exploring new ways to recognize and showcase Alpha Sigma Lambda members and their achievements.

Ms. Hintz received her Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has been an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Region of UPCEA, serving on the conference planning and awards committees. She also has been involved in the development of the Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA).

2018 Vice President Shelley Hintz

shelley.hintz@umuc.edu

240-684-2930

University of Maryland University College

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! Apply Online Today 

Fall 2017 ASLHS Inductions

 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society welcomes all of our Fall 2017 members from all over the United States of America.

We are proud to have all of you as inductees and thrilled that we are able to honor your hard work and academic accomplishments!

Baldwin Wallace University

 

Lee Bartlett, Michael Brown, James Corkish, Andrew DeValve, Kevin Fischer, Christen Ford, Amy Greicius Ida Gunadi, Teresa Hacker, Crystal Hamilton, Kaylee Harter, Meghan Jenkins, Rebecca Medina, Mark Nakon, Kate Potter, Erika Rice, Steven Rizek, Erin Roth Zifcheck, Angela Simon, Ramona Smith, Allison Thompson, Lauren Vanek, Leah Varner, Rebecca Wilding, Nicole Zaghet


Creighton University – Nu Tau Epsilon Chapter

2017 induction into Nu Tau Epsilon, Creighton University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda was held on November 16, 2017. We try to make this student-oriented, so our Master of Ceremonies, John Rumbaugh,  was a 2015 inductee and one of our new inductees, Heidi Knofczynski, did a beautiful student reflection.  The Provost of Creighton University, Dr. Thomas Murray gave a warm welcome. As Chapter Councilor, I read each new inductee’s Biographical Sketch and thank you, while they stood between our Provost and our Dean to take a picture.

Dr. Heather Fryer, the Director of our American Studies Program, was our keynote speaker, delivering a presentation on St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, who was once a non-traditional student. It was entitled, “Iggy the Man.”  We concluded the formal program with a closing reflection from Fr. Andy Alexander. We then had a reception for inductees and their friends and family and past inductees, providing them with appetizers and drinks.


George Fox University – Gamma Omega Delta Chapter

George Fox University 2017 Fall Inductees: Richard Chapin, Kerri Fry, Matthew Koslowski, Andrea Larsen, Traci Lee, Sterling McDonald, Travis Ramsby, Joshua Sprecher, Michelle Bergey, Danielle Carter, Desiree Everett, Erik Harrington, John Haslett, Charissa Hatten, Chris Hawkins, Brian Mullis, Matthew Schoblaske, Korey Watts, Wade Wilson, Jacob Wood


Drury University –  Alpha Xi Chapter

Drury University’s Alpha Xi Chapter inducted forty-one students into Alpha Sigma Lambda on November 5, 2017. In attendance at the induction ceremony were the following students: Stephanie Fuller, Deniece Green, Shayna Herbsleb, Allie Honeyfield, Melissa Keys, Ashlee Marlow, Scott Moore, Charline O’Neill, Joel Pickett, Tameka Podwoski, Ian Ross, Brian Shupe, Breanna Stevens, and Jacob Underwood

Full list of inductees: Ashlee Marlow, Scott Moore, Fredrica Norris, Charline O’Neill, Joan Persons, Joel Pickett, Tameka Podwoski, Ashton Porter, Sierra Redmond, Jane Robideau, Ian Ross, Amanda Salcido, Tatyana Schroeder, Brian Shupe, Megan Sierk, Sandra Somers, Alicia Speelman, Breanna Stevens, Jeanel Tomnitz, Jacob Underwood, Angela Wagner, Stephen Whitten, Annie Boggs, Crystal Bouse, Tammy Bowling, Tanya Brabble, Karl Burkhamer, Blake Duncan, Kristine Erb, Stephanie Fuller, Francisco Garcia, Mariangela Gordon, Deniece Green, Shayna Herbsleb, Amy Hoffmeister, Allie Honeyfield, Ronald Jones, Melissa Keys, Brittany Lewis, Blake Lindsey, Tatiana Lopez


Regis University

David Martinez, Stephen Maguina, Michelle Bereda, Phuing Cao

Campell University

Adriana Aleman, Connye Armilla, Chavinta Bickham, Alvin Bissette, Ryan Bofman, Katrina Bond, Aaron Borek, Brandon Bowden, Angel Brewer, Nickie Brown, Emanuel Burton, Michael Carson, Christopher Daniels, Amanda Dial, Elena Eichenseer, Sukhdev Farmah, Carl Forester, Scott Goss, Samone Gray, Mildred Gutierrez, Nicole Hall, Timothy Harris, Junior Jean Bradley, Jones, Danil Karandin, Gregory Koonce, Shane Kronstedt, Kyle Lautzenhiser, Typhany Lovdahl, Tammy, Matthews Douglas, Mayorga,  Jessica McDougald, Jessica McGrew, Jessica Morris, Kellyjohn Murray, Mylin Panek, Jeffrey Payne, Victor Pinon, John Ray, Chance Robison, Nicholas Schuch, Gabrielle Shaw, Bennett Simms, Tracy Simons, Britney Slaght, Tanya Strait
Stephanie Tenhundfeld, Denise Tevepaugh, Jason Tullier, Lucy Warren, Andrew Weger, William Welborn, Latonia Whitfield-Jones, Kera Winders, Tere Murphy

Mount. St. Mary’s University California

Jennifer Maria, Chopchik Marcela, Hannah Halliwell, Adam Picasso, Ivette Jackson, Courtnie Cotillo, Jesse Nativi, Diana De La Torre, Iris Zaldivar, Ginalyn Nacnac, Danielle Grashel, Maria Pelayo, Cendy Anaya, Daniel Aleman, Lindsey Luna, Marlon Murillo, Hana Rashad, Jacquelyn Urias-Morales, Jordan Avila, Edlin Figueroa

Dominican University Priory

Kristi Appelhans, Betty Boatwright, Staci Vazquez, Kelly O’Connor, Jerome Woods, Sara Doherty, Gricelydis Irizarry, Lisa Cook, Kristina Castro, Jasmine Moore

Tennessee Tech University

Savannah Alexander, Fahad Alharbi, Samantha Bales, Deanna Barrett, Zarte Fowler, Christin Gaul, Sonya Hruska, Christine Johnston, Bryson Kelpe, Dakota Key, Ruth Melendez, Cynthia Plemens, Matthew Pollack, Melissa Pryor, Maria Rios, Brittany Rittenberry, Elizabeth Rowe
Jeanine Smith, Gena Webb

Boston University Metropolitan College

Huyen Acevedo Nguyen, Nicole Conward, Susan Dillon, Kerri Dooley, Marina Katehis, Cheryl Maynard, Taylor Raiche, Renata Ribeiro, Kristine Sweetland, Maggie Tam, Rebecca Weizel, Marcus Williams, Cen-Yu Fang, Benjamin Deignan, Adron Gordon, Ilir Kumani, Abdulaziz Nur, Ignacio Ojanguren, Manuela Valencia, Myriam Walter

University of Utah

R. Warr

USC – Aiken

Amy Bates, Bridget Boling, Kristen Cochran, Jessica Crandall, Brandon McVey, Maya Pencheva, Anniebelle Quattlebaum, Christopher Spain, Sarah Stokely, Elizabeth Young

University of Wisconsin – OshKosh

Shavan Chalasane, Jesse Cuff, Jeramie DeSantos, Kelly Hanson, Dan Hofer, Kristine Howard, Darren Jorgenson, Sara Kvitek, Gao Lee, Aimee Mahler, Thomas Pitel, Desirae Thomaschefsky, Yvonne Wilkinson, Paige Zarate

Saint Peter’s University

Isaaida Carmona-Belliard, Amber Doreen, Myron Fairley, Cynthia Felder, Marilu Ferrer, Kia Highsmith, Diane Lang, Jaime Londono, Adam McKenzie, Janet Villanueva, Sally Vizueta

Oregon State University

Rebeka Phelps

The University of Missouri St. Louis

Rebecca Ketcherside-Burkard, Sally Sneed

Kennesaw State

Victoria Baker, Jennifer Bloodworth, Matt Sanchez, Joseph Johnson, Hector Alvarez
Mollett McCloud, Eric Betsil, Kim Turner, Kameal Byrd, Kelsey Dolan, Jennifer Billingsley, Joseph Reidy

King’s College

Meghan Colburn, Krysten Gabriel, John Leddie, Christopher Natale, Elizabeth Sitler, Ashley Warner, Edward Yonkoski

Concordia College-New York

Daniel Zambo, Sonja James, Jamila Lapponese, Janine Chiariello

Ohio University

Parker Chamberlin, Lonnie Deppen, Shawn Griffin, Joshua Hensley, Najet Miah, Anthony Pacherille, Michael Riolo, Andrew Schlichtemeier, Jesse Simmons, Matthew Winter

Park University

Steven Beckham, Kimberly Brewer, Jillian Dhone, Valerie Diaz, Daniel Duncan, Alvaro Enriquez, Mark Friend, Kali Fuchs, Timmy Gilder, Timothy Griffin, Lindsey Gruen, Waizheng He, Quinn Knabe, Rachael MacArthur, Stephan Newland, Samantha Patterson,Jessica Pham, Elizabeth Poirier, Samuel Quinn, Michelle Randall, Keith Renuard, Naomi, Rockafellow, Jason Sayre, Errin Sharp, Reah Andrews, Jason Guillory


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!

Apply Today 

What Alpha Sigma Lambda Means to Me

In my family, pursuing higher education was an expectation.  There was never a discussion of whether we would go to college, but rather where we would go to college.  This was true for my generation, not so for that of my parents.

The son of a retail salesman and a homemaker, my father was one of eight siblings:  four boys and four girls growing up with modest means.  The girls became teachers right out of high school to help support the four boys’ college education.  Once the boys graduated, the girls went on to college.  On my mother’s side all attended college, some as adult students. My mom went to college at the same time as I did.  I saw her work hard to achieve her professional goals later in life, and pull all-nighters working on her projects.  She became my inspiration.

For the most part, I have spent my academic career working with adults and I have been an adult student as well.  

The adult education field has taught me that those individuals who take the nontraditional road, those who go back to school to complete their degrees while juggling family, work, and other life events, work harder to reach their goals and their sense of accomplishment has deeper roots.

Representing Alpha Sigma Lambda at my school in a way helps me value the efforts our students make and celebrate those who accomplish academic excellence.  Their life goals, their hurdles and how they overcome them encourage me to work harder, and remind me that I am a better person as a result of knowing them.

About the Author

Maria R. Altobello is the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University.  She joined the faculty in 2001 and served in the Dean’s office as Associate Dean (2012-2015) prior to becoming the Dean.

Dr. Altobello 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).

Dr. Altobello is committed to lifelong learning.  Her research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior level assessment, retention, and quality in distance education.  She has been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning destined to study prior level assessment and retention in adult student populations.  She has served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda since 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017 as the member at large.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Recognizes Adult Learners and Their Families

During the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) annual conference in St. Louis, the week of October 9, 2017, I was wandering the vendor exhibits when I came upon the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) booth. A woman was chatting with one of the representatives from the honor society, and I was reminded of my inquiry into ASL some ten years ago. I wanted to share my enthusiasm for ASL, so I asked if I could put my “two cents” in. Below is the gist of my “two cents.”

I established the Pi Zeta chapter of ASL at Western Connecticut State University in May 2007, not only to honor high-achieving adult learners but also to recognize their families.

As those of us who have been, or who have worked with, adult learners know, jugging higher education along with other adult responsibilities can be challenging, at best.

Without the support of friends and family, that “juggling act” can be even more stressful. As a former adult learner, myself, I recall those challenges, and establishing a chapter of ASL was one small way in which I could “give back” to the adult learner community.

While our universities and colleges may offer membership to several honor societies, ASL stands out for the adult learner population, bringing these high-achieving students and their families together, as a community, in celebration and recognition.

Lisa G. Peck

Retired National Councilor,

Alpha Sigma Lambda, Pi Zeta Chapter

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT