2020 Scholarship Recipients Highlight | Part 4

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to supporting adult learners access to higher education by awarding scholarships each year.  Many university scholarship programs are not oriented toward adult students, forcing adult learners to seek out loans, or are often forced to work multiple jobs so that they can provide for their families while pursuing their degree. Learn more about two nontraditional students who were recently awarded a scholarship from Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Iris has lived in the Philadelphia area for over twenty years. One of her biggest passions is helping others, which she has done through both her work and as a volunteer. She is a wife and the proud mother of three adult sons. 

For the past fourteen years, she has worked with an agency that provides mental health services for children. Iris is currently enrolled at Chestnut Hill College and is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology.

Her goal is to go on to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Services. Upon completing her formal education, Iris wishes to work in the mental health field, working specifically with the underserved Spanish-speaking population.

 

Scholarship Recipient Iris Dabney

Iris Dabney


Scott is in the process of reinventing himself.  He has gotten sober, divorced, and has left a dead-end job in New York City to move out to Long Island to attend Stony Brook University.  Scott has been a government worker, a paralegal, and an actor.  He has traveled to Norway as a foreign-exchange student, worked for a summer in Yellowstone National Park, even traveled across the U.S. and Canada competing as a bagpiper in various highland games.  Scott hopes to gather up all these life experiences, mix them up with his wild and vivid imagination, and recreate himself as a novelist. 

Currently, Scott is an English Major at Stony Brook, a student in the English Department’s Honors Program and is Treasurer for Alpha Nu Zeta, the local chapter of the International English Honors Society, and a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. 

Scott never finished college when he was younger.  Now, at 47-years-old, he is grateful not only for the opportunity to finish something he started, but to do something he loves.

Scholarship Recipient Scott MacKenzie

Scott MacKenzie


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

2020 Scholarship Recipient Highlight | Part 3

Amber Corrieri is the Director of Corporate Compliance and Communications at Mainstream Living, a multi-county non-profit organization that provides residential and community support services to adults with disabilities and mental illness.  

Outside of her career, Corrieri has a passion for community service. She was elected to her seat on the Ames city council in 2013 and is serving her second four-year term. She is also the current President of the Iowa Alliance for Boys and Girls Clubs, Chair of the Story County Housing Trust Fund, and a member of the Ames Education Foundation Board of Directors.  Corrieri has a long history of service to the community and is particularly proud of her efforts leading the construction of a Miracle League Field and inclusive playground which will open in the summer of 2020.  

Corrieri was recognized as one of the Ames Chamber of Commerce’s 4 Under 40 Award winners in 2011 and received the Iowa Jaycees Outstanding Young Iowan Award in 2015. 

She and her husband Damien, Director of Coaching with the Ames Soccer Club, live in Ames, Iowa with their two children Jordan (17) and Isabella (14).  

Amber Corrieri


 

Jesyka is an upcoming senior at East Tennessee State University, and she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She maintains a 4.0 GPA, and also currently works in the tourism industry in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, Jesyka is a mother to a 2-year-old boy, and both of them enjoy exploring the mountains.

Jesyka hopes to become a teacher who helps children to see their value and inspires them to become the best versions of themselves.

Jesyka Barbieri

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 Paula and Daniel on their continuing education journeys by making a donation today!

2021 New Officers | Board of Directors

Dr. Elizabeth Pack

Society Secretary

Chapter Councilor for Gamma Beta Upsilon

 Gardner-Webb University

Elizabeth is a native North Carolinian with her formative years spent in the Winston-Salem area.  After graduating from high school, she planned to enter the workforce, but her parents had other ideas.  Still thinking she was not college material, she entered the Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.  After completing two associate’s degrees in business and marketing, she realized she would need a bachelor’s to be competitive in the workforce.  Fortunately, at the community college, she discovered information on a private college that would accept most of her credits.  She would not have to start over, but she would have to move.  

Elizabeth completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in two years and a master’s degree in business two years later from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.  She had every intention of becoming a vice president of marketing at a Fortune 500 company.  The only glitch was there were no companies or positions of that nature in the small town where she lived.  Eventually, Elizabeth would find a marketing position in a small company an hour away from the town.  She loved the job but not the commute.

Almost four years later, by happenstance, she was given an opportunity to work at her alma mater as an academic advisor in the program from which she graduated.  The higher education bug bit her.  Championing adult students to achieve a degree became her passion.  After completing the requirements of an Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Elizabeth achieved the position of dean of the program from which she graduated over 20 years ago.  She continues to be an advocate for adult education at the university level.

Elizabeth has served as Councilor for the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Gardner-Webb University since 2016. She has overseen the induction of more than 200 students to the honor society since 2012.  She was inducted as an honorary member in 2006.

 


Bob Charlebois

Member at Large

Chapter Councilor for Theta Tau

Office of Adult Learner Services, University of South Alabama

Bob Charlebois has worked in higher education for almost ten years.  He has a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Appalachian State University and started his career as an academic advisor in their Walker College of Business.  After three and a half years in the advising center, he moved to the Office of Transfer Services at Appalachian State.  There he directed a transfer student support and advising program for students at three regional community colleges.  Jump Start Appalachian provided support and guidance to students planning to transfer to Appalachian.  In 2016, he was hired to implement a similar program at the University of South Alabama.  Pathway USA quickly grew to serve five community colleges in three states.  After four years with Pathway USA, in November 2019, he accepted the newly created director position in USA’s Office of Adult Learner Services.

Having worked with many adult Business majors and community college transfer students over the span of ten years, Bob is very familiar with the adult student population and their unique needs. They are among his favorite students to work with.  On a daily basis, he assists interested, admitted, and current adult and non-traditional students at South, helping them navigate the admission and financial aid process, find support resources, and connect with academic departments.  Soon after starting with the Office of Adult Learner Services, Bob re-activated the dormant Theta Tau chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  In spring 2020 the chapter inducted 95 new members.  Previously, Bob advised Appalachian’s chapter of Tau Sigma, the transfer student honor society, for eight years.

 


Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.

Society Treasurer

Education provides upward economic mobility and I am living proof of its power.  This is why I am passionate about higher education.

For over 20 years, I have worked with first-generation college students through the development of undergraduate, graduate, and pathway programs.  I aim to reduce the entry barriers by providing potential students with access to higher education opportunities.  I also strive to create environments that support diversity and inclusion to assist students through their journey.  Increased access and a supportive environment have a positive impact on student retention and success.

I received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, a specialization in Finance and an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).

As Dean of the College of Health and Natural Sciences at Franklin Pierce University, I am committed to lifelong learning.  My research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior learning assessment, retention, and quality in distance education.  I have been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) destined to study prior learning assessment and retention in adult student populations.

Engaging in community service is an important component of my work.  I served as Chapter Vice President of Sigma Beta Delta Local Chapter 2004-2018.  I also served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda 2013-2019.  In 2017, I began my service as a Member at Large of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and in 2019, I became the Treasurer.  As the Treasurer, I changed the structure used to report to the board about finances to a more interactive format.  This has resulted in more engaging discussions about the future of the organization, and about ways in which we can increase the scope of the annual scholarships.

Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion for assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities.  I am looking forward to continuing my service should I be chosen.

William C. Hine Awardee Edward Singleton, Jr.

 Educator | Leader | Father | Husband | Mentor | Brother | Friend

Edward Singleton, Jr.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Iota Delta Chapter Councilor
Director at Bethune-Cookman University

The Continuing Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University was initiated in 1978 under the administration of Dr. Cleo S. Higgins, then Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. In the Fall of 1979 Edward Singleton, Jr. was recruited as Coordinator of two extension sites. The first site was located in St. Augustine, Florida at Trinity United Methodist Church and the second was located in Palatka, Florida at Palatka High School. In 1980 a business site was located in Spuds, Florida and donated to the University by a Trustee Board member, George C. Miller, Jr., and after extensive renovations of the existing building were completed 30 students from St. Augustine and Palatka campuses were relocated to the Bethune-Cookman University Spuds Branch campus. As of this date, over 1,000 students have graduated from the John W. Miller Center (previously known as the Spuds Branch campus).

For the last 41 years, Edward Singleton, Jr., has remained committed to building a program for adult learners, and he continues to provide programs that will serve the needs of non-traditional students, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop their creative potentials, and become productive citizens in a pluralistic society.

Edward Singleton, Jr., while committed to education also determined to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry of the Town of Hastings. Because of his commitment and dedication to service, Edward Singleton, Jr., became involved with the governing body of the Town of Hastings, where he served on the Town Commission in 1993 – 1998. From 1997 to 2004 he served as the first African American Mayor for the Town of Hastings (and in St. Johns County), a term he held with professionalism, integrity, and pride, and as Mayor was instrumental in the Town saving the Old Hastings High School, now (known as HHS Community Building) which is occupied by offices of the Town of Hastings, the St. Johns County Tax Collector, a St John’s County Sherriff’s Annex office and a branch of the St. Johns County Library.

Edward Singleton, Jr., is an integral part of our community and the surrounding areas, and it is most appropriate that we recognize Mr. Edward Singleton, Jr., for his untiring dedication and commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve”.

Learn more about the William C. Hine Award.

2020 Scholarship Recipient Highlight | Part 2

My name is Paula, and I am an international student whose passion for film helped me learn another language and overcome the struggles of living in an ever-changing country like Venezuela. I have experience working with photography, video, podcasts, and writing. In my free time, I love to read and exercise. My main goal in life is to get a good job in my field so I can one day provide for my parents, who have sacrificed everything for me to live my dreams.

Paula Azuaje, currently studying at Queens University of Charlotte


I study economics and finance with a minor in accounting. After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue a master’s degree in finance, a field that I am extremely passionate about, in the Northeast region. The reason behind it is because I want to be as close to Wall Street as possible – I have always been interested in the stock market and I know that experiencing this atmosphere up close will be beneficial for my future.  I am enthusiastic about further exploring the world of finance; I just find it fascinating. Aside from studying, I enjoy traveling, being in nature, doing sports activities, and cooking.

Daniel Madmony Ziegler, currently studying at Eastern New Mexico University


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 Paula and Daniel on their continuing education journeys by making a donation today!

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!


Message to Alpha Sigma Lambda 2020 Graduates

Alpha Sigma Lambda graduates, each one of you has a story. Each one of you has a unique journey of how you found your way to pursuing a college education, perhaps stopping and starting again as you also navigated the challenges and joys of life. You moved towards your goal, and finally, after years of hard work (and late nights of studying for many of you), you have achieved your degree. 

Many of you probably also imagined the day you would walk across the stage, shake the hand of your institution’s president, and receive your diploma, with your family and friends watching.  Perhaps you were looking forward to that day, as you worked on your final classes, completing your final assignments. Yet, as your graduation approached, Commencements were canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  I know that many of you were likely disappointed, and understandably so. Commencement ceremonies can serve as the grand finale to achieving your degree.  

As virtual ceremonies replaced the on-ground ones, I want to remind you that the sudden change in events does not diminish your accomplishments. Quite the contrary, when classes moved online, campuses closed, industries and companies shut down, unemployment increased exponentially, and people were falling ill with an unknown virus, you managed to continue your path. Regardless of how the current situation affected you, you managed to keep moving forward to complete your degree. The Board of Directors and the Home Office of Alpha Sigma Lambda are proud of your accomplishments! We hope that you still had a nice celebration, even if it wasn’t what you expected.

If you are our Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Facebook group, please share your graduation pictures with us so that we can celebrate with you or share your photos with us on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. 2020 Graduates can also ENTER TO WIN A FREE GIFT from Alpha Sigma Lamba Honor Society!

Congratulations, graduates!

Shelley Hintz

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society President

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

New Chapters 

Brandman University | Xi Lambda

California Lutheran University | Omega Rho

Schreiner University | Xi Omega


Re-Established Chapters 

Houston Baptist University | Iota Epsilon

Trinity Washington University 


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

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

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Nylisha Hughes | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Nylisha was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Nylisha first began working with children as young as age three as a Martial Arts Instructor. Whilst studying Dietetics and Nutrition at Bronx Community College, Nylisha became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After obtaining her Associate’s Degree and spending a semester away from home to gain new knowledge, she returned to New York to study at the City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education, where she is currently an Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in History, Politics, and Society. 

Nylisha is expected to graduate with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Spring 2020 and plans to continue her education to earn her Masters and Doctorate degree. Nylisha believes in the power of mentorship and leading by example. She believes that with hard work, perseverance, a strong mindset, and making the most out of every opportunity anything is possible. 

Moreover, Nylisha believes in being hands-on, getting involved, and giving back to marginalized communities like the one in which she grew up. Among her volunteer experience is her service as an effective organizer of World AIDS Day. In 2018, Nylisha was recognized for her academic achievement, making her a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.



Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals! 

You can help students like Nylisha by making a donation and giving the gift of education.


The Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020. Learn more …