Message to ASLHS Members | Coronavirus-19

Dear Members,

Due to the measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Alpha Sigma Lambda Home Office Staff are now fully remote and will continue to function remotely until further notice.   

We are monitoring all voicemails regularly and will return your calls as soon as we are able.  Please make note that returned calls will be made using the phone number, (812) 610-8659 (Washington, IN). This is a temporary number and may be displayed as an unknown number.  Of course, we will also be working via email throughout the normal workday.

The office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. and Friday: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Central Standard Time.

THE ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA ONLINE STORE IS OPEN

Orders will be processed and shipped from our remote location to the best of our ability.  Please note that apparel orders could take up to 6 weeks before they are shipped.  We will keep you updated on any further delays.         

SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE 

Alpha Sigma Lambda will be accepting online applications for scholarships starting in 2020. Students can download a fillable online version of the APPLICATION on our website. Students must submit their applications to the chapter counselor for review. Please do not forward your own packets! Packets received in this manner will not be accepted.

Only chapters may forward application packets to the Home Office after verifying your GPA, completed hours at the institution, and other required information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the chapter counselor at your institution. Chapter contact information can be found on our online chapter DIRECTORY.

We appreciate your patience as we adjust to the remote environment, but we are as committed as ever to meeting your needs, answering your questions, and continuing to support you as you pursue your education.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.   

Best regards,

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Home Office


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 …  

Kappa Rho Spring 2020 Induction

Kappa Rho held a virtual induction ceremony for our two new members on Sunday, April 26, 2020, to honor and celebrate their academic achievements. We were joined via video chat by several Gonzaga University staff members, our two students inductees, and their friends and family.

Student Inductees: Samantha Bristol, Wendy Flanagan


Membership shall contain chapters of colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations. Students are inducted into the Society as members of a specific chapter. Membership at-large is not available to students.

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

 

 

Helen DiCave Tracey | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania, and after living in six other states in my adult life, I returned to Chester fifteen years ago to care for my aged mother. During my working years, I had several diverse professions, among them media coordinator, outside sales, medical secretary/transcriptionist, medical writer/editor, psychology case manager, and wildlife photographer. 

Since my retirement, I have written an as-yet-to-be-published novel and have helped other writers with crafting their fiction. Currently I am a senior at Widener University , majoring in Liberal Studies and hoping to graduate in 2020. After graduation I plan to work toward a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and possibly an MFA in creative writing. I have two sons and a stepson who live nearby and who have blessed me with three grandchildren. 

 


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals! You can help students like Helen by making a donation and giving the gift of education.