Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductions | Winter 2019 -2020

Gamma Beta Upsilon

Mr. Homer Craig (Criminal Justice Coordinator and Instructor, Guest Speaker: Tim Price – 2018 Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductee
History of Alpha Sigma Lambda and Induction Ceremony: Dr. Elizabeth Pack (Dean of Adult and Distance Education)
Remarks: Dr. Ben Leslie (Provost and Executive Vice President)

Student inductees: Paige Bortnick, Sarah Young, and Brittany McGill, Paula Quinn, Melissa Stewart, and Thomas Harless.


Gardner Webb Alpha Sigma Lambda member at an induction
Sharing her Alpha Sigma Lambda pride & pin is Brittany McGill’s.

Delta Lambda Pi

The DePaul-School for New Learning, Delta Lambda Pi (DePaul Leaders and Professionals) held its 17th Annual Induction Ceremony, Saturday, May19, 2019. The theme this year was “when life challenges you”. This theme was inspired by a quote from Alana Stewart saying, “No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them.” SNL Inductees took to heart to examine learning opportunities presented by life’s challenges, and then make the ultimate decision to shift to their inner cheerleader. Associate Dean for SNL Operations, Dr. Akilah Martin was the key note. Interim Dean and ASL Director, Dr. Donald L. Opitz congratulated and held individual photo-ops with inductees and Chapter Councilor, Leyfane J. Thomas, President Stephen Hall and ASL Alumni, Lisa Tolefree, offered separate congratulatory words of encouragement. The Chapter Councilor also chimed a bell at inductee roll call.

Student Inductees: Isabel Avalos, Regina Davis, Heather De vries, Alice Dobosz, Sabrina Downard, Emma Jane Hunt, Ana Fuentes, Shaunta Gray, Igael Hamburg, Marcia Hernandez, Troy Kindle, Bill King, Shantoya Leslie, Sandra Long, Cheryl Marshall, Monika Martinez, Sean McNamara, LaTonya Mohead, Margaret Micheli Venckus, Fernando Molina, Charlotte Ogorek, Deanna Patton, LaurieRabattini, Melissa Rack, Cheryl Schuh, Stephanie Soergel, Anne Sprecher, Conner Steel, Renee Terracina and Robert Trotter.

DePaul-School for New Learning

Iota Eta Sigma

The University of Mobile’s Iota Eta Sigma (in His service) chapter celebrated our 17th year by adding nine new inductees, including one honorary faculty member, Dr. Karen Dennis from our School of Education. Dr. Pamela Buchanan Miller, long-time chapter counselor and advocate for adult students at UM led the induction, and one of our two 2019 national ASL scholarship members, Tanika Woodard, presented candidates with their certificates of membership. The reception that followed was attended by 60+ friends and family celebrating their members’ accomplishments.

Student Inductees: Jennifer Amacker, Beverly Deas, Trinishia Clausell, Kylie Boutwell, Dr. Karen Dennis (honorary, faculty), Jennifer Todd, Sherea White, Kenneth Kaiser, Victoria Bolton.

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.

Russell Cordova | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Russell Cordova is a 45 year-old, full-time working husband and dad who went to college right after high school. Having decided to take the proverbial year off, he did not return until he was 42 years old and had a family. It was always his and his late mom’s dream that he finish school.  Taking on this task while having four children, a full time job, and many other responsibilities, was a major feat. Having set his mind on fulfilling God’s plan for his life, Rus jumped in with both feet! Above all things he seeks to know God’s heart and responded to that calling to finish school. Despite his full-time job and busy home life, he went after what he knew only God could provide. Now, several years later, Rus is graduating from Colorado Christian University with his Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA).

He has been on the Dean’s list three times and honored to be invited as a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which has been one of his greatest accomplishments. The most important lesson to be taken from returning to a higher education later in life, is to show others that there’s no expiration date on a dream!

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

Scholarship Recipient 2019 Nagomi Koyama.

Nagomi Koyama | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

My name is Nagomi Koyama. I was born and raised in Sapporo, Hokkaido, and worked for years in Tokyo, Japan. About 10years ago, my husband and I moved to Okinawa, and I noticed Okinawa International Exchange and Human Resources Development Foundation has been recruiting applicants who want to enter the U.S. Universities in the military facilities in the prefecture. I am participating in this program so that I can attend the University of Maryland University College as a student in Okinawa. Studying abroad has been a big dream since my childhood, so it is fortunate to be able to learn at an American university although I live in Japan.  

I have about 30 years of experience as a Certified Physical Therapist in the rehabilitation department in the University Hospital. Also, I am qualified as a Certified Stroke Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist, Care Support Specialist, Care Prevention Promotion Leader, Community Comprehensive Care Promotion Leader, and Dementia Awareness Caravan Mate. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, I am in charge of mentoring and educating clinical practice students. To improve my English ability, and to develop and research the therapy for patients, I am enrolled in psychology as my major.  

Currently, I am a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Dean’s List. In the Bridge program, I won the Best Research Writer Award. Also, I have been achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Average so far.

I am very grateful for the recognition of hard work through my induction into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the honor of being a recipient of the 2019 Scholarship.

My goals are to be the great help for improving the patient service with my English ability, and to share my technique with my teammates. So, I will do my best and never stop learning.

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

Spring | Summer 2019 Inductions

Pi Delta Chi

Induction held on May 3rd, 2019. We had new members attend in person and also through a live stream for a total of 117 new inductees. Dr. Brian Redmond (Keynote Speaker) Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Labor and Employment relations where he is the Director for the Organizational Leadership program. 

Student Inductees: Deborah Alao, Samir AlyGad, Marty Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Kelsey Barksdale, Kelly Barron, Thomas Beam, Keith Bernstein, Jason Berteotti, Jessica Bishop, Miguel Bisono, Ronni Black, Erina Boulch, Robert Bowers, Brandon Brandell, Elizabeth Brown, Helen Burton, Elizabeth Bussler, Madison Capestrain, Maura Chadwick, Korina Crabtree, James Crawford, Miranda Crimbring, Tobie Crossland, Sara Cuthbert, Jennifer Dady, Nicholas Davis, Gwendolyn Davis, Kyle Duggins, Stephanie Eck, Patrick Elkins, Hannah Federau, Brian French, Carie Fuller, Joshua Fulton, Fonda Garcia, Christopher Halbig, Brian Harrington, Michael Harsh, Janelle Hazelton, Kevin Hinkle, John Hodges, Nicole Hodziewich, Renata Hoffstetter, Jeanne Holler, Kaitlyn Innerst, Jennifer Jabaut, Eric Jenner, Jamie Johnson, Daniel Kanw, Elena Khudovekova, Nash Kinsella, Loren Knyper, Ashish Kohli, Stephanie Kruk, Matthew Kulinski, Edward Lach, Stephen Laird, Miles Lamborn, Richard Lape, Michelle Lee, Cathy Liggett, Sybil Lindstead, Scott Lucas, Stephenie Luke, Rachel Lyons, Joelle Manners, Michael Martin, Katelyn Merrihew, Veronica Miller, Clara Miller, Kimberly Moore, William Morris, Esther Nio, Daniel O’Farrell,John Ortega, Maya Paveza, Zachary Pawelkiewicz, Jessica Poland, Lisa Preitz, Sharon Price, Bethany Quinn, Bratislav Rakic, Olivia Ramsey, Tiffany Renninger, Kathrine Rineer, Danielle Rios-Roberts, Milagros Rodriguez, Kevin Rossi, Andrew Salesi, James Scales, Terry Schlitzer, Kara Shaffer, Jamie Shaw, Alyssa-Brianne Sibiga, Caitlin Smith, Robert Spaniel, Elizabeth Swords, Anastasia Thomas, Alexander To, Kathleen Trexler, Kevin Trzcinski, Peter Turcotte, Florine van Dam – Lehtinen, Catherine Vaziri, Eliza Viner, Dainora Visockaite, Stephen Wagner, Cierra White, Andrew Whitmire, Nicholas Williamson, Kendall Wohlwerth, Amanda Wolfe, Catherine Wootten, Amelia Young, Jessica Young, Jarod Zacharias


State College, PA – 05/03/2019: Penn State World Campus held an induction ceremony for new members of the Pi Delta Chi chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society held at the Outreach Building on Friday, May 03, 2019, in State College, PA. Photos by Joe Rokita /

Delta Lambda Pi

School for New Learning, Delta Lambda Pi, (DePaul Leaders and Professionals) held its’ 17th Annual Induction Ceremony, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at DePaul University, DePaul Club, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. This event is a marker of celebration of student academic excellence —celebrating not only the fruits of academic excellence, but the creative and intellectual process that led up to them. Dr. Akilah Martin, Associate Dean for Operations and Student Engagement, DePaul University, was the guest speaker.

Interim Dean and ASL Director, Dr. Donald L. Opitz, LaPhane Thomas, MA (Chapter Councilor), Ifágbayi Adéyéfa, MA, (President) and Lisa Tolefree, MA (Vice President) lead the celebration of honorees, along with their family and friends, in recognition of their academic achievement.

Student Inductees: Isabel Avalos, Graham Bromley, Regina Davis, Heather De Vries, Alice Dobosz, Sabrina Downard, Emma Jane Hunt, Ana Fuentes, Shaunta Gray, Igael Hamburg, Marcia Hernandez, Troy Kindle, Bill King, Shantoya Leslie, Sandra Long, Cheryl Marshall, Monika Martinez, Sean McNamara, Margaret Micheli Venckus, LaTonja Mohead, Fernando Molina, Charlotte Ogorek, Deanna Patton, Laurie Rabattini, Melissa Rack, Cheryl Schuh, Stephanie Soergel, Anne Sprecher, Conner Steel, Renee Terracina, Lisa Torres and Robert Trotter.

Tau Lambda

The Tau Lambda chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at Roberts Wesleyan College held its 10th induction and welcomed 32 new members on April 4, 2019. Twenty-four of the inductees were able to attend the ceremony and are pictured. Special guest speaker was Ms. Christine Caplan, Executive Director of Cobb’s Hill Manor Assisted Living—a 2014 RWC alumni and ASL inductee from the Health Administration program.

Each inductee was presented with a certificate, membership card, honor pin, and graduation cord by Dean Joseph McCarthy, and the Program Directors—Ms. Michele Kraynik, Esq. (Health Administration), Mrs. Penny Cannon (Organizational Management), and Dr. Kristen Driskill (Pathway to Teaching).

The inductees, along with their families, friends, faculty, and staff, celebrated this accomplishment with a reception in their honor. RWC takes great pleasure in honoring our hardworking students and are proud of all they have achieved.

Student Inductees: Bachelor of Health Administration program: Michelle L. Bassett, Katrina A. Blaszyk, Jessie McHugh, Michelle Parai, Sandra Scheerens, Jona Scott-Duval, Samantha J. Vagg Organizational Management program: Shaun Patrick Adam, Christie L. Brown, Paul Callens, Bridgett Curran, Deanna L. Dake, Bob Flaherty, Melissa P. Keery-Cruz, Katie LaBombard, Nicholas Noll-Lamantia, Monica A. Ross, Janet M. Smith, Michelle Teal, Alanna Tierson, Shelley V. Tierson, Anna E. Wunderlich Pathway to Teaching program: Mary E. Borcyk, Jessica Ann Cole, Kelsey Curazzato, Megan Godlewski, Wendy Hall, Jessica Lea Keipper, Valerie Lomax, Kenzie Mason, Angela R. Pizzarello, Lindsay Jean Wiegand


Sigma Chi Nu

The spring 2019 induction ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18th at 4:30 p.m. in our lovely Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Dean Betty Telford, the Chapter Adviser opened the ceremony and we welcomed 13 new inductees into our chapter.

Student Inductees: Nicholas Badgio, Tabitha Benton, Breanna Bratton, Daisy Burris, Jhoana Gaytan Pelaigo, Courtney Gibson, Tamara Goolsby Conrad, Mary Allison Gray, Kristena Hendrix, Danielle House, Maggie Jacobs, Diana Robson, Amanda Safewright, Candace Simmons

Nu Kappa Pi

The Adult Learner Programs and Services 2019 Awards Banquet was held on April 4, 2019, and celebrated 75 new initiates into the Nu Kappa Pi chapter. After some light refreshments and networking opportunities with various faculty and department chairs, Dr. Ande Durojaiye, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs welcomed all inductees and guests. Amy Danzo, Director of Adult Learner Programs and Services, presented awards to both the faculty and student of the year (inductee Chrisula Stone). Chapter Councilor Sara Conwell, and fellow advisor/coordinator Kim McCoy, led the official Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ceremony.

Student Inductees: Christina Able; Aaron Alles; LaVonne Amanns; Angela Anderson; Sarah Ankenbauer; Leslie Archambeault; Cynthia Auer; Brittany Benson; Lori Bold; Zachary Boone; Brandon Brown; Patricia Courtade; Christina Dowdy; Robert Dusing; Kevin Eagles; Jake Eisenman; Brandi Estrada; Tami Farber; Joshua Goodan; John Goodlett; Michelle Gundrum; Molly Gustin; Heba Hamdan; Elizabeth Harvey; Andrew Haubner; Gradaphene Hayden; Brent Hensley; Krisha Hinkle; Nathan Hodges; Britney Horvath; Andrew Iverson; Jessica Kendall; Mary Kreimer; Andrea Lee; Jenny Marsh; Kimberly Masco; Marie McMullen; Joseph Moretti; Savannah Nash; Jason Peck; Krystal Plumitallo; Angela Quincy; Kaitlin Rawe; Rachel Rawe; Brittany Reynolds; Candy Riegler; Roger Robbins; Danielle Rogers; Alethea Rose; Travis Roy; Phoebe Salyers; Sarah Sanchez; Steven Scharold; Nathaniel Schmitz; Karen Seidler; Connie Seiter; Wie Sie; Jeffrey Smith; Eric MP Stankewicz; Chrisula Stone; Kelsey Stratton; Brian Street; Kelly Stucker; Caitlin Thornberry; Anson Turley; Adrianne Underhill; Kaitlyn Vandenbrock; Lisa Voutsikakis; Jeremy Watson; Jerod Weber; Jamie Willhoff; Jimmy Williams; Sheila Wolfer; Lindsay Wood; Adam Zarnowski

Gamma Gamma

The Gamma Gamma Chapter at Rhode Island College was first chartered in 1981. Chapter Councilor was Dr. Walter Crocker, the Dean of the School of Continuing Education. The Chapter was rechartered in December 2018 and new inductees welcomed in Spring 2019. The new inductees had an average GPA of 3.914; 5 of the students had a perfect 4.0.

Student Inductees: Veronica Anderson, David Barksdale, John Belcher, Felix Benzant
Andrea Braga, Jiana Calderara, Brittany Castaneda, Joel Coste, Susan Gaboriault, Claudio Ialongo
Douglas Kania,  Marina Kreiter, Dianne Lapane, Mark Laskey, Linn Mariano, Anthony Maselli, Michelle McCabe,  Patricia McLaughlin, Caitlin McManus, Kevin Medeiros, Linh Nguyen, Deanne O’Brien Hagerty
Shannon Pugliese,  Tara Rawley, Matthew Schiavo, Dianne Thomas

Theta Nu

The induction ceremony was held on Friday, April 12th. Becker College President Nancy Crimmin welcomed the students and ean Mary Ellen Mahoney, Dean of the School of Graduate & Professional Studies gave a motivating speech to the inductees. Kristin Koziol, inducted into Theta Nu in 2018, was the guest speaker.

Student Inductees: Molly Bonneville, Rosalba Candelaria, Carolina Fialho, Cassandra Graham, Kimberly Jarzinski, Susan Jones, Alicia Lewis, Curran Mead, Heather Olson, Ana Puello, Lauren Tiberio, Christopher Vine, Faith Whitney

Beta Psi Alpha

Dr. RJ McGivney welcomed 18 new members to the spring Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ceremony. The inductees and their families enjoyed a cocktail reception and presentation by Christine Beck Lissitzyn who awarded a scholarship established in her honor to inductee Marie Hatten.

Student Inductees: Amber Badger, Marie Bate, Michelle Beharry, Carol Courtney, Natalee Daley, Erin Davis, Elena Ding, Carolee Garvey, Diana Grzes, Marie Hatten, Hudson Hudson [this is NOT a mistake], Elena Kruzhalova, Petergay Nevins-McKenzie, Carmen Rodriguez, Toni-Rose Sargent, Sheri Sireci, Sadian Tullonge-Clarke, Charmagne Verano

Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2019

Chi Alpha Lambda

All Keuka College Adult and Online Education students were inducted electronically into the Chi Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Upon acceptance into Alpha Sigma Lambda, students received a letter from Dr. Maeghen Kuhn, Assistant Vice President of Keuka College Adult and Online Education, congratulating them on their achievement. In addition to the letter, an Alpha Sigma Lambda pin, their member certificate, information about Alpha Sigma Lambda, Keuka College Alumni Relations information, and a Keuka College Adult and Online Education tech tattoo were sent to each inductee. The students walked in graduation the week after the induction ceremony. Congratulations to all of our new inductees!

Student Inductees: Lashawndra Ashford, Taylor Bennett, Shannon Boehm, Ashley Bush, Perrine Engle, Erica Grove, Andrea McLeod, Josephine Murphy, Jodi Osmen, Zachary Phenes, Aliscia Shafer, Michele Spenard, Jason Warner, Jennifer Zimmermann

Eta Chi

On Friday April 5, 2019, seven Muhlenberg College Wescoe School students and one Honorary faculty member were inducted into the Eta Chi Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Speakers at our event included Muhlenberg College’s Provost Dr. Kathleen Harring, Dean of Academic Life Dr. Bruce Anderson, Senior Lecturers Sally Richwine and Susan Clemens-Bruder, Muhlenberg Alum Karen Yowell, as well as the Dean of The Wescoe School of Continuing Education and Eta Chi Chapter Councilor Jane Hudak. Our formal ceremony was followed by a charming reception attended by faculty, students, and guests where the accomplishments of our inductees were celebrated.

Student Inductees:  Michael Buzzard, Jennifer Fenstermaker, Brianne Kichline, Michael Feyrer, Rhiannon Harwi, Melissa Kuruts, Laura Pezzulich, David Haas

Upsilon Zeta

The Upsilon Zeta induction ceremony was held at the University of South Carolina on April 29, 2019. Dr. Chris Nesmith, Chapter Councilor, led the ritual of induction and presented inductees with certificates while Dr. Susan Elkins, Palmetto College Chancellor, bestowed honor cords and membership cards. The ceremony concluded with recognition of the inductees’ efforts by Dr. Elkins.

Student Inductees: Jennifer Cudd, Rachel Davis, Eric Grabski, Emily Hamilton, Rhonda Partridge, Carla Rogers, Marlene Shields, Denise Washington,

Faculty Inductees: Ron Cox, Hayes Hampton, John Peek, Andrew Pisano, Elliot Vittes

Zeta Phi

Zeta Phi’s Induction Ceremony was held on April 15, 2019 and included music by our Fine Arts Division, “Off Kilter.” Our featured guest speaker was Mary Bogart, a former non-traditional student and is currently married to our President, Dr. Tom Bogart.

Student Inductees: William T. Tate, Colleen R. Nordstrom, Robert P. Macri, Lucas R. Koch & Kristin J. Huichapa

Gamma Eta

On April 28, 18 new members were inducted into the Gamma Eta chapter at Marist College. Students were given honor stoles by the Dean with remarks on leadership and service by faculty.

Student Inductees: Travis Biro, Miranda Bohlinger, Martha Codio, Sheila Cody, Marlo DeLaRosa, Jose Fields, Lisa Held, Edward Jarosiewitz Knapp, Debra Lattanzi, Kristen Mastromarino, Kathleen McManus, Beth Monaco, Kathleen Monahan, Lauren Montgomery, Charlotte Murray, Carlos Ordonez, Michelle Penny, Christine Williams

Eta Rho

Members of the Class of 2019 were inducted into the Eta Rho Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda on May 16, during the Honors & Awards Ceremony at the Manchester Center. Dr. Maria R. Altobello, Dean of the College and Chapter Councilor conducted the ceremony. Inductees listened to the inspiring words of Steven Camerino, Chairman of the Board and received their diplomas from President Kim Mooney. A reception followed the ceremony, and inductees celebrated their accomplishments with family and friends. Seven inductees who were not able to attend the ceremony were inducted online.

Student Inductees: Amy J. Chaput, Jarrod M. Driscoll, Emily Germano, Derek K. Haimaidi, Kristina Marie Houde, Patrick M. Laforge, Nicole L. Main, Justine Pangilinan, Jeremy Douglas Seeley, Mark Abraham Stevens, Neil P. Young

Gamma Theta

Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies (UES) inducted six new Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society members into the Gamma Theta chapter at the annual UES Commencement Celebration held on May 9, 2019. Three of the inductees attended the event.

Student Inductees: Joshua White, Britton Walker, Katlyn Clark. Missing are Graham Haley, Michelle Styles and Sydney Townsend


Gamma Pi

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Morgan State University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies held a reception, inducting 17 Morgan State University Students into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Continuing Education National Honor Society. Of these 17 students: 11 different majors were represented and 4 students graduated on May 18, 2018.

The induction ceremony was held in the University Student Center Theater. Ms. Cheryl Nicholson, Quality Control Manager in the Morgan State University Office of Business & Auxiliary Services, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Student Inductees: Shanna Anderson, Courtenay Brown, Iman Clark, Brittney Daniels-Branch, Laurie Farber, Tracy Fletcher, Asia Hamilton, Aaron Peterson,  Angela Marie Roberson,  Tamika Rose,  Mohammed Ali Shamakay, LaToshia Smith-Brown,  Cicily Stephens,  Kit Sze, Joymaria Uche,  Marian Wiggins,  Takhirah M. Williams

Xi Delta 

The Xi Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Xavier University held its inaugural induction ceremony on the evening of May 10, 2019, in the Conaton Boardroom in Schmidt Hall on Xavier’s campus. Eleven individuals were inducted into the first class of Xi Delta ASL students, five were present to receive their certificates. ASL inductee and soon-to-be graduate, Sonia Pereira, gave a heartfelt speech discussing her journey as an adult student underscoring that while non-traditional students have unique experiences, there is a common thread of gratitude and pride in being part of the Xavier family. In addition, Dr. Adam Clark, Associate Professor in Theology offered an inspiring speech to the inductees. Rev Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier University President, gave closing words of encouragement to the newly inducted members. After the ceremony family and friends stayed to take photographs and enjoy lots of food and drink.

Student Inductees: Ayesha, Bahar, Bryan Berwanger, Charles Caudill, Maria Gomez, Damon Hurst, Theodore Kistner, Sonia Pereira, Michael Phillips, Cindy Rowland, Sarah Standley, Ryan Thomas

Xi Delta Induction

Pi Theta

Alpha Sigma Lambda, Pi Theta Chapter held its New Member Induction Ceremony and Honor Cord Presentation on Thursday, April 11, 2019 on the campus of Meredith College. The event was held on the College’s Celebrating Student Achievement Day, an annual, day-long event showcasing the talents and achievements of its students. Speakers for the ceremony were Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College and Tom Manning, Director of Wings – Adult Education at Meredith and Chapter Councilor. Pi Theta Chapter recognized not only its inductees at this event, but also presented graduating members with Alpha Sigma Lambda honor cords as a gift from the Office of Wings and the College. Dr. Allen made a special presentation of the Alpha Sigma Lambda military medallion to graduating senior member Sheila Thomas, USMC.

Student Inductees: Alyssa Cira, Barbara Daniel, Julie Sullivan, Laura Hagman, Rachel Isenberg, Martelle Neely, Kathryn Parker, Katie Sigmon, Sheila Thomas, Thomas Manning (honorary member)

Lambda Omicron

Twenty-four non-traditional/adult students at the State University of New York College at Cortland have been elected to membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an international honor society honoring the academic achievement of undergraduate students over the age of 24. The SUNY Cortland chapter, Lambda Omicron, has elected members to the honor society. The induction ceremony and dinner, which celebrated its 20th year at SUNY Cortland, was held Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. SUNY Cortland has inducted 645 student members over the past 20 years.

Alpha Sigma Lambda national standards indicate that students elected to membership are in the top twenty percent of all students at SUNY Cortland age 24 or older who have completed 24 credits of work at SUNY Cortland with a grade point average of 3.2 or better. For the inductees to be in the top twenty percent of students at SUNY Cortland this year, they needed to have a grade point average of 3.62 or higher. The GPA range for this group of students inducted was 3.62 to 4.14.

Cheryl Hines, Chapter Councilor and Coordinator of Student Outreach and Non-Traditional Student Support, Advisement and Transition, hosted the induction ceremony and dinner. SUNY Cortland’s College President, Dr. Erik J. Bitterbaum, offered welcoming remarks to the new members. Dr. Joshua Peck, Associate Professor in the psychology department, was the faculty guest speaker. He shared some of his own experiences as an adult student as well as stories of adult students he has worked with and mentored at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Peck was inducted as a student in 2007.

Sara Sampson, a senior dual major student, majoring Professional Writing and Political Science member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, explained the ideals of the honor society.

Peter “Kobe” Sarkodie was presented a military medallion by President Bitterbaum to recognize his service in the US Army. Lori Schlicht, Associate Director, Advisement and Transition, was recognized as an honorary member.

Student Inductees: Nicolette Marie Adams, Janiellee Alvarez, Alexandra Brown, Brionna Cicak, Kathleen Collins,  Maura Conlon, Joshua Hagadorn, Laura Heslin, Eric Kovatchitch, Elizabeth Lader, Richard Martino, Lauren Minholz, Jamie-Lee Minkley, Shelly Moscato, Tracy Pang, Chelsea Parker, Erin Reid, Allison J. Rightmire, Kyle Ripley, Peter “Kobe” Sarkodie, Brandon Smith, Jessica Smith, John Israel D. Ward Jr., Bobbie Weaver

Rho Sigma Delta

Student Inductees: Susan Hanna, Mark Bylancik, Maritza Vega, Mindi Yeger, Juliann Anastasi, Rudolf Hass and Natalie Hartman. Zurine Cadena Jimenez, Nikole Duch, Karen Mastriano, Charlene Steer, and Derek Weinberg.

Upsilon Phi Beta

On Sunday, March 31, 2019, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Upsilon Phi Beta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda welcomed six members into the premier national honor society for non-traditional students. Ms. Jody Randolph, chapter advisor, welcomed the honorees and their guests and recognized other honorary members who were in attendance. Chapter members: Ms. Kimberly Bailey, Ms. Brenda Brandon and Ms. Diane Null conducted the induction ceremony ritual. Refreshments were enjoyed by all in attendance at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Honorary Inductees: Dr. Lawrence Feick, interim president at Pitt-Bradford and Dr. Scott Kane. Dean of student affairs Student Inductees: Jamie L. Burritt, Jennifer M. Fitton, Jennifer Ashley Landuyt, Tiffany A. Minor

Omega Theta

Student Inductees: Rachel Lyn Coulter, Karen A. Stradling, Sean Selby, Carolyn Beth Witrock, Dr. Drew Proacaccino

Iota Kappa

The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America has inducted nine outstanding undergraduate students and recent graduates into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, the honorary society for nontraditional students.

Congratulations to Paula M. Blackwell, Cristina Burgos, Euclides Rengifo Cordoba, Anh-Viet Dinh, Erika Maria Herrera, Delmy E. Pineda, and Theodore Rumingan, as well as honorary faculty inductees Dr. Roy Littlefield and Dr. Twila Lindsay, who were inducted in a ceremony on campus on March 12. A ninth student, Tsolomon Baasandorj, could not attend the March 12 ceremony and was inducted separately at a later date. We are so proud of all of you!

“You are so special,” Dr. Littlefield, an historian and the executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association, told the inductees during the ceremony. He praised them for “making every sacrifice that he or she can to continue to grow.” Noting the many challenges that working students must handle in order to pursue an undergraduate degree, Dr. Littlefield said, “You are here because you care.”

Thanks to our previous faculty inductees Dr. Mary Roary, Dr. Eric Fontaine and Dr. Larry Robertson as well as Rev. Jude DeAngelo OFM Conv. for their key parts in the ceremony.

Student Inductees: Paula M. Blackwell, Cristina Burgos, Euclides Rengifo Cordoba, Anh-Viet Dinh, Erika Maria Herrera, Delmy E. Pineda, Theodore Rumingan, Roy Littlefield, Twila Lindsay, Tsolomon Baasandorj


Omicron Pi

The Omicron Pi chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda held our 2019-20 Induction Ceremony at Mount Saint Mary’s University, on the Doheny campus, in the Doheny Mansion on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. There were between 50 – 70 attendees, which included 18 ASL inductees and there guests, along with MSMU faculty and administrators. Dean Suzanne Williams and Assistant Dean Peter Zaferes (chapter counselor) hosted the event.

Student Inductees: Lorena Alvarado, Olivia Backley, Miriam Barrera, Sophia Berkley, Cheryl Crum, John Deeb, Paloma Flores, Eugenia Gordillo, Katherine Liu, Tracie Mangold, Veronica Maya-Pimentel, Carla Morgenstern, Anthony Musso, Nayelli Perez, Janet Richardson, Mary-Elizabeth Sadduk, Beatriz Sanchez, Armenui Temourian

Xi Mu

The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Society Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Approximately 45 individuals were present at this event to see the students get inducted in this outstanding national society.

Student Inductees: LaTanya Allen, Kimberly Ball, Sandra Corine Bell,Shameika Latrelle Bronson, Diane Theresa Brooks, Corenda Louise Brown, Binyoka Booth Collins, Francis Jean Diggs, Youlanda Denise Garrett-Trotter,Tyeshia Niteka Jones, Lennie Gabrielle Morris
Linda Moses, Shemika Nelson, Sandra Rene Ratcliff, Eddie Lugene Ratliff, Claudia Francine Stevenson, Andrea Denise Stowers, Sharon Denise Thomas, Carla Moncina Wells, and Charity Whitney

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.

Liel Blackman Scholarship Recipient 2019

Liel Blackman | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I began this journey, not knowing what to expect or how far I could go. I even questioned where education would lead me or if it was the right decision. One day I decided to let the fear go. I wanted a better life not only for me but for my children.

In 2012 I went through a drastic change in my life. After 14 years, I removed myself from a very abusive marriage and decided that I would work hard to better my children’s lives. After 12 years of being a stay at home mother, I didn’t know where to start, and I was scared. I had to figure out what was next and how I could survive post marriage. It was hard, and for the first four years, I moved every year because of financial reasons. Nothing was working so in 2016 after moving again I decided to enroll in college. It was hard because I didn’t want the financial responsibility that came with college, but at this point, I didn’t have an option; minimum wage was not enough to take care of my children.

Today, I am a senior at Columbia College, pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Thanks to the venture I embarked on with Columbia College, I am accomplishing something that I never thought I could. Today I am not where I want to be, but I am not where I used to be, and that is an accomplishment for me. I am currently a full-time working mother and an honor student. I am grateful to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for opportunities that are in place to help students like me.

I am writing with a hope to encourage someone else that does not believe in themselves or the impact that education can have on their lives. I have never been this open about my life, but I hope to encourage someone. It’s not going to be easy, but I can say that it is not impossible. Anything you put your mind to is achievable, and it cannot happen until you take away the fear by deciding to begin the journey.

I’m so thankful that God put people in this world that care about others like Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the many professors that have touched my life. Now I am working hard towards everything I need while thanking God for everything I have. We may not know each other, but I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself too.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Maranda achieve their dreams!

You can help us make their dreams come true by making a donation. 

Letter from Board President | Shelley Hintz

Hi Alpha Sigma Lambda Members,

Happy 2020! In this new year, I am excited to begin my new role as President for Alpha Sigma Lambda. At the University of Maryland Global Campus (where I work), I have worked with the local Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter for over ten years, helping to induct thousands of students. For me, Alpha Sigma Lambda’s mission relates to why I come to work every day- to support adult students who make the sacrifices they do to achieve their educational goals. 

Before coming into this role, I served for two years on the Alpha Sigma Lambda Board as the Vice-President.  As a newcomer to the board in 2018, I quickly saw that every member on the board is dedicated to the Honor Society and to serving students.  We take pride in being able to recognize, support, and engage adult students. We have all worked with adult students-and some of us have also been adult students! We know that every moment matters- from handing a student their hard-earned certificate at their induction ceremony to awarding scholarships.  As we move into our 75th year, it is my hope that we can focus on providing more resources for Chapter Councilors and members, on continuing to grow our scholarship fund, and on finding new ways to support adult students.

I hope the new decade is off to a good start for you, especially for those of you who are starting new classes! And I hope to “see” you around our social media pages and groups. If you haven’t already joined them, I encourage you to do so, so that you can stay connected with our community. 

Shelley Hintz

Director of Academic Support and Retention and adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Global Campus


2020 Board of Directors

Featured in photo: (left) Karen Cordova, Robin Rennels, Matt Hlinak, Shelley Hintz, Esther Powell, EdD, Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D., Sharon Nichols, Guy D’Onofrio

Esther Powell, EdD | Executive Director / Past President

Assistant Dean for Support and Engagement Services, University College and Lifelong Learning at Winston-Salem State University

Shelley Hintz | Society President

Director of Academic Support and Retention and an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland University College 

Penny Gaskins | Society Vice President

Registrar’s office | Thomas University 

Matt Hlinak | Past Society President 

Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives at Dominican University

Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D. | Treasurer

Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University

Guy D’Onofrio | Asset Manager

Vice President, Business Process Strategist at BBVA Compass 

Karen Cordova | Secretary

Affiliate and Lead Faculty Regis University College of Contemporary Liberal Studies

Cheryl Hines | Member-At-Large

Coordinator of Student Outreach and Non-Traditional Student Support at the State University of New York College at Cortland’s Advisement and Transition office

Elizabeth Kane | 2020 William C. Hine Awardee

Learn more about the Board of Directors here

Maranda Kirk | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Maranda is currently in her 4th year at the University of Mobile and is pursuing a BS in Organizational Leadership. She plans to enroll in the University’s Master’s program after graduation. She and her husband Anthony together have 5 children: Matthew (20), Mary (14), Emma (12), Presleigh (10), and Paige (9). In addition to her studies, Maranda is a 1st Soprano in her church choir, as well as the Children’s Church Director, and Vice President of the New Hope United Methodist Women’s Ministry.

Her future career goals include being able to work with and assist other adult students like herself with a second chance at a college education and a brighter future. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Maranda achieve their dreams!

You can help us make their dreams come true by making a donation. 

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Gabrielle Hill | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and passionate about art and design, Gabrielle Hill is currently a senior at Salem College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Design with a concentration in Interior Design. In November 2018, Gabrielle was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  Prior to her time at Salem College, Gabrielle obtained an Associates in Arts degree from Forsyth Technical Community College, graduated with honors and received the Dr. Dallas Herring Student Achievement Award. 

Gabrielle, knows firsthand the challenges and sacrifices an adult student must face when seeking a higher education and the importance of scholarship opportunities. These opportunities aid dreams into reality, brings value to one’s education and makes degree completion victorious. 

When Gabrielle isn’t vigorously working on her own art and design, She maintains a part-time position as a Design Associate for a small company, that specializes in home downsizing, organizing and interior design. She enjoys going to art museums, spending time with her family and spotting iconic chair cameos.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Gabrielle achieve their dreams! You can help us make their academic dreams come true by making a donation.