Matthew Morris

I am a senior at the Catholic University of America. My major is Human Services Administration. I am a Service Connected Disabled Veteran. I am the father of two adult children, the oldest a member of the United States Navy, and the youngest a student at Penn State. I have two beautiful grandchildren and the privilege of providing care for my elderly parents. I am the president of a non-profit recovery organization in Alexandria, VA

“The journey from addict to 4.0 University student was long and hard, but Matthew stayed the course and overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges. The youngest son in a close-knit Catholic family, Matthew joined the Navy after high school to serve his country. While he was on active duty, a pickup truck rammed his car and ended life as he knew it.”

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Shaneka S. Sanders

2018 Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship Recipient Shaneka S. Sanders

I am a divorced mother of 2 boys. I started my journey to obtaining my college degree almost 19 years ago when I graduated high school. I went off to college but had to return to help my mother during a difficult time in her life. It was during this time I had my first son. Because I had to work to support myself and my son I lost focus on school for a short period. I made the decision to return after he was a little older and was able to obtain an associates degree but I knew this wasn’t my stopping point.

I desired more and knew my purpose would require me to continue my education.

I attempted to return to school but my mother became ill and I had to help take care of her because she could no longer work. It was during this time of my mothers’ recovery that I got married and returned to school. However, the marriage didn’t last and I had to leave school once again. After time had passed I was able to start attending Strayer University and was excelling in all my classes. Because of my many attempts of trying to complete my degree, my financial aid sources were exhausted and I was forced into having to pay for school out of pocket. Here I was almost complete and now I may have to quit because I can’t afford the tuition, books or fees. It was during this time I was chosen to be inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

With this, I was informed of a scholarship opportunity that could potentially help me to pay for the last 4 classes I had remaining to obtain my degree. I applied and was selected. This was one of the most rewarding things ever to happen in my life. I now had the resources needed to finish college and obtain the bachelor’s degree I desired and set out for 19 years ago.

Determination, dedication and the will to never quit helped me to reach my goal as well as organizations like Alpha Sigma Lambda which I am a proud member. Thank You!


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Fardusa Ismail

2018 scholarship recipient, Fardusa Ismail is a 34-year-old mother of two attending California State University, Fullerton. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 after fleeing civil war in her native Somalia. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development. When she is not studying, Fardusa enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and road tripping.

Upon graduation, she is planning to obtain her credentials and masters in Special Education and pursue a Ph.D. focusing on the impact of bullying and cyberbullying on adolescents with disabilities.

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Angelica Bonisese

2018 scholarship recipient, Angelica Bonisese is a full-time senior nutrition student in the DPD program at Cedar Crest College, a full-time administrative assistant for almost 5 years at the local non-profit Hope for Veterans, and a lab assistant for the past 2 years for the Cedar Crest College program Health Starts in the Kitchen. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Delta Pi Chapter, the local Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association, the national PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Student Dietetic Association at Cedar Crest College. Angelica’s anticipated graduation date is May of 2019 where she will then move on to complete her dietetic internship along with her Masters of Health Science degree.

As a registered dietitian, Angelica aspires to be involved in research and development to discover new ways to prevent and treat disease through healthy lifestyle changes.

Outside of the classroom, Angelica enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and backpacking. This summer she plans to complete 100 miles along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania as part of her fundraiser, Hike for Hunger, to help provide more nutritious foods for homeless veterans in her community.

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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.”

 

Read more:

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.

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