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.

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. 

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


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Spring 2019 | Board of Directors Meeting at Eastern Illinois University

Photo 2019 June Board Meeting @Eastern Illinois University 7.22.19

              The Board of Directors recently met in Blair Hall at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. The home office of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been located in Blair Hall on EIU’s campus since 1996.  

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors met on June 22, 2019, at Eastern Illinois University for the mid-year meeting.  There were many agenda items discussed, including the celebration of the 75th anniversary in 2020-21.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the board toured the beautiful EIU campus.


Featured in the photo(s):

Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Past President and current Executive Director,  Esther Powell (left) and Treasurer, Maria Altobello (right) snap a photo while touring the beautiful Doudna Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

               The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members stayed at the Unique Suites Hotel in Charleston.  Robin Rennels, Cheryl Hines, and Sharon Nichols enjoy the evening relaxing at the Brick House Bar and Grill inside the hotel.  

               Matt Hlinka, Maria Altobello, and Guy D’Onofrio show off their ASLHS pride by wearing ASLHS matching ball caps.  

                The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members and office staff stop for a photo in front of the Old Main Castle’ also known as the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building at Eastern Illinois University following the board meeting.

Pictured left to right are:  Matt Hlinak, Society President; Esther Powell, Society Past President; Karen Cordova; Society Secretary; Regis Gilman, Executive Director; Robin Rennels, Office Manager; Shelley Hintz, Vice President; Back row: Guy D’Onofrio, Asset Manager/Assistant Executive Director; Cheryl Hines, Member-at-Large; and Sharon Nichols, Office Assistant.    Maria Altobello, Society treasurer (front).   

2019 Board of Directors

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Board of Directors

 

As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:

 

Society President:  Matt Hlinak, Dominican University – Priory Campus

Society Secretary:  Karen Cordova, Regis University

Society Treasurer:  Maria Altobello, Franklin Pierce University

Member-at-Large:  Cheryl Hines, SUNY Cortland

 

Learn more about the history of Alpha Sigma Lambda starting in 1945, when Dr. Rollin Posey was Dean of the University College at Northwestern University inherited an honorary named Alpha Sigma Lambda and decided to remake it to serve the needs of his students, while recognizing superior scholarship among those students.

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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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2018 ASLHS Vice President Shelley Hintz

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Vice President Shelley Hintz

shelley.hintz@umuc.edu

240-684-2930

University of Maryland University College

Membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

Learn about the benefits and advantages of having an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter at your learning institution.

Applying for Chapter Membership is quick and easy! Apply Online Today 

What ASL Means to Me

I’ve been working as an assistant dean and adviser to our adult learners at Providence College (RI) for more than 20 years.  I love serving as treasurer and participating on the ASL Board because of the dedication and passion for adult learners that all Board members have.    We do a lot of work, and have a lot of fun as a group!

However, my favorite part of being involved with ASL is you, the adult learner.   Close to 20 years ago, before I was married with children, I was planning a trip to Italy with my Mom.  I decided to take one year (two semesters) of basic Italian prior to the trip.  The classes were wonderful and I’m so glad I took them.  However, I could BARELY get my homework done, and this was at a time when I was working full-time but had no family of my own to care for and far fewer responsibilities than you most likely do!

This experience added tremendously to the great respect and admiration that I already had for our adult learners.  You have to juggle so many competing priorities, and you find a way to do it well.   Frankly, I am in awe of you.

If I could offer one piece of advice gained through my years of working with adult learners, it would be that it is NEVER too late to learn.  As a wise student told me at the beginning of my career, “Well, I’m going to be 50 in two years whether I work on my degree or not, so why not be 50 WITH a degree?”  So simple, yet so profound.  I have shared that story on numerous occasions.

Good luck as you travel on your journey toward a college degree, and know that there are many people incredibly willing and happy to help you – you only need to ask.

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Find out more about Anne Nagle here.