(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”
During the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) annual conference in St. Louis, the week of October 9, 2017, I was wandering the vendor exhibits when I came upon the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) booth. A woman was chatting with one of the representatives from the honor society, and I was reminded of my inquiry into ASL some ten years ago. I wanted to share my enthusiasm for ASL, so I asked if I could put my “two cents” in. Below is the gist of my “two cents.”
I established the Pi Zeta chapter of ASL at Western Connecticut State University in May 2007, not only to honor high-achieving adult learners but also to recognize their families.
Without the support of friends and family, that “juggling act” can be even more stressful. As a former adult learner, myself, I recall those challenges, and establishing a chapter of ASL was one small way in which I could “give back” to the adult learner community.
While our universities and colleges may offer membership to several honor societies, ASL stands out for the adult learner population, bringing these high-achieving students and their families together, as a community, in celebration and recognition.
Lisa G. Peck
Retired National Councilor,
Alpha Sigma Lambda, Pi Zeta Chapter
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been working on moving forward, and focused on growth in 2016. As part of this these new efforts towards development, the Board of Directors decided to consult Larry M. Starr, PhD and his associates at Systems Wisdom to see if they could help Alpha Sigma Lambda create a long term strategic plan.
The goal of this strategic plan was to help identify how the organization can better serve our adult honor student members, councilors, and grow as an organization so we can continue to honor the hard work of adult students, which is the heart of this organization, and continue to support adult honor students by increasing Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarships in the future.
The Alpha Sigma Lambda strategic planning sessions were led by John Pourdehnad, PhD, “recognized thought leader in systems and design thinking with primary areas of interest in the implications of systems thinking in complex interactive problem formulation, systems redesign and complex project management.” The first of these sessions included Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors, staff members, social media staff, student members, chapter counselors and students in DOCTOR OF MANAGEMENT IN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP program at Philadelphia University.
After the initial group meeting, we divided into smaller teams, in hopes that we could identify which areas people saw the organization growing, what areas need more support, and what people saw as the ideal Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor society in the future. Many great ideas were shared, and at the end everyone was excited about new ideas, and opportunities for Alpha Sigma Lambda to help adult honor students across the country for many years to come.
The latest planning session focused on the current staff and board members, identifying research and previous planning, we hoped to bring forward discussion based brainstorming during the meeting. Members helped determine the best directions to move forward with the help of the strategic planners, and finalized the strategic plan. This meeting was held in New Orleans in October 2016 and in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Higher Education 2016 Conference.
“Invited into the Strategic Leadership community are students, faculty, organizational leaders and mentors who are motivated to develop capacities to effectively navigate situational, organizational and dynamic complexity, and apply tools leading to creative and innovative outcomes.” Learn more about the Strategic Leadership program at Philadelphia University.
For more information on the project or the program design visit www.systemswisdom.com
Welcome to the NEW Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Blog
We are thrilled to launch our new website and the ASL blog. The Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors and office staff have worked incredibly hard to provide our student members, chapter councilors and education partners with a better online experience, and an opportunity to be a part of the ASL community.
Some of the new features on the site include an updated directory, a chapter councilor log in, and updated scholarship pages. Also, you can learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda board members on their profiles and look out for guest blogs from our Board of Directors.
This year has been filled with many new changes at Alpha Sigma Lambda. Along with the website, logo, and blog updates, ASL has recently updated our social media networks. Please visit the social media page for further instruction, and refer to our social media policy guide.
The ASL blog will feature chapter highlights, member stories, and insight from Board members. If you would like to share your story, please submit it here or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that sharing member’s stories and highlighting their accomplishments will encourage and inspire others to continue their education.
Stay tuned for more new website features, tips and resources, as well as updates on 2017 Scholarship announcements!