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!

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!


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 …  

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.

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

As a student, there comes a time you may need to request letters of recommendation from a faculty member. For example, the Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application asks for a letter of recommendation. Beyond that, you may need letters of recommendation for graduate schools, job applications, and more. Below are some tips for you to consider when you need to request a letter of recommendation. 

  1. Reach out to faculty who you recently took classes with. Remind them who you are- what grade you received, and anything else that may have stuck out (for example, the topic of your final paper or project, or if there were online discussions, how frequently or early you posted.)

  2. Mention a few things about yourself – what your educational and professional goals are, what your other responsibilities are in addition to taking classes.

  3. Clarify that the recommendation is meant to portray the type of student you are- which a faculty member can usually speak to from your behavior in their course.

  4. Offer to provide additional information if the faculty member feels it would be useful.

  5. Give the faculty a few weeks to complete the letter…don’t ask the week it is due.

  6. Ask a few faculty members for recommendations. So that if one or more don’t feel comfortable giving one, you don’t have to start the process over. It does not hurt to end up with more than one recommendation.

  7. For the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Remind the faculty that the recommendation can be sent via email using their faculty email address (this alleviates any worry of having to use the school’s letterhead, which can be difficult for some non-local faculty to obtain).

Keep these tips in mind as you reach out for letters of recommendation. Also, if you know now that you plan to attend graduate school or go into a field that requires faculty references, start now to develop relationships with your faculty members while you are in their class. Being an active student in discussions, helping other students, and chatting with the faculty member (whether online or on-site) may help down the road when you need that reference. 


Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Student Scholarships  for nontraditional students. 

Already applied? Visit STUDENT RESOURCES for more tips and scholarship opportunities. 

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. 

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!

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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.