What Alpha Sigma Lambda Means to Me

In my family, pursuing higher education was an expectation.  There was never a discussion of whether we would go to college, but rather where we would go to college.  This was true for my generation, not so for that of my parents.

The son of a retail salesman and a homemaker, my father was one of eight siblings:  four boys and four girls growing up with modest means.  The girls became teachers right out of high school to help support the four boys’ college education.  Once the boys graduated, the girls went on to college.  On my mother’s side all attended college, some as adult students. My mom went to college at the same time as I did.  I saw her work hard to achieve her professional goals later in life, and pull all-nighters working on her projects.  She became my inspiration.

For the most part, I have spent my academic career working with adults and I have been an adult student as well.  

The adult education field has taught me that those individuals who take the nontraditional road, those who go back to school to complete their degrees while juggling family, work, and other life events, work harder to reach their goals and their sense of accomplishment has deeper roots.

Representing Alpha Sigma Lambda at my school in a way helps me value the efforts our students make and celebrate those who accomplish academic excellence.  Their life goals, their hurdles and how they overcome them encourage me to work harder, and remind me that I am a better person as a result of knowing them.

About the Author

Maria R. Altobello is the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University.  She joined the faculty in 2001 and served in the Dean’s office as Associate Dean (2012-2015) prior to becoming the Dean.

Dr. Altobello received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).

Dr. Altobello is committed to lifelong learning.  Her research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior level assessment, retention, and quality in distance education.  She has been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning destined to study prior level assessment and retention in adult student populations.  She has served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda since 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017 as the member at large.

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I Knew What I Wanted and I Set a Goal

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I never dreamt that I would go from being a 1.7 GPA high school student to being in a college honor society. Not only has Alpha Sigma Lambda given me the opportunity to be part of an honor society as an online student, but also as an active duty military member. My motivation to keep my 3.9 GPA is highly influenced by the organization and the high standards that it in embeds in the members. Graduating with Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics on the Flight Deck of the USS Midway at the Embry-Riddle Graduation in San Diego, California. Wearing the ASL Military Medallion, ASL Honor Cords, and ASL Stole.

During high school I was struggling so badly with my grades that I barely made it through, I had less than a 2.0 GPA if I remember correctly. No one else in my family had gone to college, so I really didn’t see a reason to either. I joined the military three months after my high school graduation. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do in life, but I knew with my previous high school record that no college was going to take me. The military did a great job of showing me what I was capable of and always doing my best.

I was really enjoying my current job and being enlisted in the Air Force, but I knew I was capable of so much more. All new enlisted Airmen are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force, so I thought I would give it a shot and see what happens. I was able to graduate from the Community College of the Air Force at the top of my class, receiving the Air Force Pitsenbarger Award over the other graduates. I used this as more fuel for my motivation, I was determined to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in less than two years and take a shot at becoming a military officer and pilot. This would be tough considering that I would have to take four college classes while working a full-time job and taking care of my small family.

 

I knew what I wanted and I set a goal that would get me there.

I found a great online program through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that has programs focused on aviation for aspiring student pilots. I was knocking out college classes very quickly, but taking no time off from school was slowly starting to wear me down. Along the way, I discovered the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society through my school counselor and was so excited to find out that as a non-traditional student, I would still have the opportunity to join a college honor society.

Being a part of ASL encouraged me to keep my grades very high and in order to keep my status in it. I accomplished my goal and graduated May of 2017 with honors and finished my Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in less than two years.

I am currently in the running for an officer position as a pilot in the United States Navy. I am also currently on track to finish my Master of Science in Aeronautics next year. Being an ASL member and keeping my GPA so high has made me a very competitive Officer Candidate.  I cannot thank ASL enough for helping me to achieve my dream and holding me to such a high standard among my classmates. I encourage any non-tradition, military or adult student to take full advantage of ASL and what it has to offer. I will definitely be representing ASL at the Master’s Graduation next year!

 

Community College of The Air Force – Kortney Pope

 

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2016 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

2016 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

Anne E. Killen is the Associate Vice President of the Center for Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Management at Keuka College in New York.  Killen’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Doctor of Management degree, she has also earned graduate certificates in Human Resource Development and professional training.

Anne is a peer reviewer for the Academy of Management and has completed executive training in Leadership and Coaching at the National Leadership Institute, Adelphi, MD. Killen serves as Keuka College’s Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter Counselor.  Outside of Keuka College, she volunteers for a local hospice home and as a seamstress for Rachel’s Gift.

The William C. Hine scholarship has estimated $31,000 over the years funded by a fundraiser by him with individual contributions. William C. Hine was instrumental in establishing ASL and his ability to get the university to stand behind ASL. He gave a lot of time and support to Alpha Sigma Lambda. 

 

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ASL Asst. Exec. Director Dr. Carrie Johnson

Watch as Dr. Johnson 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.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson and the other members of the ASL Board of Directors on our About ASL page.

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Alpha Sigma Lambda 2017 Elections Announcement – Board Secretary Karen Cordova

“I have been at Regis University for over seventeen years teaching students in the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies as Affiliate and Lead Faculty.  I work for Jesuit Worldwide Learning, which provides Higher Education to those at the Margins, a diploma awarded by Regis University. 
I had been in the role as advisor for two honor societies including Alpha Sigma Lambda where I helped our students manage and coordinate events to provide knowledge and entertainment to its members and campus community.  My varied roles demonstrate an eclectic background but all with the sole purpose of my passion for serving the student and learner.” – Karen Cordova

The Secretary, with the cooperation and assistance of the ASL Home Office, is responsible for the compilation and reporting of responses to the Annual Status Report forms. The Secretary distributes and maintains the official minutes from each board meeting for archival purposes.

Learn more about Karen and her work with Jesuit Worldwide Learning “This program has brought hope and opportunity to these students and to the community in general,” she said. “These are highly motivated individuals who take their studies very seriously. They crave an opportunity to better themselves and want to use their education to make an impact.”

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Alpha Sigma Lambda Election Announcement: 2017 ‘Member-at-Large’ Maria R. Altobello

Maria R. Altobello is the Interim Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University. She joined the faculty in 2001. Prior to becoming the Interim Dean, she was serving as Associate Dean
since 2012. She received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from
Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).

Strategic management consulting, new investment opportunities, financial management, database design and implementation, and project management are among Dr. Altobello’s main areas of expertise. Some of the industries in which she has worked include: oil, precious metals, procurement, engineering, media, publishing, banking, and education. She has taught courses in Accounting, Database Systems, Client/Server Computing, Web site Development, and Information Systems to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students.

The Member-at-Large represents the interests of the Chapter Councilors to the Board, and stands ready to assume the duties of other Board Members who are unable to fulfill their responsibilities to ASL. The Member-at-Large has full voting privileges and participates in all Board activities.

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Friends of William C. Hine Endowed Scholarship

“Friends of William C. Hine Endowed Scholarship” Recognizing Dr. Hines service to Alpha Sigma Lambda and his commitment to serving adult learners.

Dr. Hine currently serves as Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, has been at EIU since 1986.  Throughout his career, Will has 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.

Dean Hine has been involved with ASL since 1980 and was instrumental in establishing the ASL Chapters at the University of Evansville and Eastern Illinois University and he is a strong supporter of ASL.  In 1996, the National Home Office of ASL was moved to the EIU campus with staff devoted strictly to ASL business.  Dean 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 UCEA, ACHE, and CAEL and more recently as the ASL Director of Marketing.

In 2002, Alpha Sigma Lambda executive officers and chapter representatives from member institutions established a distinguished service award, named it in Dr. Hine’s honor, and chose him as its first recipient to show their depth of appreciation for his continued service to the Society and to adult students nationwide.  

The William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award honors Chapter Councilors for their commitment to promoting lifelong learning, dedication to serving adult learners, and leadership to the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation provides scholarship opportunities annually through specifically endowed scholarships, the Triangle-Second Century Scholarships and the Board of Director’s scholarship to adult students enrolled at chapter institutions.

Since the founding of the ASLAEF in 1985, over $90,000 has been awarded in scholarship funds to undergraduate adult students.

EIU SCE Faculty - William C. Hine
Dr. William C. Hine with EIU School of Continuing Education faculty.
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