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.”


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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.”

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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.


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Houston Community College

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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


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.

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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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2017 ASL Scholarship Recipient Corrine Edick

“My name is Corrine Edick and I currently live in Genoa, NY. After graduation from Paul V. Moore High School in 2009, I enlisted in the United States Navy. Stationed in Norfolk, VA as a Helicopter Aircrewman. I participated in humanitarian relief, cargo/troops transport, and locating/disarming mines. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, I earned my bachelor’s in biology at SUNY Cortland.My future plans include earning my degree as a Physician Assistant.

I hope one day to participate in humanitarian work in underprivileged countries.

I am grateful for the supportive advisory staff at SUNY Cortland.In particular, I would like to thank Cheryl Hines for her constant support and guidance.”

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2017 ASL Scholarship Recipient James White

Hello, my name is James White. In the Fall of 2015, I decided to leave my job, that I was at for 15 years, and enroll at the University of North Texas to make one final attempt in fulfilling a lifelong dream I have of becoming a college graduate. I wasn’t even sure if I would be accepted but I was, and I entered UNT with a disappointing 2.5 GPA. This was the result of many unsuccessful years attempting school while raising a family and working forty plus hours. Even though school has always been very important to me, I was not always able to give it the attention needed to succeed. However, since I have been enrolled here at UNT I have made

However, since I have been enrolled here at UNT I have made the Dean’s List every semester and I now have a respectful 3.68 GPA. My goals in life are no longer just to be a college graduate, but to be a graduate with honors!! Graduating college has been my dream for so long that I have never really thought of anything beyond that point. I have always felt that accomplishing that goal would be unobtainable or that I would be too old for anything further. However, my plan now has changed to staying here at the University of North Texas and going on to Graduate School. I want to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling and then pursue a career in Play Therapy or Neuropsychology. The amazingly gracious assistance that I have been selected

The amazingly gracious assistance that I have been selected by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society will allow me to not only reach my goal of graduating this fall, but it gives me the courage to dream of bigger and better goals in my educational future.

No matter how I try to say thank you, I do not feel that I adequately express my sincere gratitude for this award enough, but again thank you so very much for your generosity and support!!!


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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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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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