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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2016 Scholarship Recipient Latonia White-Jessie

Latonia White-Jessie resides in Queens, New York, and graduated summa cum laude from Plaza College with her AOS in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Management and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is also a member of two college honor societies which are Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) and Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD). She graduated with her Bachelors in Business Management in June 2017.

Currently, Latonia resides in Queens, New York with her husband and three children. She is a member of Astoria Baptist Church where she is also taking Christian Leadership classes. Latonia gives all thanks to God for being her rock and foundation. Without God, she would not be the wife, mother, and student she is today.  With a new found purpose in life, she will attain her Bachelor’s degree in June 2017. She will continue her education with her Masters in Accounting. Her ultimate goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Latonia is very humbled and honored to be a recipient of the 2016-2017 scholarship, and would like to thank the entire Alpha Sigma Lambda committee.

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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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2016 ASL Scholarship Recipient Tamika Hunter

“I am a single mother who works full time and decided to return to school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in 2014. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in California for most of my life. Being a mother to my children is my first priority. Along with being dedicated to my own, I have a strong passion for working with youth. I have worked with underserved populations of youth for 20 years and am earning my degree in Criminology at Mount St. Mary’s University in order to pursue a career as a juvenile probation officer.

am determined to make a difference in the lives of youth by being a positive influence and providing various resources to help them make better life decisions. Returning to school after all of these years has been no easy feat, however, I am sure the reward, in the end, will prove to be well worth it.” – Tamika Hunter

 

 

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2017 Scholarship Recipient Matthew Neal Preston II

Matthew Neal Preston II, has continuously served his community and country as a representative of Alpha Sigma Lambda, serving 6 years of his life in the United States Army. Notwithstanding the military, he has served 1 year as a School of Liberal Arts Student Ambassador.

As a lifetime member of 20 ACHS recognized Honor Societies and an active participant in 11 student organizations, he has worked with various local community organizations including Paw’s Pantry, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, the Indy Dream Center, the Cesar Chavez Day of Service, and the MLK Day of Service. As if all of that was not enough, he also worked for IUPUI’s Philosophy Department as a Teacher Assistant for Symbolic Logic through the Federal Work Study Program for 1 year and currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute of American Thought. At the close of his 3 calendar year tenure at IUPUI, Matthew will have completed 3 undergraduate majors in Philosophy, Political Science, and Latino Studies, 3 undergraduate minors in Women’s Studies, Legal Studies, and Spanish, a Master of Philosophy, and 2 Graduate Certificates in American Philosophy and Bioethics, while obtaining a highest distinction GPA of 3.972 and recognition as one of IUPUI’s Top 100 students. Matthew was also a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal and was selected as IUPUI’s 2017 student commencement speaker.

Matthew’s devotion, passion, and intransigence in the face of adversity reflect greatly upon Alpha Sigma Lambda, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Philosophy.

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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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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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Betty Telford Photograph

2017 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee Betty Telford

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.

“I joined the staff at Salem College in 2007 and have held a variety of positions. From the early days at Salem I well remember the first induction and the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter, Chi Nu. I had been invited by several students being inducted and the initial membership was 8 students. Quickly the adult students learned the value of membership and invitations to join were coveted. By 2010, I volunteered to take over the duties of chapter adviser, planning two induction services each year, providing opportunities to expand leadership skills for members and educate the adult population and faculty on the value of membership.” – Betty Telford

Learn more about the William C.Hine Distinguished Service Award.

Contribute towards the William C.Hine Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Donate here.

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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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