Alpha Sigma Lambda Recognizes Adult Learners and Their Families

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.

As those of us who have been, or who have worked with, adult learners know, jugging higher education along with other adult responsibilities can be challenging, at best.

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

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

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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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I Knew What I Wanted and I Set a Goal

Alpha Sigma Lambda Member Guest Blog:

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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