75 Years of Celebrating Student Scholarship and Excellence 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is celebrating 75 years of scholarship and excellence! Here is a look at what we have accomplished!

  • In 1985, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (ASLHS) awarded three (3) scholarships for a total of $1500.  In 2021, ASLHS awarded five (5) $3000 scholarships and fifteen (15) $2500 scholarships for a total of $52,500. 

  • To date, ASLHS Honor Society has awarded 303 scholarships for a total amount of $508,900. Each year, it is our goal to increase the number of scholarships each year.

  • ASLHS has partnered with over 560 colleges and institutions throughout the United States. 

  • ASLHS has currently recognized 104,464+ adult learners for their outstanding achievements in higher education.  

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda online community includes 15,992 people across social media platforms. 


Since 1996, the ASLHS Home Office has been located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Central Illinois.  The home office consists of one (1) full time and one (1) full-time employee who provide customer service to ASLHS chapter and student members.   ASLHS currently has nine (9) board members that reside throughout the United States.  Our voluntary board members are passionate about ASLHS and the adult learner.

In honor of our 75th Anniversary we asked our board members to share what Alpha Sigma Lambda means to them and if they could share some favorite moments. 

Shelley Hintz | Society President

Shelly has served for 3.5 years as a board member, and even longer as chapter councilor.

“Alpha Sigma Lambda means recognizing the sacrifices adult students make in order to prioritize their education. Meeting like-minded professionals from other institutions who have the same goals of recognizing adult students…I also appreciate how ASL provides scholarship opportunities to adult students. It is rewarding to hear the student stories from the scholarship winners. Also, it is rewarding to see students post on the social media groups their pride as they receive their certificates and then again when they graduate.” 

Bob Charlebois

Director of Adult Learner Services | 2 Years of service 

“ASLHS gives the University of South Alabama a great opportunity to recognize our adult population and celebrate their great academic achievement.  As a university that is predominantly focused on traditional students, it is great to have an organization for adult students…Unfortunately, covid has prevented us from holding induction ceremonies in person but it is always great to receive email from invited students who are so excited about the recognition of all of their hard efforts” 

Maria R. Altobello

Treasurer | 4 Years of Service 

“Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion of assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities. Reading the scholarship applications is my favorite activity.  Through the applicants’ essays, I see the power the Association has to impact the lives of those who strive for upward mobility.  Their stories are eye opening and inspiring.”

Elizabeth Pack

Chapter Councilor and Secretary of Board of Directors | 4 Years of Service 

“Passion for adults pursuing higher education; affirmation and recognition of their valiant efforts…My favorite moments have to be the induction services to the honor society.  It is a privilege being a part of such an important moment in the lives of our students. Serving as secretary for the board of directors has also been a great experience thus far.  I have been blessed by the collegiality and shared passion for adult students. The dedication to the work to support and recognize adult students is impressive.”

Guy D’Onofrio

Asset Manager and Assistant Executive Director | 29 years of Service 

“I was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Eta Chapter as a student at Drexel University over 40 years ago. It was very meaningful to me to receive this recognition as I was involved in leadership roles in various student activities at Drexel while maintaining the grades to achieve Highest Honors at graduation! I was delighted to be asked to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Foundation Board in 1992 at the request of then Board member Dean Stanley Gwiazda of Drexel University. I served as Treasurer for the Foundation, overseeing the Scholarship Fund, until it merged with the Society in 2007.  My most favorite moment was 10 years ago when I was asked Dr. Patricia Brown, the Society’s president at that time, to induct her into Alpha Sigma Lambda! I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Board and working with the Officers and fellow Board members in keeping our Scholarship program going strong!” 

Penny Gaskins

Vice President | 6 years in service

“I took that first step to return to school after 35 years, but did I have what it took to make it? I forged through and it was difficult. There were times I felt like I was a fish out of water. Here I was a woman in her 50s going to school with kids that could have been my children or grandchildren. I remember when the local chapter counselor of the Alpha Sigma Lambda emailed me and invited me to join. I thought it was a joke. They must have made some type of mistake, there was no way that I was worthy to be invited to join. I went to the induction ceremony and did not tell anyone in my family. I was so scared that they were going to tell me they had made a mistake and I did not want my family to be embarrassed when my name was not called. When I was inducted, I knew then it was real. I went home and told my mom. She said, “I wish you would have told me, I would have gone if you had. I would have been honored to see you inducted. I am so very proud of you”.  She died a year later. I will never forget that. Alpha Sigma Lambda gave me the confidence to never stop reaching for the stars. To be recognized for my accomplishments at my age was something that words cannot express. I will always remember that moment when I was inducted into the honor society and how I felt knowing that I had truly made it. My favorite moment was when the Vice President of Academic Affairs asked if I would take the reins of counselor for the Local chapter at Thomas University. It was my first induction ceremony and of course I wanted it to be so special since I knew how I felt when I was first inducted into the honor society. I asked another employee that had been inducted into the society years earlier to act as my deputy. She agreed.  So we set out to make this an event that would be remembered for a long time.  We had received a weather warning that a hurricane was headed in our direction and that it would be making land fall later that night. There was no way we were going to cancel this event. We had 25 students that year being inducted. The University Chapel severed as the back drop for the ceremony where the students lined up and marched in as their families stood and honored them. After a beautiful ceremony, refreshments were served under a large tent. Everyone was so excited. It made me so happy to see these adults that had come back to school and work so hard to accomplish this. They laughed and cried. It was a moment I will never forget. I think I was more excited than they were.  We finished the ceremony and everyone made it home safely and in plenty of time. Although every moment working with the honor society is special to me. I do not think I would be where I am today without the encouragement and the confidence that I gained from becoming an ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA.” 


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2021 New Officers | Board of Directors

Dr. Elizabeth Pack

Society Secretary

Chapter Councilor for Gamma Beta Upsilon

 Gardner-Webb University

Elizabeth is a native North Carolinian with her formative years spent in the Winston-Salem area.  After graduating from high school, she planned to enter the workforce, but her parents had other ideas.  Still thinking she was not college material, she entered the Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.  After completing two associate’s degrees in business and marketing, she realized she would need a bachelor’s to be competitive in the workforce.  Fortunately, at the community college, she discovered information on a private college that would accept most of her credits.  She would not have to start over, but she would have to move.  

Elizabeth completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in two years and a master’s degree in business two years later from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.  She had every intention of becoming a vice president of marketing at a Fortune 500 company.  The only glitch was there were no companies or positions of that nature in the small town where she lived.  Eventually, Elizabeth would find a marketing position in a small company an hour away from the town.  She loved the job but not the commute.

Almost four years later, by happenstance, she was given an opportunity to work at her alma mater as an academic advisor in the program from which she graduated.  The higher education bug bit her.  Championing adult students to achieve a degree became her passion.  After completing the requirements of an Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Elizabeth achieved the position of dean of the program from which she graduated over 20 years ago.  She continues to be an advocate for adult education at the university level.

Elizabeth has served as Councilor for the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Gardner-Webb University since 2016. She has overseen the induction of more than 200 students to the honor society since 2012.  She was inducted as an honorary member in 2006.

 


Bob Charlebois

Member at Large

Chapter Councilor for Theta Tau

Office of Adult Learner Services, University of South Alabama

Bob Charlebois has worked in higher education for almost ten years.  He has a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Appalachian State University and started his career as an academic advisor in their Walker College of Business.  After three and a half years in the advising center, he moved to the Office of Transfer Services at Appalachian State.  There he directed a transfer student support and advising program for students at three regional community colleges.  Jump Start Appalachian provided support and guidance to students planning to transfer to Appalachian.  In 2016, he was hired to implement a similar program at the University of South Alabama.  Pathway USA quickly grew to serve five community colleges in three states.  After four years with Pathway USA, in November 2019, he accepted the newly created director position in USA’s Office of Adult Learner Services.

Having worked with many adult Business majors and community college transfer students over the span of ten years, Bob is very familiar with the adult student population and their unique needs. They are among his favorite students to work with.  On a daily basis, he assists interested, admitted, and current adult and non-traditional students at South, helping them navigate the admission and financial aid process, find support resources, and connect with academic departments.  Soon after starting with the Office of Adult Learner Services, Bob re-activated the dormant Theta Tau chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  In spring 2020 the chapter inducted 95 new members.  Previously, Bob advised Appalachian’s chapter of Tau Sigma, the transfer student honor society, for eight years.

 


Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.

Society Treasurer

Education provides upward economic mobility and I am living proof of its power.  This is why I am passionate about higher education.

For over 20 years, I have worked with first-generation college students through the development of undergraduate, graduate, and pathway programs.  I aim to reduce the entry barriers by providing potential students with access to higher education opportunities.  I also strive to create environments that support diversity and inclusion to assist students through their journey.  Increased access and a supportive environment have a positive impact on student retention and success.

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

As Dean of the College of Health and Natural Sciences at Franklin Pierce University, I am committed to lifelong learning.  My research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior learning assessment, retention, and quality in distance education.  I have been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) destined to study prior learning assessment and retention in adult student populations.

Engaging in community service is an important component of my work.  I served as Chapter Vice President of Sigma Beta Delta Local Chapter 2004-2018.  I also served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda 2013-2019.  In 2017, I began my service as a Member at Large of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and in 2019, I became the Treasurer.  As the Treasurer, I changed the structure used to report to the board about finances to a more interactive format.  This has resulted in more engaging discussions about the future of the organization, and about ways in which we can increase the scope of the annual scholarships.

Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion for assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities.  I am looking forward to continuing my service should I be chosen.

Message to Alpha Sigma Lambda 2020 Graduates

Alpha Sigma Lambda graduates, each one of you has a story. Each one of you has a unique journey of how you found your way to pursuing a college education, perhaps stopping and starting again as you also navigated the challenges and joys of life. You moved towards your goal, and finally, after years of hard work (and late nights of studying for many of you), you have achieved your degree. 

Many of you probably also imagined the day you would walk across the stage, shake the hand of your institution’s president, and receive your diploma, with your family and friends watching.  Perhaps you were looking forward to that day, as you worked on your final classes, completing your final assignments. Yet, as your graduation approached, Commencements were canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  I know that many of you were likely disappointed, and understandably so. Commencement ceremonies can serve as the grand finale to achieving your degree.  

As virtual ceremonies replaced the on-ground ones, I want to remind you that the sudden change in events does not diminish your accomplishments. Quite the contrary, when classes moved online, campuses closed, industries and companies shut down, unemployment increased exponentially, and people were falling ill with an unknown virus, you managed to continue your path. Regardless of how the current situation affected you, you managed to keep moving forward to complete your degree. The Board of Directors and the Home Office of Alpha Sigma Lambda are proud of your accomplishments! We hope that you still had a nice celebration, even if it wasn’t what you expected.

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Congratulations, graduates!

Shelley Hintz

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society President

Alpha Sigma Lambda at ANTSHE 2018

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda was excited to exhibit at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina for the ANTSHE: Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education conference! #ANTSHE2018

ANTSHE’s mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisors that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed. Learn more about ANTSHE 

Scholarship Applications Will Be Accepted Starting

January 10, 2018!

The purpose of ANTSHE Scholarships is to assist nontraditional students in their college education. ANTSHE awards scholarships in varying amounts each academic year. Applicants are required to be enrolled or plan to enroll for the academic year at an accredited college or university in a degree program of study. 

(Left) Tracy Sullivan, Chapter Volunteer; Earlee Corbin, ASLHS member of the Mu Chi Alpha chapter at Johnson C. Smith University and ANTSHE Chapter President; Sharon Nichols, ASLHS Office Assistant; Valerie Dennis, President of the Mu Chi Alpha Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University.

 

Speaker Dr. Robert W. Hill, Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership at Nova Southeastern University

Topic: “How to Foster a Civil & Socially Cohesive Classroom”