Letter from Board President | Shelley Hintz

Hi Alpha Sigma Lambda Members,

Happy 2020! In this new year, I am excited to begin my new role as President for Alpha Sigma Lambda. At the University of Maryland Global Campus (where I work), I have worked with the local Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter for over ten years, helping to induct thousands of students. For me, Alpha Sigma Lambda’s mission relates to why I come to work every day- to support adult students who make the sacrifices they do to achieve their educational goals. 

Before coming into this role, I served for two years on the Alpha Sigma Lambda Board as the Vice-President.  As a newcomer to the board in 2018, I quickly saw that every member on the board is dedicated to the Honor Society and to serving students.  We take pride in being able to recognize, support, and engage adult students. We have all worked with adult students-and some of us have also been adult students! We know that every moment matters- from handing a student their hard-earned certificate at their induction ceremony to awarding scholarships.  As we move into our 75th year, it is my hope that we can focus on providing more resources for Chapter Councilors and members, on continuing to grow our scholarship fund, and on finding new ways to support adult students.

I hope the new decade is off to a good start for you, especially for those of you who are starting new classes! And I hope to “see” you around our social media pages and groups. If you haven’t already joined them, I encourage you to do so, so that you can stay connected with our community. 

Shelley Hintz

Director of Academic Support and Retention and adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Global Campus

 

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2020 Board of Directors

Featured in photo: (left) Karen Cordova, Robin Rennels, Matt Hlinak, Shelley Hintz, Esther Powell, EdD, Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D., Sharon Nichols, Guy D’Onofrio

Esther Powell, EdD | Executive Director / Past President

Assistant Dean for Support and Engagement Services, University College and Lifelong Learning at Winston-Salem State University

Shelley Hintz | Society President

Director of Academic Support and Retention and an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland University College 

Penny Gaskins | Society Vice President

Registrar’s office | Thomas University 

Matt Hlinak | Past Society President 

Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives at Dominican University

Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D. | Treasurer

Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University

Guy D’Onofrio | Asset Manager

Vice President, Business Process Strategist at BBVA Compass 

Karen Cordova | Secretary

Affiliate and Lead Faculty Regis University College of Contemporary Liberal Studies

Cheryl Hines | Member-At-Large

Coordinator of Student Outreach and Non-Traditional Student Support at the State University of New York College at Cortland’s Advisement and Transition office

Elizabeth Kane | 2020 William C. Hine Awardee

Director of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Saint Peter’s University 

Learn more about the Board of Directors here

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Carolyn Witrock | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of an Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship award as a student attending Rider University’s College of Continuing Studies. Being inducted into the Omega Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society has provided this opportunity to be a recipient of this generous award. My passion and determination to complete my education has contributed to my academic success.

“Making the decision to come back to school to complete my academic career has its challenges, especially as an older adult and a mother of an eight year old daughter. However, my passion for Applied Behavioral Analysis and to help children with disabilities has driven me to succeed.”

I desire to contribute more to our family needs and finishing my degree will enable me to do that. After overcoming adversity growing up, I did not have the financial support to be able to go to college after I graduated High School, thus pushing my schooling off further. My husband is older and it is difficult for him to continue working two jobs at his age. We also have an eight year old daughter that is ill and is currently being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Being awarded this scholarship will definitely aid in some of the financial burden that comes along with attending school. I am deeply grateful for that!

I transferred from Bergen Community College, but it had been twelve years since I had been in a classroom as a student. Since I have returned to Rider University in the fall of 2017, I have a 4.0 GPA. I am a full time student, ready to complete my last semester as an undergraduate at Rider. Besides having the honor of being inducted into the Omega Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society and now being a recipient of a scholarship award, I am a member of Psi Chi International Honor’s Society for Psychology, an Andrew J. Rider Scholar in the top 1% of my class, have made the Dean’s List every semester, and have also had the honor of receiving the Shirley Johnson Prize award in Psychology for the highest GPA.

“Coming back to Rider has opened doors that I didn’t even know were possible for me.”

I have always wanted to work with children with disabilities. I have been volunteering with Thea’s Star of Hope for nine years now. I was trained in how to care for Thea, a little girl with an Optic Glioma brain tumor. I also volunteer at Limitless Behavioral Services in Lawrenceville NJ, where I help children with Autism and other disabilities with social skills on Saturdays.

Through the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis, these individuals can be empowered to become independent and self-sufficient. They deserve to be able to function in society and feel confident in their ability to do so. Although I want to work directly with Autistic and disabled children, there are various settings and professions that ABA can be used. ABA is not limited to Autism. Learning and studying the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis these past two years, I have come to realize the endless possibilities and miracles that exist for individuals with disabilities using ABA. This would never have been possible, had I not come back to complete my academic career.

“I could not be completing my academics without the financial assistance from Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. For that, I am forever indebted with gratitude to Alpha Sigma Lambda.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist nontraditional students financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help by making a donation and help us provide scholarships to other students like Carolyn who are continuing their education. 

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Jessica Curtis | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Jessica Curtis, originally from California, served 6 years in Air Force Special Operations as an airborne linguist. She crewed gunships and was the first female linguist to qualify on the CV-22 Osprey.

She has since studied wildlife biology at Eastern New Mexico University and wants to continue her education in bioinformatics and computer science. Jessica enjoys video games, fostering dogs, and spending time with her husband, Brock, and son, Noah.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help us continue to support nontraditional students by making a donation and provide assistance to other students like Jessica who are on their continuing education journeys.

Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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Mikela A. Mulleneaux | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Currently serving in the United States Air Force, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Networks and Cyber Security through the University of Maryland Global Campus. My passion for the Cyber Security field bloomed upon first enlisting in the service as a systems administrator. Upon completion of my degree, I hope to further my education through IT Certifications as well as obtain a Master’s degree. In my free time, I enjoy producing music, writing, and running. 

“I am so very honored to be a part of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and want to thank everyone who gave me this opportunity.”

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help us continue to support nontraditional students by making a donation and provide assistance to other students like Mikela who are on their continuing education journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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Spring 2019 | Board of Directors Meeting at Eastern Illinois University

Photo 2019 June Board Meeting @Eastern Illinois University 7.22.19

              The Board of Directors recently met in Blair Hall at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. The home office of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been located in Blair Hall on EIU’s campus since 1996.  

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors met on June 22, 2019, at Eastern Illinois University for the mid-year meeting.  There were many agenda items discussed, including the celebration of the 75th anniversary in 2020-21.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the board toured the beautiful EIU campus.


Featured in the photo(s):

Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Past President and current Executive Director,  Esther Powell (left) and Treasurer, Maria Altobello (right) snap a photo while touring the beautiful Doudna Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

               The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members stayed at the Unique Suites Hotel in Charleston.  Robin Rennels, Cheryl Hines, and Sharon Nichols enjoy the evening relaxing at the Brick House Bar and Grill inside the hotel.  

               Matt Hlinka, Maria Altobello, and Guy D’Onofrio show off their ASLHS pride by wearing ASLHS matching ball caps.  

                The Alpha Sigma Lambda board members and office staff stop for a photo in front of the Old Main Castle’ also known as the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building at Eastern Illinois University following the board meeting.

Pictured left to right are:  Matt Hlinak, Society President; Esther Powell, Society Past President; Karen Cordova; Society Secretary; Regis Gilman, Executive Director; Robin Rennels, Office Manager; Shelley Hintz, Vice President; Back row: Guy D’Onofrio, Asset Manager/Assistant Executive Director; Cheryl Hines, Member-at-Large; and Sharon Nichols, Office Assistant.    Maria Altobello, Society treasurer (front).   

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Tanika Woodard | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

“I am a native of Mobile, Alabama, and I have been pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mobile​. This scholarship will allow me to afford to student teaching this coming academic year. After graduation, I plan to obtain a degree in Counseling. I was also inducted into our Iota Eta Sigma Lambda in January 2019.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Tanika Woodard on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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Brittany Eddy | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Eddy is a student in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. By trade, she is an investment associate with a firm located in Charlottesville, VA.

Here, she co-founded a financial confidence mentorship program with a local nonprofit organization. At UVA, she is a Peer Mentor, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Treasurer for the Beta Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Brittany Eddy on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Alpha Sigma Lambda chapters celebrate scholarship and leadership.

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for nontraditional students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education.

Membership shall comprise of chapters at colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations.

New Chapters

Alpha Kappa ChiMontana State University

Xi Iota – Wichita State University – Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology

Tau Alpha Geneva College

Chi Pi –Simmons University

 

Reinstated Chapters

Delta ChiNotre Dame of Maryland University

Delta Iota LeMoyne College

 

Learn about the benefits and advantages of having an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter at your learning institution or apply to start a chapter. 

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2019 William C. Hine Awardee EMILY SNYDER

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.

EMILY SNYDER

 2019 William C. Hine Awardee

Emily Snyder directs all operations for the Office of Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living at Stony Brook University, which serves a commuter student population of over 15,000, approximately 10% of which are identified as non-traditional students/adult learners. Her work focuses heavily on building community and support services that encourage a vibrant and holistic college experience for this substantial cohort, with a spectrum of diverse needs and life circumstances. Offering this valuable group of students a “home away from home”, ways to connect with others who are sharing a similar student experience, and opportunities to be recognized has brought tremendous pride in and confirmation of the importance of this work. Emily’s goal is to connect with the institution’s non-traditional population as early on in their academic journey as possible, a primary motivator while she collaborated to create the University’s non-traditional student specific orientation experience.

Emily established the Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2011, which has provided an essential platform to highlight the incredible academic achievements of Stony Brook University’s adult learners. Engaging adult learners in campus life and fostering relationships with and among the non-traditional student population has been tremendously rewarding, and energizes and inspires Emily to continue her work with and for this demographic. She is eager to support Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Board of Directors this year and to provide any insight that may be helpful to chapters across the country.

To contact Emily email: wchawardee@alphasigmalambda.org

“One of Snyder’s most notable contributions to non-traditional student support was her involvement in the creation of the Non-Traditional Student Orientation Experience, held as part of new student orientation, which launched in 2012. This program introduces students to support services prior to their first semester and offers them a chance to ask questions to a panel of peers comprised of alumni and returning non-traditional students. Students also have the chance to start building community with one another and to network with advocates across campus.” Read more …   

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education who come together to celebrate scholarship and leadership. Establish a chapter at your learning institution, honoring the academic accomplishments of adult learners and offer nontraditional students a chance to apply for yearly Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships. 

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