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

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

New Chapters 

Brandman University | Xi Lambda

California Lutheran University | Omega Rho

Schreiner University | Xi Omega


Re-Established Chapters 

Houston Baptist University | Iota Epsilon

Trinity Washington University 


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

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

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Kappa Lambda Spring 2020 Induction

These 8 students are Martin University‘s first inductees into the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. In order first row, Yvette Robinson, Marilyn Jenkins, Sheila Brown, Vinny Bhupatkar. Second row: Clarence Thompkins, Hattie Carlis , Ronald B. Johnson and Carolyn Ray. A program was held on February 20, 2020 where these students were honored with their honor stoles and certificates. Our University President Dr. Sean Huddleston and Provost Dr. LaShun Smith offered great words of encouragement to all students honored on this night. Martin University congratulates these students on their great accomplishment!

Student Inductees: Sheila Denise Brown, Vinny Pradeep Bhupatkar, Hattie Louise Carlis, Marilyn L. Jenkins, Ronald B Johnson, Carolyn Ray, Yvette Ann Robinson, Clarence Thompkins

 


Membership shall contain chapters of colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations. Students are inducted into the Society as members of a specific chapter. Membership at-large is not available to students.

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Alpha 2019 Induction

Alpha Spring 2019 Induction

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, Alpha Sigma Lambda Alpha Chapter, holds an annual Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Reception. The School of Professional Studies was proud and excited to recognize the achievements of 18 graduating students inducted into ASL Membership. Family, friends, and ASL Alumni were all present to celebrate the remarkable achievement of these students. At the ceremony, School of Professional Studies Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Seth Meisel, Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Services, Margaret McCarthy, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Peter Kaye, spoke about not only the honor of ASLmembership, but also the responsibility to inspire those around to their own academic achievements.

Student Inductees: Mark Jedlicki, Mitzy Reyes, David Shaw, Edythe Selinger, Benjamin Keane, Michael Butler, Perry Shaffer, Robin Szarmach, Sarah Wood, Cameron Schwartz, Marylou Novak, Henry Mann, Jessica Agosto, Nancy Bucher, Hye Jin Oh, Brian Lietke, Ann Marshall, Ashley Knudson

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Membership shall contain chapters of colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations. Students are inducted into the Society as members of a specific chapter. Membership at-large is not available to students.

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Alpha Xi Spring 2020 Induction

Alpha Xi Spring 2020 Induction 

The Alpha Xi Chapter at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, inducted 38 new members (18 in attendance) to Alpha Sigma Lambda on November 3, 2019. ASL member and Drury alum/staff member, Yesy Perez, shared her story of overcoming others’ limitations for her and becoming the leader she is today. Family members and friends proudly applauded Yesy and the new inductees.

Student Inductees: Kathryn Allison, Jaime Bernhardt, Kayla Brawley, Karen Canell, Juan Castillo, Joshua Cotner, Alicia Deleon, Michell Dunlap, Melissa Duran, Ana Espinoza, Json Ewing, Laci Felty, Ida Houck, Chelsea Lafferty, Samantha Lawson, Danielle Lightfoot, Carman Long, Zachary Marlow, Susana Montelongo, Vanessa Montelongo, Bailey Morse, Aaron Neighbour, Erika O’Brien, Hannah Overstreet, Jamie Parker, Martin Perez, Christopher Reppy, Chad Riecke, Alejandra Rivera, David Ross, Hailey Thomas, Maria Trujillo, Bobbie VanGundy, Trinity VanTwuyver, Amy Warburton, Alexandra Watson, Lindsay Wilson, Sheila Zebert

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Membership shall contain chapters of colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations. Students are inducted into the Society as members of a specific chapter. Membership at-large is not available to students.

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

As a student, there comes a time you may need to request letters of recommendation from a faculty member. For example, the Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application asks for a letter of recommendation. Beyond that, you may need letters of recommendation for graduate schools, job applications, and more. Below are some tips for you to consider when you need to request a letter of recommendation. 

  1. Reach out to faculty who you recently took classes with. Remind them who you are- what grade you received, and anything else that may have stuck out (for example, the topic of your final paper or project, or if there were online discussions, how frequently or early you posted.)

  2. Mention a few things about yourself – what your educational and professional goals are, what your other responsibilities are in addition to taking classes.

  3. Clarify that the recommendation is meant to portray the type of student you are- which a faculty member can usually speak to from your behavior in their course.

  4. Offer to provide additional information if the faculty member feels it would be useful.

  5. Give the faculty a few weeks to complete the letter…don’t ask the week it is due.

  6. Ask a few faculty members for recommendations. So that if one or more don’t feel comfortable giving one, you don’t have to start the process over. It does not hurt to end up with more than one recommendation.

  7. For the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Remind the faculty that the recommendation can be sent via email using their faculty email address (this alleviates any worry of having to use the school’s letterhead, which can be difficult for some non-local faculty to obtain).

Keep these tips in mind as you reach out for letters of recommendation. Also, if you know now that you plan to attend graduate school or go into a field that requires faculty references, start now to develop relationships with your faculty members while you are in their class. Being an active student in discussions, helping other students, and chatting with the faculty member (whether online or on-site) may help down the road when you need that reference. 


Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Student Scholarships  for nontraditional students. 

Already applied? Visit STUDENT RESOURCES for more tips and scholarship opportunities. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductions | Winter 2019 -2020

Gamma Beta Upsilon

Mr. Homer Craig (Criminal Justice Coordinator and Instructor, Guest Speaker: Tim Price – 2018 Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductee
History of Alpha Sigma Lambda and Induction Ceremony: Dr. Elizabeth Pack (Dean of Adult and Distance Education)
Remarks: Dr. Ben Leslie (Provost and Executive Vice President)

Student inductees: Paige Bortnick, Sarah Young, and Brittany McGill, Paula Quinn, Melissa Stewart, and Thomas Harless.

 

Gardner Webb Alpha Sigma Lambda member at an induction
Sharing her Alpha Sigma Lambda pride & pin is Brittany McGill’s.

Delta Lambda Pi

The DePaul-School for New Learning, Delta Lambda Pi (DePaul Leaders and Professionals) held its 17th Annual Induction Ceremony, Saturday, May19, 2019. The theme this year was “when life challenges you”. This theme was inspired by a quote from Alana Stewart saying, “No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them.” SNL Inductees took to heart to examine learning opportunities presented by life’s challenges, and then make the ultimate decision to shift to their inner cheerleader. Associate Dean for SNL Operations, Dr. Akilah Martin was the key note. Interim Dean and ASL Director, Dr. Donald L. Opitz congratulated and held individual photo-ops with inductees and Chapter Councilor, Leyfane J. Thomas, President Stephen Hall and ASL Alumni, Lisa Tolefree, offered separate congratulatory words of encouragement. The Chapter Councilor also chimed a bell at inductee roll call.

Student Inductees: Isabel Avalos, Regina Davis, Heather De vries, Alice Dobosz, Sabrina Downard, Emma Jane Hunt, Ana Fuentes, Shaunta Gray, Igael Hamburg, Marcia Hernandez, Troy Kindle, Bill King, Shantoya Leslie, Sandra Long, Cheryl Marshall, Monika Martinez, Sean McNamara, LaTonya Mohead, Margaret Micheli Venckus, Fernando Molina, Charlotte Ogorek, Deanna Patton, LaurieRabattini, Melissa Rack, Cheryl Schuh, Stephanie Soergel, Anne Sprecher, Conner Steel, Renee Terracina and Robert Trotter.

DePaul-School for New Learning


Iota Eta Sigma

The University of Mobile’s Iota Eta Sigma (in His service) chapter celebrated our 17th year by adding nine new inductees, including one honorary faculty member, Dr. Karen Dennis from our School of Education. Dr. Pamela Buchanan Miller, long-time chapter counselor and advocate for adult students at UM led the induction, and one of our two 2019 national ASL scholarship members, Tanika Woodard, presented candidates with their certificates of membership. The reception that followed was attended by 60+ friends and family celebrating their members’ accomplishments.

Student Inductees: Jennifer Amacker, Beverly Deas, Trinishia Clausell, Kylie Boutwell, Dr. Karen Dennis (honorary, faculty), Jennifer Todd, Sherea White, Kenneth Kaiser, Victoria Bolton.


Membership shall contain chapters of colleges and universities which offer undergraduate degrees and which are accredited by the regional associations. Students are inducted into the Society as members of a specific chapter. Membership at-large is not available to students.

To find out if your institution has an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter, see our Chapter Directory page.

Russell Cordova | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Russell Cordova is a 45 year-old, full-time working husband and dad who went to college right after high school. Having decided to take the proverbial year off, he did not return until he was 42 years old and had a family. It was always his and his late mom’s dream that he finish school.  Taking on this task while having four children, a full time job, and many other responsibilities, was a major feat. Having set his mind on fulfilling God’s plan for his life, Rus jumped in with both feet! Above all things he seeks to know God’s heart and responded to that calling to finish school. Despite his full-time job and busy home life, he went after what he knew only God could provide. Now, several years later, Rus is graduating from Colorado Christian University with his Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA).

He has been on the Dean’s list three times and honored to be invited as a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which has been one of his greatest accomplishments. The most important lesson to be taken from returning to a higher education later in life, is to show others that there’s no expiration date on a dream!


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals!  You can help students like Russell  by making a donation and giving the gift of education. 

Liel Blackman Scholarship Recipient 2019

Liel Blackman | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I began this journey, not knowing what to expect or how far I could go. I even questioned where education would lead me or if it was the right decision. One day I decided to let the fear go. I wanted a better life not only for me but for my children.

In 2012 I went through a drastic change in my life. After 14 years, I removed myself from a very abusive marriage and decided that I would work hard to better my children’s lives. After 12 years of being a stay at home mother, I didn’t know where to start, and I was scared. I had to figure out what was next and how I could survive post marriage. It was hard, and for the first four years, I moved every year because of financial reasons. Nothing was working so in 2016 after moving again I decided to enroll in college. It was hard because I didn’t want the financial responsibility that came with college, but at this point, I didn’t have an option; minimum wage was not enough to take care of my children.

Today, I am a senior at Columbia College, pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Thanks to the venture I embarked on with Columbia College, I am accomplishing something that I never thought I could. Today I am not where I want to be, but I am not where I used to be, and that is an accomplishment for me. I am currently a full-time working mother and an honor student. I am grateful to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for opportunities that are in place to help students like me.

I am writing with a hope to encourage someone else that does not believe in themselves or the impact that education can have on their lives. I have never been this open about my life, but I hope to encourage someone. It’s not going to be easy, but I can say that it is not impossible. Anything you put your mind to is achievable, and it cannot happen until you take away the fear by deciding to begin the journey.

I’m so thankful that God put people in this world that care about others like Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the many professors that have touched my life. Now I am working hard towards everything I need while thanking God for everything I have. We may not know each other, but I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself too.


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Maranda achieve their dreams!

You can help us make their dreams come true by making a donation. 

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