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!


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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.


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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 

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Maranda Kirk | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Maranda is currently in her 4th year at the University of Mobile and is pursuing a BS in Organizational Leadership. She plans to enroll in the University’s Master’s program after graduation. She and her husband Anthony together have 5 children: Matthew (20), Mary (14), Emma (12), Presleigh (10), and Paige (9). In addition to her studies, Maranda is a 1st Soprano in her church choir, as well as the Children’s Church Director, and Vice President of the New Hope United Methodist Women’s Ministry.

Her future career goals include being able to work with and assist other adult students like herself with a second chance at a college education and a brighter future. 

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New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY

RHO ZETA

MARTIN UNIVERSITY

UPSILON PI

HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

UPSILON OMEGA

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

OMEGA RHO

RE-ESTABLISHED CHAPTERS

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY

ETA UPSILON PI

MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY

OMEGA MU

 

 

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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Gabrielle Hill | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and passionate about art and design, Gabrielle Hill is currently a senior at Salem College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Design with a concentration in Interior Design. In November 2018, Gabrielle was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  Prior to her time at Salem College, Gabrielle obtained an Associates in Arts degree from Forsyth Technical Community College, graduated with honors and received the Dr. Dallas Herring Student Achievement Award. 

Gabrielle, knows firsthand the challenges and sacrifices an adult student must face when seeking a higher education and the importance of scholarship opportunities. These opportunities aid dreams into reality, brings value to one’s education and makes degree completion victorious. 

When Gabrielle isn’t vigorously working on her own art and design, She maintains a part-time position as a Design Associate for a small company, that specializes in home downsizing, organizing and interior design. She enjoys going to art museums, spending time with her family and spotting iconic chair cameos.

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2020 William C. Hine Awardee | Elizabeth Kane

Elizabeth Kane is a professional in the area of adult pedagogy and the delivery of courses in non-traditional formats.  Upon leaving her first career, Ms. Kane served as an advisor, mentor and director of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) at Saint Peter’s University for less than one year before being promoted to Dean in 2007.

Among her many accomplishments, she was responsible for moving the school from trimesters to 8-week hybrid terms, a model which is still in effect today.  Her vision was, and continues to be, to facilitate degree completion by offering the convenience of online learning with the option of attending class face to face on a limited basis to bolster the confidence of adult learners.

While at SPCS Ms. Kane was the founding councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda, introduced evening convocation and honors ceremonies to recognize working students, started a scholarship specifically for SPCS students, and revamped the experiential learning process for the benefit of working adults. 

As the Associate Vice President for Adult, Graduate and Online Education at Centenary University, Ms. Kane continues to serve nontraditional students. In just over a year she has revamped the leave of absence policy, changed the definition of full-time studies and added two majors and five concentrations, all designed for the success of nontraditional learners. She continues to be an advocate for policies and procedures which may not align with traditional University model but which are created to recognize the unique needs of this vulnerable subset of undergraduate students.

Ms. Kane serves has served as consulting expert for other schools in the adult realm, has overseen the development of fully online programs at both institutions, created advisory boards of students, faculty and corporate partners to identify areas of opportunity, and oversees curricula with a focus on traditional academics partnered with practical experience.

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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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