William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award for 2018 Dr. Terry Kidd

‘Increasing the quality of programs and services for adult learners’

Serving as the Dean of the Division of Extended Learning at Houston Community College, my administrative tenure has been devoted to making a difference and serving our most vulnerable and forgotten in society. This scope and opportunity allow me to engineer a vision that provides district-wide leadership and campus-based management for the largest workforce education operation in the nation. Through seven major reporting units, we serve adult learners in School of Continuing Education, Apprenticeship Programs, Corrections Education, VAST Academy, the Center for Health Care Professionals, Online Continuing Education, and the Accelerated Teacher Certification. Our division is able to reach and impact not only the academic and workforce needs of our adult learners, but also engage adult learners in programming that builds and develops self-esteem, confidence, self-efficacy, and motivation. As a result of this vision, our 47 programs have enrolled more than 16,700, students generated more than $16.3M in revenue annually and has placed over 80% in jobs related to their adult learning programming. During my tenure and in response to serving the needs of our adult learning and industry, we have launched new high growth, high demand programs in Corrosion Technology, Maritime Logistics, Cyber-Security, Nonprofit Management, and Industrial Technology and Energy. I have also led the reorganization effort of the division by crafting a bold new vision that integrates social justice and customer relations lifecycle modeling. This approach takes into consideration best practices from high-performing organization framework, CRM technology and a holistic approach to serving adult students, with special emphasis on Veterans, foster care youth, seniors, and those in lower socio-economic conditions. Additionally, I’ve worked with my division though facilitating professional development to enhance their skill set and help them navigate through the transition from a traditional education delivery systems to a more innovative service approach, where an adult-centric learning perspective is at the center of our operations, instruction, and services.

‘Increasing the visibility of adult learners and their achievements’

During my tenure at HCC, I established the first Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter in Houston Community College’s 46-year history. This took place in 2012 based on the need to recognize our adult learners, who work so hard and have many competing interests that oftentimes keep them from pursuing education Each year, HCC holds an awards banquet and induction ceremony for our adult learners and the faculty, who have excelled in Workforce related programs. In addition, the Workforce program under my prevue has been featured in the local media, in location publication such as the Houston Chronicle and also national wide produced publications such the Career Focus and Houston at Work magazine all highlight the achievements of workforce adult learners and faculty throughout the Houston area. These publications and television segments have reached over 1 million ones in the local Houston area. Further, Alpha Sigma Lambda has attracted the attention of our City Mayor, the Controller, the nonprofit community, as well as, Workforce development agencies at the local and state level. Each month at our institutions’ board meetings, we high an adult learning who’s excelled academically and professionally.

One of the biggest challenges I faced happened early in my career, at Houston Community College. I entered the role of Associate Dean of Workforce Development at one of the campuses. It was apparent that my arrival to this campus was seen as a sign of hope as there was much distress. The faculty was discouraged, defeated, and devastated. Staff was despondent and discouraged. Students were dismayed and disillusioned. The atmosphere was thick with distrust. As a result, enrollment suffered, the climate was at its lowest point, and student needs weren’t being met. Being a new leader, it was my duty to change this culture and rebuild trust. The task seemed insurmountable, given the past history, climate and distrust. Coming from a system officer perspective, which was broad and singular in scope, I had to transform my thinking and role to a micro level to involve multiple stakeholders in action. Each month at our institutions’ board meetings, we highlight an adult learning who’s excelled academically and professionally.

‘Fostering positive relationships between local ASLHS members and faculty/staff’

This role was a metamorphosis of both in consciousness and practice. In order to meet this challenge and solve the major problems, I had to devise a plan, not only on how to advance workforce development but also how to rebuild and change this depressed climate and usher in a sense of healing. This plan worked to build a structure, based on the framework of appreciative inquiry that calmed fears, built trust, continuity, team cohesion, and a focused direction of growth and development. Time was spent in facilitated meetings, working together brainstorming as a single unit to move towards organizational success. As a social science researcher and an educator from the humanist camp, I knew I had to work on the soul and spirit of the division. I did this by working to encourage faculty and staff through ropes courses, team building, and trust exercises. This work also allowed faculty and staff to be assigned to teams to create, present, and facilitate their ideas. I also began to recognize faculty and staff on their accomplishments. Mobilizing assets and initiating change from a grassroots level helped produced phenomenal results that lead to new policies to be developed, doubling the enrollment, greater division continuity, more partnerships with industry and, improved relationships. The heart of this work was the work of the heart. When you engage people at a level of trust with integrity and are consistent with action, you are able to obtain buy-in. This buy-in is what helps get the results to turn around an organization. Central to this work was the integration of Alpha Sigma Lambda staff and students who were inducted in the organization.

ASLHS helped provide a single focus and direction, which was serving the adult learner and helping support those students who had multiple social obligations and commitments. It helped us see our work in a different light.

The perspectives of the inducted adult learning honor students helped provide the narrative as to what we as faculty and administration should be all about. Hearing their voices and stories helped provide faculty a stronger link and connection to serving our adult students. ASLHS faculty and staff from across the district would routinely participate in our team building and student success seminars, by providing that voice that advocates for adult learners. Because of this integration of ASLHS inducted members, students, and faculty, with my work as Associate Dean and now as Dean, my team and I have been able to move the needle in transforming both instructional and operational practices that enhance the ultimate adult learning experience.


School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Houston Community College

(713) 718-7500

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Fall 2017 ASLHS Inductions

 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society welcomes all of our Fall 2017 members from all over the United States of America.

We are proud to have all of you as inductees and thrilled that we are able to honor your hard work and academic accomplishments!

Baldwin Wallace University


Lee Bartlett, Michael Brown, James Corkish, Andrew DeValve, Kevin Fischer, Christen Ford, Amy Greicius Ida Gunadi, Teresa Hacker, Crystal Hamilton, Kaylee Harter, Meghan Jenkins, Rebecca Medina, Mark Nakon, Kate Potter, Erika Rice, Steven Rizek, Erin Roth Zifcheck, Angela Simon, Ramona Smith, Allison Thompson, Lauren Vanek, Leah Varner, Rebecca Wilding, Nicole Zaghet

Creighton University – Nu Tau Epsilon Chapter

2017 induction into Nu Tau Epsilon, Creighton University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda was held on November 16, 2017. We try to make this student-oriented, so our Master of Ceremonies, John Rumbaugh,  was a 2015 inductee and one of our new inductees, Heidi Knofczynski, did a beautiful student reflection.  The Provost of Creighton University, Dr. Thomas Murray gave a warm welcome. As Chapter Councilor, I read each new inductee’s Biographical Sketch and thank you, while they stood between our Provost and our Dean to take a picture.

Dr. Heather Fryer, the Director of our American Studies Program, was our keynote speaker, delivering a presentation on St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, who was once a non-traditional student. It was entitled, “Iggy the Man.”  We concluded the formal program with a closing reflection from Fr. Andy Alexander. We then had a reception for inductees and their friends and family and past inductees, providing them with appetizers and drinks.

George Fox University – Gamma Omega Delta Chapter

George Fox University 2017 Fall Inductees: Richard Chapin, Kerri Fry, Matthew Koslowski, Andrea Larsen, Traci Lee, Sterling McDonald, Travis Ramsby, Joshua Sprecher, Michelle Bergey, Danielle Carter, Desiree Everett, Erik Harrington, John Haslett, Charissa Hatten, Chris Hawkins, Brian Mullis, Matthew Schoblaske, Korey Watts, Wade Wilson, Jacob Wood

Drury University –  Alpha Xi Chapter

Drury University’s Alpha Xi Chapter inducted forty-one students into Alpha Sigma Lambda on November 5, 2017. In attendance at the induction ceremony were the following students: Stephanie Fuller, Deniece Green, Shayna Herbsleb, Allie Honeyfield, Melissa Keys, Ashlee Marlow, Scott Moore, Charline O’Neill, Joel Pickett, Tameka Podwoski, Ian Ross, Brian Shupe, Breanna Stevens, and Jacob Underwood

Full list of inductees: Ashlee Marlow, Scott Moore, Fredrica Norris, Charline O’Neill, Joan Persons, Joel Pickett, Tameka Podwoski, Ashton Porter, Sierra Redmond, Jane Robideau, Ian Ross, Amanda Salcido, Tatyana Schroeder, Brian Shupe, Megan Sierk, Sandra Somers, Alicia Speelman, Breanna Stevens, Jeanel Tomnitz, Jacob Underwood, Angela Wagner, Stephen Whitten, Annie Boggs, Crystal Bouse, Tammy Bowling, Tanya Brabble, Karl Burkhamer, Blake Duncan, Kristine Erb, Stephanie Fuller, Francisco Garcia, Mariangela Gordon, Deniece Green, Shayna Herbsleb, Amy Hoffmeister, Allie Honeyfield, Ronald Jones, Melissa Keys, Brittany Lewis, Blake Lindsey, Tatiana Lopez

Regis University

David Martinez, Stephen Maguina, Michelle Bereda, Phuing Cao

Campell University

Adriana Aleman, Connye Armilla, Chavinta Bickham, Alvin Bissette, Ryan Bofman, Katrina Bond, Aaron Borek, Brandon Bowden, Angel Brewer, Nickie Brown, Emanuel Burton, Michael Carson, Christopher Daniels, Amanda Dial, Elena Eichenseer, Sukhdev Farmah, Carl Forester, Scott Goss, Samone Gray, Mildred Gutierrez, Nicole Hall, Timothy Harris, Junior Jean Bradley, Jones, Danil Karandin, Gregory Koonce, Shane Kronstedt, Kyle Lautzenhiser, Typhany Lovdahl, Tammy, Matthews Douglas, Mayorga,  Jessica McDougald, Jessica McGrew, Jessica Morris, Kellyjohn Murray, Mylin Panek, Jeffrey Payne, Victor Pinon, John Ray, Chance Robison, Nicholas Schuch, Gabrielle Shaw, Bennett Simms, Tracy Simons, Britney Slaght, Tanya Strait
Stephanie Tenhundfeld, Denise Tevepaugh, Jason Tullier, Lucy Warren, Andrew Weger, William Welborn, Latonia Whitfield-Jones, Kera Winders, Tere Murphy

Mount. St. Mary’s University California

Jennifer Maria, Chopchik Marcela, Hannah Halliwell, Adam Picasso, Ivette Jackson, Courtnie Cotillo, Jesse Nativi, Diana De La Torre, Iris Zaldivar, Ginalyn Nacnac, Danielle Grashel, Maria Pelayo, Cendy Anaya, Daniel Aleman, Lindsey Luna, Marlon Murillo, Hana Rashad, Jacquelyn Urias-Morales, Jordan Avila, Edlin Figueroa

Dominican University Priory

Kristi Appelhans, Betty Boatwright, Staci Vazquez, Kelly O’Connor, Jerome Woods, Sara Doherty, Gricelydis Irizarry, Lisa Cook, Kristina Castro, Jasmine Moore

Tennessee Tech University

Savannah Alexander, Fahad Alharbi, Samantha Bales, Deanna Barrett, Zarte Fowler, Christin Gaul, Sonya Hruska, Christine Johnston, Bryson Kelpe, Dakota Key, Ruth Melendez, Cynthia Plemens, Matthew Pollack, Melissa Pryor, Maria Rios, Brittany Rittenberry, Elizabeth Rowe
Jeanine Smith, Gena Webb

Boston University Metropolitan College

Huyen Acevedo Nguyen, Nicole Conward, Susan Dillon, Kerri Dooley, Marina Katehis, Cheryl Maynard, Taylor Raiche, Renata Ribeiro, Kristine Sweetland, Maggie Tam, Rebecca Weizel, Marcus Williams, Cen-Yu Fang, Benjamin Deignan, Adron Gordon, Ilir Kumani, Abdulaziz Nur, Ignacio Ojanguren, Manuela Valencia, Myriam Walter

University of Utah

R. Warr

USC – Aiken

Amy Bates, Bridget Boling, Kristen Cochran, Jessica Crandall, Brandon McVey, Maya Pencheva, Anniebelle Quattlebaum, Christopher Spain, Sarah Stokely, Elizabeth Young

University of Wisconsin – OshKosh

Shavan Chalasane, Jesse Cuff, Jeramie DeSantos, Kelly Hanson, Dan Hofer, Kristine Howard, Darren Jorgenson, Sara Kvitek, Gao Lee, Aimee Mahler, Thomas Pitel, Desirae Thomaschefsky, Yvonne Wilkinson, Paige Zarate

Saint Peter’s University

Isaaida Carmona-Belliard, Amber Doreen, Myron Fairley, Cynthia Felder, Marilu Ferrer, Kia Highsmith, Diane Lang, Jaime Londono, Adam McKenzie, Janet Villanueva, Sally Vizueta

Oregon State University

Rebeka Phelps

The University of Missouri St. Louis

Rebecca Ketcherside-Burkard, Sally Sneed

Kennesaw State

Victoria Baker, Jennifer Bloodworth, Matt Sanchez, Joseph Johnson, Hector Alvarez
Mollett McCloud, Eric Betsil, Kim Turner, Kameal Byrd, Kelsey Dolan, Jennifer Billingsley, Joseph Reidy

King’s College

Meghan Colburn, Krysten Gabriel, John Leddie, Christopher Natale, Elizabeth Sitler, Ashley Warner, Edward Yonkoski

Concordia College-New York

Daniel Zambo, Sonja James, Jamila Lapponese, Janine Chiariello

Ohio University

Parker Chamberlin, Lonnie Deppen, Shawn Griffin, Joshua Hensley, Najet Miah, Anthony Pacherille, Michael Riolo, Andrew Schlichtemeier, Jesse Simmons, Matthew Winter

Park University

Steven Beckham, Kimberly Brewer, Jillian Dhone, Valerie Diaz, Daniel Duncan, Alvaro Enriquez, Mark Friend, Kali Fuchs, Timmy Gilder, Timothy Griffin, Lindsey Gruen, Waizheng He, Quinn Knabe, Rachael MacArthur, Stephan Newland, Samantha Patterson,Jessica Pham, Elizabeth Poirier, Samuel Quinn, Michelle Randall, Keith Renuard, Naomi, Rockafellow, Jason Sayre, Errin Sharp, Reah Andrews, Jason Guillory

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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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2016 ASL Scholarship Recipient Tamika Hunter

“I am a single mother who works full time and decided to return to school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in 2014. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in California for most of my life. Being a mother to my children is my first priority. Along with being dedicated to my own, I have a strong passion for working with youth. I have worked with underserved populations of youth for 20 years and am earning my degree in Criminology at Mount St. Mary’s University in order to pursue a career as a juvenile probation officer.

am determined to make a difference in the lives of youth by being a positive influence and providing various resources to help them make better life decisions. Returning to school after all of these years has been no easy feat, however, I am sure the reward, in the end, will prove to be well worth it.” – Tamika Hunter



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2016 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

2016 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

Anne E. Killen is the Associate Vice President of the Center for Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Management at Keuka College in New York.  Killen’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Doctor of Management degree, she has also earned graduate certificates in Human Resource Development and professional training.

Anne is a peer reviewer for the Academy of Management and has completed executive training in Leadership and Coaching at the National Leadership Institute, Adelphi, MD. Killen serves as Keuka College’s Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter Counselor.  Outside of Keuka College, she volunteers for a local hospice home and as a seamstress for Rachel’s Gift.

The William C. Hine scholarship has estimated $31,000 over the years funded by a fundraiser by him with individual contributions. William C. Hine was instrumental in establishing ASL and his ability to get the university to stand behind ASL. He gave a lot of time and support to Alpha Sigma Lambda. 


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ASL Asst. Exec. Director Dr. Carrie Johnson

Watch as Dr. Johnson discusses what Alpha Sigma Lambda has been doing to connect with its members, offers tips for adult learners and shares her history in adult education.

Since 2011, Dr. Johnson has directed the B.A. in General Studies, an adult degree-completion program, at Eastern Illinois University. She previously held a faculty position at a university in the Chicago area. She is the past-president of the Adult Higher Education Alliance and a contributing editor for the Adult Education Quarterly.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson and the other members of the ASL Board of Directors on our About ASL page.

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Betty Telford Photograph

2017 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Awardee Betty Telford

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.

“I joined the staff at Salem College in 2007 and have held a variety of positions. From the early days at Salem I well remember the first induction and the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter, Chi Nu. I had been invited by several students being inducted and the initial membership was 8 students. Quickly the adult students learned the value of membership and invitations to join were coveted. By 2010, I volunteered to take over the duties of chapter adviser, planning two induction services each year, providing opportunities to expand leadership skills for members and educate the adult population and faculty on the value of membership.” – Betty Telford

Learn more about the William C.Hine Distinguished Service Award.

Contribute towards the William C.Hine Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Donate here.

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