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).   

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Sigma Xi  

Suffolk County Community College – Michael J. Grant Campus

Upsilon Rho

Irvine Valley College

Re-established Chapters

 Gamma Gamma   

Rhode Island College

Upsilon Alpha

University of Arkansas – Fort Worth

Omega Philia  

Dickinson State University 

 Psi Omega     

Nichols College

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda 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.  Starting a chapter brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

2019 Board of Directors

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Board of Directors

 

As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:

 

Society President:  Matt Hlinak, Dominican University – Priory Campus

Society Secretary:  Karen Cordova, Regis University

Society Treasurer:  Maria Altobello, Franklin Pierce University

Member-at-Large:  Cheryl Hines, SUNY Cortland

 

Learn more about the history of Alpha Sigma Lambda starting in 1945, when Dr. Rollin Posey was Dean of the University College at Northwestern University inherited an honorary named Alpha Sigma Lambda and decided to remake it to serve the needs of his students, while recognizing superior scholarship among those students.

Get involved by starting a chapter at your learning institution.

Spring 2018 Inductions

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is devoted to the advancement of scholarship and recognition of nontraditional students continuing their education. We want to celebrate the scholarship & leadership of our Alpha Sigma Lambda Spring 2018 Inductees.


Mu Kappa Omega – Chapter Councilor Cindy Dodge

The University of Saint Joseph held it’s Induction Ceremony on May 7, 2018. Lizaida Collazo Rivera, ΑΣΛ Member, and Michelle M. Kalis, Ph.D. Provost were the featured speakers.

Inductees: Tammy Broxton, Lori Caetano, Reuben Cartagena, David Wheeler, Claire Hahn, Lisa Looby, Tatiana Santana-Morin, Honorary Inductee Dr. Melissa Mokel, Ph.D., APRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing/Director, RN-B.S. Program


Mu Lambda – Chapter Councilor Dr. Ruiying Ding

The Mu Lambda Chapter at Elmhurst College inducted 14 adult honor students into Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society the evening of May 4, 2018. Students and their families were invited to participate in a reception prior to the start of the ceremony. Former chapter councilor, Mr. Timothy Panfil, presided over the ceremony and the keynote address, “Carpe Doctrina (Seize the Learning)”, was provided by Ms. Laura Brennan, professor of nursing.

Inductees: Kristen Becktel, Malgorzata Cerny, Yukari Finley, Susanne Ford, Darlene Grassel, Amanda Kelly, Nicole Mangiaracina, Nicholas Mossman, Juan Nava, Madu Pangemanan, Karen Rutt, Mary Taylor, Matthew Uhlir, Natalia Wehr


Eta Chi – Chapter Councilor Jane Hudak 

Wescoe School Alpha Sigma Lambda 2018 Induction Ceremony

Inductees: Erin Morales, Paul Feher, Jason Lewis, Jacob Burkhart, Kyle Fatzinger, Dex Bracken, Iulia Tibrea, Michael Humes.


Theta Chi – Chapter Councilor Dr. Emily Richardson  

The induction ceremony was held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 at Queens University of Charlotte. 41 individuals were inducted, and 18 were able to be present to get their certificate. Two honorary candidates were also inducted, Dr. Greg Pillar, the Assistant Provost, and Dr. John Downey the Dean of Students. In addition, Anita Wofford, the adult student advisor took the oath, as she will become the new ASL councilor in fall 2018. 

Inductees: Collette Brooke, Dulce Cortes, Suzette Delay, Gabriella DeTomaso, Nicole Figueroa, Linda Gonzalez, Jason King, Nathan Lauver, Amy Lynn, Evan McOwen, Michael Pritchard, Rosaura Rodriguez, Melanie Skinner, Terrance Shepherd, Marcela Florez, Sherry Thompson, Janyce Wardlaw, Angel Wall

 


 Xi Mu – Chapter Councilor Dr. Gloria Smith 

Jackson State University Inductees: Seated (left to right)  Yolanda Branch, Tameka Johnson, Jennifer Erwin, Carolyn Bell Standing (left to right)  Ramirez Burks, Joi Light, David Burns, Derlyn Haralson, Roderick Crain, Ledireada Kent


Phi Epsilon – Chapter Councilor Ms. Yvrose Romulus 

Dr. Tim Raynor Dean, Bridgeport School of Professional Studies opened the ceremony, welcomed the inductees and their guests.
Dr. Charles T. Phillips was the guest speakers. Charles J. Gillespie Jr. was also a guest speaker as a new inductee of the chapter. Ms. Yvrose Romulus, the Counselor for the chapter did the induction and closed the event.

Inductees: Nancy Irene Dickison, Leticia Figueroa, Stanley Geter, Charles J. Gillespie Jr., Farah Martin, Yohana Ramirez, Carly A. Salvato, Darryl J. Saunders, Jennifer L. Soter, Cassidy J. Vignos, Brandon C. Whitfield


Iota Kappa – Chapter Councilor Dr. BJ Buracker

The Iota Kappa chapter at the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. inducted six new members on May 11, 2018. Inducted as an honorary member was MSPS adjunct faculty member Larry Robertson, Vice President/Project Director at JBS International, Inc. He exhorted the inductees to embrace “passions, values and talents” in their careers. “Do something that you would do even if you weren’t paid for it,” he advised. Immediately after the induction ceremony, the new members of ASL were also honored at the university-wide Undergraduate Honors Convocation as part of the university’s commencement-week ceremonies.

Inductees: Chris L. Allen, Marilyn M. Brown, Silvina Cerezo, Andrea Jacobs-Cohen, Matthew Morris, Kudakwashe D. Mundopa, Deborah Nicholson, Larry Robertson


Alpha Xi – Chapter Councilor Mrs. Sarah Thornton

Our spring induction ceremony was held on the beautiful Drury University campus in Springfield, Missouri. The keynote speaker, Colleen Andrews, inspired us to lead with compassion. Twenty-one inductees were present with their families.
Inductees: Scottie Adkins, Tara Allhands, Austin Arnall, Christian Blankenship, Anthony Bostwick, Ivy Branch, James Campbell, Mathew Cavanaugh, Katelynn Clark, Renee Crocker, Kait Lynn Cupples, Jennifer Davis, Anna Donkin, Kristopher Flynt, McKenzi Gaines, Danielle Gardner, Andrew Gergely, Kyla Gergely, Tony Gifford, Jessica Goacher, Otto Gomez, Jack Greer, Amy Grisham, Candice Huett, Kim Hunter, Zachrian King, Reva Koehn, Melissa Kotowicz, Arthur Lassiter, Loretta Mask, William Mask, Jessica Menendez, Cherl Miller, Radu Moroti, Amberlynn Moulton, Sydnee Ponder, Landroval Reliford, Lauren RyderStuer, Michelle Sanders, Ripsine Sansome, Chelsye Scantlin, David Sellers, Chad Smith, Susan Stuart, Jessica Wehling, Amanda Witt, Alexandria Zinn


Kappa Rho – Chapter Councilor Mrs. Krista Mather

The Kappa Rho Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Gonzaga University gathered in the evening on April 22nd for dinner and our annual induction ceremony. The evening began with a blessing offered by the Student Development Vice President, Dr. Judy Biggs Garbuio. The ritual was recited by ASL member and Gonzaga University Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor, Audrey Minton. Certificates and a closing message were presented to our new inductees by Associate Dean for Student Development, Dr. Colleen Vandenboom. Other special guests included the family and friends of our newest inductees as well as Dean for Student Development, Matt Lamsma; Associate Director for Student Involvement, Joey Sammut, and Chapter Councilor, Krista Mather. We all enjoyed our dinner and time of celebration together.Inductees: Wrane Soule, Roberto Morales, Emily Miller, Matthew Sanson, Gabe Marsh, Alanna Unruh, Jacquelyn Hatzke

 


 

Gamma Pi – Chapter Councilor Dr. Nilajah Nyasuma Sims

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Morgan State University’s Continuing Studies held a reception, inducting 10 Morgan State University Students into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Continuing Education National Honor Society. Nine different majors were represented; 3 students will be graduating on May 19, 2018, and 6 students will be graduating in December 2018. The induction ceremony was held in the University Student Center Theater.

Inductees: Rukayat Ariori, Christine Curtis, Jamilah Dennis, Stephanie Donaldson Brown, Murisiku Lawal, Assata Lewis Graphic Design, Roslyn Richardson, Montressa Tripps, Lariel Tunstall, Darrel A. Walton, Jr.


Mu Kappa – Chapter Councilor Dr. Ana Chichester

University of Mary Washington inductees gathered for the induction ceremony and to hear from each other. Students spoke about what motivated them to succeed, and what their next steps were going to be.

Inductees: Daphne Ahalt; Craig Boothe; Marianne Brokaw; Andrew Conklin; Jeanne Cotton; Mark Covino; Wendy Dent; Regina Drayton; Corey Green; Fatina Grooms; Ryan Hastings; Mary Havener; Elluz Lopez; Austin Leuders; Jacqueline Nkansah; Whitney Post; Janice Riley; Nasratullah Sephahizada; Natalie Smith; Valerie Steward; Linda Ware; Jillan Weiger; Lisa Wilcox.


Omega Theta – Chapter Councilor Christopher Micali

Three new student members and an honorary faculty member were inducted into Rider’s chapter of Omega Theta at Rider University, College of Continuing Studies.

Inductees: Dr. Mary Morse- Professor of English, Jeanette Friscia, Joanna Siggillino, Sylvia Troutman


Pi Theta – Chapter Councilor Mr. Tom Manning

Alpha Sigma Lambda, Pi Theta Chapter held its New Member Induction Ceremony and Honor Cord Presentation on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College. The event was held on the College’s Celebrating Student Achievement Day, an annual, day-long event showcasing the talents and achievements of its students. Speakers for the ceremony were Tom Manning, Director of Wings – Adult Education at Meredith and Chapter Councilor and Dr. Matthew Poslusny, Senior Vice President and Provost of Meredith College. Pi Theta Chapter recognized not only its inductees at this event, but also presented ten graduating members with Alpha Sigma Lambda honor cords as a gift from the Office of Wings and the College.

Inductees: Brooke Babcock, Megan Beachem, Sabrina Chappell-Strickland, Ashley Fields, Leah Hathcote, Allison Koziel Bolla, Barbara Levengood, Maegan Monsivais, Hannah Southern


Upsilon Zeta – Chapter Councilor Mr. Chris Nesmith

Welcome, Introduction, & Ritual of Induction Speaker: Dr. Chris Nesmith- Associate Provost, Palmetto College & Dean of Extended University Recognition & Closing Remarks Speaker: Dr. Susan Elkins- Chancellor Honorary Faculty InducteesDr. David Dangerfield, Robert Castleberry, and Stephen Lowe

Inductees: Grady Biggerstaff, Robert Castleberry, Cathleen Cathcart, Heather Coleman, David Dangerfield, Cristina Delgadillo, William Easterling, Sara Katz, Stephen Lowe, Thomas Phelps, Nicole Ramsey, Chereka Williams.


Iota Iota – Chapter Councilor Dr. Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush

The induction ceremony featured Provost Steve Barrows, Associate Provost Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush, and Chair of the Continuing Education at Aquinas College Committee, Vicki McMillan. Musical entertainment was provided by Ramil Collier.

Inductees: Jenny Aimee Gomez Cabrera, Haleigh Sullivan, Jill Anne Veenstra


Sigma Chi Nu – Chapter Councilor Betty Telford 

Salem College Inductees:Daphne Ahalt; Craig Boothe; Marianne Brokaw; Andrew Conklin; Jeanne Cotton; Mark Covino; Wendy Dent; Regina Drayton; Corey Green; Fatina Grooms; Ryan Hastings; Mary Havener; Elluz Lopez; Austin Leuders; Jacqueline Nkansah; Whitney Post; Janice Riley; Nasratullah Sephahizada; Natalie Smith; Valerie Steward; Linda Ware; Jillan Weiger; Lisa Wilcox.


Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society which partners with colleges and universities to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education. Membership in  Alpha Sigma Lambda brings scholarship opportunities and the camaraderie of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional
students.

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Karen Wernli

Karen Wernli

Karen Wernli is a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her major is Elementary Education, and she looks forward to teaching fourth or fifth grade. Karen hopes to create a warm, respectful and engaged learning environment for her future students.

While serving homeless families and at-risk students she gained a powerful awareness of the challenges many students are facing. She feels passionate about helping students have the best educational experience possible.

Prior to college, Karen enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother of her three daughters. She volunteered in her daughters’ schools and served as a board member and volunteer for two non-profit organizations. Karen is active in her church where she has enjoyed teaching children and adults. She loves to read, play the piano, and experience new things!

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like Karen pursue their degree! 

Kereen-Brown

Kereen Brown

Kereen Brown is a senior undergraduate student at The City College of New York, working towards a major in Early Childhood Education with a co-concentration in Social Welfare. Her love and passion for education have inspired her to pursue a career in education.

Upon completion of her studies, she aspires to become a kindergarten teacher and hopes to one day open a school on her native island of Jamaica.

She is a humanitarian, a mother of three, and friend to many. Of all the titles that she has held, she believes that one of her greatest titles is that of a student. She believes that one can continually learn from each daily experience. Kareen believes in the utmost importance of loving and caring for those in need and takes every opportunity to do hands-on community service projects.

She was recently selected to serve as a CUNY ambassador in the CUNY Service Corps. as part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.

This summer she will be volunteering in Puerto Rico for two weeks, working to provide critically important services to the residents and communities of Puerto Rico. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and spending quality time with her children. 

 

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and help support students like Kereen pursue their degree!