75 Years of Celebrating Student Scholarship and Excellence 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is celebrating 75 years of scholarship and excellence! Here is a look at what we have accomplished!

  • In 1985, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (ASLHS) awarded three (3) scholarships for a total of $1500.  In 2021, ASLHS awarded five (5) $3000 scholarships and fifteen (15) $2500 scholarships for a total of $52,500. 

  • To date, ASLHS Honor Society has awarded 303 scholarships for a total amount of $508,900. Each year, it is our goal to increase the number of scholarships each year.

  • ASLHS has partnered with over 560 colleges and institutions throughout the United States. 

  • ASLHS has currently recognized 104,464+ adult learners for their outstanding achievements in higher education.  

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda online community includes 15,992 people across social media platforms. 


Since 1996, the ASLHS Home Office has been located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Central Illinois.  The home office consists of one (1) full time and one (1) full-time employee who provide customer service to ASLHS chapter and student members.   ASLHS currently has nine (9) board members that reside throughout the United States.  Our voluntary board members are passionate about ASLHS and the adult learner.

In honor of our 75th Anniversary we asked our board members to share what Alpha Sigma Lambda means to them and if they could share some favorite moments. 

Shelley Hintz | Society President

Shelly has served for 3.5 years as a board member, and even longer as chapter councilor.

“Alpha Sigma Lambda means recognizing the sacrifices adult students make in order to prioritize their education. Meeting like-minded professionals from other institutions who have the same goals of recognizing adult students…I also appreciate how ASL provides scholarship opportunities to adult students. It is rewarding to hear the student stories from the scholarship winners. Also, it is rewarding to see students post on the social media groups their pride as they receive their certificates and then again when they graduate.” 

Bob Charlebois

Director of Adult Learner Services | 2 Years of service 

“ASLHS gives the University of South Alabama a great opportunity to recognize our adult population and celebrate their great academic achievement.  As a university that is predominantly focused on traditional students, it is great to have an organization for adult students…Unfortunately, covid has prevented us from holding induction ceremonies in person but it is always great to receive email from invited students who are so excited about the recognition of all of their hard efforts” 

Maria R. Altobello

Treasurer | 4 Years of Service 

“Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion of assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities. Reading the scholarship applications is my favorite activity.  Through the applicants’ essays, I see the power the Association has to impact the lives of those who strive for upward mobility.  Their stories are eye opening and inspiring.”

Elizabeth Pack

Chapter Councilor and Secretary of Board of Directors | 4 Years of Service 

“Passion for adults pursuing higher education; affirmation and recognition of their valiant efforts…My favorite moments have to be the induction services to the honor society.  It is a privilege being a part of such an important moment in the lives of our students. Serving as secretary for the board of directors has also been a great experience thus far.  I have been blessed by the collegiality and shared passion for adult students. The dedication to the work to support and recognize adult students is impressive.”

Guy D’Onofrio

Asset Manager and Assistant Executive Director | 29 years of Service 

“I was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Eta Chapter as a student at Drexel University over 40 years ago. It was very meaningful to me to receive this recognition as I was involved in leadership roles in various student activities at Drexel while maintaining the grades to achieve Highest Honors at graduation! I was delighted to be asked to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Foundation Board in 1992 at the request of then Board member Dean Stanley Gwiazda of Drexel University. I served as Treasurer for the Foundation, overseeing the Scholarship Fund, until it merged with the Society in 2007.  My most favorite moment was 10 years ago when I was asked Dr. Patricia Brown, the Society’s president at that time, to induct her into Alpha Sigma Lambda! I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Board and working with the Officers and fellow Board members in keeping our Scholarship program going strong!” 

Penny Gaskins

Vice President | 6 years in service

“I took that first step to return to school after 35 years, but did I have what it took to make it? I forged through and it was difficult. There were times I felt like I was a fish out of water. Here I was a woman in her 50s going to school with kids that could have been my children or grandchildren. I remember when the local chapter counselor of the Alpha Sigma Lambda emailed me and invited me to join. I thought it was a joke. They must have made some type of mistake, there was no way that I was worthy to be invited to join. I went to the induction ceremony and did not tell anyone in my family. I was so scared that they were going to tell me they had made a mistake and I did not want my family to be embarrassed when my name was not called. When I was inducted, I knew then it was real. I went home and told my mom. She said, “I wish you would have told me, I would have gone if you had. I would have been honored to see you inducted. I am so very proud of you”.  She died a year later. I will never forget that. Alpha Sigma Lambda gave me the confidence to never stop reaching for the stars. To be recognized for my accomplishments at my age was something that words cannot express. I will always remember that moment when I was inducted into the honor society and how I felt knowing that I had truly made it. My favorite moment was when the Vice President of Academic Affairs asked if I would take the reins of counselor for the Local chapter at Thomas University. It was my first induction ceremony and of course I wanted it to be so special since I knew how I felt when I was first inducted into the honor society. I asked another employee that had been inducted into the society years earlier to act as my deputy. She agreed.  So we set out to make this an event that would be remembered for a long time.  We had received a weather warning that a hurricane was headed in our direction and that it would be making land fall later that night. There was no way we were going to cancel this event. We had 25 students that year being inducted. The University Chapel severed as the back drop for the ceremony where the students lined up and marched in as their families stood and honored them. After a beautiful ceremony, refreshments were served under a large tent. Everyone was so excited. It made me so happy to see these adults that had come back to school and work so hard to accomplish this. They laughed and cried. It was a moment I will never forget. I think I was more excited than they were.  We finished the ceremony and everyone made it home safely and in plenty of time. Although every moment working with the honor society is special to me. I do not think I would be where I am today without the encouragement and the confidence that I gained from becoming an ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA.” 


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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).   

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. 

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.

Alpha Sigma Lambda News

News featuring Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society members and chapters from across the United States. 

 

 

“I can’t say enough good things about the organization, and I would not have been able to finish my education without receiving the ASL scholarship,” said White. “I am so grateful for the staff and professors who supported my application.”

 

 

 

 

 

“The faculty have been so tremendous and supportive in understanding my needs as an adult student,” comments Cavanaugh. “Adult students bring all that life experience to the table, and I am happy to be a part of that group.”

 

Read more:

The four joined 18 other students tapped as new members of the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.”

“Bank of New England is pleased to welcome John S. Kelley as senior loan officer and senior vice president of commercial real estate lending. Kelley is a commercial real estate professional with experience in lending and credit risk assessment.”

“Inductees included Brieanna Pressley Howell, of Clyde. She is majoring in accounting. In a ceremony in GWU’s Tucker Student Center, 22 students and two honorary inductees joined the society as representatives of the University’s Degree Completion Program (DCP).”

“Although their backgrounds often are wildly different, SUNY Cortland’s approximately 300 non-traditional students all have interesting stories to tell. Take Corrine Edick, for example. The College’s third recipient since 2010 of an Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship from the national honor society for non-traditional students decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school in 2009.”

“Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) names Nathan Lawrence as the new Director of Quality Management.”