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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.
As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 ofÂ 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
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 Inductees: Dr. 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.
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
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.
2018 scholarship recipient, Angelica Bonisese is a full-time senior nutrition student in the DPD program at Cedar Crest College, a full-time administrative assistant for almost 5 years at the local non-profit Hope for Veterans, and a lab assistant for the past 2 years for the Cedar Crest College program Health Starts in the Kitchen. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Delta Pi Chapter, the local Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association, the national PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Student Dietetic Association at Cedar Crest College. Angelicaâ€™s anticipated graduation date is May of 2019 where she will then move on to complete her dietetic internship along with her Masters of Health Science degree.
Outside of the classroom, Angelica enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and backpacking. This summer she plans to complete 100 miles along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania as part of her fundraiser, Hike for Hunger, to help provide more nutritious foods for homeless veterans in her community.
In 1996, the National Home Office of Alpha Sigma Lambda was moved to the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston, Illinois with staff devoted strictly to ASLHS business. Dr. Hine has brought his considerable expertise to the organization not only by serving as a sponsor of the National Office but also through his representation of ASL at various national conferences such as UPCEA, ACHE, and CAEL and more recently as the ASL Director of Marketing.
Dr. Hine served as Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, since 1986. Throughout his career, William Hine provided professional leadership in several professional associations, including vice-president in the American Association in Adult and Continuing Education, Board of Directors of ACHE, National Advisory Board of CAEL, and has served as president of the Illinois Council for Continuing Higher Education.
Other faculty members have supported Alpha Sigma Lambda at EIU, including, Dr. Carrie Johnson, former Asst. Exec. Director. Watch as she 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018 WILLIAM C. HINE SERVICE AWARDEE
DR. TERRY KIDD, Dean
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Houston Community College