Twenty-seven SUNY Cortland students have been elected to membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an international honor society recognizing the academic achievements of non-traditional students.
The induction ceremony was held on April 24 in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.
This is the 12th year the SUNY Cortland chapter, Lambda Omicron, has elected members from among the non-traditional undergraduate students enrolled in the College. These include individuals age 24 and older as well as those who, regardless of age, have dependent children.
Alpha Sigma Lambda national standards reserve membership for students who are in the top 10 percent of all non-traditional students at the College. Members must have completed 24 credits hours of work at SUNY Cortland with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. For the inductees to be in the top 10 percent of students at SUNY Cortland this year, they needed to have a GPA of 3.65 or greater. The GPA range for this group of students inducted was 3.65 to 4.22.
SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum offered welcoming remarks to the new members. Raymond Collings, an associate professor of psychology, was the faculty guest speaker. Lori Schlicht, associate director of advisement and transition, explained the ideals of the honor society.
“Each year I continue to be amazed by our adult student population,” said Cheryl Hines, coordinator for Non-Traditional Student Support and the national councilor for the Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron chapter. “They earn the highest GPAs while balancing family responsibilities, jobs and long commutes to campus. For some adult students, the adjustment attending a typically traditional-aged college can be overwhelming and intimidating. I am proud of them and happy that our campus has a chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda so we are able to honor these extraordinary students.”
The students who were elected to membership are:
Casee Ausby, Maria Barrero, Elizabeth Belfour, Amy Chaffee, Caitlin Cimino, Michael Collins, Kim Conzola, Nathan Davis, Courtney Emerson, Keri Evangelista, Carol Fritz, Daniel Gotham, Babbett Lehmer, Aleksandra McCadam, Tracy McClure, Jade Mills, Aaron Moore, Kevin Morris, Alexander Nichols, Paul Norman, Martin Oeberg, Kimberly Quartier, Michael Reilly, Douglas Scott, Sharon Spencer, Chelsea Visconti and Janet Witter.
Collings was inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Lambda.