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Non-Traditional Students Inducted into Honor Society

Twenty-six non-traditional students at SUNY Cortland have been elected to membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an international honor society honoring the academic achievement of undergraduate students over the age of 24. 

The SUNY Cortland chapter, Lambda Omicron, has elected members to the honor society for 14 years. The induction ceremony and dinner was held April 23 in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. Alpha Sigma Lambda national standards indicate that students elected to membership are in the top twenty percent of all students at SUNY Cortland age 24 or older who have completed 24 credits of work at SUNY Cortland with a grade point average of 3.2 or better.  For the inductees to be in the top 20 percent of students at SUNY Cortland this year, they needed to have a grade point average of 3.67 or higher. The GPA range for this group of students inducted was 3.67 to 4.13.

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Carol Van Der Karr offered welcoming remarks to the new members. Joy Hendrick, Distinguished Service Professor from the Kinesiology Department was the faculty guest speaker. Christopher Coles, a senior business economics major and member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, explained the ideals of the honor society. Christopher Caughey, a senior selected studies with a focus on science of physical activity major and vice president of the Non-Traditional Student Organization, assisted in administering the pledge of membership to the inductees. 

Students who have been elected to membership are:

Katie Austin, George Booze, Renee Brodeur, Bryan Carnes, Shannon Constantino, Jennifer Cutsogeorge, Joshua Eller, Josh Hammond, Heather Hernandez, Kerith Jensen, Sean Lord, Rachael Moore, Adam Niemiec, Kesar Nuon-English, Jenna Rubin, Michael Rosenthal, Cynthia Ruiz, Geoffrey Sadjadi, Karyn Scott, Brendan Shuey, Ellen Sorensen, Kathryn Szozda, Zachary Taillie, Paul Vair, Hope Vega and Jessica Walsh.                         

Hendrick was also inducted as an honorary member.

Our adult student population brings great life experiences to our campus,” said Cheryl Hines, coordinator for Non-Traditional Student Support and the National Councilor for the Alpha Sigma Lambda Omicron Chapter. “They earn high 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 outstanding students. I feel they are great role models for our campus.”

For more information, visit the Alpha Sigma Lambda website.