Alpha Sigma Lambda Inducts Students And Faculty At USC Upstate

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is the only national honor society for non-traditional students who attend college either full-time or part-time and have achieved academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The distinctive, 60-year-old honor society recognizes the achievement of adult students.

The University of South Carolina Upstate recently inducted 18 students into its Sigma Chi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda. USC Upstate students inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda represent the top 10% of all nontraditional students at USC Upstate.

Dr. Tom Moore, Chancellor of USC Upstate, presented the tribute to nontraditional students and Dr. Judith Prince, Dr. Yancy McDougal, and Dr. Lynette Gibson conducted the Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ritual. Music was provided by University of South Carolina Commercial Music Group Mast Quartet.

Four nontraditional students made presentations about the challenges and joys of earning bachelor’s degrees at USC Upstate as adults with families and work responsibilities. Speaking during the ceremony were: Matthew Bloomer (Johnson College of Business-Business Administration), Deborah Chappell (School of Education-Early Childhood Education), Shun-Wen Cheng (College of Arts and Sciences-Theater), and Nancy Lynn (Mary Black School of Nursing). Katie Poindexter, 2011 Mary Black School of Nursing Graduate and 2011 Recipient of an Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society Scholarship, made the evening more memorable with her closing remarks.

Seven faculty and staff were recognized by nontraditional students as having made significant contributions to their academic success at USC Upstate. The following non-traditional student advocates were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda: Dr. Jim Charles, School of Education; Dr. Diane Daane, College of Arts and Sciences; Mr. Stacey Mills, Student Life; Professor Lee Neibert, College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Frank Provenzano, College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lynette Gibson, Mr. Tim Ellis, and Ms. Mary Myers, who had been previously inducted into the honor society, were recognized again for their contributions to nontraditional students at USC Upstate.

The following students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda at the April ceremony:
Mary Andrews, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing; Matthew Bloomer, Business Administration, Johnson College of Business and Economics; Christy Cauthen, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing; Misty Chapman, Experimental Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences; Deborah Chappell, Early Childhood Education, School of Education; Shun-Wen Cheng, Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences; Amber Chesney, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences; Kerry Flynn, Early Childhood Education, College of Arts and Sciences; Phyllis Johnson, Nursing – R.N., Mary Black School of Nursing; Mai Neng Lor, Business Administration, Johnson College of Business and Economics; Nancy Lynn, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing; Sheryl Mann, English, College of Arts and Sciences; Gladys Patino, Secondary Education, School of Education; Justin Polivka, Engineering Technology Management, College of Arts and Sciences; Stacy Savage, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing; Jonathan Terry, Middle Grades Education, School of Education; Sumaya Wilson, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing; Stacey Zimmerman, Nursing, Mary Black School of Nursing.

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