University College Honor Society Inducts 33 New Members

News Story: December 27, 2008

The newly inducted members of Alpha Sigma Lambda were honored at a ceremony in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center on campus in the presence of family and friends.

When Alanna K. Morton completes her degree in Business at Sacred Heart University, it will mark a milestone in a journey of learning that began at Sacred Heart in the fourth grade. That was when she first attended summer programs in science offered by the late Dr. Babu George for pupils from the area. In fact, she earned her first college credit from SHU in the ninth grade in an advanced placement course.

The Norwalk resident, who is taking classes two evenings a week, balances the demands of her studies with full-time responsibilities as a development assistant at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, also in Norwalk. Her hard work was recognized on November 5th when she, along with 32 fellow students at University College was honored with induction into the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Continuing Education Honor Society. Membership is reserved for students with a minimum of 24 credit hours at SHU who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5. Twelve of those credits must be in the liberal arts. These adult learners have achieved academic excellence while balancing the demands of professional and personal life.

The newly inducted members of ASL were honored at a ceremony in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center on campus in the presence of family and friends. In addition to spotlighting their exceptional achievement as scholars, the honor is an additional credential in their career portfolio.

Mary Lou DeRosa, the interim dean of University College, explained that admission to Alpha Sigma Lambda, recognizes a high level of academic achievement. This accomplishment is commendable for any student but extraordinary for a part-time or adult student who is balancing real-life responsibilities with college coursework. She noted that ASL encourages and celebrates both scholarship and leadership. Alpha Sigma Lambda desires of its members a continuing effort to cultivate the important qualities of leadership: a sense of purpose, enthusiasm, energy, integrity, decisiveness and technical mastery. It's a very select group, she concluded.

Also honored were Ansonia resident Jeffrey Griffin; Bethel resident Carolyn Blanch; Bloomfield resident Sasha-Gaye Tinker; Bridgeport residents Leah DeSabia and Lisa Riccoboni; Canton resident Jacqueline Skenderidis; Cheshire resident Tabitha Vincent; Darien resident Teri Toth; Fairfield residents Asami Green, Leslie Jezior and Deborah Smey; Milford residents Darlene Mihalakos and Jacqlyn Paulsson; Monroe resident Carol Ogrinc; Norwalk residents Karina Cuevas and Jessica Lise Mendoza; South Norwalk residents Barbara Henry, Luz Pena, Brandy Potter and Ingrid Stewart-Williams; Redding resident Carole Paige; Stamford resident Lynne Gomez; Stratford resident Megan Coughlin; Trumbull residents James Antonucci, William Austin, Sarah Langley, Stephanie Toigo, and Leslie Youngblood; Washington Depot resident Barry Volante; West Suffield resident Susan Grabowski; Wilton resident Robynne Pivec Quinn; and Scottsdale, Arizona resident Julissa Krosky.