Adult learners at Penn State Hazleton inducted into national honor society

HAZLETON, Pa. — Eight students were inducted into Penn State Hazleton’s Phi Sigma chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at its 18th annual ceremony Thursday, April 15.

Students honored during the ceremony included: Rebecca Cannon, Lansford; Nicole Fisher, Oneida; Alexa Hillabold, Bloomsburg; Christopher Krout, Mountain Top; Jacob Morgan, Hazleton; Maria Muentz, Easton; Vielka Saldana, Freeland; and John Wray, Danville.

The society, which was chartered on campus in 2003, acknowledges the special achievements of adult learners who excel academically while navigating the competing interests of home and work.

Students seeking full- or part-time degrees who are age 22 or older are invited into the organization after completing a minimum of 24 Penn State credits and earning a 3.4 GPA or higher. Benefits include motivation for students to achieve academic and leadership excellence, publication of a semi-annual newsletter, a forum for the exchange of ideas on activities and programs for adult students, and scholarship opportunities through Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation.

The ceremony also included the honorary induction of faculty and staff members whose work with adult learners has been instrumental in the students’ success. This year’s inductees were Karen Beruck, student advocacy specialist, and Colleen Racho, registrar.