Penn State Hazleton adult learners inducted into national honor society

Penn State Hazleton Alpha Sigma Lambda 2017 inductees

Participating in the induction ceremony of Penn State Hazleton's chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda were, front row, from left, students Raiana Nichols, Erin Sweetra, Shelby Jolliff and David Quinn. Back row, from left, Chancellor Gary Lawler, students Richard Facyson, Albert Kauker, Nathan Johnson and Alexander Carpenter; Lorie Kramer, program coordinator and instructor in rehabilitation and human services; and Director of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Wright.

Credit: Penn State Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society recently held its 14th annual induction ceremony. Eight students were initiated into the society, which acknowledges the special achievements of adult learners who accomplish academic excellence while facing the competing interests of home and work.

Students honored during the ceremony included: Alexander Carpenter, Richard Facyson, Nathan Johnston, Shelby Jolliff, Albert Kauker, Raiana Nichols, David Quinn and Erin Sweetra.

Full- and part-time degree-seeking students age 22 and 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. Inductees must be present to assume membership into Alpha Sigma Lambda.

The ceremony also included the honorary induction of faculty and staff members whose work with adult learners has been instrumental in the success and achievement of these students. This year’s inductee was Lorie Kramer, program coordinator and instructor in rehabilitation and human services.

Penn State Hazleton faculty and staff serving on the chapter committee include Lorie Kramer, chapter councilor and instructor in rehabilitation and human services; Barbara Brazon, senior instructor in information sciences and technology; Patricia Ferry, program coordinator, medical laboratory technology; Allen Koehler, director, Admissions and Financial Aid; Paul McDermott, program coordinator, business; Shannon Richie, reference and instruction librarian; Sherry Robinson, associate professor of business administration; Randall Shatto, laboratory supervisor, physical therapist assistant; Karen Sofranko, manager, Academic Advising; Tammy Spevak, coordinator, Learning Center and Disability Services; and Gina Tarud, senior instructor in physical therapy.