Adult learners at Penn State Hazleton inducted into honor society

Group photo of 11 people, three sitting and eight standing.

Participating in the induction ceremony for Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society were, front, from left, Chancellor Gary Lawler, Chapter Councilor Lorie Kramer, and Director of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Wright. Inductees in the back row included, from left, Randall Shatto, Vincenzo Carlino, Esmeralda Castro, Angela Strohl, Kaylynn Covine, Michael Skotek, Patrick Holman and Lori Yeager.

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Penn State Hazleton’s Phi Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society recently held its 16th annual induction ceremony. Six 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: Vincenzo Carlino, Esmeralda Castro, Kaylynn Covine, Patrick Holman, Michael Skotek and Angela Strohl.

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 inductees were Randall Shatto, physical therapist assistant laboratory supervisor, and Lori Yeager, medical laboratory technology clinical education coordinator.

Penn State Hazleton faculty and staff serving on the chapter committee include Lorie Kramer, chapter councilor and assistant teaching professor of rehabilitation and human services; Barbara Brazon, program coordinator and assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology; Patricia Ferry, program coordinator and assistant teaching professor of medical laboratory technology; Allen Koehler, director, enrollment management; Shannon Richie, reference and instruction librarian; Sherry Robinson, associate professor of business administration; Christine Shatto, assistant teaching professor of physical therapy; Randall Shatto, laboratory supervisor, physical therapist assistant; Karen Sofranko, manager, academic advising; Tammy Spevak, coordinator, Student Success Center and disability services; and Gina Tarud, associate teaching professor of physical therapy.