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Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Held at Catawba College

April 20, 2006

Category: Academics, Students


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Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction
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Sixteen students in Catawba College's Lifelong Learning Program were inducted into the College's chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society during a ceremony held April 19 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.

Catawba's Beta Sigma Chi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the counterpart of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, is for adults enrolled in the College's evening program. Chartered at Catawba in 2001, this organization is non-profit and devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of nontraditional students continuing their higher education. The society was established in 1945 at University College at Northwestern University. Catawba members of this society must have earned a minimum of 24 graded semester hours in an undergraduate degree program with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

Catawba students inducted include Karen Saye Allman and Richard Joseph Kolbasowski, both of Rockwell; Shannon Biggie of Southmont; Andrea Lannette Branham of Mocksville; Semone Marie Peacock Brisson, Sandy Rodriguez Buckwell, Katha Renee Cabe, Bryon Kenneth Correll, William Patrick Gibbs, Tina Dale Parker Carroll, Ashley Elizabeth Pierce and Derek Lee Wagoner, all of Salisbury; Teresa A. Elders of Lexington; Julie Morris Freeze of China Grove, and Brett Dean Hale of Harrisburg.

Alpha Sigma Lambda officers of the organization include Teresa P. Turner of Kannapolis, president; Billy Amerson of Kannapolis, vice-president; and Gwen Stidham of China Grove, secretary/treasurer. Dr. Edith Bolick, associate dean of the College and director for Lifelong Learning.

The Lifelong Learning Program at Catawba was established in 1995 and has an enrollment of approximately 350 students. It offers its students a choice of three majors – business administration, information systems and administration of justice – and the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students earn their degree after work in an accelerated block format, where normally one class is taken per month. Sessions meet two nights a week and one Saturday a month.

Beginning June 1, the Lifelong Learning program name will change to the School of Evening and Graduate Studies and Dr. Bolick will become its dean. According to College officials, the name change will more accurately reflect the program offerings while allowing room for growth in those offerings.

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