Alpha Sigma Lambda

First in Scholarship and Leadership

True to its motto, “First in Scholarship and Leadership,” Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for part-time students in continuing higher education, holds up high standards. Founded in 1947 to honor evening students who while “adroitly handling their life responsibilities” still managed to shine academically, its newsletter is aptly called Midnight Oil. Alpha Sigma Lambda later now has more than 300 chapters, including Villanova University’s Mu Chapter.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees
Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees


To be eligible for this prestigious academic organization, Part-Time Studies students must:

  • Have earned a minimum of 24 Villanova credits
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2
  • Rank in the top 20 percent of those qualified.

Ever since the Mu Chapter’s founding in 1958, Part-Time Studies has been a participating member in Alpha Sigma Lambda. Among those who signed the charter were high-profile University officials including:

Rev. James A. Donnellon, O.S.A., University president from 1954-59;
Rev. John J. Curran, previous vice president for Financial Affairs;
Rev. Joseph J. Boyle, O.S.A., previous vice president for Academic Affairs;
Sister M. Alma Lawler, R.S.M., previous dean of the Nursing Division;
Dr. Eugene Powers, previous dean of the Evening Division and the chapter’s faculty advisor

Medallion Award

On May 10, a dinner and awards ceremony was held on campus at the Connelly Center to recognize and induct Part-Time Studies students into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for adult students in higher education. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. The Medallion Awards were also presented to those students who achieved the highest cumulative average in their respective academic disciplines.

Maria Baranski, Full-Time Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

In addition to the award and induction ceremony, this annual spring gala event included a celebratory reception hour followed by a three-course dinner complete with a guest speaker who demonstrates a connection to adult learners. The attendance and participation of past inductees, families, friends and an assortment of Villanova faculty and staff all contributed to make the evening a uniquely joyous occasion. The new inductees into ASL were: Anastasia Baynard Currigan, Rebecca Ann Kay, Emilie Daniele Laga, Diane O. McCullough, Penny Lynn Mest, Marlene Denise Musso, Rene Lee O’Connor, Mario Steven Salas, and Susan Ann Schwarzman. The Medallion Award recipients were: Karen A. Christie, Rebecca Ann Kay, Iesha E. Lewis-Crofoot, and Ken Shinzato. Maria Baranski, Full-Time Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was inducted as an honorary member and gave the keynote address while Brandon Alan Dorfman, Associate Director of Part-Time Studies was also inducted as an honorary member. The Office of Part-Time Studies extends congratulations to all of the 2013 inductees and award recipients. We look forward to continuing this tradition, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our students and their contribution to the Villanova community.

To find out more about Alpha Sigma Lambda and its scholarship opportunities, visit alphasigmalambda.org.

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