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Alpha Sigma Lambda

The Premier National Honor Society for Nontraditional and Adult Students

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of nontraditional students continuing their higher education. The Society was established in 1945-46 to honor superior scholarship and leadership in adult students.

Today, with nearly 280 institutional chapters throughout the United States, Alpha Sigma Lambda presents institutions with a truly prestigious opportunity to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence, while facing competing interests of family, community, and work.

For the nontraditional student, the Society stands as an inspiration for continuing scholastic growth, a builder of pride through recognition, and an invitation to associate with similarly motivated students. For the chapter institution, the Society serves as a vehicle for imparting appreciation for adult students' academic achievements and contributions. Also, the Society has been found to aid immensely in the recruitment, and retention of nontraditional/adult students.

In the winter of 1945, Dr. Rollin B. Posey, Dean at University College at Northwestern University realized that a measure of encouragement and recognition accorded to adult students at an early stage of their programs, could provide the thrust to achieve their educational objectives.

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest but also the largest chapter-based honor society for full-and part-time adult students.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter Advantages

The Alpha Sigma Lambda membership brings the camaraderie and prestige of America's only chapter-based honor society for nontraditional students. The benefits of membership include:

  • The premier nationally recognized honor society for full- and part-time students
  • Motivation for students to achieve academic and leadership excellence
  • A distinctive, 60 year established honor society with a national office and staff
  • Publication of a semi-annual national newsletter
  • National Councilors for all chapters
  • A forum for the exchange of ideas on activities and programs for adult students
  • Enhancement of the image of adult and continuing education at your institution
  • Scholarship opportunities through Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation
  • The uniting of outstanding students and faculty
  • Availability of insignia pins and other items
  • Esprit de corps among nontraditional/adult students
  • Improvement retention of adult students
  • The recognition of the achievements of your adult students.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Membership Criteria

UNO's Eta Beta Chapter began in 1990 and initiates student who:

  • Have a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Have earned 24 hours at UNO

Alpha Sigma Lambda Contact Information Eta Beta Chapter

April Paschall or Karen Kempkes
6001 Dodge Street
CB 207
Omaha, NE 68182

(402) 554-2370

For more information visit the Alpha Sigma Lambda national website at