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Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL)

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Alpha Sigma Lambda is a premier national honor society that recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education. The local BW chapter, Beta Upsilon, is one of more than 300 chapters throughout the country.  It recognizes outstanding full-time and adjunct faculty through special awards and arranges campus scholarships open to all qualifying undergraduate adult and continuing education students.  Membership selection occurs once a year.  Members are selected from the highest twenty percent of eligible adult students who have a minimum 3.2 GPA, 24 graded hours at Baldwin Wallace, and are matriculated in their first undergraduate degree program.


Alpha Sigma Lambda - Beta Upsilon Chapter at Baldwin Wallace University

A proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interest of home and work. ASL is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement, encouraging students toward earning associate and baccalaureate degrees. In addition, ASL inspires its candidates to give of their strengths to fellow students and communities through their academic achievements.  ASL's motto is "First in Scholarship and Leadership."

Baldwin Wallace University has maintained an ASL chapter, Beta Upsilon, since 1981.  Its members must meet the academic and leadership standards set forth by the national organization. Beta Upsilon Chapter generally has 10-40 undergraduate members.  Scholarships are awarded annually for the benefit of all evening and weekend students. 

What does ASL do? 
ASL members participate in a variety of activities, including community service projects and campus events. The Beta Upsilon Chapter activities include: 

New-member induction dinner
Faculty excellence awards (one adjunct and full-time)
Provide scholarships to BW students
Co-sponsor student events
Community service projects (Charitable Missions)
ASL members serve on special committees when asked to help analyze policies and procedures for students.

Beta Upsilon Chapter has a long history of making an impact in our society by supporting a variety of charitable organizations.  Over the years, these have included the ASL national scholarships, Genesis House (safe house for abused families - United Way agency), Oxfam (international world-wide poverty relief), the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence (battered women's shelter and hotline), Interfaith Hospitality Network, visits to senior centers and Berea Children's Home, and campus-wide sock drives for the needy in Cleveland.  We believe in sharing our fortune and talents, so it is not unusual for a meeting or a dinner to include a food or clothing drive as well. 

Membership Requirements 
Members are selected from the highest twenty percent of eligible adult students who have a minimum 3.2 GPA, 24 graded hours at Baldwin Wallace, and are matriculated in their first undergraduate degree program.  At least 12 hours must be outside of the major field and should be in the liberal arts and sciences.

How do I become a member? 
Invitations for ASL membership are automatically sent to those students who meet the academic requirements.  Students who choose to join must participate in an induction ceremony, usually during fall semester. 

Goals of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of ASL 
Recognize academic achievements of adult students in higher education. 
Recognize teaching excellence at Baldwin Wallace University. 
Provide financial and career assistance to adult students. 
Contribute to the academic, cultural and social missions and goals of Baldwin Wallace. 
Contribute to the civic, philanthropic and social needs of the community. 
Interrelate closely with other Baldwin Wallace University groups with similar goals. 
Cooperate with and support Alpha Sigma Lambda nationally. 
Encourage continued participation and interaction between members and fellow students.

National Links:
National ASL website
National ASL Newsletter:  Midnight Oil 

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