Gardner-Webb Students in GOAL-The Degree Completion Program Honored for Achievements

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Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction Ceremony Honors Students and Faculty

A photo of Dr. Ben Leslie placing the Alpha Sigma Lambda pin on Dr. Sharon Hall's lapel
Dr. Sharon Hall, Gardner-Webb RN to BSN coordinator, receives the Alpha Sigma Lambda pin from Dr. Ben Leslie, provost and executive vice president.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University recently inducted 13 new members into the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. The students joined the society as representatives of the University’s GOAL—The Degree Completion Program (DCP).

Dr. Elizabeth Pack, dean of GOAL-DCP, presided over the ceremony. The guest speaker was Tim Price, a 2018 Alpha Sigma Lambda inductee. Six members of the GWU faculty were inducted as honorary members. They are Dr. Prince Bull, dean of the School of Education; Dr. Erin Cook, program coordinator of human services in the Department of Public Service; Dr. Sharon Hall, RN to BSN program coordinator in the Hunt School of Nursing; Mischia Taylor, dean of the Godbold School of Business; Dr. Bruce Boyles, associate provost, Professional and Graduate Studies; and Dr. William M. Downs, GWU president.

Three nursing students who were honored and two faculty pose for a group photo at the Alpha Sigma Lambda induction ceremony.
Dr. Kathy Williams, left, and Dr. Sharon Hall, right, pose with the nursing students who were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda. They are, from left, Brittany McGill, Paige Bortnick and Melissa Stewart.

The student inductees and their faculty sponsors are:

  • Thomas L. Harless of North Wilkesboro, N.C., sponsored by Dr. Franki Burch, professor in the School of Education and coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in organizational leadership
  • Paula Kay Quinn, of Cherryville, N.C., sponsored by Cook
  • Sarah Dodson Young, of Danbury, N.C., sponsored by Cook
  • Paige Alexis Bortnick, of Rutherford College, N.C., sponsored by Dr. Kathy Williams, assistant professor of nursing
  • Brittany Kay McGill, of Shelby, N.C., sponsored by Williams
  • Melissa Stewart, of Hamlet, N.C., sponsored by Williams

The following students were inducted in absentia:

  • Michael Enoch, of Waxhaw, N.C.
  • Shelley Greer, of North Wilkesboro
  • Daria Regina Ward Looper, of Monroe, N.C.
  • Brandi M. Martin, of Cherryville
  • Emily Celeste Medina, of Mooresboro, N.C.
  • Michaela Orsky, of Mooresboro
  • Damaris Peeler of Cherryville

Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society that partners with colleges and universities to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education, was established in 1946. It is not only the oldest, but also the largest national chapter-based honor society for full and part-time adult students with chapters at over 250 colleges and universities.

Learn more about Gardner-Webb’s GOAL-DCP.

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