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Celebrating Academic Excellence


Celebrating Academic Excellence
Granite State College Inducts 40 Members into Its Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda
Concord, NH – On Sunday March 4, 2012, Granite State College recognized 40 students and their induction into its chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the distinguished honor society that aims to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work.
The inducted students, their family and friends, faculty, staff, and administrators filled the room as Chris Benedetto, a History Lecturer at the Rochester and Portsmouth campuses, delivered faculty remarks. Benedetto, a popular instructor with expertise in New England history, the European Reformation, the birth and spread of Christianity, and ancient Egypt, reflected on memorable class discussions and inspirational experiences with his students, three of which were being inducted that day.
As part of the traditional Alpha Sigma Lambda ceremony, each student was invited to stand and speak briefly about their academic journey and acknowledge the individuals who have helped them succeed. They shared stories about the support of their significant others, children, siblings, friends, academic coaches, Granite State College staff, instructors, and one student even thanked her employer who granted the flexibility she needed in her work schedule to pursue her degree. Although the students vary in age, have different backgrounds, and represent a spectrum of academic concentrations; through their remarks they shared the same values that Granite State College and Alpha Sigma Lambda celebrate: a love of learning, recognition that learning does not begin or end with formal schooling, and the true scholar’s understanding of intellectual curiosity and academic excellence as gifts to be shared.
Congratulations to the newest members of the Granite State College Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda:
Chance Allen, Portsmouth, NH
Yessenia Araya-Mesen, Meriden, NH
Julie Belanger, Gorham, NH
Heather Boivin, Apex, NC
Lawrence E. Bolduc, Jr., NH
Sandra Boyle, Keene, NH
Philip Breed, Center Conway, NH
Rebecca Davis, West Lebanon, NH
Jillian Downing, Beverly, MA
Darold Dunham, Northfield, NH
Donna Dunn, Manchester, NH
Marie Gleason, Claremont, NH
Tiffany Hall, Hudson, NH
Joseph Hannon, Nottingham, NH
Ruby Huffstater, Springvale, ME
Darla Jaquith, Bristol, NH
Sean Jones, Rochester, NH
Francesca Kennedy, Barrington, NH
Kerri Labrie, Conway, NH
Jeanne Lester, Concord, NH
Shannon McCarthy, Auburn, NH
Susan McGrane, Somersworth, NH
Danelle Miller, Concord, NH
Eric Nash, Exeter, NH
Joyce Okun, Fremont, NH
Melanie Ossman, Henniker, NH
Catherine Plante, Derry, NH
Stacy Plourde, Hooksett, NH
Line Poulin, Hudson, NH
Theresa Riordan, Farmington, NH
Sandra Roberts, Bedford, NH
Terry Sable, Kingston, NH
Sonja Safford, Bethlehem, NH
Elaine St Godard, Hooksett, NH
Mandy Tirrell, Salisbury, NH
Deborah Watson Kimball, Lee, NH
Linda Westinghouse, Rye, NH
Note: Several inductees chose to remain anonymous
About Alpha Sigma Lambda:
The Delta Omega Chapter chartered to Granite State College was established in the 1985-1986 academic year. Eligibility for induction into this Society is based on the following criteria: enrollment in a degree program, 30 semester hours of credit with a minimum of 15 credits in general education at Granite State College, and a minimum grade point average of 3.2. Each year, the top ten percent of students who meet these criteria are recognized for their academic performance with an invitation to be inducted into the Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Granite State College.
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Granite State College has been empowering students to achieve their dreams for almost 40 years and is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions. GSC serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond annually, and has served over 54,000 New Hampshire students since 1972. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students, by delivering unparalleled, high-quality education in an affordable, flexible and innovative setting. Granite State College has 9 campuses across the state, including Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Rochester, Claremont, Lebanon, Conway, Littleton and Berlin.