Kyle R. Carter, provost of Western Carolina University, was inducted as the first honorary member of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society during the annual ceremonies held recently at WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center.
Carter was selected for his commitment to academic excellence and his efforts in addressing student needs, said Pat Brown, national president of Alpha Sigma Lambda and dean of the Division of Educational Outreach at WCU.
In his remarks, Carter spoke about the struggles many adult students have in fulfilling the challenges of earning their degrees while managing the demands of full-time jobs, home and family obligations.
In addition, 36 students were inducted into the honor society. Those graduating this May and in the coming year were presented the society’s burgundy and gold honor cords that identify their status as honor students. Inductees received pins symbolizing the society’s values of the love of learning, scholarship and leadership.
Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society was established in 1945 as a means of recognizing academic excellence for nontraditional students. For induction into the society, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher and must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of graded credit.
“Recognizing the special achievements of adults who have accomplished academic excellence while juggling competing needs of family and work is a privilege,” said Brown. “Each student has a story to tell about his or her journey toward degree completion. Many of these journeys have included obstacles, detours and unique challenges.”
Western became the 300th chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society in 2004. Today, there are more than 350 chapters throughout the country.
The Mu Epsilon chapter is housed in the Division of Educational Outreach. Regis Gilman, associate dean of the division, serves as chapter director.
For more information, contact the Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397 or toll free at (866) 928-4723.