SUNY Oswego inducts 21 nontraditional students into honor society

OSWEGO, NY – The Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society inducted 21 nontraditional SUNY Oswego students, many of them with families, jobs and other commitments.

Area residents among the inductees included:

Sasha Hayes of Fulton, a senior majoring in English

Heather Ladd of Hannibal, a senior majoring in human development

Douglas Morgan of Hannibal, a senior majoring in computer science

Jason Snider of Mexico, a senior majoring in history

Matthew Buske of Oswego, a senior majoring in computer science

Taisha Laird of Oswego, a senior majoring in graphic design

Kirsten Parsons of Oswego, a junior majoring in mathematics

Kyle Thompson of Oswego, a junior majoring in business administration

James Rude of Parish, a junior majoring in public justice

Shirley Retz of Sterling, a graduate student majoring in mental health counseling

The top 20 percent of SUNY Oswego’s undergraduate, nontraditional juniors and seniors who have a 3.2 GPA or higher were invited to join the society this year, according to Jill Pippin, dean of the college’s Division of Extended Learning.

“Given the large number of undergraduate, nontraditional students at SUNY Oswego, being inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda is a distinct honor,” Pippin said. “These students have to be more committed to taking a class because of other responsibilities; the fact that they’ve excelled while doing so is outstanding. They should be extremely proud.”

This year’s guest speaker at the induction ceremony was Rameen Mohammadi, SUNY Oswego’s associate provost for academic affairs.

“Rameen was chosen for his compassion, understanding, and respect for the nontraditional student population’s pursuit of their education while balancing work, family and life commitments,” said Ben Parker, the college’s counselor to Alpha Sigma Lambda at the college.

The Division of Extended Learning serves the growing population of nontraditional students with courses and degrees offered online and during evenings and weekends. In addition to the main campus in Oswego, the college offers courses online and through the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse. To learn more about the Division of Extended Learning, visit