Streaming Used to Connect Online Honor Students

05/09/2006


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Contact: Cathy Kendrick, 978-934-2495, Catherine_Kendrick@uml.edu

LOWELL ߝ What’s the most convenient way to host an event with individuals who live all across the United States?  The answer: stream the event over the Internet. 
        That’s what UMass Lowell did this month when the Division of Continuing Studies and Corporate Education realized many of the adult students who were scheduled for induction into the prestigious Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society were online students who lived thousands of miles away.  Instead of having those students miss out on the on-campus event due to costly travel expenses, Continuing Studies decided to bring the event to them ߝ virtually. 
        Through the power of streaming media, the Division of Continuing Studies was able to induct 54 students into the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) National Honor Society at an awards ceremony held on campus and online simultaneously, on April 11.
        “It’s great to be here with you ߝ both on campus as well as with all of you watching this live over the Internet stream” said UMass Lowell Provost John Wooding, who congratulated all the students. 
        Established in 1946, the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society honors superior scholarship and leadership in adult students. To qualify for the ASL National Honor Society, adult students must be in the top 10 percent of their class ߝ which for this year’s class equates to achieving a 3.8 GPA or higher.
        “ASL provides a truly prestigious opportunity to recognize the special achievements of adult students who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, work and community,” said Pauline Carroll, Director of Faculty Services and Program Planning.
        At UMass Lowell, the number of online students inducted into ASL has steadily increased in conjunction with the overall rise in online enrollments at the Division of Continuing Studies and Corporate Education.  This year, 80 percent of the 54 students inducted into ASL had taken courses online.
        The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for adult students, with chapters at over 250 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. For non-traditional students, the society stands as an inspiration for continued scholastic growth, a builder of pride through recognition and an invitation to associate with similarly motivated students. 
         To view an archived broadcast of the streamed ASL event, visit the Continuing Studies website at http://continuinged.uml.edu/general/aslhonorsociety.htm
       
    The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at www.uml.edu.

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224