In This Issue

  1. The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter
  2. New Board of Directors
  3. Meet New Student Leaders
  4. Journal Submissions and Current Issues
  5. Chapter Annual Report
  6. Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders
  7. Officers' Corner: Chapter Spring Cleaning

Upcoming Dates

April 1: Journal Submissions Open

May 12: Journal Submissions Close

Welcome New Chapters

Arkansas State University
Alpha Upsilon Lambda Chapter
Jonesboro, AR

Michigan State University
Alpha Upsilon Xi Chapter
East Lansing, MI

Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Alpha Upsilon Mu Chapter
Killeen, TX

University of Pittsburgh
Alpha Upsilon Nu Chapter
Pittsburgh, PA

Convention Survey Winners

From a total of 461 convention survey respondents two winners were drawn to receive gift cards. Results from the survey will be used in the planning of the Sigma Tau Delta 2015 International Convention.

Congratulations to:

Sarah Grey ($100)
Cardinal Stritch University
Alpha Kappa Chapter
Milwaukee, WI

Everett Secor ($50)
University of Alabama
Phi Xi Chapter
Tuscaloosa, AL

WORDY by Nature Blog

On Studying Abroad

Parlez–vous touriste?

It’s All About the Fog

Members are invited to subscribe to WORDY by Nature, the official Sigma Tau Delta blog featuring Society news and writings by our Student Leaders and Chapter Sponsors. Choose to receive blog postings by email, RRS Feed, Facebook, or Twitter.

Facebook  Twitter  WORDY by Nature  LinkedIn 

The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter

The spring issue of The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter is now available in online format. The Newsletter showcases insightful and informative articles written by Sigma Tau Delta leaders, active chapter members, and alumni. Inside this issue you'll find:

New Board of Directors

Sigma Tau Delta is pleased to announce the following new Board of Directors as of the 2014 International Convention. New members include:

Meet New Student Leaders

At the 2014 International Convention, a voting student delegate from each attending chapter elected a Student Representative (SR) and an Associate Student Representative (ASR) for each of Sigma Tau Delta's six regions. Read their personal introductions, along with those of our Student Advisors and Alumni Representative:

Journal Submissions and Current Issues

Online Journal Submissions Open April 1- May 12
All currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate members of active Sigma Tau Delta chapters are invited to submit their work to The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. Chapter Sponsors, faculty members, alumni (including members of the Alumni Epsilon Chapter), and honorary members, are not eligible to submit. Works selected for publication are also eligible for overall awards and monetary prizes.

The Sigma Tau Delta Review is our annual journal of critical writing, publishing critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical matters.

The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle is our annual journal of creative writing, poetry, prose, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

View: Guidelines

The latest issues of The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle will be mailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors in April. Current and past issues are also available online.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2013-2014 Chapter Annual Report/Survey will be emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors later this month. The deadline to reply is June 30, but all participating chapters that respond early will be entered into two drawings for $100 each - one on May 31 and one on July 1.

As with last year's survey, the 2014 survey is multiple-choice, quick and easy, and a great source of ideas. (Outstanding Chapter Award applicants are required to submit a copy of their Chapter Annual Report as a synopsis of the previous year's activities.) Survey results will be posted on the Society's website this fall.

Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

All chapter merchandise, except for logo apparel, is available for purchase online through the Write Away Chapter Store. Payment can be made by credit card or check. The store order process is very similar to the member enrollment process. Be sure to allow up to three weeks for graduation orders. Before placing your order, check your Chapter Info in Write Away to be sure your shipping address is correctly listed as a UPS approved address. UPS will not deliver to P.O. boxes.

Officers' Corner: Spring Cleaning

Spring is on the way, and that means it's time for spring cleaning! Chapters, this is the time of year to get your records in order and to start planning for next year. Before you lose everyone to frantic studying for finals and daydreaming about summer plans, make sure to check these housekeeping items off your checklist:

  1. Get your records in order. Work with your Sponsor to make sure that all new members are fully enrolled, all chapter records are up to date, all pictures and event write-ups are archived in the proper places, etc.

  2. Write down everything the chapter accomplished this year (while it is all still fresh in your mind), including: fundraisers, social events, trips, publications, scholarship applications, and other activities. The documentation will make it easier to plan for next year's activities and also will provide application information for the Outstanding Chapter Award.

  3. Begin planning next year's activities. Start with a simple list of goals, then start discussing what will need to be done before the end of the year and/or over the summer to help the chapter hit the ground running next fall.