In This Issue
Dec. 2: 2014 Summer Internship opportunities posted
Dec. 6: Society for Technical Communication Summit submissions due
Dec. 13: Better World Books Fall Book Drive collection ends
Dec. 15: Mind Murals (Eastern Region journal) submissions due
Dec. 18: Posting of 2014 Convention papers and roundtables accepted for presentation
Jan. 20: Better World Books Summer Internship applications due
Jan. 20: Penguin Group (USA) Summer Internship applications due
Jan. 21: Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Early Registration deadline
Feb. 1: Ex Medio (Midwestern Region journal) submissions due
Alpha Beta Psi Chapter
Kansas City, MO
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Alpha Lambda Rho Chapter
Fort Valley, GA
Phi Pi Chapter
University of New Orleans
Alpha Pi Tau Chapter
New Orleans, LA
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Rho Tau Chapter
Utah State University, Logan, UT
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Phi Delta Chapter
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
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Kappa Gamma Chapter
University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE
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The Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention will be held February 26 - March 1 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, GA. On December 18 we anticipate sending email notifications of papers and roundtables accepted for presentation. Please keep an eye on your email.
Early Registration Opens January 6
Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and panelists, must register. Those registering by January 21 will receive an early registration discount. Those doing so after the early registration deadline will pay the full fee. See Convention Registration for details.
The annual chapter report/survey, emailed to Lead Sponsors each spring in mid-April, provides a snapshot of the best practices of active, successful chapters. Now with several years of comparable data, a pattern has emerged that paints a picture of the typical Sigma Tau Delta chapter. In general, our chapters:
The survey also reveals some interesting things about Sigma Tau Delta's most outstanding chapters—they are not necessarily large or well-funded, but they routinely go above and beyond to stay informed, to remain active, and to take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to them.
View: Complete Survey Results
Monday, January 20, is the application deadline for two paid summer internship opportunities co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta:
The Better World Books six-week paid summer internship is offered to Sigma Tau Delta members who have or will be participating in a Better World Books Campus Book Drive. Beginning in early June 2014, the recipient will work 30 hours per week, earning $10 per hour, in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses. The recipient will be announced at the annual convention.View: Application Submission Instructions
The Penguin Group (USA) ten-week paid summer internship is offered to current undergraduate Sigma Tau Delta members. The internship takes place in New York, NY, with exact dates to be determined by agreement between the recipient and Penguin Group (USA). The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning $7.25 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.
View: Application Submission Instructions
Our newest partner, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), offers Sigma Tau Delta students a reduced membership fee to access a host of benefits, including their webinars, job bank, and professional chapters. Join STC for $50 ($25 off the regular student membership fee), and receive membership through December 2014. To receive the discount promo code, include in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org your full name, school, semester/year of induction, and expected graduation date.
Chapters shipping Better World Books (BWB) Campus Drive collected books to BWB by December 13 will be automatically entered into a contest to win a chapter pizza party (valued at $50), a $50 donation to a favorite food pantry made on the chapter's behalf, and BWB T-shirts for anyone in the chapter who participated in the campus book drive.
Acceptance rates (and therefore the money earned for the chapter!) will be higher if books are received at the BWB warehouse in December in time to get them on the shelves and ready for the new year rush.
The Central Office will be closed for winter break Monday, December 23, 2013, through January 1, 2014.
Write Away will continue to be active during this time; however, email and phone support will not be available, and membership certificates and merchandise will not be processed until after the break.
The Central Office will re-open Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Sigma Tau Delta is expanding eNews distribution to all new student members. To receive eNews directly as part of this email initiative, students must have 1) active status in Write Away (only accessible by Chapter Sponsors); 2) a graduation date of 2014 or later; and 3) a valid email address In Write Away. Interested students who meet the above criteria but did not receive the December eNews should email email@example.com with their name, chapter, and email address.
Planning a service project?
Service is one of the most important aspects of chapter life, and a huge part of Sigma Tau Delta's mission. For the many service projects chapters are gearing up for at this time of year, we have a number of resources available to help!
On our website, start with Chapter Life: Service. Then check out the Noteworthy Activity Database for successful ideas contributed by other chapters. Finally, don't forget to apply for a Service Award and the chance to earn an additional $500 donation for your service partner.