In This Issue

  1. Convention Update
  2. Student Leadership Opportunities
  3. Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships
  4. Service Award Applications
  5. Convention Story Contest
  6. Journal Submissions and Current Issues
  7. Officers' Corner: Mid-Spring Reminders

Welcome New Chapters

DeVry University - Columbus Campus
Alpha Phi Delta Chapter
Columbus, OH

Knox College
Alpha Phi Gamma Chapter
Galesburg, IL

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Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2015 International Convention will be held March 18 - 21 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM.

View the convention website for the updated schedule of concurrent sessions.

Presenters, Chairs, and Moderators

Program Events
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, March 18, to take full advantage of the convention. Wednesday evening's opening ceremony, entertainment, and readings will provide a stimulating start to the convention, and Thursday morning's workshops are not to be missed.

Convention Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help at the convention registration desk throughout the 2015 International Convention. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, and your participation reflects well on your chapter. To sign up for an hour or two, please contact Jayne Higgins at jayne.w.higgins@gmail.com.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Sigma Tau Delta's student leaders are chosen at the international convention. These positions provide excellent opportunities for students to network, gain valuable leadership skills, and learn about how Sigma Tau Delta functions at the regional and Society levels.

Student Representative and Associate Student Representative
Student Representatives and Associate Student Representatives are elected at the annual convention by the student members of their region.

Duties and Applications

Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships

Applications for the Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships will be accepted Friday, March 6, through Monday, April 6.

The Summer Program Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the purposes of attending a special summer program, in either the U.S. or abroad, which furthers the applicant’s engagement with the mission of Sigma Tau Delta. Qualifying summer programs should be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service and should explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy.

The Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for the purposes of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they should also explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy.

Service Award Applications

Sigma Tau Delta's Service Awards honor local chapters performing exemplary community service projects and benefit the agencies served by those chapters. The Society will make a limited number of awards, each of which will consist of a plaque for the chapter and a contribution of up to $500 to the agency. Winning chapters may also receive up to $350 in travel assistance for sending at least one student representative to the annual convention to participate in a workshop and/or roundtable. Winning chapters are encouraged to share a chapter exhibit at the convention.

Various community service projects are eligible for consideration. For ideas, see the many examples of projects listed on the Chapter Life: Service page. If you have questions regarding project eligibility, please contact the chair of the Service and Partnership Committee, your Regent, or your Regional Student Representative. Applications are due April 1.

Convention Story Contest

Share your 2015 convention story! In order to create and preserve an accessible archive of cultural and historical data, and to develop awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural identity and intellectual traditions of Sigma Tau Delta, we are inviting all convention attendees to submit your convention stories. We are seeking short blogs (100-400 words) detailing your experience and what the convention meant to you.

Submissions are open March 24 through April 15.

View: Submission Guidelines

Journal Submissions and Current Issues

Online Journal Submissions Open April 6- May 11
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 this month, starting March 9. Current and past issues are also available online.

Officers' Corner: Mid-Spring Reminders

As you head into the second half of the spring semester, there are a couple of housekeeping items that all chapters should attend to: