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Save Our Convention Stories Project

The Save Our Stories Project is an endeavor to blend student and faculty narratives with historical documents/media to create a multimodal archive collection. The goals of the project are twofold:

  1. to create and preserve an accessible archive of cultural and historical data; and
  2. to develop awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural identity and intellectual traditions of the Sigma Tau Delta organization.

Why focus on stories? Everyone has a story to tell, but unfortunately, many stories are never recorded and they are lost forever. In Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, Christina Baldwin states, "Life hangs on a narrative thread. This thread is a braid of stories that inform us about who we are, where we come from, and where we might go. The thread is slender but strong: we trust it to hold us and allow us to swing over the edge of the known into the future we dream in words." Essentially, stories are integral to understanding a culture. Stories involve the sharing of experience to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Although many people view the word culture as a descriptor for various ethnic group traditions, culture is far more inclusive than that.

Culture is both a process and a product. Culture is learned, and the culture of a society shapes the behaviors and consciousness of its members. Sigma Tau Delta has its own culture, a culture characterized by student-centered philosophies, supportive camaraderie, and vibrant academic achievement. By preserving our stories, we will create snapshots of the culture and identity of Sigma Tau Delta for future generations.