Ruminations on the Common Core

John Kerrigan
Midwestern Regent
Rockhurst University, MO

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is the latest major movement in education reform. As such, for Sigma Tau Delta members, it is a timely subject well worth contemplating and discussing—not just those of us who are (or plan to be) teachers.

Technical Writing is Spinach

Carrie Fitzpatrick
Alvernia University, PA

Yes, I know...with a feast of delicious possibilities from which to choose a career (teacher, novelist, poet, journalist, advertising guru, etc.), technical writing is the steamed spinach on the bountiful table of the English discipline. But really, it is good for you!

Where Beckett Meets Chekhov: The Connections of Literature and Theatre

Jon L Peacock
Alumni Representative
Long Island University Brooklyn, NY

I joined this wonderful English Honor Society when I was in grad school. Before that, for my undergrad, I studied acting.

Five Comics/Graphic Novels We Love

Colin Herzog and Hannah Schmitt
Alpha Tau Chapter
St. Norbert College, WI

The world of comic books and graphic novels is one that understandably draws in many an English major: these texts offer a fusion of illustration and words, appealing to both one's mind and one's eye.

Hester Kaplan's New Novel The Tell

Hester Kaplan was the 2012 judge for the Sigma Tau Delta Journals. It is a privilege that she is kindly sharing her new work with Sigma Tau Delta members. Kaplan is the author of The Edge of Marriage, winner or the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Kinship Theory, a novel. She is the daughter of two writers, and grew up in a house stuffed with books.

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Hester Kaplan's New Novel The Tell
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William C. Johnson
Executive Director
Northern Illinois University

Sigma Tau Delta Lessons for Wordsmiths

Treasurer's Update

Shannin Schroeder
Southern Arkansas University

The Numbers Game

2014 Convention

Information about
the 2014 Convention

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