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Sigma Tau Delta has traditionally been an honor society for English Majors who have achieved and maintained high academic standards. However, at Western, we want all students who are interested in writing, language, and literature to find a community where they can share and promote that interest. Therefore, Sigma Tau Delta also functions as a campus club that is inclusive of any member who pledges their time and involvement to promoting literary arts on campus.
Sigma Tau Delta has three primary purposes:
1) To promote literary arts on campus
2) To provide a community in which to share and discuss its members love of writing and literature
3) To provide professionalization and scholarship opportunities to students interested in English studies
Benefits of Membership:
Besides getting to know really awesome people and connecting with others on campus who share your love of literature and writing, STD provides you with many professional opportunities. Members are eligible to apply for scholarships valued up to $5,000 each. They can apply for internships with a major publisher, online booksellers or various Washington DC-based literacy groups. There are publication opportunities for creative or critical works in STD journals. You can attend the International Conference to be held in Albuquerque 2015 to meet and hear well-known and popular writers speak, as well as present your own work. Sigma Tau Delta also provides leadership opportunities to serve as chapter officers, which is a good boost to your resume or graduate school application. Finally, STD provides you with opportunities to share your love of literature through organizing poetry slams, movie nights, open mic nights, bad love poetry recitations, trivia games, and other fun activities for the campus community.
Lifetime membership in Sigma Tau Delta requires a $40 fee. The chapter will pay this fee for any individual who wishes to be an active member, provided they sign and make a pledge to participate in events for Homecoming and The Great Race, and at least two other activities. If a student does not fulfill these requirements by the end of the year, then $40, or a portion thereof, will be charged to their WNMU account.
2015 International Conference in Albuquerque
WNMU students have a particularly special opportunity to participate in and maximize their Sigma Tau Delta membership benefits by attending the International Conference to be held in Albuquerque the spring of 2015. Provided we do adequate fundraising and receive money from the Student Research and Professional Development Fund, the chapter should be able to fully fund participation in the conference. This is a great opportunity to give a paper presentation, hear bestselling authors speak, and put a line on your resume. This is the perfect time to get involved!
Contact Dr Michaelann Nelson at: Michaelann.Nelson@wnmu.edu for more information