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Sigma Tau Delta
A national honor society, Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
The Epsilon Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Louisiana College received its charter in the spring of 1977. Approximately 125 students have been inducted into the chapter since that time.
Members of the chapter have gone on to distinguish themselves in fields of law, journalism, teaching (middle school, high school, and college), and theology. Several members have received an M.A. and/or Ph.D. in English.
Representatives of the chapter have attended four international conventions of Sigma Tau Delta.
Two members have had original compositions published in Rectangle, the creative writing magazine produced semiannually by the international office of Sigma Tau Delta at Northern Illinois University.
The creative writing magazine, lower case, has been published eight times since 1977. Since 1978, it has been edited and published by the Epsilon Xi Chapter.
Sigma Tau Delta Initiation Ceremony
Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society has had an active chapter at Louisiana College for over three decades. The motto of the society is “Sincerity, Truth, and Design,” three essential elements of excellent thinking, writing, and speaking. On May 2, 2014, Louisiana College’s Epsilon Xi chapter met to induct ten new members into its ranks. President Haley Laird and Vice-President Paige Jordan presided over the ceremony, overseeing the swearing-in process, and orchestrating the evening. The new members were inducted into the society, all of whom have managed to maintain grade point averages well above the required 3.0 in their chosen major or minor of English. The newly inducted members are Megan Prestridge, Gina Arnold, Bruce Ragas, Sarah Caskey, Kyle Franklin, Lauren White, Annie Champagne, Haley Brown, Steven Craig Jones, and Emily Smith. An associate member, Caitlin Sellers, will soon be eligible for full membership when she completes one more upper-level English course. Epsilon Xi will indeed benefit from both the students’ keen interest in the humanities and their commitment to the craft of writing. Members elected Kyle Franklin to serve as their new president, and Alexa Edwards will take over as vice-president.
Following the initiation, Dr. Cheryl Clark spoke about the useful skills acquired through an English degree and named several household figures who had majored in English: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to name two. Dr. Johnston, a faculty co-sponsor, then spoke briefly on the importance of the motto and its relevance for today’s postmodern climate. Faculty co-sponsor Ms. Lillian Purdy then presented the senior members—Jordan Paige, Megan Prestridge, and Haley Laird—with their honor cords to be worn during graduation. As the evening concluded, faculty and students enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshments.
Sigma Tau Delta Students Attend Humanities Conference
In early April of 2013, five members of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honor Society, attended the Second Annual Humanities Conference at LSUA. The students heard papers presented by both faculty and students and then participated in the panel and forum discussions.
Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony
The Louisiana College Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted five new members Tuesday evening, April 23, 2013, in the Formal Lounge of Granberry Conference Center. SigmaTau Delta President Haley Laird led the ceremony and inducted the new members. Dr. Cheryl Clark, Chair of the Humanities Division, offered a welcome and shared with the attendees the value of an English degree. Dr. Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor of English, spoke about the purpose of the English honor society, built on Sincerity, Truth, and Design. The five new members inducted are Alexa Edwards, Steven Craig Jones, Paige Jordan, Ashley Price, and Emily Smith. A reception followed the induction ceremony.
Sigma Tau Delta Partners with Better World Books and the National Center for Family Literacy in Book Drive
The Louisiana College Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has partnered with Better World Books to participate in a book drive to increase literacy rates worldwide and to provide campuses with an environmentally responsible outlet for books. Last academic year, over 50 Sigma Tau Delta chapters collected nearly 50,000 books from campus book drives and raised over 10 million dollars for non-profit literacy initiatives and libraries worldwide. The collected books are shipped to the BWB warehouse and are listed for resale on over twenty online marketplaces. Every book that sells funds a non-profit partner of the chapter’s choice. Unsellable books are donated to a literacy partner or recycled. President Haley Laird and Vice President Paige Jordan announced that LC’s Sigma Tau Delta has designated the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) as its literacy partner. Since 1989, this organization has helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering and improving family literacy programs. According to NCFL, research shows that home and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. Children’s reading scores dramatically improve when parents are involved in helping them learn to read. Because literacy is essential in today’s economy, Sigma Tau Delta, Better World Books, and the National Council Family Literacy are building a bridge to ensure that the cycle of learning and progress passes from generation to generation.
Sigma Tau Delta Publishes lowercase
Sigma Tau Delta proudly announces that the 2013 edition of lowercase, a journal composed solely of students’ creative works of poetry and fiction, has recently been published. A committee comprising Sigma Tau Delta student officers and Humanities professors reviewed students’ creative works through a blind submission process. Committee members confess that the overwhelming response and the quality of submissions made the selection process difficult. Ultimately, only fifteen of the best works were chosen for publication. The finished editions are now on sale for $3.00. The fees collected help to offset the publication costs and to support the future endeavors of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy can contact either Haley Laird or Paige Jordan. Copies are also available in the Division of Humanities.