In This Issue

  1. 2018 International Convention Update
  2. Scholarship and Internship Stipend Application Due Nov. 6
  3. Project Grant and Award Application Due Nov. 6
  4. Chapter Annual Report Results
  5. 2018 Convention Advertising Opportunity
  6. 2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  7. Better World Books Campus Book Drives

Welcome New Chapters

Dalton State College
Alpha Chi Phi Chapter
Dalton, GA

Governors State University
Alpha Chi Psi Chapter
University Park, IL

Pacific University
Alpha Chi Omega Chapter
Forest Grove, OR

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Oglethorpe University
Upsilon Rho Chapter
Atlanta, GA

Prairie View A&M University
Upsilon Lambda Chapter
Prairie View, TX

Banned Books Week Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner $45
Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter (Moll Flanders)
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus, Oakwood, GA

Runners-Up $25 each
Carolina Von Kampen (1984)
Sigma Tau Delta Alumna
Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, NE

Madison Hunt (The Catcher in the Rye)
Beta Psi Chapter
Shorter University, Rome, GA


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2018 International Convention Update

Plan now to join over 1,100 Sigma Tau Deltans at our 2018 International Convention, March 21-24 in Cincinnati, OH. Featured speakers include Cristina HenrÍquez and Mary Norris.

Over 800 paper and roundtable submissions were received. Our small army of judges will be working hard in November, and we anticipate sending email notifications of acceptances for roundtables by November 16 and papers by December 18. Please keep an eye on your email. Even a quick glance at the submissions suggests the 2018 Convention will be rich in exciting, informative paper and roundtable presentations. Early registration opens on January 4.

Important Convention Planning Dates:
Nov. 16 List of accepted roundtables posted
Dec. 18 List of accepted papers posted
Jan. 4 Early registration opens

Scholarship and Internship Stipend Application Dates

Application Dates:
Now through Nov. 6 Fall round for Summer Program Scholarship, Study Abroad Scholarship, and Spring Internship Stipend applications accepted
Feb. 1 - April 10 All other scholarship applications will be accepted

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

The Sigma Tau Delta Spring Internship Stipend offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying spring 2018 internships. This is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each. The internship must involve working for an organization while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the internship’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration in addition to internship length. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship.

Project Grant and Award Applications Due Nov. 6

Chapters may apply for

Chapter members may also nominate their Sponsor for the

Chapter Annual Report Results

Sigma Tau Delta's annual chapter report/survey was emailed to Lead Sponsors in mid-April and confirms what we already know—chapters of all sizes and funding levels are doing very impressive things. Assembling the materials is a good way for chapters to pull together and assess their year’s work; collating the responses allows the Central Office to provide Sponsors with interesting answers to questions such as “what does a ‘typical’ Sigma Tau Delta chapter look like?” and “what can our chapter do this year that has been successfully tried, proved exciting, and will engage our members?”

Take a moment to look at the noteworthy activities database in the Chapter Life section of our website. Keywords such as "Fundraising," "Member Recruitment," "Service," and "Chapter Visibility" make it easy to find the type of activities you are interested in, including useful details from the chapters that implemented them.

2016-2017 Survey Results
Noteworthy Activities Searchable Database

2018 Convention Advertising Opportunity

Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international convention offers a rare opportunity for academic institutions and professional organizations to promote undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 upper-level English honors students from across the US and abroad. Limited numbers of program advertising opportunities are being offered. By placing an ad in our printed program your school or organization will also:

Ads will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through November 1, 2017, or until all advertising space has been reserved.

View: 2018 Available Advertising Opportunities

2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2017-2018 academic year is The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina HenrÍquez. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is reading the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities:

Better World Books Campus Book Drives

Host a Better World Books (BWB) Campus Textbook Drive to benefit literacy initiatives worldwide, while at the same time raising funds for your chapter. The BWB Campus Textbook Drive is a turnkey project, including all supplies, promotional materials, packing supplies, and shipping costs. The fall season runs through December 15. To start your book drive today, visit BWB's Campus Textbook Drive Resource Center.