In This Issue

  1. Scholarship and Award Winners
  2. Journal Submissions Due May 7
  3. Classroom Library Grants & Fall Internship Stipend Applications Open June 1
  4. Membership Fees to Increase on July 1
  5. 2019 Common Reader
  6. 2018-2019 Service Project: Benetech
  7. Chapter Annual Report
  8. Committee Opportunities for Sponsors
  9. BWB Spring Drive Ends June 15

Upcoming Dates

May 7
Rectangle and Review Journal Submissions due

June 1
Fall Internship Stipend applications open

Classroom Library Grant applications open

June 15
Better World Books Spring Book Drive collection ends

Outstanding Chapter Award applications due

June 18
Fall Internship Stipend applications due

Classroom Library Grant applications due

June 30
Chapter Annual Report/Survey due

Welcome New Chapter

The Georgia Institute of Technology
Alpha Psi Kappa Chapter
Atlanta, GA

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Scholarship and Award Winners

Student Leadership Award Recipients (plaque and $250 check)

Service Award Recipients (plaque to chapter and $500 to agency served)

Study Abroad Scholarship and Summer Program Scholarship will be determined by May 17. All other scholarships will be determined by May 23.

Journal Submissions Due May 7

All currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate members of active Sigma Tau Delta chapters are invited to submit their work to The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. Chapter Sponsors, faculty members, alumni (including members of the Alumni Epsilon Chapter), and honorary members, are not eligible to submit. Works selected for publication are also eligible for overall awards and monetary prizes.

The Sigma Tau Delta Review is our annual journal of critical writing, publishing critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical matters.

The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle is our annual journal of creative writing, poetry, prose, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

View: Submission Guidelines

Classroom Library Grants & Fall Internship Stipend Applications Open June 1

Classroom Library Grants
Sigma Tau Delta will award up to five grants of $400 each per year to help members who have been classroom teachers for five years or fewer. That is, applicants may or may not be recent college graduates; the Classroom Library Grant is intended to help new teachers, whether in their first years out of college or in the first years of a second career, to build a classroom library for their students.

The deadline for applications is June 19. Awards will be made by July 18, with funds available immediately. If applications are received after the priority deadline, they will be considered if there are still funds available.

View: Application Requirements and Instructions

Fall Internship Stipend
Applications will be accepted June 1 through June 18 for the Sigma Tau Delta Fall Internship Stipends, which offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying fall internships. The Fall Internship Stipend 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 intern'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.

View: Application Guidelines and Instructions

Membership Fees to Increase on July 1

To help provide for the increase in scholarships, awards, and annual convention subsidies, the Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors has voted to increase the $40 one-time induction fee for new members to $45, beginning July 1, 2018. The increase still keeps us below the national average honor society induction fee yet allows us to maintain a large quantity of member benefits and services.

2019 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2018-2019 academic year is Work & Days, by Tess Taylor. The first step 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:

2018-2019 Service Project: Benetech

Sigma Tau Delta strives to promote literacy for all. This mission is displayed regularly in our commitment to scholarship and service on the chapter level. On a larger scale, Student Leadership works toward the same goal, promoting literacy to all, which is why we chose Benetech as the focus for this year's service project. Benetech is a corporation that has "a pure focus on developing software for social good." They work in four areas: education, human rights, environment, and poverty. Student Leadership will focus on education and the accessibility Benetech brings to others in terms of literacy.

The Bookshare program at Benetech provides accessible ebooks for people with disabilities. It is "the world's largest library of ebooks for people with disabilities, delivering over 550,000 titles to more than a half million people in over 70 countries around the world." Impact like that is hard to ignore. Benetech's mission aligns with ours because as we strive to promote literacy, they strive to ensure that literature can reach as many minds as possible.

To learn more about what Benetech does, please read Brian's story on their site.

Benetech shows us that nothing can stop us from learning, nothing will stop us from growing, and literacy and literature are meant for everyone—of all abilities.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2017-2018 Chapter Annual Report/Survey has been emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors. The deadline to reply is June 30, and all chapters who respond by the deadline will be entered in a drawing, for $100, to be held on July 9.

As with last year's survey, the 2018 survey is multiple-choice, quick and easy, and a great source of ideas. (Outstanding Chapter Award applicants are required to submit a copy of their Chapter Annual Report as a synopsis of the previous year's activities.) Survey results will be posted on the Society's website this fall.

View: 2016-2017 Results

Committee Opportunities for Sponsors

Sponsors who would like to be involved at the Society level can contribute in a variety of ways through committee work. The Society's various committees propose policy changes, judge scholarships and awards, conduct annual reviews of our website and publications, and help develop programming. We particularly invite you to serve on the committees listed below:

View: Committee Descriptions

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please complete and submit the Committee Invitation Form by May 15.

BWB Spring Drive Ends June 15

Spring Campus Textbook Drive
It's time to ship all those books you have been collecting for the Better World Books (BWB) Campus Textbook Drive. Please be sure to SHIP YOUR BOOKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE CAMPUS. Books shipped by June 15 will make it to the BWB warehouse in time to be processed before June 30 and will be included in your chapter's $1/accepted book payment on August 1.

Contact campus@betterworldbooks.com with your questions or to learn how you can still get involved this semester.