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Chapter Life: Noteworthy Activites

Every year, chapters report their most noteworthy activity for the year in the Chapter Annual Survey. These activities are listed here for other chapters seeking ideas and inspiration. Use the keyword checkboxes to filter activities by type or occasion, or click on the headers to sort the list by year, school, or state.
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Details2016 Alvernia University PA Hosted an on-campus Bad Poetry competition, similar to the one at Convention.
Details2016 Angelo State University TX Organized and administered tutoring sessions with English language learners on campus.
Details2016 Arizona State University AZ Held undergraduate panel discussion on courses and areas of study within the Department of English.
Details2016 Arkansas State University AR Partnered with several organizations on campus to develop an entire conference around J. Jack Halberstam's presentations.
Details2016 Assumption College MA Sponsored a Relay for Life team, and has helped organize/direct the event.
Details2016 Athens State University AL Partnered with the Cattlemen's Association and sell ribeye sandwiches, which earns us about $2K per year that goes to Sigma Tau Delta scholarships with our university foundation.
Details2016 Azusa Pacific University CA Book drive with Better World Books and our first T-Shirt sale. Also partnered with another organization to host a Garden Party, held on the same night as our department of English's literary mag ...
Details2016 California State University, Fullerton CA Participated in the 2015 Far Western Regional Conference, which impacted the English department by raising awareness about the diversity of research happening within the humanities. This confere ...
Details2016 California University of Pennsylvania PA Held a Shakespeare night at which Sigma Tau Delta members and the department's Shakespeare scholar read a scene from A Midsummer's Night Dream and then played Shakespeare trivia.
Details2016 Campbell University NC October Poetry Walk during which we carry refreshments around campus (cookies and apple cider) and "accost" students with poetry! (We ask permission and the snacks help!) Since it's close to H ...
Details2016 Cardinal Stritch University WI Assisted in our school's effort to collect food for families in need during the holiday season, and we were able to fill 15 boxes for donation.
Details2016 Central Methodist University MO Helped coordinate Central Methodist University's 3rd Annual Young Writer's Day. Over 130 students from area high schools attended this one-day event dedicated to creative writing workshops. Ch ...
Details2016 Chestnut Hill College PA Organized a trip to see Hana Yanigasawa speak at the Philadelphia Free Library, and read and discussed her book A Little Life.
Details2016 Misericordia University PA Hosted our 3rd annual Poetry Auction, at which poets read their original work and donated 5 cents/word; audience members who were moved by the poems matched the donation. All funds raised were d ...
Details2016 College of Saint Rose NY Singing or poetry performances by members at induction ceremony, showcasing the diversity of members' talents.
Details2016 College of the Ozarks MO Hosted a Poetry Slam; participants included both English majors and non-majors.
Details2016 Columbia College, South Carolina SC Partnered with the Honors Student Association to host a Halloween party with a book walk and literary character costume contest.
Details2016 Eastern Connecticut State University CT Started an English Mentorship Program to pair incoming students who declare an English major or concentration with veteran English majors. We kick off the program at a 2-hour orientation event, ...
Details2016 East Central University OK Sponsored on-campus screenings of recorded-live Royal National Theatre of London stage productions and hosted our annual Foreign Film Festival.
Details2016 East Stroudsburg University PA Hosted an "English Corner" (modeled on English Corners on campuses in China). This was a great way to reach out to visiting students (who were English majors in China) to help them learn more co ...
Details2016 Florida Gulf Coast University FL Partnered with the University's Creative Writing Club to host an on-campus conference to showcase critical and creative works. Our keynote speaker was poet, editor, and teacher Katharine Riegel.
Details2016 Fort Hays State University KS Hosted the High Plains Regional Conference which included a play writing workshop, a reading by the Poet Laureate of Kansas, critical and creative paper presentations, a service project, and a d ...
Details2016 Francis Marion University SC Participated in a week-long book drive culminating in a food sale to benefit the Naomi Project, an organization that helps re-home victims of domestic violence. The organization requested childr ...
Details2016 Freed-Hardeman University TN Had a Deathiversary, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Details2016 Frostburg State University MD Sponsored our 3rd annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at Main Street Books, a local independent book store in Frostburg, MD. The members of Sigma Tau read Seuss stories and facilitated craft projec ...
Details2016 Furman University SC Raised money for the Greenville Literacy Association through two fundraising events, a readathon and a book sale.
Details2016 Georgia Southern University GA Held a book drive and used the books to create a Little Free Library, in partnership with a local coffee shop. http://news.georgiasouthern.edu/2016/05/06/students-open-little-free-library-in- ...
Details2016 Hartwick College NY Hosted a Scary Story Night in conjunction with a haunted trails event at our environmental campus. We shared scary stories and hot chocolate around a camp fire before/after groups participated i ...
Details2016 Hastings College NE Sponsored a Creative Writers' Workshop in which two fiction writers and one of our professors gave workshops on how improve our creative writing skills, spoke and critiqued in the Creative Writi ...
Details2016 Hilbert College NY Partnered with a local church, the Missionary Baptist Church of Lackawanna, NY, to tutor elementary school-aged children.
Details2016 Howard University DC Hosted a college panel/Q & A for the capstone of First Baptist Church-North Brentwood high school students. Attendees learned about the college application process, resume writing, email etiquet ...
Details2016 Illinois College IL Participated in a Diversity Week reading contest, which provided an opportunity to share original student writing as well as student performance of established texts.
Details2016 James Madison University VA Sponsored a sketch writing workshop with Alan Linic (a JMU English major who now tours with Second City) who was performing with his troupe at JMU. It was close to three hours, very intimate, a ...
Details2016 Lee University TN Sold pies (that we bake) for Thanksgiving in order to raise funds to send members to convention. This year, we made over 100 pies in one day and delivered them the Monday and Tuesday before Tha ...
Details2016 Lincoln University, Pennsylvania PA Held a book and toy drive to donate to a local daycare.
Details2016 Loyola University, New Orleans LA Celebrated Banned Book Week with a display about the history of censorship, and local bookshops donated banned books for a fundraising raffle. Members and interested English majors met to talk a ...
Details2016 McMurry University TX Held a Write-a-thon. We had four writing prompts for students to respond to and submit short works. We had best submission prizes in all categories; the event helped make the campus more aware o ...
Details2016 Meredith College NC Partnered with the college English club for a book drive to collect books then donated to Books are Magic, a non-profit organization based in Raleigh, for redistribution to at-risk kids and fami ...
Details2016 Miami University OH Developed a Critical Essay Contest; we accepted submissions from undergraduate students from our campus and awarded two $100 prizes.
Details2016 Minnesota State University, Mankato MN Coordinated a year-long "Books Adapted into Film" series. We showed a film the first Thursday of every month, some films were tied to novels or plays taught in English courses. Our largest turn ...
Details2016 Montana State University, Billings MT Organized our annual Writers Roundup, a book sale and signing for local and regional authors. We raised enough money for a textbook scholarship for an English major.
Details2016 Morehouse College GA Partnered with the Student Activities Committee to sponsor a lecture by an alumnus of our chapter who has studied and traveled in Egypt for a year and is continuing their doctoral research in S ...
Details2016 Washington & Jefferson College PA Hosted an event titled "Words to Make Darkness Visible", a spooky poetry/story reading in October.
Details2016 Wayland Baptist University TX Worked with the Area K-12 scores to read and score their practice UIL Writing and Reading essays. The local school pays us, so it is both a volunteering and fundraising event, as well as a fun o ...
Details2016 Western Illinois University IL Held “Dinner and Conversations” events: each semester, a different English faculty member hosted a potluck dinner at his or her house—or at a local venue—and all English faculty and members of S ...
Details2016 Ohio Northern University OH Hosted a tea with the University President, a former English major. The President explained how the skills he learned as an English major prepared him for a career in private sector and universi ...
Details2016 Oklahoma Christian University OK Hosted Creep Week, in which students "protest" Valentine's Day by creeping on other members. This becames a kind of performance art and social media experiment. It was great for building communi ...
Details2016 Oral Roberts University OK Held a one/act play competition in which students write and submit plays they've written, and then students and faculty gather to watch and perform these brief plays. There are awards for the pe ...
Details2016 Ouachita Baptist University AR Translated all submissions to our literary arts journal to Spanish, making this year's journal the first-ever completely bilingual edition. This milestone publication indicates our broader goal ...
Details2016 Pacific Union College CA Chose a literary theme for our induction ceremony to celebrate and welcome new members. This year's theme was "Death by Shakespeare" since it was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death; we ...
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