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Chapter Life: Noteworthy Activities Keywords

Noteworthy Activities Keywords are categories or descriptions of the types of activities in which chapters engage. In the Chapter Annual Report/Survey, chapters are asked to select which of the following types of activities they have engaged in during the year. Some activities may fall into multiple categories. The following descriptions and links provide more information about what the various terms mean.

  • Academic Conference: Activities involving hosting or attending academic conferences for students and/or professionals
  • Activism & Awareness: Activities focused on raising awareness of specific social issues
  • Annual Int'l Convention: Activities involving participating in Sigma Tau Delta's Annual International Convention
  • Banned Books: Activities focused on raising awareness of banned books, either as part of the ALA's Banned Books Week or at other times of year
  • Better World Books: Campus book drives with Sigma Tau Delta's national service partner, Better World Books
  • Common Reader: Activities related to Sigma Tau Delta's Common Reader
  • Competitions: Activities that involve friendly competition among students or groups
  • Donation Drives: Fundraising and/or service activities focused on collecting donations of money or goods
  • Field Trips: Activities that involve chapter members traveling off campus as a group
  • Films & Performances: Activities involving a literary film or live performance
  • Formal Ceremonies: Induction, installation of officers, banquets, and other formal events
  • Fundraising: Activities intended to raise funds
  • Holidays/Special Occasions: Activities planned around a holiday, author's birthday, notable anniversary, or other special occasion
  • Lectures/Speakers: Activities featuring a lecture or presentation
  • Literary Events: Activities with a literary theme or tie-in
  • Member Recruitment: Activities designed to recruit new members and/or to reinvigorate inactive members
  • NEHS for High Schools: Activities that involve partnerships with the National English Honor Society (NEHS), Sigma Tau Delta's outreach program for high schools
  • Partnerships: Activities that involve partnerships with other campus groups, other Sigma Tau Delta chapters, or other organizations
  • Readings/Open Mic: Activities that encourage students to read works out loud, either their own works or the works of others
  • Service: Activities that involve being of service to the community or a worthy cause
  • Social Events: Activities designed to encourage fellowship and networking among chapter members, faculty, and/or other community members
  • Tutoring/Workshops: Activities designed to teach students specific skills in a hands-on setting or to encourage guided discussion of a specific topic
  • Volunteerism: Service activities that featured students volunteering their time and skills in an in-person, hands-on way
  • Writing & Publishing Activities encouraging and/or assisting chapter members with writing, submitting to publications or conferences, producing their own publications, and/or learning about professional writing and publishing

For questions about these activity keywords or suggestions for categories we may have overlooked, contact sigmaoffice@niu.edu.