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eNews: November 1, 2012

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Upcoming Dates

Nov. 3: SW Conference: Language and Linguistics Student Conference and Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Region Meeting, at UCO, Edmond, OK

Nov. 3 - 4: Eastern Region Inter-Chapter Get-Together at WSU, Westfield, MA

Nov. 5: Scholarship Application Deadline Extension

Nov. 10: The Energy of Words at SUU, Cedar City, UT

Nov. 12: Award/Grant Application Deadline Extension

Nov. 12: Submission deadline for
2013 International Convention
Call for Papers and Roundtable Proposals

Nov. 21: BWB Campus Book Drive Challenge ends

Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 - FW Conference: Popular Culture and the Written Word, California State University, Fullerton, CA

Dec. 1: The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter submissions due

Dec. 3: 2013 Summer Internships information posted

Dec. 14: BWB Campus Book Drive fall season ends

Welcome New Chapters

University of Arkansas
Alpha Tau Kappa Chapter
Fayetteville, AR

Emory & Henry College
Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter
Emory, VA

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Muhlenberg College
Gamma Iota Chapter
Allentown, PA

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In This Issue

  1. Scholarship Deadline Extended to Nov. 5
  2. Award/Grant Deadline Extended to Nov. 12
  3. Convention Submissions Due Nov. 12
  4. Volunteer to Evaluate Convention Papers
  5. New BWB Campus Book Drive Challenge
  6. Newsletter Submissions Due Dec. 1
  7. December Graduation Merchandise Orders

Scholarship Deadline Extended to Nov. 5

Due to the unexpected circumstances created by Hurricane Sandy, the scholarship application deadline has been extended to Monday, November 5, 11:59 p.m. CST, and the due date for letters of recommendation to Monday, November 12, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Award/Grant Deadline Extended to Nov. 12

Individual Awards are offered for leadership and personal websites and blogs. Chapter Awards include: outstanding chapters, Sponsors, literary arts journals, and blogs or websites. Chapters may also apply for Project Grants of up to $500.

New: The Chapter Service Awards application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2013; the award amount has been revised from up to $200 to up to $500 to a designated agency.

Convention Submissions Due Nov. 12

The submission process for the Sigma Tau Delta 2013 International Convention closes at midnight CST on November 12. Especially consider submitting on the theme of "Open Book" or the Common Reader of "Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader." Be sure to check Hints for Success and Evaluation Criteria before making submissions.

Membership is required for submission acceptance. Sponsors, please make sure that all students who have submitted work for the convention have active status in Write Away!, Sigma Tau Delta's online chapter management system.

Volunteer to Evaluate Convention Papers

Sponsors, please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to evaluate convention submissions in late November-early December. The continued success and exponential growth of our convention require more submission evaluators than ever before.  Your help will ensure that we reward the most successful among our submitters with coveted spots on this year's program.

If you are willing to evaluate submissions for the 2013 Convention, please email Gloria Hochstein at englishconvention@niu.edu. Include your name, email address, school, contact phone number, number of submissions you are willing to evaluate (usually 20-40), and your top three (ranked) preferences from among the submission categories no later than Thursday, November 8.

New BWB Campus Book Drive Challenge

Better World Books (BWB), Sigma Tau Delta's National Service Partner, has issued a challenge: if 13 more chapters commit to running a BWB Campus Book Drive by Thanksgiving, BWB will randomly select one of them to win a basket of leadership books!

The BWB Campus Book Drive is a turnkey project, including all supplies, promotional materials, packing supplies, and shipping costs. Last year, BWB paid Sigma Tau Delta chapters over $16,000 for accepted books. View the results of the top 25 campus book drives.

Host a book drive to benefit literacy initiatives worldwide, while at the same time raising funds for your chapter. The fall season runs through December 14. To start your book drive today, email campus@betterworldbooks.com.

Newsletter Submissions Due Dec. 1

Are you interested in writing a piece for the 2013 spring issue of The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter? Our newsletter informs our members about what's exciting in the Society and includes notes on interesting chapter activities, noteworthy student and alumni accomplishments, compelling service projects, and provocative issues related to majoring in English. View submission guidelines.

December Graduation Merchandise Orders

If your chapter plans to order merchandise for a December graduation, allow three weeks for delivery and follow these guidelines:

  1. Pay by Visa or MasterCard to expedite your order.
  2. If you pay by check, send one check, payable to Sigma Tau Delta.
  3. Do not send student checks; there is an additional delay of 2 to 3 more weeks for student checks to clear the bank.
  4. Allow sufficient time for your school to process payment if you are paying by college or university check. (Some schools require up to 3 weeks to issue a check.)

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