In This Issue

  1. Convention Update
  2. Society Leadership Opportunities
  3. 2014 Summer Internships
  4. Society for Technical Communication Membership
  5. Officers' Corner: Looking for Publication Opportunities?

Welcome New Chapters

Dominican College
Alpha Upsilon Theta Chapter
Orangeburg, NY

Ferrum College
Alpha Upsilon Iota Chapter
Ferrum, VA

Winona State University
Alpha Upsilon Kappa Chapter
Winona, MN

BWB Raffle Contest Winner

The Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has won the Better World Books (BWB) Campus Drive raffle for a $50 pizza party, $50 donation to a local food pantry, and BWB T-shirts for chapter members. All chapters participating in the BWB Campus Drive that met the December 13 shipping deadline were automatically entered into the raffle.

WORDY by Nature Blog

Far Western Region Blog Contest Rules and Guidelines

Convention Timeline

Interdisciplinary Studies and You: An Alternative Graduate Option for English Majors

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Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention will be held February 26 - March 1 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, GA.

Early Registration is Now Open
Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and panelists, must register. Those registering by January 21 will receive an early registration discount. Those doing so after the early registration deadline will pay the full fee. See Convention Registration for details.

Hotel Reservations
Go to Hotel Information for details on reservations, roommate requests, and ground transportation.

Paper Presentations and Roundtable Discussions
A tentative list of paper presentations and roundtable discussions is available on the www.englishconvention.org website, and by now all submitters should have received submission decisions by email. The schedule of sessions will be posted on or before January 28.

Chapter Sponsor Moderators Needed
We are in need of Sponsors and other faculty members to serve as session moderators. If you are planning to attend the Savannah convention, please volunteer to moderate a session or two by emailing Convention Chair, Sid Watson, at englishconvention@niu.edu.

Program Events
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, February 26, to take full advantage of the convention. Wednesday evening's opening ceremony with Alison Bechdel will provide a stimulating start to the convention, and Thursday morning's workshops are not to be missed. Preview: Four-Day Convention Schedule

Society Leadership Opportunities

Sigma Tau Delta's student and alumni leaders are chosen at the international convention. These positions provide excellent opportunities for students to network, gain valuable leadership skills, and learn about how Sigma Tau Delta functions at the regional and Society levels.

Student Advisor
The two Student Advisors are actually voting members of the Board of Directors, attend fall and spring Board meetings (and the convention), and work closely with all the Student Representatives and Regents. Truly committed, organized, creative, and dependable members are invited to apply, by January 27, for one of the two Student Advisor positions. Applicants must be willing to make a two-year commitment to serve and must be student members of active chapters for their full 2014-2016 term.

Student Representative and Associate Student Representative
Student Representatives and Associate Student Representatives are elected at the annual convention by the student members of their region.

Alumni Representative
Members who are no longer students or who are graduate students at a program without a Sigma Tau Delta chapter are intived to apply by January 27 for a two-year term as the Society's Alumni Representative.

2014 Summer Internships

Monday, January 20, is the application deadline for two paid summer internship opportunities co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta:

The Better World Books six-week paid summer internship is offered to Sigma Tau Delta members who have or will be participating in a Better World Books Campus Book Drive. Beginning in early June 2014, the recipient will work 30 hours per week, earning $10 per hour, in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses. The recipient will be announced at the annual convention.

View: Application Submission Instructions

The Penguin Group (USA) ten-week paid summer internship is offered to current undergraduate Sigma Tau Delta members. The internship takes place in New York, NY, with exact dates to be determined by agreement between the recipient and Penguin Group (USA). The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning $7.25 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.

View: Application Submission Instructions

Society for Technical Communication Membership

Our newest partner, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), offers Sigma Tau Delta students a reduced membership fee to access a host of benefits, including their webinars, job bank, and professional chapters. Join STC for $50 ($25 off the regular student membership fee), and receive membership through December 2014. To receive the discount promo code, include in an email to sigmaoffice@niu.edu your full name, school, semester/year of induction, and expected graduation date.

Officers' Corner: Looking for Publication Opportunities?

All Sigma Tau Delta members, including faculty and alumni, are invited to submit articles to the official Society blog, WORDYbyNature.org. If you have an idea for a short (300 words or less) article on a topic related to English or Sigma Tau Delta, contact info@wordybynature.org to learn about becoming a guest blogger.

Currently, the Far Western and Southern regions are running blog contests for longer submissions over selected topics, with cash prizes for the best pieces. The Midwestern Region is also accepting submissions for its regional journal, Ex Medio.

Far Western Blog Contest Rules - submissions due January 31
Southern Blog Contest Rules - submissions due February 13
Midwestern Region Journal - submissions due February 1

Check the Society's Publications page frequently for new publication opportunities available to our members. If you have a call for papers that you would like to promote on our website, complete and submit the Publication Posting Request form.