In This Issue

  1. Journal Submissions and Current Issues
  2. Chapter Annual Report
  3. 2015 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  4. BWB Spring Drive Deadline: June 13
  5. Officers' Corner: End of the Year Checklist

Welcome Reactivated Chapter

College of Mount St. Joseph
Phi Omicron Chapter
Cincinnati, OH

Scholarship Survey Winners

Congratulations to the following Scholarship Application Survey drawing winners. They each won a copy of the 2015 Common Reader, From Sand Creek by Simon Oritz.

Ashley Kinder
Furman University
Alpha Eta Eta Chapter
Greenville, SC

Amanda Mills
Southern Utah University
Alpha Eta Nu Chapter
Cedar City, UT

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“I Survived”: Overcoming the Undergraduate Senior Thesis

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Journal Submissions and Current Issues

Online Journal Submissions Open April 1- May 12
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.

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The latest issues of The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle were shipped UPS on April 17. If you have not received your issues, please contact sigmaoffice@niu.edu for tracking information. Current and past issues are also available online.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2013-2014 Chapter Annual Report/Survey was emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors on April 16. The earlier you respond, the more chances you have to win $50 for your chapter. Participant drawings for $50 each will be held on May 10, May 31, June 14, and July 1.

The 2014 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.) Aggregate survey results will be posted on the Society's website this fall.

2015 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2014-2015 academic year is From Sand Creek by Simon Oritz. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is to read the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities: 

BWB Spring Drive Deadline: June 13

It's time to ship all those books you have been collecting for the Campus Better World Books (BWB) Drive. Please be sure to SHIP YOUR BOOKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE CAMPUS. Books shipped by June 13 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.

Officers' Corner: End of the Year Checklist

As the academic year comes to a close, chapter officers should ensure that all end-of-year tasks are completed, and should turn their thoughts to planning for next year. Use this handy checklist to make sure your chapter is on track for next fall.

  1. All chapters are required to complete the Chapter Annual Report by June 30. A survey link was sent to your Chapter Sponsor, but officers are encouraged to participate in the completion of the survey.

  2. Plan to hold at least one officer meeting over the summer to plan for next year's activities. Consider using online chat or conference calls if officers cannot meet in person.

  3. Read next year's Common Reader, and begin planning an activity based on it for next year. Don't forget, there are awards available for Common Reader activities and convention papers!

  4. Start planning a welcome back event for returning members, and recruitment events (such as a table at your campus student activity fair or showing recruitment videos to English classes).
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