In This Issue

  1. Convention Update
  2. Student Leadership Opportunities
  3. Scholarship & Internship Stipend Application
  4. Sigma Tau Delta Journal Internships
  5. Journal Submissions Open April 4
  6. Imagination Library Service Project
  7. Chapter Mid-Spring Reminders

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Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention will be held March 29 - April 1 in Louisville, KY. Featured speakers include Marlon James, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Jeff VanderMeer.

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

View the convention website for the updated schedule of concurrent sessions.

Presenters, Chairs, and Moderators

New! SigmaCon
SigmaCon is a new Friday night event for lovers of pop culture and literature, and an opportunity to gather with others who love popular art forms and culture, comics, fandoms, and (of course) literature from across the ages. Reserve your table space to sell merchandise at SigmaCon by emailing englishconvention@niu.edu by March 15.

Convention Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help at the convention registration desk throughout the 2017 International Convention. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and your participation reflects well on your chapter. To sign up for an hour or two, please contact Jayne Higgins at jayne.w.higgins@gmail.com.

Program Events
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, March 29, to take full advantage of the convention. Wednesday evening's opening ceremony will provide a stimulating start to the convention, and Thursday morning's workshops are not to be missed. Preview: Four-Day Convention Schedule.

Student 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 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 March 1, 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 2017-2019 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.

View Details and Applications: 2017 Society Leadership Opportunities

Scholarship & Internship Stipend Applications

Scholarship applications will be accepted February 2 - April 10.
We will offer two workshops at the 2017 Convention in Louisville on applying for scholarships. In short, there has never been a better time to consider applying for over $100,000 in scholarships and awards!

View: Available Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Internship Stipend
Applications will be accepted February 2 - April 10 for the Sigma Tau Delta Summer Internship Stipend, which offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying summer internships. The Summer Internship Stipend is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each.

The internship must involve working for an organization while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the internship’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration in addition to internship length. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship.

View: Application Guidelines and Instructions

Sigma Tau Delta Journal Internships

A paid internship opportunity is available with The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. This opportunity will provide two Sigma Tau Delta student members (undergraduate or graduate) with editorial and publication experience. These interns will work with the Managing Editor in all facets of publication, from April 2017 (when submissions to the journals close) until January 2018 (when the journals are sent to the printer). The interns may complete this internship from any location, so long as they have reliable internet access. Each intern will be paid $1,500. Application materials are due March 20, 2017.

View: Internship Description and Application Instructions

Journal Submissions Open April 4

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. Deadline to submit is May 8.

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.

View: Submission Guidelines

The latest issues of The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle will be mailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors in early April. Current and past issues are also available online.

Imagination Library Service Project

This year Sigma Tau Delta's Student Leadership committee has chosen a philanthropic project to spearhead across the entire English Honor Societies family—Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Kappa Delta, and National English Honor Society (NEHS)—Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The project will help raise funds for book donations to enhance the literacy of children in low-income communities.

The Imagination Library fosters a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing one specially-selected book each month from birth to the child's fifth birthday. Please consider hosting a fundraising event with your chapter to contribute to this project. The Student Leadership 2016-2017 Service Project page offers details and information on how to submit funds.

Chapter Mid-Spring Reminders

As you head into the second half of the spring semester, there are a couple of housekeeping items all chapters should attend to: