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Nov. 9: Outstanding Chapter Award applications due
Nov. 9: Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award applications due
Nov. 9: Student Leadership Award applications due
Nov. 9: Elaine W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor Award applications due
Nov. 9: Alumni Literary Grant applications due
Nov. 9: Sigma Tau Delta Study Abroad Scholarship applications due
Nov. 9: Sigma Tau Delta Summer Program Scholarship applications due
Nov. 13-14: Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Region Conference
Dec. 11: Better World Books Fall Book Drive collection ends
Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter
Concordia University, St. Paul
Mu Chi Chapter
St. Paul, MN
University of Jamestown
Iota Alpha Chapter
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Summer Program Scholarships provide up to $1,000 for the purpose of attending a special summer program, either in the U.S. or abroad, that furthers the applicant’s engagement with Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Qualifying summer programs must be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service, and must explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.
Study Abroad Scholarships provide up to $3,000 for the purpose of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they also must explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.
Don't miss the November 9 deadline to apply for the following Sigma Tau Delta award and grant opportunities:
Nearly 800 paper and roundtable submissions were received. Our small army of judges will be working hard in November, and we anticipate sending email notifications of acceptances for roundtables by November 16 and papers by December 16. Please keep an eye on your email. Even a quick glance at the submissions suggests the 2016 Convention will be rich in exciting, informative paper and roundtable presentations. Early registration opens on January 4.
Individual Sigma Tau Delta members, their families, friends, and alumni now can purchase Society merchandise DIRECTLY through the new English Honor Store. The Write Away Store remains available to Chapter Sponsors for chapter purchases.
Prepare to be amazed! Sigma Tau Delta's annual chapter report/survey, emailed to Lead Sponsors each spring in mid-April, confirms what we already know—chapters of all sizes and funding levels are doing some very impressive things. Those that are particularly innovative, unique, and/or successful are added to a noteworthy activities database in the Chapter Life section of our website. Keywords such as "Fundraising," "Member Recruitment," "Service," and "Chapter Visibility," make it easy to find exactly the type of activities you are looking for, including useful details from the chapters that implemented them. If you are wondering what other chapters do, or are looking for new ideas for your own chapter, these resources provide a virtual blueprint for success:
EnglishMatters, powered by VineUp, and launching on November 6, is Sigma Tau Delta's exclusive online network for students, alumni, and faculty members. It functions as an online platform for sharing discussions, events, and activities at the Society and chapter levels. EnglishMatters also serves as a key career development site focused on facilitating mentoring and networking opportunities among current and alumni members.
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Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international convention offers a rare opportunity for academic institutions and professional organizations to promote undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 upper-level English honors students from across the U.S. and abroad. A limited number of 2016 Convention program ads are being offered for purchase. In addition to your ad in the printed program, your school or organization will be listed as a convention sponsor, with your logo and program and/or service description featured on the englishconvention.org website where thousands of viewers have access to your information. Silver, Bronze, and Start-up Level ads are available, but likely will sell-out before the December 1, 2015, deadline. Act now to secure your ad!
Host a Better World Books (BWB) Campus Textbook Drive to benefit literacy initiatives worldwide, while at the same time raising funds for your chapter. The BWB Campus Textbook Drive is a turnkey project, including all supplies, promotional materials, packing supplies, and shipping costs. The fall season runs through December 11. To start your book drive today, visit BWB's Campus Textbook Drive Resource Center.