In This Issue

  1. Scholarship and Award Applications Due Nov. 10
  2. Convention Update: Acceptance Notifications
  3. New: Words, Pictures, and Voices of Sigma Tau Delta
  4. Sigma Tau Delta Seeks Managing Editor of Publications
  5. Better World Books Campus Textbook Drive Now-Dec. 12

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University of Illinois at Chicago
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Chicago, IL

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Alpha Pi Phi
Camden, NJ

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With Mirth in Funeral: A Lesson from the Start of a P.C. Somerville Teacher’s Career

Hot Damn and Academic Accolades

Winning a Scholarship Allows You to Engage in Scholarship


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Scholarship and Award Applications Due Nov. 10

Annually, Sigma Tau Delta offers a variety of scholarships and academic awards valued at up to $5,000 each. Because these opportunities are offered exclusively to Sigma Tau Delta members, applicants who take the time to submit a carefully prepared application have a significantly increased chance of receiving an award.

Sigma Tau Delta uses STARS (Scholarship Tracking and Review System) to simplify and streamline the online submission process for scholarships and academic awards. STARS also alerts students to all application opportunities available to them, increasing their chances of receiving funding.

You are eligible to apply for a Sigma Tau Delta scholarship if you are a:

Special scholarships and awards are also available for:

The William C. Johnson Distinguished Scholarship, the Society's highest honor, recognizes undergraduate students for academic excellence and outstanding service.

View scholarships and the STARS application process
Link to scholarship flyer

Convention Update: Acceptance Notifications

The Sigma Tau Delta 2015 International Convention will be held March 18-21 in Albuquerque, NM. Featured speakers include: Gary Soto, Simon Ortiz, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Over 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 17 and papers by December 17. Please keep an eye on your email. Even a quick glance at the submissions suggests the 2015 Convention will be rich in exciting, informative paper and roundtable presentations.

New: Words, Pictures, and Voices of Sigma Tau Delta

To honor Sigma Tau Delta's rich heritage, the Board of Directors authorized the making of a documentary short that highlights the people and the stories of Sigma Tau Delta through the authentic voices of you, its membership. This video is a must-see for every Sigma Tau Deltan!

Video: Words, Pictures, and Voices of Sigma Tau Delta

The year 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. The history of the Society is inspiring, and its present culture and goals are equally motivational. Sigma Tau Delta is characterized by student-centered perspectives, inspired solidarity, and spirited academic achievement. Please visit the History page of our website to read the written account of the organization's birth and growth.

Sigma Tau Delta Seeks Managing Editor of Publications

Sigma Tau Delta invites applications for the position of Managing Editor of Publications. The Editor manages the publication of the organization's two literary journals, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (fiction) and The Sigma Tau Delta Review (non-fiction), published once each academic year. The Editor is appointed by the Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors for a period of five years, may serve on Board committees, attends the spring Board meeting, and organizes the spring Rectangle readings (held in conjunction with the spring convention and Board meeting). The position is unsalaried, although Sigma Tau Delta covers all publication and distribution costs, pays for expenses related to the spring meeting, and provides various financial assistance. An honorarium of $3,500 will be provided annually.

Although the Editor need not be a current faculty member, the position provides considerable exposure for the school at which it is housed. Literally thousands of mailings bear the school's name, as do all copies of The Rectangle and The Review.

View the full announcement, position description, and application directions.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2014. The position begins March 18, 2015.

Better World Books Campus Textbook Drive Now-Dec. 12

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 12. To start your book drive today, visit BWB's Campus Textbook Drive Resource Center.