In This Issue

  1. Scholarship and Award Winners
  2. Apply Now For New Classroom Library Grants
  3. 2017 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  4. Journal Submissions Due May 9
  5. Chapter Annual Report
  6. Committee Opportunities for Sponsors
  7. BWB Internship and Spring Drive
  8. Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

Welcome New Chapter

Indiana University Northwest
Alpha Chi Beta Chapter
Gary, IN

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Morris College
Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter
Sumter, SC

Washington Adventist University
Rho Sigma Chapter
Takoma Park, MD

Convention Story Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners who have each received an gift certificate. Their stories will be published in our WORDY by Nature blog.

Melissa Jessop ($100)
Dixie State Univeristy
Alpha Pi Epsilon Chapter
St. George, UT

Dana Glasscock ($60)
University of Oregon
Alpha Tau Phi Chapter
Eugene, OR

Caroline Cao ($40)
University of Houston
Epsilon Phi Chapter
Houston, TX

Recent WORDY by Nature Blogs

Announcing Our 2017 Common Reader

I'm Graduating, Now What? Alumni Opportunities with Sigma Tau Delta

How to Write Creative Non-Fiction: An Introduction

Members are invited to subscribe to WORDY by Nature, the official Sigma Tau Delta blog featuring Society news and writings by our Student Leaders and Chapter Sponsors. Choose to receive blog postings by email, RRS Feed, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Scholarship Award Winners

Scholarship and award winners will be announced Thursday, May 5. Each scholarship applicant will receive an award status notification prior to the announcement.

Apply Now For New Classroom Library Grants

Sigma Tau Delta will award up to five grants of $400 each per year to help members who have been teaching in the classroom for five years or fewer. That is, applicants may or may not be recent college graduates; the Classroom Library Grant is intended to help new teachers, whether in their first years out of college or in the first years of a second career, to build a classroom library for their students.

The priority deadline for applications is June 15, 2016. Awards will be made by July 15, with funds available immediately. If applications are received after the priority deadline, they will be considered if there are still funds available.

View: Application Requirements and Instructions

2017 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2016-2017 academic year is Almost Famous Women by Meghan Mayhew Bergman. The first step in the Common Reader project is reading the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities: 

Journal Submissions Due May 9

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.

View: Submission Guidelines

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2015-2016 Chapter Annual Report/Survey has been emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors. The deadline to reply is June 30, but 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 16, May 31, June 15, and July 1.

As with last year's survey, the 2016 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.) Survey results will be posted on the Society's website this fall.

View: 2014-2015 Results

Committee Opportunities for Sponsors

Sponsors who would like to be involved at the Society level can contribute in a variety of ways through committee work. The Society's various committees propose policy changes, judge scholarships and awards, conduct annual reviews of our website and publications, and help develop programming. We particularly invite you to serve on the committees listed below.

View: Committee Descriptions

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please complete and submit the Committee Invitation Form - Due May 15

BWB Spring Drive and Internship Recipient

Spring Campus Textbook Drive
It's time to ship all those books you have been collecting for the Better World Books (BWB) Campus Textbook Drive. Please be sure to SHIP YOUR BOOKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE CAMPUS. Books shipped by June 11 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 with your questions or to learn how you can still get involved this semester.

Congratulations to Sophia Hulen, Alpha Xi Epsilon Chapter, Wattenberg University (OH). Sophia is the recipient of a $1,500 Internship stipend for the 2016 Better World Books Summer Internship.

Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

Order graduation regalia and other merchandise now for spring graduation. Orders take longer to fill at this time of year. Be sure to allow up to three weeks for graduation orders. Don't forget to check out the certificate folders, which add the perfect formal touch to induction and award ceremonies.