In This Issue

  1. Convention Update
  2. Society Leadership Opportunities
  3. Scholarship and Internship Stipend Applications Now Open
  4. Service Award Applications

Welcome New Chapters

Anna Maria College
Alpha Phi Rho Chapter
Paxton, MA

Immaculata University
Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter
Immaculata, PA

Marylhurst University
Alpha Phi Tau Chapter
Marylhurst, OR

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Berry College
Epsilon Kappa Chapter
Mount Berry, GA

Trine University
Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter
Angola, IN

2016 Fall Scholarship Winners

Study Abroad - $3,000
Addie Crawford
Iota Mu Chapter
Winthrop University (SC)

Runner-up - $1,500
Rebecca Payton
Alpha Epsilon Chi Chapter
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (TN)

Runner-up - $1,500
Jessica Recce
Alpha Mu Kappa Chapter
Marist College (NY)

Summer Study Program- $1,500
Teal St. Nicklaus
Tau Upsilon Chapter
Mercer University (GA)

Runner-up - $750
Anna Gracey
Alpha Epsilon Aplpha Chapter
The College of New Jersey (NJ)

Recent WORDY by Nature Blogs

An Eye-Opening and Goal-Affirming Internship: My Time with Penn Press

My Indie Summer Internship at Wise Ink

Winning an Internship with About.com

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 posting by email, RRS Feed, Facebook, or Twitter.

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  WORDY by Nature  LinkedIn 

Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention will be held on March 2-5 in Minneapolis, MN. Featured speakers include: Charles Baxter and Kao Kalia Yang.

General Registration Ends Today
Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and panelists, must register. Those registering after today's general registration deadline will pay the late registration fee. See Convention Registration for details.

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

Convention Concurrent Session Schedule
The convention concurrent session schedule will be posted by February 6.

Presenters, Chairs, and Moderators

Program Events
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, March 2, to take full advantage of the convention. Wednesday evening's Celebrating Poetry in the Twin Cities, The Rectangle readings, and Open Mic entertainment will provide a stimulating start to the convention, and Thursday morning's workshops are not to be missed. View the program schedule.

Convention Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help at the convention registration desk throughout the 2016 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.

Society 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 how Sigma Tau Delta functions at the regional and Society levels.

Student Advisor
The two Student Advisors are full 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 February 5 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 2016-2018 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.

Alumni Representative
Members who no longer are students or who are graduate students at a school without a Sigma Tau Delta chapter are invited to apply by February 1 for a two-year term as the Society's Alumni Representative.

Scholarship and Internship Stipend Applications Now Open

To make it easier than ever to apply, applications for both Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships and the Summer Internship Stipend now are on the Society's AwardSping application platform. Applications will be accepted February 4 through March 21.

Scholarship Applications
In an effort to make scholarships work better for you, we have changed the deadlines for academic scholarships from fall to spring. We also will offer two workshops at the 2016 Convention in Minneapolis 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
The Sigma Tau Delta Summer Internship Stipend 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.

View: Application Guidelines and Instructions

Service Award Applications

Sigma Tau Delta's Service Awards honor local chapters performing exemplary community service projects and benefit the agencies served by those chapters. The Society will make a limited number of awards, each of which will consist of a plaque for the chapter and a contribution of up to $500 to the agency. Winning chapters may also receive up to $350 in travel assistance for sending at least one student representative to the 2017 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention to participate in a workshop and/or roundtable. Winning chapters are encouraged to share a chapter exhibit at the convention.

Various community service projects are eligible for consideration. For ideas, see the many examples of projects listed on the Chapter Life: Service page. If you have questions regarding project eligibility, please contact the chair of the Service and Partnership Committee, your Regent, or your Regional Student Representative. Applications are due by April 1.

View: Application Guidelines and Instructions