In This Issue

  1. Journal Submissions
  2. Chapter Annual Report/Survey
  3. 2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  4. New: Summer Internship Stipend
  5. BWB Internship and Spring Drive
  6. Committee Opportunities for Sponsors
  7. Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Alcorn State University
Gamma Xi Chapter
Lorman, MS

North Carolina Wesleyan College
Alpha Omicron Beta Chapter
Rocky Mount, NC

2015 Spring Scholarship Winners

Study Abroad - $3,000
Jessica A. Brumley
Pi Iota Chapter
Western Kentucky University (KY)

Summer Study Program - $1,500
Kallista Joyce Kidd
Alpha Xi Iota Chapter
Oklahoma Christian University (OK)

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.

First Place - $100
Amber Rose
Alpha Tau Phi Chapter
University of Oregon (OR)

Second Place - $60
Sean Pebler
Alpha Tau Phi Chapter
University of Oregon (OR)

Third Place - $40
Shelly Romero
Alpha Epsilon Eta Chapter
Stephens College (MO)

Runner Up - $20
Amber Jergenson
Rho Gamma Chapter
Louisiana Tech University (LA)

Runner Up - $20
Kayla Frey
Alpha Mu Gamma Chapter
Rockhurst University (MO)

Recent Blogs

Humans of Sigma Tau Delta

The (Successful) Non-Traditional Chapter

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Journal Submissions

Online Journal Submissions Deadline: May 11
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/Survey

A link to the 2014-2015 Chapter Annual Report/Survey was emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors on April 10 and again on May 1. 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 10, May 31, June 14, and July 1.

As with last year's survey, the 2015 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.

2013-2014 Results

2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2015-2016 academic year is The Soul Thiefimg by Charles Baxter. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is to read the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities: 

New: Summer Internship Stipend

Application Deadline: May 26
Sigma Tau Delta 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. Please review the application guidelines for additional information.

BWB Internship and Spring Drive

Summer Internship - Applications Due May 15
Better World Books (BWB) is offering a second opportunity to provide an interested undergraduate student member of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in a variety of areas in social enterprise and the online book industry. The Sigma Tau Delta/Better World Books Summer Internship will run six consecutive weeks beginning in June. The recipient will work 30 hours per week, earning $10 per hour, in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area.

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 12 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.

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:

Membership Development
Scholarships/Academic Awards
Service and Partnerships

View: Committee Descriptions

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

Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

All chapter merchandise, except logo apparel, is available for purchase online through the Write Away Chapter Store. Payment can be made by credit card or check. The store order process is very similar to the member enrollment process. Be sure to allow up to three weeks for graduation orders. Before placing your order, check your Chapter Info in Write Away to be sure your shipping address is correctly listed with a school UPS approved address. Residential addresses are not accepted, and UPS will not deliver to P.O. boxes.