In This Issue

  1. Convention Wrap-Up
  2. New Student Leadership Committee
  3. Scholarship & Internship Stipend Applications
  4. Journal Submissions Open Today
  5. Chapter Annual Report
  6. Social Media Celebrity Takeover
  7. Fundraising for Imagination Library Service Project
  8. Chapter Mid-Spring Reminders

Welcome New Chapter

Wesley College
Alpha Chi Rho Chapter
Dover, DE

Congratulations 2017 Better World Books Summer Intern

Haley Shea Barfield
Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus

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Convention Wrap-Up

This year's convention, with over 1,000 registrants, was an overwhelming success! In addition to keynote sessions by speakers Marlon James, Jeff VanderMeer, and Megan Mayhew Bergman, there were 537 papers presented, 31 roundtables, and 10 special presentations. Over $10,000 was awarded in prizes for works presented at the convention.

2018 Convention and Common Reader
Mark your calendars for the 2018 International Convention, "Seeking Freedom," March 21-24, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. The selected 2018 Common Reader is The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.

New Student Leadership Committee

Sigma Tau Delta is pleased to announce the following new Student Leaders as of the 2017 convention:

Scholarship & Internship Stipend Applications

Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 10.
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
Applications will be accepted February 2 - April 10 for the Sigma Tau Delta Summer Internship Stipend, which 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.

View: Application Guidelines and Instructions

Journal Submissions Open Today

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. Deadline to submit is May 8.

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

The latest issues of The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle were mailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors the week of March 20. Current and past issues are also available online.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2016-2017 Chapter Annual Report/Survey will be emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors in mid-April. The deadline to reply is June 30, and all chapters who respond by the deadline will be entered in a drawing for $100, to be held on July 5.

As with last year's survey, the 2017 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: 2015-2016 Results

Social Media Celebrity Takeover

Does your chapter have an event planned that you would like to showcase and share with the entire Society? It is time to become a celebrity for a day! Chapters may now request to take over one or more of the Society social media accounts to cover chapter activities, such as conferences, fundraising events, holiday activities, and public readings.

View Details and Application: EnglishMatters Celebrity Takeover

Fundraising for Imagination Library Service Project

This year Sigma Tau Delta's Student Leadership committee has chosen a philanthropic project to spearhead across the entire English Honor Societies family—Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Kappa Delta, and National English Honor Society (NEHS)—Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The project will help raise funds for book donations to enhance the literacy of children in low-income communities. There has already been $4,000 raised and presented to Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library fosters a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing one specially-selected book each month from birth to the child's fifth birthday. There is still time this semester to host a fundraising event with your chapter to contribute. The Student Leadership 2016-2017 Service Project page offers details and information on how to submit funds.

Chapter Mid-Spring Reminders

As you head into the second half of the spring semester, there are a couple of housekeeping items all chapters should attend to: