In This Issue

  1. Scholarship and Award Winners
  2. Classroom Library Grants & Fall Internship Stipend Applications Open May 24
  3. 2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  4. Journal Submissions Due May 8
  5. Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project: Final Collection
  6. Chapter Annual Report
  7. Committee Opportunities for Sponsors
  8. BWB Internship and Spring Drive
  9. Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

Welcome New Chapters

University of Maine at Farmington
Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter
Farmington, ME

American Public University System
Alpha Chi Tau Chapter
Charles Town, WV

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Denison University
Alpha Lambda Theta Chapter
Granville, SC

Syracuse University
Chi Xi Chapter
Syracuse, NY

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Scholarship Award Winners

Study Abroad Scholarship and Summer Program Scholarship will be determined by May 10. All other scholarships will be determined by May 17.

Classroom Library Grants & Fall Internship Stipend Applications Open May 24

Classroom Library Grants
Sigma Tau Delta will award up to five grants of $400 each per year to help members who have been classroom teachers 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 deadline for applications is June 19. 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

Fall Internship Stipend
Applications will be accepted May 24 through June 19 for the Sigma Tau Delta Fall Internship Stipend, which offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying fall internships. The Fall 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

2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2017-2018 academic year is The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. 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 8

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

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project: Final Collection

To date nearly $4,500 has been collected for the Dolly Parton Imagination Libarary from Sigma Tau Delta, NEHS, and Sigma Kappa Delta chapters, Better World Books text drive proceeds, and Student Leadership's convention cash collection.

Chapters who have not yet submitted their funds may mail a check, made out to Sigma Tau Delta, by June 1, 2017.

Sigma Tau Delta Central Office
Attn: Imagination Library
Department of English
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

All money raised will be recorded, listed by chapter, and presented to the Imagination Library in a single check. Please do not send money directly to the Imagination Library.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2016-2017 Chapter Annual Report/Survey has been emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors. 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

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 by May 15.

BWB Spring Drive Ends June 15

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 15 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 campus@betterworldbooks.com with your questions or to learn how you can still get involved this semester.

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. For expedited shipping options, please place your order through the English Honor Store. Don't forget to check out the certificate folders, which add the perfect formal touch to induction and award ceremonies.