In This Issue

  1. Convention Update
  2. Student Leadership Opportunities
  3. Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships
  4. Service Award Applications
  5. Officers' Corner: Connect with Other Chapters

Welcome New Chapters

Gordon College
Alpha Upsilon Omega Chapter
Wenham, MA

Southern New Hampshire University - COCE
Alpha Phi Beta Chapter
Manchester, NH

Westminster College
Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter
Salt Lake City, UT

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Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2015 International Convention will be held March 18 - 21 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. General Convention Registration closes February 9.

Convention Concurrent Session Schedule
The convention concurrent session schedule will be posted this week.

Presenters, Chairs, and Moderators

Program Events
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, March 18, to take full advantage of the convention. Wednesday evening's opening ceremony, entertainment, and readings will provide a stimulating start to the convention, and Thursday morning's workshops are not to be missed.

Convention Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help at the convention registration desk throughout the 2015 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.

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

Student Advisor
The two Student Advisors are actually 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 9, 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 2015-2017 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.

Duties and Applications

Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships

Applications for the Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarships will be accepted Monday, March 2, through Monday, April 6.

The Summer Program Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the purposes of attending a special summer program, in the U.S. or abroad, which furthers the applicant’s engagement with the mission of Sigma Tau Delta. Qualifying summer programs should be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service, and should explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy.

View: Application Submission Instructions

The Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for the purposes of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they should also explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy.

View: Application Submission 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 annual 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 April 1.

Officers' Corner: Connect with Other Chapters

No chapter is an island; Sigma Tau Delta’s most active and successful chapters make an effort to reach out to other chapters in their area and across the globe, to share ideas, ask for advice, and collaborate on projects large and small. By far the best way to connect with other chapters is by attending Sigma Tau Delta's annual convention, this year scheduled for March 18-21 in Albuquerque, NM. The convention provides many great opportunities to meet, network with, and learn from other chapters, such as:

Beyond the convention, the best way to connect with other chapters in your region is by joining your region's Facebook group. The chapter directory also contains a list of the chapters in each state and their contact information.