Sigma Tau Delta – Park University Alpha Eta Epsilon Chapter
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The Society strives to
- Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
- Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
- Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
- Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
- Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
- Serve society by fostering literacy.
With nearly 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature (http://www.english.org/sigmatd/about/index.shtml).
2011-2012 Park University Officers
- President – Caleb Roye
- Vice-President – Bethany Barnes
- Treasurer – Jasey Huber
- Secretary/Historian – Scott Warkentien
- Social Chair – Caitlin Cook
To be inducted into the International Sigma Tau Delta organization, students must have taken at least two English course beyond those required for general education, with an average of at least a “B” in those courses and overall. For more information, please contact student president Caleb Roye or chapter sponsor Dr. Emily Donnelli or visit the International Sigma Tau Delta home web page.
English scholars present papers at honor society conference
Eight Park University English majors and Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English , traveled to New Orleans for the International Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Conference, March 1-4. The students made presentations in the areas of creative nonfiction, poetry and critical essays on the theme of "Reawaken," this year's conference focus. Papers were selected by a blind review process composed of faculty reviewers from across the nation. Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D., associate professor of English and faculty director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, serves as faculty adviser for the Park Sigma Tau Delta Chapter. Park student presentations included:
- Tasha Cardwell, senior, "Dating Kansas City," creative nonfiction
- Kristin Carney, senior, "Travel is Risk," creative nonfiction
- Caitlin Cook, senior, "Whispers of Dorothy: Rewriting Betwixt the Wordsworths," critical essays
- Rodney Foster, senior, "Deconstructing the Faith of Young Goodman Brown," critical essays; "Glimpses: A Collection of Poems," poetry
- Stephanie Healy, senior, "American Dream Lost," critical essays
- Paul Pursell, junior, "Satori 1," creative nonfiction
- Scott Warkentien, junior, "The Dream Weaver Bard," poetry
- Sonya White, senior, "Realizing Home," creative nonfiction