Friday, January 25, 2008

WMU English Honor Society Nationally Recognized; 11 Members Headed to Louisville in March

The Western Michigan University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, has been recognized by the national Sigma Tau Delta organization as "one of the most active, vital chapters in the country." The chapter has been invited to participate in the Outstanding Chapter exhibition at the national convention in Louisville in March to help educate and mentor other chapters.

Sigma Tau Delta has over 700 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean and inducts over 8,000 members each year. The WMU chapter was founded in 2005. Three WMU Sigma Tau Deltas participated in the 2006 national convention in Portland, Oregon, when the chapter was only a few months old. Last year, the WMU convention contingent included nine undergraduates and one graduate student, and this year, eleven WMU undergraduate students have been accepted to present their original creative or scholarly work at the convention in Louisville.

For the third year in a row, all of the WMU students who submitted to present at the annual convention have been accepted. According to the national convention chair, organizers received more submissions this year than in any other year in the convention’s history, making it the most competitive selection process to date. Congratulations to

Conor Burke
Jennifer Dempsey
Gregory Flynn
Sarah Hercula
Daniel Kenzie
Caroline Lampinen
Sara Long
Patrick Love
Jessica Rethman
Renee Schroeder
Theresa Thomas

Renowned playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is the convention's keynote speaker this year. Writers Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Edwards will also speak at the convention.

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