Eight Westfield State University students traveled to the annual Sigma Tau Delta Convention, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in March. Accompanied by English Professors Glen Brewster, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Starr Ph.D., were Jamie Boucher of East Bridgewater, Elizabeth LaBruna of Enfield, Ashley Linnehan of Merrimac, Christine Luongo of Marshfield, Katie Morris of Avon, Elizabeth Potter of Warren, Morgan Stabile of Westfield, and Lilly Whalen of Plymouth.
Sigma Tau Delta is the English Honor Society that strives to recognize excellence in all areas of English language and literature studies, encourage further achievement in these areas, provide cultural stimulation on college campuses, and foster all aspects of the disciplines of English, including literature, language, and writing.
Every spring, Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention, an event that allows members and sponsors from all over to share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official proceedings of the Society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while engaging with speakers, presenters, and texts.
Everyone that submits to present entered in a contest for best paper of their respective categories. Junior Elizabeth Potter was awarded 1st place for Creative Non-Fiction and in this year’s elections, Ashley Linnehanwas elected as associate student representative for the Eastern Region.
WSU’s chapter of STD has been helping students attend this annual convention for over fifteen years. Students who attend the convention are members of the honor society, which requires them to have taken at least two classes in English beyond their first-year writing courses. In those classes, students must have at least a 3.0 and should be in the top 35 percent of their class.
When asked her favorite part of the convention, Morgan Stabile said, “Being surrounded by “English nerds,” being able to make literary jokes and references and having people understand them, and getting 20% at the bookstore with a flash of our conference IDs. Overall it was a very intellectually-stimulating event, and I can’t wait to return next year as an alumna.”
Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.