Feb 10, 2009

Sigma Tau inducts 26 new ‘awesome leaders’

by Anietie Isua

The English Honor Society, also known as Sigma Tau Delta (STD), held its induction ceremony on Friday, Feb. 6 in the DeMoss Hall Grand Lobby. During the ceremony, 26 students became Sigma Tau Delta members to the cheering of family members, friends and teachers. Chris Gaumer was the main speaker of the event and gave the audience a feel of what the organization is all about. He also assured the members that their place in the society was permanent.

“Once a Sigma Tau, always a Sigma Tau,” Gaumer said.

The guests were given a program of the list of events that were to take place that evening, and the first page stated the purpose of Sigma Delta Tau — to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Student must meet basic requirements to be invited to join STD, according to STD’s Web site. They must maintain a 3.25 GPA, have completed 12 hours of English and have a B average in every English class. Active members of Sigma Tau are able to obtain medallions and cords to wear during the graduation ceremony at the end of their college career. A student does not have to be an English major to join, but it helps if the student likes stories and enjoys reading, according to Gaumer.

Some students volunteer to join the organization, while others are recruited to join. Sophomores Alicia Guridy and Chenoa Freeman both said that current members came in their English classroom and asked them to join. Guridy also said that she enjoys the events that the organization offers.

“It’s fun to hang out with (fellow) students outside of the classroom,” Freeman said.

Being a part of STD also offers great benefits.

“It provides great fellowship and helps you become an awesome leader,” senior Collin Lewis said.

After joining the society, students are asked to complete service projects, participate in a traditional leaf-raking fundraiser and attend a total of three events each semester to maintain active status in the organization.
Additionally, members who maintain active status are given the opportunity to wear medallions and cords with their gowns when they graduate.

Junior Mary Beth Millard said that she would encourage other students to join because of the fellowship and camaraderie.

Carolyn Towles, assistant professor of English, enjoys being one of the sponsors for STD because of the students and the enthusiasm they bring to every activity that the officers plan.

“(Students) can gain a community of people who love to read and meet people,” Gaumer said.

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