Sigma Tau Delta great opportunity for English major or minor students

By Mackenzie Burns, Contributing Writer

Sigma Tau Delta is a great opportunity for students with a major or minor in English who are looking for internships and publishing their critical and creative works.

Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University by Judson Q. Owen to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing. The Omicron Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at West Liberty University was founded by English professor Dr. Linda McGinley in 1976. She was the advisor until 2005, then Nicole Naegele took over and has been the advisor for eight years. Naegele teaches freshman and general studies courses at WLU, and this is the best way for her to meet the students with an English major or minor.

“I’m very glad to have this opportunity because we have some really great students that I wouldn’t have spent time with otherwise,” Naegele said.

WLU’s Sigma Tau Delta currently has two full-time members, four that graduated in December, and four pledges. The members typically meet in the Humanities lounge in the library at the beginning of the semester and for special events throughout the semester.

They also meet at the end of the year for initiation of new members. During their meetings, they discuss membership requirements with those who are interested and then the students plan what activities they would like to do throughout the semester.

“We will have special events like viewings of movies based on books, book drives, game nights, etc.” said Naegele. “We will also have a meeting of the editorial board for Ampersand, during which we discuss the submissions.”

The editor and editorial board for Ampersand are now pledges and members of Sigma Tau Delta. Their current agenda consists of preparing to work on Ampersand and pledges are working on their submission requirements.

If you are interested in joining Sigma Tau Delta, contact Naegele through email at [email protected] to either ask any further questions or schedule an appointment to meet with her. For more information, visit their page on the department’s website.

To become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, there are some requirements that need to be met, such as being an English major or minor, having completed three semesters, taken three English courses above ENG 101 and 102, 3.0 English GPA, 3.0 overall GPA, and completion of pledging activities. Pledging activities include organizing and participating in a community service project, submit a work to Ampersand, design a display case, and meet each English faculty member.       

“We hope that more English majors and minors become interested in joining our group,” Naegele said. “We have a lot of fun when we get together, and I’d like us to be more active on campus. Sometimes I think students see the membership requirements and think they cannot join, but they are welcome to be local members until they are able to fulfill the requirements for international membership, so they are still welcome to join.”

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