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Sigma Tau Delta students attend annual convention, receive national praise

Sigma Tau Delta members Kasy Long, Kelley Lewis, Sofie Moeller, and Rachel Cruea visited the Speed Art Museum on the University of Louisville's campus during the 2017 convention. (photo/Douglas Dowland)

Sigma Tau Delta members Kasy Long, Kelley Lewis, Sofie Moeller, and Rachel Cruea visited the Speed Art Museum on the University of Louisville's campus during the 2017 convention. (photo/Douglas Dowland)

Sincerity, truth and design are the three components of the motto for Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University, the society consists of over 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad.

With a strong goal to enhance scholarly achievement in English language and literature for undergraduate students, the society challenges students to engage in cultural and literary conversations.

Ohio Northern University’s Delta Iota chapter of the prestigious honor society has repeatedly achieved multiple accomplishes within the international society. Especially true this year, students showcased their undergraduate education through various successes.

Historian Kasy Long had a prose poem, “Night Swim,” selected for publication in the 2017 edition of “The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle.” The acceptance rate for this journal is only 19 percent. Long is the first ONU Sigma Tau Delta student to have work published in the society’s creative journal.

President Rachel Cruea won an honorable mention award for her poetry collection, “The Flower Doesn’t Dream of the Bee,” at the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention last week in Louisville, KY. Like Long, Cruea is the first ONU Sigma Tau Delta student to receive a prize at the convention.

In addition to Cruea, Vice-President Sofie Moeller, Long, and chapter member Kelley Lewis also presented creative work and critical papers during panel discussions at the convention. Alongside hundreds of English majors across the country, ONU’s students presented their professional work and engaged in intellectual conversations.

These students presented themselves in a professional manner well beyond their years here at ONU,” commented Douglas Dowland, assistant professor of of English and Sigma Tau Delta advisor. “They’re mature adults. I sometimes forget that they’re still students because of how they worked with other individuals at the convention.”

Besides attending the annual convention, Sigma Tau Delta hosts two reading and discussion events per academic year, as well as have tea with ONU President Daniel DiBiasio. 

“It’s been a very successful year for Sigma Tau Delta. As we grow as a campus organization, I’m confident in our students’ success on the national scale,” Dowland reflected.