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STDconvention2 2017 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention

Sigma Tau Delta Goes to Louisville! And presents eight juried papers, wins one convention award, and has one member elected to a national Student Leadership position. Over four days (March 29-April 1, 2017) at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, eight Western Illinois University students—seven undergraduates and one graduate student—presented their critical and creative writing at the juried Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society annual convention. The student presenters were Katelin Deushane, Rebecca Graham (QC), Haley Helgesen, Arielle Henry, Max Keil, Bryce Swain, Rachel Troyer, and Laura Winton (QC). Read all about it here.

2016 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention

Eight students presented their creative and critical work at this year’s Sigma Tau Delta international convention in downtown Minneapolis:

  • Molly Cameron - critical paper - sponsored by David Banash
  • Kirsten Dillender - creative writing - sponsored by Barbara Ashwood
  • Haley Helgesen - critical paper & roundtable presentation - sponsored by Tim Helwig
  • Justin Kim - critical paper - sponsored by David Banash
  • Natasha Morgan - creative writing - sponsored by Magdelyn Helwig
  • Tanya Nimz - creative writing - sponsored by Magdelyn Helwig
  • Brandon Nizzio - creative writing - sponsored by Barbara Ashwood
  • Jared Worley - creative writing & roundtable presentation - sponsored by Barbara Ashwood

Our excellent student, Haley Helgesen, was elected to serve as the Midwestern Student Representative, a one-year position that involves duties at the national and regional levels of the organization. She will serve alongside Tim Helwig, the organization’s Midwestern Regent. This position is a great honor for Haley, and for our department.

At the convention's closing awards ceremony, our amazing student, Jared Worley, won second place ($300) for the Best Convention Paper on Diversity in Creative Writing, and our recent graduate, Natasha Morgan, won third place ($150) for the Best Convention Paper on Diversity in Creative Writing. This is the first time our chapter has won a competitive Convention Paper Award, so this is a great accomplishment for the individual students and for our local chapter and department.

We are thankful to all the English faculty who have sponsored, advised, and worked with our English students over the years. They couldn't have done it without you!

2015 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention

Dr. Helwig shares his sentiments after attending the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention:

“As the Midwestern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta and an essay reviewer for the convention, I was impressed with how well our six Western students performed on this international stage in Albuquerque, while also taking advantage of opportunities to listen to renowned authors like Gary Soto. I watched as our students read and took questions from the audience about their poetry and creative non-fiction pieces, and I moderated a panel with two of our students presenting outstanding literary analyses from their literature classes in the QC. I hope we have at least as many Western students going to the annual convention next March when it will be held even closer to us in the great city of Minneapolis.”

Read an article from The Mirror and the Lamp about this convention: Encouraging a Deeper Education and Experience: 2015 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention

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