4 Steps toward Making a Smooth Transition to Sigma Tau Delta

Transition to Sigma Tau DeltaIt’s a wonderful feeling to be part of a close-knit Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD) chapter at community college. However, leaving that safe environment and transferring to university life can be daunting and scary. Although SKD membership is not automatically transferable to Sigma Tau Delta, your experience at the community college will be helpful as you consider becoming fully involved in your major during your last couple of years. If you’re unfamiliar with the new student body and faculty, exploring membership in Sigma Tau Delta may appear challenging. But, fret not! It’s not impossible. Here are four tips to make your transition from SKD to Sigma Tau Delta a little easier.

1. Familiarize yourself with Sigma Tau Delta

The Sigma Tau Delta website should be your first stop. Start with the Chapter Directory to first learn if your new university has a Sigma Tau Delta chapter. You should also familiarize yourself with the Society membership requirements. If you don’t yet qualify for membership, you should still reach out to the Chapter Sponsor, as many chapters invite prospective members to participate in chapter activities. Also bear in mind that some chapters have higher minimum requirements for membership—the official Society standards are simply a baseline—so you will want to learn about local requirements.

2. Get to Know the People Who Work in the English Department

Many times, the secretary in the English department will be the one who is up to date on Sponsors and chapter activities that are happening on your campus. If they don’t know the answer immediately, they have the contact information of the person who will know. They can lead you in the right direction. These people are very valuable; get to know them!Transition to Sigma Tau Delta

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Sponsors and chapter officers are looking for potential members who want to be involved. By asking questions and finding out information about your local chapter, this will let them know you are interested in becoming an active member. They are there to help you, so email them or set up a meeting to talk with them personally. Be prepared to ask questions about local membership requirements, chapter meeting times and locations, and induction practices.

4. Get to Know Your Fellow English Majors

By the time you’re ready to transfer to a university, your freshman writing and sophomore literature courses have already been knocked out. This puts you jumping right in to junior level English courses with professors you don’t know and classmates you’ve likely never met before. Your classmates are essential in helping make your transition a smooth one. Most of them have been there for two years already, so they will know how things work at your university. By talking with your fellow English majors about the Sigma Tau Delta chapter on your campus, you might even expose them to the Society if they didn’t previously know about it.

Transitioning from Sigma Kappa Delta to Sigma Tau Delta takes a little effort and time, but it’s worth it once you’re involved! Keep these tips in mind once you enter university life, and it will be a piece of cake.

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Heather WilliamsHeather Williams
Southern Associate Student Representative, 2016-2017
Eta Nu Chapter, President
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

How to Graduate with Sigma Tau Delta Swag

Ahh, graduation. It’s hard to believe we survived late-night study sessions, coffee-induced comas, and library all-nighters. Our reward: the sweet satisfaction of finally saying goodbye to it all while waving hello to the future. Why not separate yourself with some Sigma Tau Delta swag from the sea of other similarly-attired graduates?

As members of the esteemed International English Honor Society, with over 898 active chapters within the United States and abroad, you have been recognized as distinguished individuals, and distinguished individuals deserve distinguished attire.

Sigma Tau Delta Swag

Sigma Tau Delta features an English Honor Store website where members can buy tote bags, hoodies, and more. With graduation right around the corner for many of us, I have highlighted some of the graduation regalia available.

Honor Stole

The cardinal red honor stole comes decked out with an embroidered black Sigma Tau Delta seal. The satin stole is 60″ long, a standout against dark colored graduation gowns.

Honor Cords

Double doesn’t always mean trouble. In this case, the red and black double strand honor cords elegantly display your accomplishments.

Medallion

A personal favorite of mine, the medallion features antique brass and a perfect replica of the Sincerity, Truth, and Design logo. It’s pretty fancy.

Membership Pin

If you need to replace your pin, Sigma Tau Delta’s store has plenty! Grab one and pin it to your cap or gown for a little extra bling.

Logo Sticker

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking: how do I wear a sticker without looking silly? Answer: make a stunning collage of all your different accomplishments (Sigma Tau Delta being one of those) and either stick, glue (if you dare!), or tape them onto your cap.

Window Decals

This one is here as an added bonus. Just because you graduated, doesn’t mean you’re no longer a Sigma Tau Delta member. Once a Sigma, always a Sigma. Sigma Tau Delta members are members for life, becoming alumni members when they are no longer students. Alumni members may also join the Alumni Epsilon Chapter for more involvement.

Stick one of these window decals to your car or laptop to display your lifetime membership.

Graduation is an important milestone so display all your accomplishments and successes proudly with Sigma Tau Delta regalia. Order today to ensure you receive your regalia by graduation!

Additional Graduation Resources

Which Sigma Tau Delta regalia piece will you wear for graduation? Let us know in the comments!


Samantha Santana
Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

5 Reasons Why You Should Run for Student Leadership

Last year when I arrived in Minneapolis, MN, for the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention I remember arguing with myself: Me? In Student Leadership? Sure, I’m a member in my share of honor societies and extracurricular clubs—key word there, “member.” No more than a once or twice a week commitment. My heart was in my throat just seeing the other members vying for the role of Southern Student Representative, but my interest was piqued. I took an application packet and filled it out in my best pencil print, hoping it wouldn’t smudge too terribly.

Left-Right: Amber Jurgenson, Elizabeth Upshur, Heather Williams

What does Sigma Tau Delta Student Leadership entail, you ask? Student Leadership is a committee of six Student Representatives (SR) and six Associate Student Representatives (ASR), each who serve one year terms and are led by two Student Advisors (SA) who serve overlapping two year terms. The most important role of a Student Leader is to represent student voices in their region. During each Student Leader’s term, he or she assists the Central Office as well as Society members in his or her appointed region.

Student Leadership Elizabeth and Kevin

Kevin Brown and Elizabeth at the fall Board meeting.

I can’t imagine what last year would have been like without being a part of Student Leadership. I remember heading back home to Clarksville, TN, full of plans and boundless energy, with the full support of the outgoing Southern SR, Amber Jurgenson; my new incoming ASR, Heather Williams; and our wonderful Southern Regent, Kevin Brown. After my year as Southern SR, I would like to offer five reasons why you should consider running for Student Leadership while at the 2017 Convention in Louisville, KY, March 29-April 1.

1) Become an Important Resource for your Region

My two main goals for my term as SR were to capitalize on evolving social media for communication and showcasing opportunities for members to publish, volunteer, and lead on their respective campuses. I love being a Sigma Tau Deltan, and the opportunity to field questions on how best to apply for our scholarships and other Society opportunities has been unforgettable. I also served members of my region by identifying and disseminating information about literary magazines that were looking for submissions; posting funny literary themed memes on social media; and sharing important Society and literary info in our regional Facebook group.

2) Attend Board Meetings in the Convention City

Louisville PronunciationIn September, I had the opportunity to attend the fall Board meeting in Louisville, KY, where my voice could be heard on matters pertaining to my region. The Student Leaders also were each assigned to various committees to help serve the Board. While there, I helped scout Louisville—yes, the city has multiple pronunciations, and any one of them is fine. I had a blast with my fellow SRs finding restaurants and off-site entertainment like live music, theatre, and waterfront trails that would be fun for convention attendees.

3) Hone Your Organizational Skills

Being an SR is not all scouting out new cities and fun monthly web chats with fellow SAs, SRs, and ASRs, though. There is real, nitty gritty work to be done. I collaborated with the other SRs to brainstorm ideas for the annual Student Leadership Service Project and to prepare for the 2017 Convention. As an SR I also wrote blogs for WORDY by Nature. I kept in contact with the Southern Region’s chapters, created a directory to better disseminate information, and compiled regular SR and ASR reports for our Regent, all which helped hone my organizational skills.

4) Sharpen Your Networking and Leadership Skills

My networking skills grew as a result of my time at the Convention running for the Southern SR position, scouting in Louisville, and reaching out for fundraising opportunities. Additionally, working with different teams and committees helped my leadership skills. Being an SR means that some days you delegate and some days you are delegated to. But you’re always working with a team, completing projects for the benefit of every Sigma Tau Deltan.

Student Leadership-Louisville5) Become a Better Professional

Student Leadership-ElizabethI ran for Student Leadership to make myself a better professional, because I know these skills will be invaluable as a future teacher and mentor. I even earned university internship credit for my work!

So, I have just a few questions for you, my fellow Sigma Tau Deltans. Do you want to grow as a student, and more importantly, as a Society member? Make like-minded literary friends? Spend a year helping your fellow Sigma Tau Deltans and advocating their concerns? Help plan the 2018 Convention? Practice and grow as a writer, and help other members in your region do the same? If so, run for Student Leadership this year!


Join Student Leadership

Student Representative

Student Representative applicants must be Sigma Tau Delta members at a school with an active chapter and must plan on attending a school with an active chapter through the end of their elected one-year term, 2017-2018.

Candidates for the Student Representative (SR) and Associate Student Representative (ASR) will be elected at their regional caucus on March 31. Individuals will assume their offices at the end of the 2017 International Convention.

View: 2017-2018 SR/ASR Application

Student Advisor

Do you want to be even more involved with the Society? Student Advisors provide the student voice to the Board of Directors and serve as full voting members of the Board. They also chair the important Student Leadership Committee. Student Advisors must be student members of active chapters for their full 2017-2019 term, and must be willing advocates for the needs and concerns of the student members of Sigma Tau Delta. Together, the two Student Advisors work to promote the goals of the Society among its members. Complete position duties are listed on the Society’s website.

Student Advisor applicants must be Sigma Tau Delta members at a school with an active chapter and must plan on attending a school with an active chapter through the end of their elected two-year term, 2017-2019.

Candidates for the Student Advisor position will be interviewed and appointed by the Board of Directors. Individuals will assume their offices at the end of the 2017 International Convention.

View: 2017-2019 SA Application


EUpshurElizabeth Upshur
Student Representative, Southern Region, 2016-2017
Alpha Zeta Upsilon Chapter
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN