Blog Posts by Region
Active student members have the opportunity to serve Sigma Tau Delta on a Society level. Those members who do so gain valuable networking, organizational, and leadership skills that benefit their personal and professional lives.
Student Advisors (SA)
DeAndra Miller – Senior Student Advisor
Minot State University
DeAndra Miller is a senior at Minot State University where she majors in English Literature with concentrations in Spanish, Gender Studies, and Instructional Science. DeAndra is the President of her Phi Chapter on campus, where she enjoys organizing fundraisers and chapter bonding. Other campus involvement for DeAndra include Editor-In-Chief on the school newspaper, The Red & Green, and the Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences on Student Government. DeAndra would like to pursue an MFA in Fiction and ultimately hopes to write texts that center around African American and disability representation. In her spare time, DeAndra enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and her English Mastiff; she loves video games, reading, and writing poetry and creative non-fiction.
In her last year as SA, DeAndra looks forward to working with her junior SA Kaitlynn Sass and continuing to provide a student voice on the Board of Directors.
Kaitlynn Sass – Junior Student Advisor
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kaitlynn Sass is an MA student in the Composition and Literature program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. An alumna of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, she graduated in May 2017 with a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in English. While at Clarion, she was a member of the Rho Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, English Club, Reading for the Cure Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Tobeco Literary and Arts Journal, and the Honors Program. She also worked in the Writing Center. As a new member of the campus community at IUP, Kaitlynn is excited to begin working with the Xi Xi Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Her interests include young adult literature and LGBTQIA+ studies. She hopes to eventually earn her PhD and become a college professor.
Kaitlynn is excited to begin her term as Student Advisor. She looks forward to working with all members of Sigma Tau Delta to promote communication within the society and to build chapter relationships.
Student Representatives (SRs) and
Associate Student Representatives (ASRs)
Abigail Shipley – Student Representative (SR)
Abigail Shipley will graduate in May 2019 from Clarion University with a degree in Secondary English Education and a minor in Literature. She is a member of the Rho Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, English Club, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Lambda Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, and Clarion’s debate team. Abigail is a full-time nanny and a volunteer advocate at SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone) where she helps domestic violence victims by taking hotline calls and working at the shelter. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, camping, hiking, visiting national parks, and reading in her hammock. Her future plans include writing a young adult fiction novel and obtaining her doctorate in English and American Literature.
Ashley Linnehan – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Westfield State University
Ashley Linnehan is a junior at Westfield State University (WSU). She majors in English, with a concentration in literature and certification in Secondary Ed. Ashley is in charge of Inner Chapter Relations for her chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and is also the Managing Editor for Persona, her school’s literary and arts journal, Secondary Ed Rep for her school’s chapter of the Student Education Association of Massachusetts (SEAM), Project Proposal Writer for the Commonwealth Honors Program, and Historian for WSU’s Honors Program. She also works as a peer writing consultant in WSU’s Reading and Writing Center.
Ashley is excited for her work as the Eastern ASR, particularly with Mind Murals.
Far Western Region
Louis Jameson – Student Representative (SR)
Louis Jameson is a third-year student at Chapman University studying business and economics. In spring 2017 he was inducted into the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter and elected Treasurer. Louis serves as president of Tabletop League at Chapman. His hobbies include board games, especially role-playing games, and finding the best shows, books, and movies the world has to offer. He plans to enter Law School after college and become a corporate attorney in the years that follow. Right now Louis is preparing to star in a production of Harold and Maude this summer.
Louis wants to inspire the Far Western Region with the desire to attend conferences and the Sigma Tau Delta convention and wants to make sure all chapters are able to have the same transformative experience he had there.
Cristina Cisneros – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Cristina Cisneros is a junior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she is enrolled in the Liberal Arts College and is majoring in English. She was inducted in February 2018 into the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and is excited to become more involved at the Society level as the Far Western Region ASR. In the Spring 2017 semester she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, in the USAC Program, and served as a blog contributor writing about her personal experiences. After graduating from UNLV she wants to pursue a career in publishing, and to travel again to far off places in Europe. In her free time, she loves spending time with her niece Olivia, discovering new music to put on her Spotify playlist, and of course reading on her Kindle.
She is grateful for the opportunity to serve Sigma Tau Delta in a greater capacity as the Far Western Region ASR, and desires to promote more participation in submissions to Sigma Tau Delta’s various publications, and to promote the available opportunities as a Sigma Tau Delta member not only to her chapter but to those within the Far Western Region.
High Plains Region
Tristan Wilson – Student Representative (SR)
Fort Hays State University
Tristan Wilson is a junior at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. She is a double major in English and Secondary Education and is also pursuing a minor in Spanish. Tristan is an active member in the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Encounter College and Career Ministry at her university. Currently, she is employed at a local elementary school and works with large groups of students daily. Tristan plans to pursue a career in education, teaching high school English in rural Kansas. Her life’s passion is words, and she desires to share their magic and power with her future students to help foster a love of reading and writing. Tristan has presented short fiction work at both regional and national conferences and plans to continue writing creatively. Her goal as a Student Representative is to encourage the chapters of the High Plains region to be as active in their local chapters and the Society as possible.
Jessica Shields – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Fort Hays State University
Jessica Shields is an English graduate student at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) where she is also earning a certificate for museum studies alongside her master’s degree. Jessica has been an active member of FHSU’s Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta for over three years. As a graduate teaching assistant on campus, Jessica works as a consultant at the writing center, where she is expanding her knowledge of writing. After obtaining her MA in English, she plans to acquire her PhD, possibly in Medieval Studies or Comparative Literature. When not reading, Jessica likes to spend her free time binge watching movies with her husband, as well as spoiling her fur babies. Her favorite genre in literature is young adult fiction, especially that of YA dystopian fiction. Jessica is excited and honored to serve as the new High Plains ASR.
Mary Arnold – Student Representative (SR)
Mary Arnold is a junior Creative Writing major and Music minor at Stephens College. She has been actively involved with the Alpha Epsilon Eta Chapter since her freshman year. She was elected as her chapter’s Event Coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year and President for the 2018-2019 school year. In 2017, Mary was personally selected by her department’s faculty to serve on the 2018-2019 Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the School of Creative and Performing Arts as a student advocate and voice for her discipline. Her leadership responsibilities extend beyond these roles as she is currently serving as editor-in-chief of Harbinger, Stephens’ award-winning and nationally recognized literary magazine. Her creative non-fiction piece “Treed” was published in Harbinger: Negative Space and presented at Sigma Tau Delta’s 2018 International Convention in Cincinnati, OH.
In her free time, Mary enjoys reading romance novels, watching horror films, listening to classical music, and working on her first romance novella. She intends to pursue a future career in publishing, starting with applying at the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver in 2019 post-graduation.
Rhiannon Minster – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Rhiannon Minster is a senior creative writing major at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She is a transfer student from Johnson County Community College (JCCC), where she was an officer in both the Honors Student Association and Phi Theta Kappa, and was a tutor in the JCCC Writing Center. While attending JCCC she also presented at the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and twice at the Great Plains Honors Conference. In addition to being involved with her local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Rhiannon is currently a student editor for Lucerna, an undergraduate research journal. After graduating in May 2019, Rhiannon will pursue an MFA in fiction, and then a doctorate. Once she completes her education she will pursue a career as a creative writing professor. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, writing her novel, and listening to music.
Rhiannon is honored and excited to serve the Midwestern Region, and to revive the creative writing journal Ex Medio.
Brittany Barron – Student Representative (SR)
Georgia College & State University
Brittany Barron graduated from the University of North Georgia, Gainesville (UNG) with a BA in English and minor in Gender Studies. At UNG, the Gender Studies Council recognized Brittany’s research on Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina and presented her with the Simone de Beauvoir Award. Her academic research has likewise been recognized by The Edith Wharton Society and Gender Forum.
Brittany is now a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at Georgia College and State University, where she serves as co-assistant poetry editor of the national literary journal, Arts & Letters, and teaches freshman composition. Her poetry is forthcoming in Still, a literary journal dedicated to publishing writers from the Southern Appalachian region, and has appeared in Z Publishing’s anthology, Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets.
Kelsey Hayward – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Thomas Moore College
Crestview Hills, KY
Kelsey Hayward is a junior at Thomas More College (TMC) where she is double majoring in Theatre Education and Secondary English Education. She is the President of her Nu Omega Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and of The English Club. Kelsey is a member of the Educational Theatre Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Alpha Lambda Delta. She is the Secondary Education Representative in TMC’s Education Club and she is highly involved in the Villa Players, Thomas More Marching Saints, and the campus Writing Center. Outside of school she enjoys making art; listening to showtunes; and spending time with her two kitties, her dog, and her family.
Kameron King – Student Representative (SR)
Southern Arkansas University
Kameron King is junior at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) and majors in Computer Science/Game Animation and minors in Writing. In the future, he plans on writing stories for and developing and creating video games. He has worked at the SAU Writing Center since Fall of 2017. In his free time, King enjoys playing video games, writing short stories, sketching, and hanging out with his friends. He looks forward to his position as SR for the Southwestern Region for this coming year.
Su Lynn Tan – Associate Student Representative (ASR)
Southern Arkansas University
Su Lynn Tan is a senior at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) majoring in English with a Teaching Certification. She plans on teaching in Junior High or High School before returning to university to complete a PhD in Linguistics. She has worked at the SAU Writing Center since fall 2016 and is the current Treasurer for her university’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter, Epsilon Theta. When possible, Su Lynn enjoys reading, playing video games, and traveling. Su Lynn is continuing her involvement with the Student Leadership committee following her tenure last years as Southwestern SR and hopes to promote growth within the region and chapters.