April 5, 2017
Six Saint Vincent College students attended the annual Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society conference in Louisville, Kentucky, March 28 to April 2.
The students submitted research papers or original creative works accepted by the panel of judges and had the opportunity to present their research or creative writing on a panel to other attendees, college professors and alumni.
The students included president Christina Morgal, a senior English and communication major from Aquasco, Maryland; Jill Phelan, a senior English major from Harrisburg; Connor Chywski, a senior English major from Donora; Gina McKlveen, a senior English major from Stahlstown; Amanda MacMurtrie, a junior English major from Collegeville; and Bridget Fertal, a sophomore English major from Coatesville. They were accompanied by the faculty sponsor of the Saint Vincent College Sigma Tau Delta chapter, Dr. Sara Lindey, associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College.
“Academic conferences help students bring their best work to a larger audience,” Lindey commented. “The annual Sigma Tau Delta conference brings together students from all over the country, from large and small schools, scholars and creative writers. It’s remarkable to see how students across the country are making sense of the same things they are reading; often we can see new ideas but even more extraordinary somehow is that such different scholars often come to the same conclusions! I think it’s a remarkable moment, a kind of epiphany, when we can see meaningful dialogue come from solitary writing. The study of literature, and any advanced study, is more quickly advanced and deepened by the kind of exchange and collaboration conferences enable.”
The papers that were presented ranged from critical literary analysis to creative fiction pieces that were either completed for an assignment in a particular course or written independently.
Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies; provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language and writing; promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy. With more than 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.
Photo: SVC students who attended the International Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society Conference include, front, Dr. Sara Lindey (faculty adviser) and Jill Phelan, and back,
Gina McKlveen, Amanda MacMurtrie, Christina Morgal, Bridget Fertal and Connor Chywski.
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