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April 8, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University’s Epsilon Gamma chapter of international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will celebrate its 85th anniversary Monday, April 11.
The Northwest community is invited to attend the open-house-style celebration from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Alumni House.
Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924, and the Northwest chapter was chartered in 1930.
Hannah Kludy, a senior English major from Kansas City, Missouri, serves as the chapter’s president. Brenda Ryan, a senior instructor of English, has served as its faculty sponsor for the last nine years.
“The Epsilon Gamma chapter has been steadfast in its mission to honor, encourage and support English majors and minors,” Ryan said. “The organization also provides a social outlet for students who share a love of literature and writing. The group has held firm to tradition, which is rather uncommon these days, but I think it has contributed to the longevity of the chapter.
“I am deeply honored to be associated with this venerable organization. Over my years of being sponsor I have come to know many talented and delightful young men and women.”
Sigma Tau Delta provides students with opportunities for service, academic advancement and friendship. It also provides members with frequent opportunities to build stronger connections with English faculty and students, travel and develop individual scholarship through presentations at conferences.
“The organization is an honor society that celebrates students’ academic achievements, but it is also a cohesive, loyal group that supports one another on a scholastic, creative and professional level,” Ryan said. “One of the things that pleases me the most about our chapter are the lasting friendships that have been made and fostered within the membership.”
Said Kludy, “Students benefit from Sigma Tau Delta by engaging with like-minded people. While this does look good on resumes and graduate school applications, I think the real reason students join an honor society is to meet people who enjoy the same things. We all appreciate what literature brings to the world, and through this we all can bond as a community and forge wonderful relationships with not only other students, but with our faculty as well."
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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