by JESSICA HOLLAN
On Apr. 11, the Alpha Tau Psi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta gained 15 new members. Sheniah Lanier, Ariell Milner, Diana Oduho, Shannon Stewart, and Amanda Traxler were present for the induction ceremony that occurred in Hayes Chapel.
New members to the international English honor society consisted of both undergraduate and graduate students who showed a dedication to the English language.
Director of Pfeiffer Library, Catie Carlson, presented the new members for initiation. The ceremony consisted of readings from prominent writers throughout history and a brief lesson on the history of the honor society itself.
Established in 1924, the honor society was initially a branch of the Dakota Wesleyan English Club. Founder Judson Q. The society became international in 1988 and to date there are over 850 chapters of Sigma Tau Delta.
Membership is only extended to those who are considered worthy of upholding the high academic standard and dedication to English studies that the society demands. Inductees pledge to work toward the advancement of literary studies and promise to honor the truth and promote the fellowship of students within English and literature studies.
In order to be invited into Sigma Tau Delta inductees must be within the top thirty percent of their graduating class and must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA per international standard.
Notable alumni include Dr. Joyce Brothers (founding mother of media psychology), Sherry Lansing (previous CEO of Paramount Pictures and first female to head a Hollywood studio), Terry Savage (co-host to a Chicago television show), Phyllis Satinsky Sudman (2014 L’Oreal Paris National Woman of Worth), and Nick Buchanan (Tiffin alumni, former editor, The Tystenac).
The other ten students who were not present at the ceremony but recieved the honor of membership were Vanessa Anderson-Moore, Taylor Clawson, Lila Conley, Gary Dimel, Jr., Sara Evans, Harvey, Tonya Irick-Parent, Rene Keller, Kayla Serrano, and Danielle Taft.
New members received a certificate of membership, society pin, and an honor cord in the Sigma Tau Delta’s colors: cardinal and black.