And the Library loves Sigma Tau Delta. The LLC was pleased to host the induction ceremony for the Nebraska Sigma Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta on Friday, November 3. Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society, so the club’s executive board thought the library would be the perfect venue for the event. And, they had an “in,” since club Vice President and Treasurer Stephanie Gardener has worked at the library for the past three years. Members of Sigma Tau Delta have been very active in both regional and national events over the past year. Stephanie has participated in many of these events, and she is the recipient of the LLC newsletter’s November student worker shoutout.
At the ceremony, three students were inducted, Jessica Hanks, Mary Anne Johnson, and Marqui Keim. Dr. Kimberly Cox served as Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Mary Clai Jones spoke on the “Magic of Harry Potter.” Numerous students participated in the ceremony. Historian Alyssa Ermish gave background on both the international organization and the local chapter. Vice President/Treasurer Stephanie Gardener, Secretary Zane Hesting, and Representative Member Regan Garey presented the inductees with their ceremonial pin and certificate. After the ceremony, the inductees, club members, and invited guests enjoyed sandwiches and cupcakes complete with toothpick book toppers designed by Dr. Cox.
Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony
Back row – Nalani Stewart, Rachel Mitchell, Dr. Kimberly Cox, Zane Hesting, Dr. Mary Clai Jones, Alyssa Ermish, and Stephanie Gardener
Front Row – Lydia Privett, Marqui Keim, Jessica Hanks, Mary Anne Johnson, and Regan Garey.
In March 2017, Dr. Cox, Stephanie, and fellow student Rachel Dowling travelled to the International Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where both Stephanie and Rachel were on student panels. Rachel presented a fiction piece, entitled “Dear Mina.” Stephanie’s panel was focused on dark fiction, and she presented an original piece called, “Through the Closed Door,” a fiction piece inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Also at this conference, Stephanie was elected to a one-year term as Assistant Student Representative for the High Plains Region (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming).
The Chadron State chapter also had an excellent showing at the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference held in late October in Hays, Kansas. In fact, CSC had the most students presenting out of any of the colleges and universities in the High Plains Region. Chapter sponsors, Dr. Kimberly Cox and Dr. Steven Coughlin, accompanied seven students who had been chosen to present their original works. In the creative non-fiction category, Alyssa Ermish presented “A-sexual Awakening” and Stephanie Gardener recited “Voice.” Marqui Keim presented her critical essay “It’s My Life: Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’” In the poetry category, Carlie Enns delivered “Happy Little Trees,” and Zane Hesting presented “Love’s Bramble.” Kaitlin Macke presented “Inheritance” and Jessica Hanks shared “Dressing Room” in the fiction category. CSC also had the opportunity to take over the social media accounts for the International Sigma Tau Delta organization for the entire weekend. Their road trip and tweets from the conference can be found here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/HPRconference17?src=hash
Another exciting project for Sigma Tau Delta members is Tenth Street Miscellany. Members of Sigma Tau Delta and other English majors have been active in reviving Tenth Street Miscellany and slightly changing its focus. Originally, the literary journal was launched as a platform for Chadron State students to share their creative works. It was expanded this year to open it up to all undergraduates in the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains region. The idea is to give the journal more reach and increased professionalism. Tenth Street Miscellany is totally student run, and the editorial board uses a blind submission process to evaluate submissions. They receive occasional input from advisors Dr. Steven Coughlin, Trudy Denham, and Markus Jones. No surprise that the journal is staffed by some familiar names. Alyssa Ermish and Stephanie Gardener are co-managing editors. Zane Hesting and Shaniya DeNaeyer are Assistant Editors. Kaitlin Macke is Art Editor. Categories in the journal include poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art, and critical essay. The theme of the 2018 edition is “Find Your Voice.” You can follow their progress on twitter @10thStreetTweet, on Facebook @tenthstreetmisc, and on the web https://tenthstreetmiscellany.wordpress.com/