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Sigma Tau Delta

About Alpha Nu Psi Chapter of

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English Honors Society founded in 1924.  Sigma strives to

  • On the way to Kentucky

     On the way to Kentucky

    Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies
  • Provide through local chapters cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language
  • 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
  • Serve society by fostering literacy

Chapters are located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States; there are approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.

Northwestern's Alpha Nu Psi Chapter is sponsored by Dr. Kathryn Lane, Associate Professor of English, and co-sponsored by Ms. Kathy Earnest, Instructor of English.

To become a member of Sigma at Northwestern, undergraduate candidates must

  • Be recommended by a faculty member and approved by mutual consent of the English Department's faculty
  • Have completed at least three semesters of college work
  • Have completed at least two college courses in English beyond the usual freshman requirements
  • Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in English courses

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Sigma's Annual Convention

The international convention provides students opportunities to present their creative and critical writing, to attend panels on professional matters and chapter activities, and to listen to presentations by noted authors.

Members of Alpha Nu Psi chapter have attended, with the support of the university administration, the past two national conventions.  In 2008 four members presented a well-received panel discussion at the convention in Louisville, Kentucky, and one member from Northwestern won the national award for academic writing.

Three members of Alpha Nu Psi chapter attended the national convention in Minneapolis in 2009, where two presented papers of literary criticism and one presented a piece of short fiction.

Awards and Scholarships

Sigma commits thousands of dollars each year to awards and scholarships for members and chapters.

Service Opportunities

Alpha Nu Psi considers community service an integral part of its mission.  Members have become involved in a number of service projects, including adult literacy programs, book collections for the needy, recycling, and volunteer activities in support of university-sponsored special events.

Kentucky Awards Banquet

Kentucky Awards Banquet

For more information on this club, please contact Dr. James Bell at (580) 327-8469 or jlbell@nwosu.edu.