Northwestern Sigma Tau Delta students attend conference in Minneapolis

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Northwestern Sigma Tau Delta students attend conference in Minneapolis

April 20, 2009

Three students involved in the education department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University attended the annual International Sigma Tau Delta conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in March. Attendees were Vanna Fuqua, Seiling senior; Alyssa Logsdon, Alva senior; and Anika Rohla, Chester senior.

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English Honors Society. Membership is by invitation only, and faculty members in English departments of sponsoring institutions determine which students have the English language and literature skills to participate in Sigma.

The annual conference is for all Sigma Tau Delta members who want to attend; however, persons who want to present papers have to submit the paper for review and consideration by a jury of English teachers and professionals who determine which papers will be acceptable for public presentation.

“It is quite a coup that all three of our students who wanted to go had papers accepted,” Dr. Sandra Petree, associate professor of English and sponsor, said.

Fuqua created a research paper on “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf. Logsdon submitted a creative writing piece titled "Gate Crashers," and Rohla prepared a research paper on “Gilgamesh” and “Harry Potter.”

“Northwestern students had to revise papers previously written for literature and writing classes into timed oral presentations,” Petree said. “This involved some serious cutting of original material and the attendant struggle to maintain the integrity of the piece in a shorter, oral form.”

All three submissions were accepted among 2,000 entries and presented in front of a well-attended session during the conference. During the final evening banquet, Rohla was awarded the $2,000 Sommerville Teaching Scholarship. This award can be used toward tuition, books, room and board for graduate school.

“I am glad I won the scholarship, and I am planning to use it to further my education,” Rohla said.

“We are grateful to Northwestern for its support and our sponsor for her encouragement and enthusiasm,” Rohla said, on behalf of the three students.

Sigma Tau Delta is a prestigious honor society that requires academic excellence in English.

To become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, contact Petree at (580) 327-8428 or