Sigma Tau Delta donates gifts

Photo by Katy Murray
New officers - Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary, elected new officers for the 2005-2006 school year April 7. Pictured are (from left) Rhiannon Cabaniss, president; Robert Moore, adviser; Amanda Haught, vice-president; and Ana Hunt, secretary/treasurer.
Katy Murray
Managing Editor     

   Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, presented the English department with two new DVD/VCR players on March 31. The society purchased the gift with proceeds from their annual book sale held Feb. 16-17 in the Memorial Classroom Building.

   The event exceeded the society’s goal amount of $150 and raised over $300 instead. Supporters purchased hard and paperback books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and VHS videos. This enabled the organization to raise more money than ever before. According to Sigma Tau Delta adviser Robert Moore, associate professor of English, they even broke the all-time record.

   "We’ve had such a good organization, small but powerful, and we did something really good for the English teachers," Moore said.

   According to senior Lisa Burley, vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, the new equipment will be kept in a storage room in the MCB with other television equipment. Teachers will be able to use them when needed.

   "The VCRs the department has now are pretty old," Burley said. "We decided to purchase the combo players because many teachers have VHS video tapes for classroom use, but everything will be going digital before long, and we need to be prepared."

   The organization discussed the success of the fundraiser at their meeting April 7 in the MCB writing center. During the meeting Moore and Burley also led the group in electing new officers for the upcoming 2005-2006 school year. They elected junior Rhiannon Cabaniss as their new president, sophomore Amanda Haught as vice-president and sophomore Ana Hunt as the secretary/treasurer.

   "Rhiannon will do a great job as president. She has been one of our most supportive members this year and is well-liked by everyone who knows her. She will be a wonderful leader," Burley said. "Amanda and Ana will also work well together and be able to reach out to a large portion of the student body since they have different majors and circles of association."

   Recruitment for new society members went into effect during the meeting as well. The requirements exist as follows:

  • student must be an English major or minor
  • student must have completed Comp I, Comp II and World Literature I
  • student must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • student must make an initial due payment of $47 and payments of $10 every following year of membership

   They will also, for the first time this year, be accepting students as affiliate members if their own major does not have an honor society.    

    For more information about joining Sigma Tau Delta, contact Moore at (870) 460-1738. Members of Sigma Tau Delta have the honor to wear a membership cord at graduation every year.  

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