New English honor society established

Students with an English major or minor and a grade point average 3.2 or above have, up until now, had few extracurricular opportunities to showcase their talent and express their interest in language, literature and writing. This is about to change. Starting in February, a new society will be coming to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

Sigma Tau Delta is an internationally recognized English Honor Society that will give the opportunity for UW-Platteville English majors and minors to demonstrate their academic success within their multiple categories of interest. Sigma Tau Delta is open to both males and females who are sophomore standing and above. Once accepted, members have lifelong membership. According to the Sigma Tau Delta website,, in order to be accepted into the society, eligible students must apply for membership through the campus chapter and wait for an invitation of acceptance.

Upon acceptance, members will be given the opportunity to conduct literature research, and create successful career connections while involved in the society. Members also get the opportunity to submit their literature research into an acceptance process that allows them to present it at national conferences. These conferences give students opportunities to network and assist them in creating more robust résumés. English Professor and co-adviser of the UW-Platteville Sigma Tau Delta chapter Angela Jones, said membership is itself a “great résumé builder.”

In addition to résumé building, Sigma Tau Delta also hopes to contribute to the UW-Platteville campus.

“I want to make sure we do something to get involved on campus. I am not sure what it is we will be doing, but it will involve some type of service to the Platteville community,” Jones said. Jones said she hopes to come up with a more concrete service plan once Sigma Tau Delta begins in the spring.

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