What’s New with Our English Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta – English Honors Society 

Sigma Tau Delta, meeting Monday nights at 7pm in the Kate Gill Library, has already fostered lots of success and camaraderie among its members. One of our early semester events included helping with The American Association of University Women (AAUW) book sale. We collected, sorted, and unpackaged hundreds of books for the three day-long sale to raise money for scholarships for women. Also, in early October we successfully judged over one hundred and thirty Chippewa Valley Book Festival Young Writer Submissions which resulted in a very positive 14th annual showcase. Along with judging submissions for the writing contest, a few days before Halloween we trick-or-treated for books to donate to ECLIPSE, the Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program in Eau Claire and Altoona; it felt like a successful night as we gathered over forty books. Recently, several of our members submitted a piece of their work to the Sigma Tau Delta National Convention in hopes of being accepted and getting to head to Savannah, Georgia at the end of February next semester. This month, we will begin to clear our HHH 410, our storage space in Hibbard, for the move into Centennial Hall; we plan to box up many of our books to donate to Better World Books.

Post by: Rebekah Morrison

English Fest 

English Fest has been off to a great start this semester! We kicked off our yearlong festival with an alumni reading at the end of September. The reading featured Alan Grostephan, Jillian Phillips and Darci Schummer. This event was attended by about 70 people, including students, faculty and community members. More recently, English Fest partnered with Career Services to bring Susan de la Vergne to campus. Ms. de la Vergne spoke to liberal arts majors about how their respective degrees prepare them for careers in business. She also held two resume workshops for liberal arts majors/minors, as well as an advising workshop for faculty and staff. Our last event of the semester was on November 14th with guest Anne Wysocki speaking on social media usage, specifically the use of Facebook. English Fest’s events have been well attended thus far, and all of the support is greatly appreciated! Some of our much anticipated events for the spring semester include the International Poetry Reading (April 2nd), visiting creative writer Phong Nguyen’s reading (April 9th), and a much anticipated faculty reading from UWEC’s talented creative writing professors (date TBD)!

Post by: Erin Stevens