Kevin Sanders, assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) recently attended the national convention of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sanders served as the department’s representative to receive an award for its 40 years of service to Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society was inaugurated at UAPB in the spring semester of 1975 when the first group of initiates was inducted into the Zeta Nu Chapter of the organization. The first sponsors were Dr. J. Marie Torrence, Dr. Carolyn Blakely, Ms. Alice Hines and Dr. Bettye Williams. The chapter’s current sponsors are Dr. Paul Lorenz and Professor Kevin Sanders. Sanders also attended several workshops on diversity in the class room, fundraising, networking and sponsorship.
Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to: Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; 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; and Serve society by fostering literacy.
With over 875 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
The Society is the proud sponsor of The National English Honor Society (NEHS). NEHS, a program of Sigma Tau Delta, serves students and faculty in high schools throughout the country and provides an outreach to thousands of students and faculty who share a commitment to excellence in English language arts. Sigma Tau Delta also helped to establish Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the English Honor Society for two-year colleges. Sigma Kappa Delta has 100 chapters, and annually partners with Sigma Tau Delta to plan and promote the international convention. Sigma Tau Delta is one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.