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April 2012

CMU Launches Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society

On April 4, 50 outstanding Carnegie Mellon Department of English students were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. The event marked the relaunching of CMU’s Sigma Tau Delta Omega Tau Chapter.

“With the high quality of students we get in the English department, it is wonderful to have an opportunity to recognize that excellence through Sigma Tau Delta,” said Jim Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English and Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor. “As members, students will have the opportunity to present papers and read their creative work at regional and national conferences, and also to get published in Sigma Tau Delta’s national journals. In addition, at the local level, we hope that our Carnegie Mellon chapter will contribute to a stronger sense of community across the various undergraduate majors in the English department.”

Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University and has over 800 active chapters throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Caribbean. The central purpose of the society is to “confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.” Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Meela Dudley, a junior with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in global systems and management, was elected chapter president.

"We are so excited to see Sigma Tau Delta come to life and have the opportunity to initiate and honor our fellow English majors,” she said. “Being able to commend our hard working peers on their academic excellence is an incredible feeling. This organization offers its members multiple scholarships and potential job opportunities, as a member I myself cannot wait to utilize all the Sigma Tau Delta has to offer."

Additional officers for 2012 are Matt Finlay, vice president; Hanna Dellabella, secretary; and Nina Mohan, treasurer.

2012 Inductees Into Carnegie Mellon’s Omega Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta:

Anna Albi
Madeleine Barnes
Rebeccah Berk
Stephanie Blotner
Stephanie Brown
Rachel Bullen
Colleen Casey
Kristin Castellano
Connie Chan
Stefanie Chan
Stephanie Chiu
Ashlyn Clark
Joshua Claudio
Sarah Deiuliis
Hannah Dellabella
Katherine Dickson
Micaela Dudley
Colleen Eagan
Emily Faber
Francesca Fenzi
Matthew Finlay
Samantha Frank
Tahirah Green
Stephanie Guerdan
Elizabeth Harbaugh
Ashtyn Hemendinger
Jessica Hersh
Lauren Hirata
Michael Hitchcock
Marisa Hughes
Daniel Kane
Divya Krishnan
Ivy Krislov
Yulin Kuang
Louis Lamanna
Bonita Leung
Nina Mohan
Molly Nelson
Ibironke Ogunye
Aurora Parlagreco
Julia Pattison-Gordon
Laura Patzer
Ines Pujos
Michael Setzer
David Shorr
Laura Stiles
Kayla Walker
Anna Walsh
Jenny Young
Emma Young

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