Sigma Tau Delta to Present Papers at National Conference

by Public Relations

Four Cedarville University students recently had their papers accepted by the National Conference of Sigma Tau Delta (STD), the international English honor society. The essays were submitted by senior adolescent and young adult language arts (AYALA) majors Jihan Bok, Sarah McEllhenney and Suzi Seybold, and senior English major Cammy Sray.

Each student submitted multiple pieces to be examined, and the judges selected only one per student to be presented at the competitive national conference. “The conference brings in well-known writers as speakers and also hosts panels on specific topics where students present their papers,” said McEllhenney.

Three of the four students attended the national conference in New Orleans. “It is an event of mingling with like-minded English majors from universities across the country, and we can attend different panels, workshops and lectures,” Sray said.

Peggy Wilfong, Ph.D., associate professor of English, is an advisor of Alpha Kappa Delta, the Cedarville chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. “Attending the national conference allows our students to witness firsthand how their education at Cedarville stacks up against other programs from hundreds of postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and abroad,” she said. “The students can also list these presentations on their resumes for job and on graduate school applications.”

The hands-on experience will give students a chance to network with professionals in their chosen field of study and learn to present their work in a professional setting.

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