Carnegie Mellon University
April 06, 2016

Students Recognized for Excellence at Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony

18 english department majors were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international english honor society, on april 5.

Eighteen English Department majors were inducted into Carnegie Mellon University’s Omega Tau chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, on April 5.

Sigma Tau Delta honors the academic excellence of students studying English language and literature during their undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The organization also promotes literacy and the teaching of English.

“The honor society has provided our students with some great opportunities to explore and develop their professional and academic interests,” said James Wynn, the society’s faculty advisor and associate professor of English and rhetoric.  

For example, Wynn said Kelsey Dolhon (DC’15), a creative writing and professional writing major, had her poetry published in “The Rectangle,” Sigma Tau Delta’s creative writing journal. And, Sigma Tau Delta member and professional writing major, Naomi Burgess, presented a paper at the society’s international convention last month.

Along with opportunities to attend conferences and apply for scholarships, 2015-2016 Chapter President Jaqueline James said the organization hosts speakers who discuss academic and career opportunities—from Carnegie Mellon’s Chris Klug on Game Writing to representatives from the Undergraduate Research Office on research grants.

James, a creative writing and professional writing major, is excited about Sigma Tau Delta’s future at CMU.

“Now that we have a strong foundation of programming and an annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser here at CMU, we want to do more service work so we can make an impact on the greater Pittsburgh community,” she said.

Shaune Marx was recently elected as the 2016-2017 president. Other new chapter officers include David Frank, vice president; Isabel McCarthy, treasurer; and Dhruva Krishna, communications officer.

“I’m very excited to get to know the Department of English and become a more active student as a member of Sigma Tau Delta,” said Autumn Armega-Finger, one of the new inductees and a sophomore double majoring in global studies and professional writing. “I also love attending conferences and I look forward to learning about career options for English majors.”

Wynn also sees a bright future for the chapter.

“With the help or our new inductees, we hope to continue to build and strengthen the sense of community across all of our majors in English and to continue the legacy of Sigma Tau Delta at CMU,” he said.

2016 Students Initiated Into Carnegie Mellon’s Omega Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta:

Autumn Armega-Finger

Apeksha Atal

Jordan Cox

Emily Giedzinski

Stephanie Haber

Ariel Hoffmaier

Hye Yeun Jeon

Sandra Kang

Dhruva Krishna

Samantha Mack

Ariana Mapua

Isabel McCarthy

Karen Nguyen

Gates Palissery

Mariana Saric

Ariel Tian

Jeneni Withers

Yiyi Zhao

View photos from the initiation ceremony.

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By Amanda King