Sigma Tau Delta Honors Nine USAO Students
CHICKASHA – Nine students recently were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, a national English Honor Society that made its debut on the University of Science and Arts campus in October.
The formation of the honor society’s new USAO chapter was initiated by several English students. Pocasset English junior Kily Richardson-Keeling contacted the national Sigma Tau Delta organization and instigated the chartering process.
“Founding members then started to work on the project during the summer trimester with the help of Dr. Brenda Brown (professor of English),” Richardson-Keeling said. “We were finally chartered in October of this year. The founding members felt it necessary to bring recognition to students who excel as English majors, which, in turn, brings pride to the University.”
Richardson-Keeling serves as president of USAO’s new Sigma Tau Delta chapter.
At an intimate ceremony in the Lawson Court Parlor, the students lit candles and received gown ribbons as part of the traditional initiation process on Nov. 21. The following students were inducted into the English society:
Choctaw English senior Dustin Morris, Chickasha English junior Jessica Harris, Norman English sophomore Margaret Wilson, Chickasha English senior Michael Morris, Comanche biology junior Laura Komula, Canadian English sophomore Julie McElyea, Nowata psychology freshman Ashlea Trout, Richardson-Keeling and Duncan English senior Ann Field.
According to Richardson-Keeling, inductees must be nominated by an active Sigma Tau Delta member, maintain at least a 3.0 average in English curriculum and complete at least three consecutive semesters at the University.
Brenda Brown, professor of English and faculty sponsor of the honor society, said she is proud of the students for taking the initiative to begin the organization.
“This summer I was thinking that the University needed an English Honor Society, because I was an active member in college,” Brown said. “Then Kily came to me and she had already contacted Sigma. I am extremely proud of my students.”