The Alpha Eta Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta welcomed new members on Sunday, January 10, 2010 in a ceremony that was attended by students, family, and faculty. STD officers welcomed new members (l to r) Christine Spees, Korey Williams, Casimir Franiewicz, Amy Fairgrieve, and Margaret Byrne. Also inducted but unable to attend were Brandon Dorn and Erica Stein.
Professor Joanne Diaz, faculty sponsor for the group, reminded everyone of STD’s origins and traditions. To be invited to join, students not only have to be English majors or minors who have taken Practical Criticism, they also need a 3.6 GPA or better in their English courses and they have to rank within the top 35 percent of their graduating class. In a competitive school like IWU, this is a significant accomplishment and honor, especially considering that IWU earned the Outstanding Chapter Award from the International Sigma Tau Delta Society.
In the keynote address, Professor Dan Terkla, our medievalist, told students how concerned he was with today’s multi-tasking and multi-media, reminding them that books should be savored as a feast, not a fast-food meal or downloadable snack. One of the highlights was an ancient set of instructions Dan read which told how to make parchment—all to help his audience better appreciate what books once were. Here’s the full text of his remarks.