IWU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta receives Society honor

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Alpha Eta Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has been selected to receive a 2010 Outstanding Chapter Award—one of three chapters (out of more than 700 active chapters) chosen this year for “exemplary dedication, hard work, and achievement.”

Sigma Tau Delta said that the IWU chapter “demonstrated a number of exciting projects, special events, and fundraising opportunities that would be helpful as models to other chapters.” Officers of the Alpha Eta Pi Chapter have been invited to attend the national convention March 16-20 in St. Louis and to bring an exhibit “highlighting your chapter’s activities and accomplishments.” The Outstanding Chapter Award will be presented at the convention.

It was the second time that IWU’s Alpha Eta Pi Chapter has been honored as an Outstanding Chapter. The last time was in 2007. Current co-presidents are Mike Whitfield and Marie Huey, while Professor Joanne Diaz is the faculty adviser. Congratulations to the entire STD board, whose vision and hard work paid off again!

Alumni update: Becky Welzenbach & Sam Killian

Becky Welzenbch (’07) writes that she and Sam Killian (’06), who met at an Argus board meeting in spring 2004 but didn’t get to know each other until they had Literary Theories and Medieval Literature together, were married on September 5, 2009 and now live in Ann Arbor, Mich., with their two “ridiculous cats.”

Becky completed a Master’s of Science in Information program at UM and now works as an assistant librarian in the university’s Scholarly Publishing Office, which publishes electronic journals, monographs, and a range of other projects. “I’m essentially a project manager, keeping our publications on schedule, converting text in various file formats to XML, and supervising a handful of student workers,” Becky writes. “It’s a challenging, exciting, and sometimes stressful time to be in the world of digital publishing.”

She says that Sam joined her in Ann Arbor after working one year as a reporter in Janesville, Wis. with fellow IWU alum Sarah (Zeller) Julian (’07). He now works as an assistant editor at the university’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, which puts on annual workshops and seminars for lawyers who must certify each year that they’ve kept up with new developments in the field. “Sam works with speakers, corresponding with them about their events, maintaining a database of information about all of the ICLE contributors, and compiling and formatting their course materials to go into books that are produced for each workshop,” Becky writes. “He would also certainly want me to mention that he plays on a recreational soccer team called the Roaming Goats.

“It’s clear that our relationship has roots in the IWU English Department,” Becky writes. “Or at least in the wine and cheesecake at the holiday parties.” As proof, she sent along a photo from the 2005 holiday party at Professor Terkla’s house—with Jack Mrjenovich (’06) and Anne Wilkinson (’07)—and a more recent one of them at their wedding.

Have a great critical paper? Try The Delta

Did you write a paper for an English class sometime during 2009? Would you like to see it published?

The Delta, Illinois Wesleyan’s student-published journal of IWU student-submitted literary criticism, has announced that the deadline for submissions is Monday, February 15.

Anyone can submit; the journal is not limited to English majors or minors. The only restriction is that the papers have to have been written for an IWU English course during the 2009 calendar year.

The editors are looking for original, analytic, cohesive, well-supported (basically awesome) papers that follow MLA format. The Delta seeks to publish a diverse body of works that cover a variety of subjects, genres, time periods, course levels, and methodologies. You never know what will catch the editors’ eyes, so take a chance—submit your work.

Please include a cover sheet with the paper title, your name, email, phone number, course name and number, and a 150-word abstract stating the argument of your paper. The abstract is like an introduction which includes an overview of your argument and the thesis of your paper. Submit papers, abstract, and cover sheet to: iwudelta@gmail.com