Santa Clara University

English department

Sigma Tau Delta

by Simone Billings, Faculty Moderator

The Santa Clara chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, again has had a bit of noteworthy activity during AY 2009-2010.  At the March 2010 annual convention, held this year in St. Louis, Missouri, two of the officers presented papers.  President Catherine Guarente read her paper “Keats’ view of art as seen through ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’” as part of a panel on Romantic and/or Early 19th-Century British Literature.  Vice-President Elizabeth Sweeney presented a paper on a panel on World Literature, “Literal and Figurative Labyrinths in Bolaño's 2666 and del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.”  As the titles of these papers suggest, the Department of English is continuing to emphasize traditional works of literary merit as well as encouraging students to expand the customary canon.  In addition, the chapter inducted 27 new members this year, so many English majors demonstrate that they are able to meet the high standards for membership.

The chapter looks forward to another successful year in 2010-2011 under the leadership of incoming new president, Tanya Schmidt, who already is distinguishing herself not just in her coursework but on the volleyball court as a member of the SCU intercollegiate volleyball team and as a Donovan Fellow for summer 2010, volunteering for a month in Peru as a teacher of English through the Awaiting Angels program.  Congratulations to all, our 25 graduating seniors and our continuing members, for their myriad achievements.

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