Wednesday, April 27, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Students do well at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention

At the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta Gala where awards were announced. 
(Top L to R): Pace Gardner, Michael Schulze,
Christian Bourgeois, Dr. Brian Glaser. (Bottom): Sara Hunt,
Nicki Quinn, Lauren Benke, Sarah Faulkner.
Congratulations are in order for graduate student Pace Gardner, who won 2nd Place in Original Fiction for his piece "First Step", winning $250 at the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention which took place in Pittsburgh, March 23-26.

"There were only around 20 awards in different categories given and over 1,000 students present, so Pace winning one was a huge accomplishment," said Sarah Faulkner, a junior English Literature major with a minor in Art History and currently the President of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society here at Chapman.

Faulkner was also a big winner, learning she was granted with the Regent Scholarship for the Far Western Region. She was awarded with $1,000 which she will use to pursue a Master's degree after graduating Chapman and eventually earning her Ph.D.

"The award is extremely appreciated," said Faulkner.

In addition to that, Faulkner was elected by her peers to be the Student Representative of the Far Western Region to the International Board of Directors.

"I was elected through a speech and a ballot vote," said Faulkner.

She will serve on the Student Leadership Committee as well as two others, will assist in planning the 2012 International Convention in New Orleans, and will monitor the operations of all chapters within the nine states of the western region.

"At the Chapman level, I hope to host a Regional Conference in the Fall," said Faulkner. "I am very excited about the opportunity to increase communication and the sharing of ideas between Sigma Tau Delta chapters throughout our region, and would be thrilled to host a Regional Conference for this purpose.

Congratulations are in order for both of these students and their accomplishments!  

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