PSC Institutes International Honors Society

August 1st, 2002 by Adam

Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honors Society for college English majors and minors, has a new chapter, Alpha Kappa Pi, at Plymouth State College, under the guidance of Andrew Smyth, assistant professor of English. Founding members, all English majors, are seniors Daniel Singer and Heather Danforth, and juniors Tara Connolly, Katie Henry, Gordon Fraser and Levi Castello.

Sigma Tau Delta chapters promote the study and enjoyment of English at colleges and universities and in their communities. The society confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies; promotes interest in literature and the English language on campus and in the community; and fosters the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

“Members of each chapter are expected to be active in the pursuit of these three goals, so PSC’s Alpha Kappa Pi chapter will be organizing, sponsoring and participating in activities such as poetry nights, campus reading groups and the establishment of a talent grant for creative writers on campus,” explains Smyth. “Daniel Singer is already involved in setting up a performance poetry review for Homecoming Week this October, featuring dramatic readings by Associate Professor of English Paul Rogalus, PSC alumna Nicole Ross ’02 and Craig Nelson, renowned for his involvement in the Boston performance poetry scene.”

English majors and minors will be selected for membership based upon commitment, grade point average, current academic standing and other criteria. Members are eligible for scholarships, awards, national internships, graduate assistantships, conference participation and publication venues and opportunities to serve on the International Board of Directors.

New members at PSC will also find themselves in good literary company. Current and former members include Eudora Welty, James Dickey, Walter Ong, Nikki Giovanni, and many more literary luminaries.

For more information about Sigma Tau Delta at Plymouth State College, contact Andrew Smyth at (603) 535-2490 or