Fourteen inducted into revival of English honor society

Release Date: January 29, 2008

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University celebrated the re-chartering of international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta at the school by inducting 14 members into the new group on campus on Friday.

While the honor society’s Eta Theta chapter was started at WBU in the early 1960s, it has not been active on campus for several decades. Dr. Cindy McClenagan, chair of the Division of Languages and Literature and the group’s co-sponsor, said the group’s revival came about quickly.

“I had been considering this for a while and have seen lots of information on Sigma Tau Delta,” McClenagan said. “I received a letter from them saying they’d waive the readmission fee if we rejoined this year, so that’s all I needed.”

McClenagan and co-sponsor Arch Mayfield, professor of English at Wayland since 1973, set the membership requirements and began contacting English majors and minors at WBU for the inaugural class. They ended up with 14 for the first group, and McClenagan said another induction is planned for March when more students become eligible.

“There are some pretty stringent requirements for membership. You have to have three semesters of college work, two beyond the initial 1301 and 1302 courses, a minimum B average in English work and a cumulative GPA of 3.2,” she explained. “This is really for English majors or minors, but there are folks who could have the official number of courses required and might fall into those qualifications.”

Hannah Stewart, a junior from Lubbock, was elected president of the group, who already has their sights set on attending the International Convention in March in Louisville, Ky., as well as a few service projects in the community and some cultural projects, including support of the ongoing Community Poetry Reading, or CPR, events held at Starbucks.

In addition to Stewart, inaugural inductees include Elizabeth Drury of Lubbock, Jordy Williams of Shallowater, Jenny Beth Alford of Ralls; Sean Ditmore of Plainview; Mary Green of Dumas; Zach TeGrotenhuis of San Marcos; Anita Mamy of Guinea, West Africa; Amanda King of Silverton; Tosha Powell of Pampa; Sarah Ketchem of Lubbock; Missy Pawelek of Lovington, N.M.; Rita Pitts Cox of Plainview; and Amy Rendon of Midland.