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EAC students initiated into the Beta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta
By Lexi Lutz
Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College initiated 18 students into its Beta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the national English honor society, in a ceremony on February 23. Sigma Kappa Delta honors excellence in the disciplines of writing, reading, and critical thinking. Many of the initiates are English majors, while others major in a variety of sciences and general studies. All initiates must have completed at least one course in college English with a “B” or higher and maintained an overall GPA of 3.0.
This year’s inductees included Matthew Claridge, Elizabeth Dannenbrink, Aubrey Dodge, Kade Garner, Christopher Gutierrez, Tristen Hernandez, Haley Heslop, Dahlin Lutz, David Lynch, Serena Mains, Monica Mascarenas, Jessica Miller, Brian Moore, Sierra Reitmeyer, Emily Tapia, Myint Than, Robert Wright, and Damien Yazzie.
Officiating at the initiation were EAC English faculty sponsors, Dr. Meg Simonton and Mary Birdsall, and chapter president and EAC student, Kate Kempton.
“The objectives of Sigma Kappa Delta are to confer distinction for high achievement and general scholarship in English language and literature, to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses through local chapters, to foster community within English departments, and to encourage creative and critical writing,” said EAC English instructor and club sponsor, Margaret Simonton. “My cosponsor, Ms. Mary Birdsall and I are pleased to bring this academic opportunity to EAC students for generations to come.”
Even though this is only the first full year of Beta Zeta’s presence on campus (the first induction ceremony took place last February, 2015), the group has helped host a number of activities on campus. These include monthly open mic nights featuring creative student writers, comedy improvisation, and musical performances.
In March, two members of SKD, went to the National Sigma Tau Delta International Conference in Minneapolis where Aubrey Dodge presented a literary analysis of two short stories in a panel section devoted to religious archetypes. Her paper, “Justice Is to Murder as Christ Is to Atonement,” was awarded special recognition by the SKD executive board for successfully competing with juniors and seniors from 4-year colleges who dominate the conference presentations.
In April, the English department and Sigma Kappa Delta members will host “Shakespeare in the Park,” an ice-cream social with students reciting Shakespearean sonnets, dramatic monologues, and scenes in the open-air amphitheater. The entire community will be welcome to attend and more information will be available on EAC’s Facebook page at Gilamonsters.