Alpha Lambda Delta Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois and is a member of the Association of College Honors Societies. ALD consists of 260 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. The UAH chapter dates back to 1974 and is one of the oldest honoraries on campus. ALD is committed to supporting student education. The National Council, which governs the organization, has prudently invested the resources and gifts from local chapters, national council members, former fellowship recipients, and friends of the Society over the years; as a result, the Perpetual Fellowship Fund now exceeds $3 million and can provide income to support 35 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 each and 23 graduate fellowships from $3,000 to $7,500. The fellowships are named for significant people in the history of the Society, including the founder, Maria Leonard; the first adviser, Gladys Pennington; two executive directors; and several national presidents. In 2008, the National Council authorized the creation of 10 new awards for ALD members embarking on study-abroad programs. Known collectively as the James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships, these awards are named after James G. Stemler, ALD's first male president and a vocal proponent of study abroad. Each award provides $1,000 in direct financial aid to ALD members who are pursuing international study, in keeping with the ALD's goal of assisting students in developing the global outlook needed for a 21st century economy. Eligibility for ALD membership is a distinction of which to be proud. Upon induction, you will join more than 850,000 past members. Although membership is for a lifetime, it can only be obtained through your academic performance during your freshman year of college. Information ALD Scholarships and Awards Information ALD National Store (for ordering graduation materials) UAH Chapter Officers Taylor Reed President firstname.lastname@example.org Cynthia Stanley Vice-President email@example.com Maryam Khamesi Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Phillip Reed Treasurer email@example.com Dr. Joseph Taylor Faculty Sponsor firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Joseph Conway Faculty Sponsor email@example.com Sigma Tau Delta Established in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University, Sigma Tau Delta recognizes both undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify "high achievements in English language, literature, and writing" (english.org). Once invited students become members, they have opportunities to socially connect with other members and faculty, receive scholarships, participate in internships, and "serve society by fostering literacy" (english.org). Membership Requirements Undergraduate: "Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank* at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. (Local chapters may raise, but not lower, these criteria.) Candidates for undergraduate membership need not be majoring or minoring in the discipline of English. *This requirement may also be interpreted as 'have an overall B average in general scholarship' (e.g., 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale)" (english.org). Graduate: "Candidates for graduate membership who did not hold undergraduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English or one of its specializations, have completed six semester hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale" (english.org). Cost: The one-time induction fee for the Upsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is $45. This fee does not include the cost of cords ($9) or society pins ($5). Membership Benefits Membership in the Upsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta qualifies students to receive various scholarships, awards, and grants. Members may also participate in the annual Sigma Tau Delta convention and internships with Better World Books and Penguin Group (USA). For more information, please visit http://english.org/sigmatd/members/scholarships/description.shtml. Upsilon Mu Activities Recent Upsilon Mu activities included taking a trip to the Shakespeare Festival, hosting a reception for the American Shakespeare Center Tour actors, and hosting a book and bake sale. For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, please visit www.english.org. For more information about the Upsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, please contact the faculty sponsor, Dr. Chad Thomas, or email sigmatau_UAH@yahoogroups.org.