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 their site. 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.