Ursuline College’s English Department has had a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Epsilon Psi, since 1988. Every spring, Ursuline’s English Department, at the recommendation of English faculty members, inducts qualified students into Sigma Tau Delta. This spring, on March 28, 2014, Natalie Huggins, Nneka Iheama, and Rihanna McChesney will be inducted.
What is Sigma Tau Delta, you ask? The organization's website answers that question best:
"Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The Society strives to:
• Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
• Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
• Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
• Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
• Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
• Serve society by fostering literacy.
With over 850 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
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)."
Ursuline's chapter also requires that candidates complete literary/scholarly activities in order to apply for Sigma Tau Delta membership.