Sigma Tau Delta Page
Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society, founded in 1924 with the
mission of promoting the study and appreciation of English literature, language, and
writing. The Mu Sigma chapter was chartered at MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana
College) in January 1984. Professor Walt Utroske was the first faculty advisor, followed
by Dr. Flora Willett in 1987 and Dr. Rachel Schaffer in 1988.
Membership and Eligibility
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for lifetime membership in Sigma Tau Delta. There is a onetime initiation fee, and the MSUB branch has very modest local dues, as well. You need not be an English major to join, but there are several eligibility requirements:
- At least 3 semesters completed.
- At least 2 courses in English (including LIT, CRWR, LING, WRIT, and more) completed beyond the general education requirements.
- At least a 3.0 general GPA and 3.0 GPA in English courses completed.
Every fall, we raise funds for English scholarships by selling Billings Area Preferred Coupon Books and by sponsoring the Writers Roundup, a book sale and signing for local and regional authors. Every spring, we sponsor a poetry contest open to all MSUB students. Other activities have included guest speakers, bake sales to raise funds for other causes, and end-of-semester socials.
Writers Roundup Volunteers 2019
Cupcake Drive Fundraiser 2014
Sigma Tau Delta offers 3 scholarships every year to English majors. Money raised by
the coupon book sale and the Writers Roundup funds 2 cash scholarships of $500 each.
There is also an endowed scholarship named in honor of beloved member Melissa Morgan.
For more information, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Rachel Schaffer, at email@example.com.