Sigma Tau Delta offers workshops to kickstart professionalism

Sigma Tau Delta, is an international English honors society. At UAA’s chapter, Alpha Epilson Nu, the members are hosting workshops to help students learn professional skills.

For the rest of the semester, Sigma Tau Delta will be hosting free educational workshops, called the Professionalization Series, that will inform students, English majors or not, on areas of professionalism with guest speakers. September’s workshop was on how to balance a school, home and work life, something practical and useful for every student.

Members of the society have said that being in Sigma Tau Delta is a good way to introduce students to areas of professionalism and allows for “good opportunities” in networking and other specialized areas.

“Especially if you want to pursue a career in academia, it’s a good place to get your feet wet, get used to it and get your foot in the door,” Nancy Long, Sigma Tau Delta’s president and English graduate student, said.

The Professionalization Series has been taking place for a few years now. The society plans on having one once a month during the school year.

They also host fundraising events, like their book sale, where those passing by can purchase used books from textbooks to novels. It’s typically $1 for one book or $2 for three. The proceeds go to benefit the Pacific Rim Conference, a weekend academic conference held early in the spring semester.

Sigma Tau Delta’s next book sale is Oct. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Administration/Humanities building.

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If interested in donating books for the sale, students can drop them off in the English department.

“I think Sigma Tau Delta has done a really good job at [building community] with your fellow majors,” Deb Castillo, English graduate student, said.

The next Professionalization Series workshop is Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Admin building, room 102.

English majors or minors who are interested in joining Sigma Tau Delta can reach out at [email protected] or on their Facebook page, UAA Sigma Tau Delta – Alpha Epilson Nu.