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Five Randolph students selected to present writing at Sigma Tau Delta International Conference

Five Randolph College students have been selected to present their writing at the annual conference of Sigma Tau Delta, the world’s largest English honor society.

The conference, which takes place in March 2016, is typically attended by colleges much larger than Randolph, and in many cases, Randolph had more students accepted to present their work, according to Gary Dop, a Randolph English professor and advisor to the College’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter. This year, all five of Randolph’s Sigma Tau Delta students who submitted their work were also selected to present it at the conference.

“Sigma Tau Delta is one of the largest honor societies in the country, enrolling over 9,000 new members through their 875 chapters, and all active members are eligible to submit their work, so it’s a big honor for us to have five students accepted to present,” Dop said.

The students organized workshops on campus this fall to prepare their writing for the competitive submission process. Dop said their participation in the conference will help them make connections with other writers and give them more experience with academic work.

“One of the most exciting things about bringing our students to showcase their work at a national conference is the perspective they gain when they see hundreds of other like-minded students, all of whom love language and literature,” Dop said. “Our students also walk away feeling a greater sense of value of the education that they’ve received at Randolph—they see how their work stacks up against many larger institutions, and they walk away with a confident grin, more and more confident where they are as young scholars and writers.”

The five Randolph students selected are:

Lindsay Brents ’16: “Two Meditations on Motherhood” (Fiction)

Katy Boyer ’16: “Also Fig” (Fiction)

Elizabeth Dean ’16: “Imagery and Meaning in Invisible Man” (Literary Analysis)

Nikolas Oliver ’16: “The Helen Scale” (Creative Nonfiction)

Miranda Stumpf ’16: “All the Glitters is Glass” (Creative Nonfiction)

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