By: Sam Walker, Staff Writer
Sincerity, knowledge, and design: this is the meaning of Sigma Kappa Delta. Sigma Kappa Delta is a national honor society, which recognizes the academic achievement of two-year college students in English.
This Greek institution offers scholarships, publication opportunities, and hosts multiple extracurricular activities for students involved.
Although it is an English honor society, an English major is not needed to join.
This will be the first Sigma Kappa Delta chapter at Volunteer State Community College.
With faculty advisors Leslie LaChance, Associate Professor of English, and Laura McClister, Instructor of English, this group looks to expand and make roots for a new addition to Vol State’s roster of clubs.
If students are looking to join SKD, they will be holding an organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 1 from 4-5 p.m. in Ramer Room 170.
“We hope to finalize our initial membership at that meeting and begin the chartering process with the national organization,” said LaChance.
To pick up an application, stop by Ramer 126 or 124, the offices of the academic advisors.
At least a 3.0 GPA is required to join SKD along with a joining fee of $30.
Students will gain recognition for academic achievement, have opportunities for publishing their work in the “Hedera helix” literary journal and have access to scholarship opportunities.
Students can attend a national conference as well.
Sigma Kappa Delta is a sister organization to Sigma Tau Delta which is the same organization for four-year colleges.
“You should join because working with an organization focused on something you love is a great opportunity and can be lots of fun too. You will be surprised by how deeply affected you can be by the activities and gatherings in which you can participate, knowing you have had a part in creating those things,” stated LaChance.
“Certainly our regular classes are meaningful and valuable to us, but being part of a student-led organization helps one to grow beyond the classroom in terms of leadership ability, intellectual development, and, well, understanding how people can work together to create fulfilling experiences for themselves and for others. Sometimes, those experiences can be life-changing,” LaChance said.