CHADRON – Chadron State College alumni, current students, faculty, and a middle school writer gathered via video conference Friday for the induction of two students into the Sigma Beta chapter of the English honorary society, Sigma Tau Delta.
The students are Abigail Swanson of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Sarah Wagoner of Gering, Nebraska.
CSC alumna and graduate student Rachell Mitchell was the guest speaker for the event. She is pursuing a master’s degree in English at the University of South Dakota with research focused on Native American Literature.
She encouraged students to take advantage of mentoring from the English faculty.
“They want to see you succeed. Having been to a few different colleges now and experienced a wide range of professors, there is nothing like the teachers at Chadron. They care for you, your education, your well-being, and want to see you succeed. Please take advantage of that and absorb it while you're there,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she has applied for several conference presentations, including one in London. While some of her fellow graduate students questioned her bold applications, Mitchell was unfazed by pessimism.
“What the CSC English faculty have taught me is to be fearless with your writing. I always think ‘fearless’ is the word that I associate with the community of Sigma Tau Delta and the CSC English department,” Mitchell said.
Dr. Jim Margetts, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Essential Studies, addressed the group and reiterated how being associated with Sigma Tau Delta has been a tremendous benefit for many students, like Mitchell, who accepted the challenge to submit papers and posters to regional and national conferences and were rewarded with professional opportunities.
“You are fortunate to have a mentor like Dr. Mary Clai Jones, and before her, Dr. Kimberly Cox, who is a dedicated sponsor of this organization and is a tremendous role model,” Margetts said.
The local chapter was founded in 1929, four years after the international organization was founded at Dakota Wesleyan University. Jones said chapter members from CSC have presented at local, regional, and national conferences and participate participated in community service projects. Chapter president Sheridan Antrim said the honors organization is one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies.
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