April 13, 2011


Sigma Kappa Delta Chapter Recognized at National Conference

The Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta international conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 23-27. Northeast Alabama Community College’s Epsilon Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta was impressive as its members participated in presentations and earned scholarships and awards. Sponsors Joan Reeves and Joan Tucker accompanied fourteen SKD members, who attended student presentations and readings and book signings by Lorene Cary, author of Black Ice; U. S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010, Kay Ryan; and Dave Eggers, who wrote the screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are. Northeast students Olivia Dodd and Jesse Hairston participated in the panel discussion, “A Literary Gateway: Opening Works of Vision.” They shared personal experiences with transformative texts.

Northeast instructor Joan Reeves presently serves as national president for Sigma Kappa Delta and presided over the awards luncheon. The NACC chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta was awarded the outstanding journal award for its tenth anniversary edition of Aurora. In addition, members Olivia Dodd and Marie Hall were awarded service scholarships for their work in the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta.

An unexpected high honor was bestowed upon sponsor Joan Reeves when the National Sigma Kappa Delta Board announced it had unanimously voted to name one of the service scholarships the Joan Reeves Service Scholarship. Reeves commented, “I am overwhelmed by this honor. To be recognized in this manner for the work I have done in an organization which means so much to me is immensely gratifying.”

The Northeast chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta was the first formed in Alabama and the fourth in the nation. Since its inception in 1996, the Epsilon Alpha chapter has initiated over two thousand members and presently has the largest chapter in the nation.

For more information about, contact Joan Reeves at or phone extension 347.

Members of the outgoing board for National Sigma Kappa Delta Board are (L-R) Dr. Trish Stubblefield, National Regent; Jill Chadwick, National Vice President; Dr. Don Perkins, National Secretary/Historian; Dr. Sheila Byrd, National Executive Director; and Joan Reeves, National President.

Students, board members, and sponsors of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honorary for two-year schools, participate in concurrent sessions at the national conference in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.