Members of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta (ΣΚΔ) at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently attended the Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta Virtual National Conference March 25-27, 2021.
Sigma Kappa Delta President Abby Carroll moderated a panel entitled, “From Fright to Flight: How the Pandemic Gave Me Wings.” Co-Advisor Jeff Hawes remarked, “Abby represented NACC so well as she led this heart-warming session where students shared personal struggles and triumphs during 2020, leaving me speechless.”
Northeast students attended virtual breakout sessions and workshops on publishing their writing and finding careers as an English major. They also heard Karen Auvinen, author of Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living and Michael Branch, author of Rants from the Hill.
At the annual Sigma Kappa Delta awards ceremony, ΣΚΔ president, Abby Carroll, was awarded the Dr. Susan LeJuene Service Scholarship of $750, and ΣΚΔ member, Abigail Harrison was awarded the Joan Reeves ΣΚΔ Service Scholarship of $750. Dalia Nolasco, ΣΚΔ Secretary won third place in the Jan Ikard Anderson Photo Contest for her photo “Beauty in the Chaos,” and Abby Carroll won second place for her photo “Flying over Mount Hood.” Abby Carroll also won third place for her literary analysis entitled, “Innocence in ‘Hills Like White Elephants’” and Toni Thompson-Morgan, ΣΚΔ member, won first place for her short story entitled, “Wish You Were Here.”
“We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Congratulations to Ms. Joan Reeves, Mr. Jeff Hawes, Mr. Jody Ragsdale, and the students of NACC’s Sigma Kappa Delta chapter.”
Co-Advisor Jody Ragsdale was recognized for his ten years of service as an advisor to the Epsilon Alpha chapter of ΣΚΔ. Joan Reeves was recognized for her twenty-five years of service as an advisor to the Epsilon Alpha chapter of ΣΚΔ. Ms. Reeves, who also serves as National ΣΚΔ president, noted, “We are proud of our students’ accomplishments in the photo, writing, and scholarship competitions. To have competed against students from all over the nation and to have won as many awards as they did is exemplary.”
Sigma Kappa Delta is the English honor society for two-year schools and was formed under the auspices of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society for four-year institutions. The Northeast chapter of ΣΚΔ has initiated over three thousand students since chartering its chapter in 1996. Northeast chartered the first chapter in Alabama and the fifth in the nation. The Northeast chapter is presently the largest in the nation. For more information about ΣΚΔ at Northeast, visit our webpage at www.nacc.edu.