Members of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD) at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently attended the Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 27-31, 2019. Sigma Kappa Delta historian, Claire Lybrand, moderated and Paulina Landers, SKD treasurer, served on a panel entitled, “Grit Happens: Strategies for Discovering Your Potential.” The students attended breakout sessions and workshops on publishing their writing and finding careers as an English major. They also heard Nnedi Okorafor, Hugo and Nebula award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, as well as author of the comic book, Shuri: The Search for Black Panther. Accompanying the students were sponsors Jeff Hawes, Jody Ragsdale, and Joan Reeves.
At the annual Sigma Kappa Delta awards luncheon, SKD vice-president, Melisha Holcomb, was awarded the Joan S. Reeves SKD Service Scholarship of $750, and SKD president, Juliana Denes was awarded the Don Perkins SKD Service Scholarship of $750. Paulina Landers also won third place in the Jan Ikard Anderson Photo Contest. The college’s literary magazine, Aurora, was recognized as Outstanding Literary Magazine.
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 SKD 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 SKD, visit our webpage at www.nacc.edu.