Members of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently attended the Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 1-5, 2016. Sigma Kappa Delta treasurer, Emma Winkels moderated a round table discussing finding home through literature. The students attended breakout sessions and workshops on publishing their writing and finding careers as an English major. They also heard such authors as Charles Baxter, author of The Soul Thief, and Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer. Accompanying the students were sponsors Joan Reeves, Joan Tucker, and Jody Ragsdale.
At the annual Sigma Kappa Delta awards luncheon, NACC student Sam Hughes was awarded the Joan S. Reeves Sigma Kappa Delta Service Scholarship of $750, and Sigma Kappa Delta secretary Josie Crider was awarded the William Johnson Sigma Tau Delta Transfer scholarship of $1,000. NACC student Cheryl Monroe won second and third place in the Jan Ikard Anderson Photo Contest. Winners of the annual writing contest were Ann Phillips who won first place in personal essay and second place in short fiction while Matthew Wilbanks won second place in literary analysis and third place in poetry. Co-sponsor Jody Ragsdale was recognized for his five years as a sponsor, and co-sponsor Joan Reeves was recognized for her twenty years as a Sigma Kappa Delta sponsor.
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 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.