The Northeast Alabama Community College Epsilon Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta recently celebrated the National Day on Writing on Wednesday, October 20, one of SKD’s first events since the pandemic began in 2020. Since 2009, the National Day on Writing has promoted the art of journalism and writing, and colleges nationwide have celebrated annually to promote student writing and to give student writers an outlet to apply their talents. Sigma Kappa Delta celebrated the day by hosting two events on campus: a donut breakfast in front of the English Building and a writing contest held in the Writing Lab.
Both events were successful in promoting both the National Day on Writing and Sigma Kappa Delta, especially the donut breakfast. Free donuts, juice, and copies of Aurora, NACC’s literary magazine were given to students in attendance, and the individuals who organized the event were grateful for the large turnout of attendees. All involved were happy to encourage students to write and share their works. One SKD officer, Will Keller, was exceptionally pleased with the turnout, adding that “the project gave students a platform to express themselves, share an appreciation for writing, and hone their writing skills.” He also saw it as a “very positive impact on the student body,” a thought shared by many other participants. Jessica Burton, president of Sigma Kappa Delta at NACC, shared the same thoughts as Will, calling the positive student engagement “a win” for encouraging students to not only write more often but to encourage potential students to join Sigma Kappa Delta.
Following the donut breakfast, Sigma Kappa Delta hosted a writing contest; competitors were tasked with writing a five-paragraph personal essay on a given prompt in fifty minutes. The winners of the contest were Jaden Hallmark and Jessica Burton, and they both won books by Darnell Arnoult, Harrison Scott Key, Joshilyn Jackson, Tom Franklin, and Sena Jeter Naslund as well as a Sigma Kappa Delta journal.
Sigma Kappa Delta would like to thank all the students who participated as well as the officers who made such an event possible. “I am also very proud of our SKD officers and all the work that they did to make the event possible,” Jody Ragsdale, co-sponsor commented. Among the praise for those who made the event possible was as much equal pleasure in encouraging students to join Sigma Kappa Delta. “It is a joy to see students be celebrated for their love of literature and writing,” noted co-sponsor Jeff Hawes, “and Sigma Kappa Delta continues to offer an avenue for students to be recognized and encouraged at the community college level.”