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UW-Eau Claire Students and Faculty
Recognized at Sigma Tau Delta Convention

RELEASED: March 26, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Several students, a student organization and a faculty member from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire participated in and received honors or recognition at the 2008 Sigma Tau Delta convention held in Louisville, Ky., March 5-8.

Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Junior Stephanie Schiefelbein, Hastings, Minn., was awarded a $3,000 Junior Scholarship, which honors Dr. E. Nelson James, a long-time executive secretary of STD. To be considered for the scholarship, Schiefelbein wrote an application essay and obtained two letters of recommendation. At the convention, Schiefelbein was appointed by the STD Board of Regents to a two-year term as a student adviser, making her one of only two students with voting rights on the board. She also read a critical essay during the convention.

The UW-Eau Claire Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta received $700 for being named an Outstanding Chapter. Only two other chapters nationwide were given the honor.

STD adviser Gloria Hochstein, adjunct assistant professor of English, was elected convention chair for 2009. She also will continue to serve her four-year term as Midwestern Regent on the STD Board of Regents.

Graduate student Daniel Hardy was elected by the alumni members as the first alumni representative to the board. Hardy also read a critical essay and a creative non-fiction piece.

Other UW-Eau Claire students participating in the convention were senior Charles Payseur, Mundelein, Ill., who chaired two panels and created a poster display; and senior Elizabeth Vindedahl, Minneapolis, who read a creative piece.

For more information, contact Hochstein at hochstgj@uwec.edu or 715-836-5041.

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