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Students and Faculty of Sigma Tau Delta Host International Convention, Win Awards

RELEASED: April 16, 2009

Sigma Tau Delta crestEAU CLAIRE — Twelve University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and two faculty members spent March 24-28 at the Sigma Tau Delta 2009 International Convention in Minneapolis.

UW-Eau Claire's Theta Zeta chapter, which served as host for the event, was recognized as an outstanding chapter and was one of only nine chapters invited to have a poster display at the convention. Theta Zeta students presented panels, critical papers and creative works; chaired sessions; participated in leadership workshops; and registered other participants.

Two students won awards at the convention for their creative works, and one received a major scholarship.

Senior Stephanie Schiefelbein, Hastings, Minn., one of two Sigma Tau Delta student advisers nationwide, won the Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship. The $4,000 award recognizes academic excellence and outstanding service to Sigma Tau Delta. Schiefelbein organized the Student Leadership Workshop, "Through the Looking Glass: Serving to Lead." She also presented a paper, "Reformed Marriage in The Heavenly Twins"; chaired a session on original fiction; and served on the panel, "Reflecting on Service: Children's and Young Adults' Writing Contests." The panel explained how to organize writing contests for students, which UW-Eau Claire's Theta Zeta chapter has done for 10 years. The panel also included seniors Christina Huber, Cottage Grove, Minn., and Jessica Soine, Iron Belt; junior Sarah Moran, Green Bay; and sophomore Kristin Chang, Plover. It was moderated by faculty adviser Traci Thomas-Card.

Soine chaired a session on Victorian literature and read her poetry collection, "Legacy," which won a $150 first-place award for Works Best Representing the Convention Theme of "Reflections." Huber chaired a session on feminist theory, Moran chaired a session on creative nonfiction, and Chang chaired one session on Asian literature and another on original fiction.

Wells chaired a session on race and gender and another on Jane Austen. Fruend presented a critical paper, "Dressing Black and White Slaves," and chaired a session on original poetry.

Phillips chaired a session on original drama and read her poetry collection, "Reflections Made in Nature: A Pastoral Memoir," which won a $75 honorable mention award.

Senior Rebecca Koshak, Rhinelander, read her original poetry collection, "Naughty Nursery Rhymes," and her original fiction, "Dodging a Bullet." She also chaired a session on British literature.

Senior Tania Richter, Chippewa Falls, read her original fiction, "Divergence," and chaired a session on original poetry. Senior Amanda Lonsdorf, Chippewa Falls, chaired several sessions, including two on original poetry, and served as the UW-Eau Claire representative at the business meeting and caucuses.

Graduate student Daniel Hardy chaired several sessions, including one on Shakespeare and one on post-colonial literature.

Thomas-Card moderated a panel titled "Evolution of Pastoral Poetry," presented by seniors Jillian Phillips, Boyd, and Katherine Fruend, Merrill; and junior Ashlyn Wells, Nelson/Mondovi. She also moderated several other sessions, including "Original Fiction: Separation" and "Original Poetry: Biographical." She also served as assistant convention chair.

Gloria Hochstein, who celebrated her 10-year anniversary as Sigma Tau Delta adviser, was the 2009 convention chair. She oversaw all aspects of the international convention, held for the first time in Minneapolis and attended by 850 people. Hochstein also is the Midwestern Regent on the Sigma Tau Delta International Board. She was elected to that position in 2006.

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