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International English honor society recognizes students, faculty

RELEASED: March 26, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was named an Outstanding Chapter during the 2010 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held earlier this month in St. Louis, Mo. Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Theta Zeta received $700 for the Outstanding Chapter honor as well as a $600 project grant award for the Children and Young Adult Writing contests. Senior Melissa Miller, Wisconsin Rapids, received the $1,000 Midwestern Regional Scholarship for academic excellence.

Senior Stephanie Schiefelbein, Hastings, Minn., was awarded $250 for her critical essay, one of three to best reflect this year's common reader, "Song for Night" by Chris Abani. Schiefelbein, who is finishing her term as the student adviser to the board of directors, was elected associate alumni representative of Sigma Tau Delta, one of two positions nationwide for alumni.

After serving four years as Midwestern regent, Gloria Hochstein, senior lecturer emerita of English and Sigma Tau Delta adviser, was elected as the High Plains regent and will serve as head regent and chair of the Regents Committee.
"We are extremely proud of the leadership our students showed," said Traci Thomas-Card, director of the University Writing Center, who serves as faculty adviser to Theta Zeta along with Dr. Cathy Rex, assistant professor of English. "Our chapter was recognized as one of the top three contributors to the convention out of almost 200 that attended."

Other UW-Eau Claire students participating in the convention were seniors Stephanie Fiedler, Chippewa Falls; Rachel Goettl, Burnsville, Minn.; Amanda Lonsdorf, Chippewa Falls; Jillian Phillips, Boyd; Carrie Price, Waukesha; Tania Richter, Chippewa Falls; Jessica Soine, Iron Belt; Ashlyn Wells, Mondovi/Nelson; Autumn Wilson, Poynette; and juniors Kristin Frosch, Lakeville, Minn., Amanda Hendricks, De Pere; Meredith Molnar, Eau Claire/Sun Prairie; and Angie Vetsch, South Haven, Minn.

New members are encouraged to join Theta Zeta. Meetings are held every other week and are open to all students. Members are expected to help with such chapter activities as the Children's Writing Contest or book sales; there are no GPA requirements. Dues of $5 per semester and five hours of volunteer service are required.

For more information about Theta Zeta or the international Sigma Tau Delta organization, contact Traci Thomas-Card at thomastl@uwec.edu or 715-836-2323.

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