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UPIKE English majors to present in Louisville

January 26, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Three UPIKE English majors have been accepted to present their work at the 2017 International Sigma Tau Delta Convention hosted by the University of Louisville on March 29-April 1. Students presenting are Michael C. Mullins of Jenkins, Charles D. Fraley of Elkhorn City, and Jillian D. Bailey of Pikeville.

“It was very humbling to be accepted,” said Fraley. “I’m looking forward to reading my work in Louisville, but I’m also interested in hearing the work of English majors from other universities.”

Sigma Tau Delta is an English Honors Society consisting of more than 880 member colleges and universities from across the country and abroad.

“It is such an honor for these students to have been selected to present their work,” said Jenna Steigerwalt, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and co-sponsor of the UPIKE chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. “These are jurored submissions and the academic standards for acceptance are rigorous.”

Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer “distinction for high achievement in English language, literature and writing.” The honor society is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English. The annual convention is hosted each year by a different university from across country.

“There is no substitute for the value these professional experiences outside the traditional classroom provide our majors,” said Hannah Freeman, Ph.D., director of experiential learning at UPIKE and also co-sponsor of the UPIKE chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. “Writing for a grade in the classroom simply does not compare to the experience of sharing your work with other professionals in your field.”

The English program will host a reading in late February to provide the campus and local community an opportunity to hear the work of these students before their presentations at the University of Louisville. To learn more about the English program at UPIKE click HERE


Pictured, from left, UPIKE English majors Charles D. Fraley, Jillian D. Bailey and Michael Mullins will present their work at the 2017 International Sigma Tau Delta Convention hosted by the University of Louisville.

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