Our Appreciation

Our lifetime memberships and the honors cords that we wear at graduation have PHENOMENALLY been paid for year after year by extremely generous donors — many times anonymous! We truthfully could not accomplish any of the things we do without their continued support and aid. So, although due to their anonymous status we cannot send them individual thank you letters, we use this space to show our appreciation and to say thank you to the amazing people who have so generously given of themselves so that we can enjoy this wonderful honors society.

Thank you so much!

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 Thank you for your time and gracious actions. Sigma Tau Delta is a great community here at Western Michigan University. The events are great outlets for us and they would not be possible without your support. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of a unique and rewarding community during our time spent at WMU! Your support is endlessly appreciated. Thank you.

-Amanda Hovey; Spring 2013

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As the first person in my family to attend a university, simply getting into college was a big deal. There were lots of raised drinks and tipped hats about the matter and, for me, it seemed as though adulthood was all but won. Of course, like all recent high school graduates, I was wrong. Effectively going in blind with nothing but a general idea of the kind of person I wanted to be, university life was tough. I ended up transferring out of WMU, bouncing from community college to university, sampling one major after another, trying our different minors, all the while feeling like, somewhere, I had done college wrong: somewhere down the line I had misread the directions for how to be an adult, and found myself at a station in life that was as unfulfilling as it was tedious: I had gotten it into my head that whatever I was going to school for had to be strictly marketable– that I could continue to write in my free time while going while getting a degree in something that would guarantee a listless and emotionally meaningless career.

When I decided to transfer back to WMU (read: doing college wrong), I decided that if I was paying thousands upon thousands of dollars for a degree, then I was going for something I loved (read: doing college right). Writing, the original culprit (like all good plot twists), was the answer all along. I promptly applied to the english honors society that I’d heard so much about.

And was promptly rejected.

This was largely because I had only just transferred back and did not yet have enough english credits. But, being a writer with pens in his heart and ink in his blood, rejection letters are nothing if not second nature.

My remaining time at Western became a marathon of trying to catch up on the literary love affair I had been missing out on. I took all the writing classes I could, I wrote in my free time, I read and I read and I read, and before I long I wrote my own book (the first that wasn’t a NaNoWriMo novel)– a story I took to Prague via the Prague Summer Program to have workshopped. Eventually, after worlds of writing and schooling, I reapplied to Sigma Tau Delta.

It is difficult to describe (in anything shorter than a novel laden with tortured metaphors and overbearing symbols) what it’s like to not think you’re cut out for college, to go to college, to again think you are not cut out for college, all the while knowing exactly what you want to do but not how to do it, and then to finally feel your life ignite. Getting accepted into Sigma Tau Delta was a profound confirmation and, in all likelihood, I wouldn’t have applied if there had been any kind of membership fee.

Thank you.

I don’t know if I’ve done college right, but I know I’m headed somewhere that I love. With Sigma Tau Delta, I have something tangible to show for my efforts– a starting point for all of the years to come. Sincerely, thank you.

-Tyler James Smith; Spring 2013

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To all our generous donors: Thank you so much for this gift you have given us. Your donations certainly make a difference to our school and our chapter, but also to each individual. I know I would not have been able to join Sigma Tau Delta without your support, much less have the privilege of being the chapter president for the 2012-2013 school year! Thanks to your kindness, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing individuals and to forge friendships that extend far beyond our official meetings. My officers and I have gained extremely valuable leadership experience and had a lot of fun doing it. Thanks to my membership, I’ll also be presenting some work at the annual convention this March. Participation in Sigma Tau Delta has truly made me a better teacher, a more engaged student, and a more focused and ambitious scholar. I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift.

-Catherine Bailey, eBoard President; Spring 2013

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Thank you to all the donors who made it possible for our organization to grow!  In the past, even $50 was not something I could afford and thus, being a member of this organization was not an option.  However, because you have granted us with these donations, you made it possible for many students (probably in the same boat as me) to become a member of the English Honor Society!  When I graduate a year from now, it will be especially nice to have those honor cords for everyone to see that I worked hard to earn my English major!  For that, I truly thank you!

-Shannon E Hascall-Reyes; Spring 2013

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Thank you does not even begin to explain the appreciation I have for our donors. Sigma Tau Delta is such an honor to be associated with and being able to be apart of such a prestigious group of individuals is beyond rewarding. With that said, I thank and bring positive recognition to those who allow this association to grow and develop with their generous donations. Sigma Tau Delta would not be the same without you!

– Paige O’Shea; Spring 2013

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I sincerely appreciate the opportunity that you have provided me by allowing me to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta at no cost. I will be presenting a paper at the national conference this spring, and I wouldn’t have been able to do so without your generous support of Sigma Tau Delta.

– Kait Mitchell, eBoard Historian; Spring 2013

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My experience at Sigma Tau Delta has been so wonderful! Being a member of the Eboard has taught me the values of being prudent, prompt, and reliable. I have enjoyed every event and gathering I have experienced with this wonderful group. I have had the opportunity to grow my resume through activities with Sigma Tau Delta, and prepare myself to enter the workplace in my Secondary English Education degree. Thank you so much to all the donors who have made my membership in this group possible! It truly is the best honors society I have joined in college. I appreciate all that you have done for me and for this organization. Thank you so much!

– Kalani Bates, eBoard Communications Officer; Spring 2013

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Thank you so much for your generous donation to Sigma Tau Delta. I am so proud to say that I was a part of the English Department at Western Michigan University. The lessons I’ve learned and opportunities I’ve gained are absolutely invaluable and very much appreciated. Sigma Tau Delta has been a wonderful experience and it is truly an hour to have been part of such an organization. Thank you for giving me the opportunity and for your generous contribution to this asset to our university.

– Ambrosia Neldon; Spring 2013

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I just wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Western and the amazing opportunities they give to their students. There is a huge dedication they give to Kalamazoo and to their students and faculty to insure we have an experience unlike any other. I am so happy I transferred here two years ago and regret that I didn’t come to Western as a freshman. I have found a place here at Western and I’m proud to call myself a Bronco and excited to be a part of the English community!! Thank you so much to all of those donors who understand the importance of English and our deep admiration for all things English! You don’t understand the amount of appreciation we have for your support in our academic success! Thank you.

 – Courtney Meserva; Spring 2013

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My life as a student has always been complicated. As an undergraduate, I was a student athlete, while I completing my MFA, my mother died, and as a PhD student, I was one of few who had a family, including children. Academia is complicated, and it comes with its shortfalls and judgements, on the parts of faculty members, and students, including family and peers who often don’t understand academe or why we would sacrifice so much for a particular degree. Being a part of Sigma Tau Delta has made me feel accepted in a world where academics are not always perceived in such a positive light. The time and monetary contributions that have been spent towards the endeavor of Sigma Tau Delta is greatly appreciated. For me, it has  helped me gain alliance with faculty and students outside my discipline, as well as fostered a faith in myself. This faith as a busy student/teacher/mother figure has often been difficult for me to get and difficult for me to acknowledge. So here I want to acknowledge you and assure you that your time and monetary donations have been appreciated, and will continue to be so, if you continue to contribute. Thank you.

– Andrea England, PhD; Spring 2013

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Thank you so much for providing me with the wonderful opportunity to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta. My membership for the past three years has helped me to grow as a writer, a reader, and a critic. It has allowed me to participate in conferences and conventions at which I have been able to share in English studies with my peers and mentors in a way that would otherwise not have been possible. I was also fortunate enough to go to the international convention last year in New Orleans–an experience whose memory will stay with me for the rest of my life. You have my sincerest gratitude for your continued support throughout my growth as a student and a scholar during my time here at WMU. Thank you.

– Ian Hollenbaugh; Spring 2013
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Being a member of Sigma Tau Delta has allowed me to meet and network with others in  a variety of English disciplines that I never would have met had it not been for this organization.  The professional development, speakers, and conferences sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta have been invaluable to me and are sources that I continue to use and have referenced in numerous job interviews. It is my hope that this organization continues to be open to all English students at WMU and that its positive impacts are felt by all that take part in it.
– Tyler Stahl; Spring 2013
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Thank you very much for your overwhelmingly generous donations to Sigma Tau Delta.  Because of your generosity I and many students like me have been able to enjoy the benefits of being a member of Sigma Tau Delta without any additional costs on our part, which has been a very large blessing for us given the ever-raising cost of tuition. My wife and I must both work in order for me to
enjoy this education, and every little bit of help makes it so much easier to get by. Being a member of this honors society has enriched my time here at Western Michigan University, and will continue to help me as a lifelong member in the future. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to grow and learn, and without the financial help of generous people like you all this may not have been a possibility for me. Thank you once again, and God bless.
– Micah Carlson; Spring 2013
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Membership in the Alpha Nu Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has provided me with a plenitude of professional experience, scholarly engagement, and personal growth.  First and foremost, I should say that without the generous funding of our donors, I would not have been able to join our organization, let alone participate in any of the events it hosts or takes part in.  Working a full-time job in order to scrape my way through school, it is difficult for me to come upon extra money to join worthwhile societies like Sigma Tau Delta, and I will be eternally grateful to Sigma Tau Delta donors for the opportunities I experienced as a result of their generosity.I would like to briefly share the most memorable of the experiences I had with Sigma Tau Delta: attending the organization’s 2012 international conference in New Orleans.  Sigma Tau Delta provided all the necessary funds for a group of seven of us to fly to the conference and stay in a hotel there for four days.  There, I connected with not only the members of our group, none of which I knew prior to the trip but all of which I remain friends with today, but also with scores of other budding scholars from around the country, several of whom I maintain contact with.  For sometime interested in professional literary studies, attending this conference was heavenly in itself.  I also received several positive ideas about where to take my own research and how to perfect my own writing.
This in itself would have made the trip worth it.  But I also experienced for the first time one of America’s most diverse and culturally-charged hubs, New Orleans.  For days our group took in some of the best food we’d ever had, heard amazing jazz music, and engaged in some really embarrassing dancing on Canal Street.  The trip for me was far more than academic (although that component was certainly there)- it was a one of those formative experiences in life that shift your thinking and make you more aware of the larger globe outside our hometown.
At every point on this trip, we understood that these were experiences none of us would have had without the funding of our organization, and by extension, the funding of our donors.  Please accept my deepest gratitude for allowing me to participate in experiences like the Alpha Nu Pi chapter’s trek to New Orleans- through your donations, I have been able to both further my scholarship, develop my academic connections, and broaden my world perspective.  Thank you for this, thank you so much.
– Ben Moran; Spring 2013
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I would like to express sincere appreciation for the opportunity to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta at Western Michigan University. My experience and learning at Western has been invaluable to me, and I have never regretted my decision to pursue an English Literature/Creative Writing major. My studies of literature have broadened my understanding of the world and the human experience, and I have constantly been in awe of the power of the human spirit and the language which lifts it up to the ages in a universal cry of strength and joy. Your generous donations allow for the honor of membership in a society that hearkens and champions the advancement of this immortal voice into the generations to come. Thank you, thank you for your contribution!
– C. Noel Carlson; Spring 2013
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Thank you so much to all of the wonderful donors who have made membership to this organization possible. You have no idea of the impact that you have made in so many of our lives by providing us with the opportunity to be apart of a community of students, friends, and professionals who all love the written word. The past two years, as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, have been an incredibly rewarding experience and it would not have been possible without your assistance. Thanks to all of you.– Josh Soloc; Spring 2013

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My name is Ross Landers. My major is English with a focus on Creative Writing. I love the English language. I love to read English. I love to write English. I love to listen to English. I cannot thank you enough for giving me and others like myself the opportunity to join Sigma Tau Delta for free. Sigma Tau Delta allows us to express our love for English and to be recognized for our English works. Sigma Tau Delta opens doors to us writers that we didn’t even know existed and it is thanks to you, the donor, which we are permitted to see these wonderful options. Again and again and again, thank you so much for this precious opportunity. I am graduating in April of 2013 and my time at Western Michigan University has been priceless. I am honored to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta and once again from the bottom of my heart I thank you donors.

– Ross Landers; Spring 2013

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2 thoughts on “Our Appreciation

  1. I just wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Western and the amazing opportunities they give to their students. There is a huge dedication they give to Kalamazoo and to their students and faculty to insure we have an experience unlike any other. I am so happy I transferred here two years ago and regret that I didn’t come to Western as a freshman. I have found a place here at Western and I’m proud to call myself a Bronco and excited to be a part of the English community!! Thank you so much to all of those donors who understand the importance of English and our deep admiration for all things English! You don’t understand the amount of appreciation we have for your support in our academic success! Thank you.
    – Courtney Meserva

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