Seven Students Present at English Honor Society Convention
In late March, 7 students with majors/minors in English travelled to Louisville, KY, to present their original work at the annual convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society. During the past 5 years the Marist English Department has regularly sent contingents of students to this lively conference, including the 2016 convention in Minneapolis, MN; the 2015 conference in Albuquerque, NM, and the 2014 conference in Savannah, GA. In many instances participation in the conference has played a key role in students’ graduate school applications and scholarly publications.
Organized around the theme of “Recreations,” the convention featured 3 keynote addresses and a career workshop for students along with dozens of student panels. The students developed their conference proposals from work done in a wide variety of classes, including courses in literature and the history of the English language as well as poetry and fiction workshops. Assistant Professor of Michelle Smith mentored the students as they prepared their conference proposals and held a dinner session providing guidance and training for the presentation itself.
The following students presented their work:
- Philomena Buscetto ’17, “Hamilton: A Revolution in the English Language” (linguistic analysis)
- Kristen Dalli ’17, “Embracing the Chaos” (nonfiction)
- Caroline DeWald ’19, “You Think I’m Writing about You” (poem)
- Bernadette Hogan ‘’17, “Advice from a Stranger” (fiction)
- Marisa Maccaro ’17, “The Evolution of 17th-Century ‘Love’ Poetry” (literary analysis), chaired session
- Paige Moran “Pidgin’s Place in Hawaiian Education” (linguistic analysis)
- Emily Russo ’17, “The Intersection of Women and Technology” (rhetorical analysis)
Ms. Dalli characterized her experience as a positive one: “I absolutely loved the experience of presenting at the Sigma Tau Delta convention in Louisville. Presenting my own work instilled me with so much confidence, and also gave me the opportunity to hear truly incredible pieces of writing.” Ms. Moran, who had presented at the conference before, noted that interacting with like-minded peers is both unpredictable and stimulating: “Presenting at the convention is always an amazing experience because you never know who will be in the audience of your panel and what questions or insights on your paper they may have. It seems a great environment to continue learning and challenging yourself.”