English Student Organizations
Want more to your college experience than just sitting in classes? Get involved on-campus. Take your love of literature out of the classroom through service projects, fundraisers, and social events. Polish your leadership skills by becoming an officer and coordinating campus-wide events. The student organizations sponsored by the Department of English let you get to know faculty and fellow students outside of class.
The English Student Organization: Sigma Tau Delta
Love talking about literature? Whether you’re an English major or just interested in reading, you can become a part of Sigma Tau Delta, the English student organization at Fort Hays. Join like-minded people in promoting interest in literature and writing, encouraging discussion about literature, and sponsoring activities related to the written arts. Membership meetings alternate with social gatherings, movie nights, and literary events like Open Mic nights. Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Rho Psi, also actively works to provide opportunities for service, leadership, and academic recognition for English majors. In the past, members have planned on-campus events celebrating literacy and freedom of speech, worked with community organizations, and had a great time doing it. Our chapter is also active on the national and international levels, attending the Sigma Tau Delta conference each year. Any interested Fort Hays student can be a local member of our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, but we are also an official affiliate chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, so eligible students can be inducted into that organization as well. Students must have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in English courses to be inducted. The benefits of induction include opportunities for scholarships, presentations at the national convention, and local and national leadership roles. For more information, contact Dr. Lexey Bartlett or Dr. Carl Singleton.
Lines from the Middle of Nowhere
In 1989, dedicated FHSU students and faculty created the literary and arts journal, Lines from the Middle of Nowhere. Since its first publication, Lines has showcased the talents of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of FHSU. This completely student-run journal has won many national and international awards. From sifting through submissions to designing the layout, you can get involved as a part of the editorial board or submit your own work for consideration. The deadline for submissions is in spring each year. Contact Dr. Brett Weaver for more information.
Beyond activities found in Rarick Hall, home to the Department of English, majors become part of many campus-wide organizations, such as Tigers in Service or the Student Government Association. For more information about student organizations at FHSU, check out the Center for Student Involvement site.