Over the past fifty-some-odd years, WKU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has often participated in Sigma Tau Delta’s International English Convention. This March, a group of student members and a faculty advisor will again be participating in the annual convention. The convention location rotates yearly and this year it will be held in Minneapolis, MN.
For this year’s convention, seven students have had work accepted: Courtney George, Madeline Kramer, Chelsea McCarty, Abigail Ponder, Haley Quinton, Rachel Sudbeck, and Bridget Yates. Among the accepted works are 10-minute plays, poems, and other fiction and non-fiction pieces.
Professor Walker Rutledge will again be leading the trip to the convention, as he has done with students many times over the past 30 years as the organization’s faculty advisor.
In our department, Professor Rutledge has formed a one-hour course that counts toward Honors College credit that has a transitioning theme each semester: Honors Forum, English 202. He modeled the course after general Physical Education 101 courses that have transitioning subjects. This way, students in Sigma Tau Delta, as well as other students, may take the course multiple times while still earning separate, and honors, credits.
The students who submitted plays were inspired to write them by the advisement of Professor Rutledge and the Honors Forum from Fall 2015 that focused on reading and performing 10-minute plays.
This semester, the class will focus on language, reading Deborah Tannen’s You Just Don’t Understand: Women & Men in Conversation and I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You’re All Adults.
(Above: WKU advisor and participants from the 2015 convention. Pictured from left: Professor Walker Rutledge, faculty advisor; Abby Ponder; Jessica Brumley; Kiersten Richards; Brittany Moster; Chelsea McCarty; Rachel Sudbeck; and Belita Goad, Professor Rutledge’s wife.)