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Seven EAC students initiated into the Beta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Pictured: Three of the club?s new initiates along with the sponsors of the new charter, from left, Melanie Russell, Mary Birdsall, Codie Wallace Duke, Katy Kempton, and Clara Griffin. [EAC ? Tana Lamb photo].

By Mylee Mayberry

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College initiated seven students into its new Beta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the national English honor society, in a ceremony last week. Sigma Kappa Delta honors excellence in the disciplines of writing, reading, and critical thinking. All initiates must have completed at least one course in college English with a “B” or higher and maintain an overall GPA of 3.3.

“This is the inaugural cohort – the first initiates ever,” said EAC English instructor, and cosponsor of the new chapter, Melanie Russell. The charter was granted to EAC by Sigma Kappa Delta in November 2014.

In attendance at the initiation was EAC Provost Jeanne Bryce, along with other administration, faculty, and sponsors. “The objectives of Sigma Kappa Delta are to confer distinction for high achievement and general scholarship in English language and literature, to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses through local chapters, to foster community within English departments, and to encourage creative and critical writing,” said Russell.

“My cosponsors, Dr. Margaret Simonton and Ms. Mary Birdsall and I are pleased to bring this academic opportunity to EAC students for generations to come. Congratulations to our first initiates!”