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YHC Students Inducted Into Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Students Inducted Into Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
Inaugural Alpha Sigma Omicron Chapter Installed at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Fourteen Young Harris College students were recently inducted as charter members of the Alpha Sigma Omicron chapter of the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta during a special ceremony held in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the Young Harris College campus.

The primary objective of Sigma Tau Delta is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The society also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

The organization strives to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses, serve society by fostering literacy and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities.Founded in 1924, the society has more than 800 active chapters.

Election to membership in Sigma Tau Delta is open to undergraduates enrolled as English majors or minors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, at least three semesters of coursework completed and a class rank in the highest 35 percent.

The Alpha Sigma Omicronchapter of Sigma Tau Delta is organized in conjunction with the English Majors Organization (EMO) at Young Harris College. Senior Allie Matulia of Fayetteville, Ga., serves as president for Sigma Tau Delta and EMO, while Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Gianfalla, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., serve as co-advisors for both organizations.

In addition to Matulia, new members include junior Donald Bracewell of Alpharetta, Ga., senior Linda Budd of Clarkesville, Ga., senior Kiara Carchi of Waterbury, Conn., junior Emalyn Cork of Marietta, Ga., junior Kendra Cowart of Murrayville, Ga., senior Megan Gribble of Hiawassee, Ga., junior Naomi Hyde of Talking Rock, Ga., senior Ivar Lazo of Lawrenceville, Ga., senior Mayeli Medina of Dalton, Ga., senior Amanda Noonan of Smyrna, Ga., junior Brett Rogers of Blue Ridge, Ga., senior Beth Sharpe of Sylvania, Ga., and senior Heidi Sherlock of Warne, N.C.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Charter members of the Alpha Sigma Omicronchapter of the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta include (front row, left to right) senior Allie Matulia of Fayetteville, Ga.,senior Megan Gribble of Hiawassee, Ga., senior Amanda Noonan of Smyrna, Ga., senior Heidi Sherlock of Warne, N.C., (back row, left to right) junior Donald Bracewell of Alpharetta, Ga., senior Ivar Lazo of Lawrenceville, Ga., junior Kendra Cowart of Murrayville, Ga., senior Mayeli Medina of Dalton, Ga., senior Kiara Carchi of Waterbury, Conn., junior Brett Rogers of Blue Ridge, Ga., junior Naomi Hyde of Talking Rock, Ga., junior Emalyn Cork of Marietta, Ga., senior Linda Budd of Clarkesville, Ga., and senior Beth Sharpe of Sylvania, Ga.

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