Sigma Tau Delta:
The English Honor Society at the
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg -
Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter Constitution
I. Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Mission and Purposes. The purposes of the Society are literary and educational. The Society strives to:
A. confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
B. provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in the surrounding communities;
C. foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language and writing;
D. promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
E. exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
F. serve society by fostering literacy.
With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
II. Chapter Requirements:
A. The International Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society mandates that college and university chapters "be established, maintained, or reactivated only in colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate or higher degrees and are accredited by the appropriate national or regional accrediting agencies."
B. The Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter was established at the Greensburg campus of the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. To maintain active status with the International Honor Society, Alpha Alpha Delta chapter must induct new members each year (or go no longer than a period of two years without reporting new members).
C. Membership Requirements:
Active Members of the International Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society:
1. Students must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA, and have completed the equivalent of three semesters work, or 45 credits.
2. In addition, students must have taken at least two English Literature or English Writing courses beyond Composition 0020, and must have earned at least a B (3.0) average in those English courses.
Associate Members of the Campus Chapter: No GPA/Credit Hour requirement. Associate members are nonvoting members and do not hold elected offices.
Alumni Members: Sigma Tau Delta members are members for life, becoming alumni when they cease current enrollment as student or faculty members in a college or university with an active chapter.
Faculty Membership shall be open to:
1. faculty sponsor(s) of a chapter. A sponsor shall be a faculty member or administrator at the sponsoring institution who has a degree in English (or its equivalent).
2. non-sponsoring faculty or administrators who have a degree in English (or its equivalent).
D. Inductions: An Induction Ceremony is held once or twice per year to induct new Active Members.
E. Officers: Officers must be active members of Sigma Tau Delta, and are elected by Active and Associate members. Officers are elected for year-long or semester-long terms. The following are student officer positions and duties within Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter. Some of these positions and chapter responsibilities may be combined as necessary.
1. President: Sets agenda for programs, activities in next school year. Organizes and prepares agendas for chapter meetings, etc. Writes welcome letter to new inductees, helps make sure the chapter meets important deadlines, rallies members to apply for chapter grants, individual scholarships.
2. Vice-President: Assists the President, is assigned to executive tasks. Keeps track of all Members' and Officers' attendance and active participation. Helps determine the most active members and officers for the year.
3. Secretary: Records minutes for chapter and officer meetings, and makes sure they circulate to all members.
4. Treasurer: Keeps track of the chapter's Unrestricted and Restricted Funds through SGA. Helps research costs (plane tickets, book prizes, etc.) Makes Budget Requests at the appropriate SGA Senate budget committee meetings. Works with our SGA House Rep and other officers as needed.
5. Historian/Photographer: Helps to record, document, and archive important chapter events and takes stock of chapter history. Helps to compile an archive of chapter meeting minutes. Works with Secretary and Photographers and Website Editor as needed.
6. Website Editor: Maintains, edits, and updates our chapter website.
7. Student Government Association (SGA) House Representative: Attends all SGA House meetings, keeps the chapter apprised of SGA events and news.
III. Chapter Activities and Events:
A. Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter shall host events open to the campus community to promote and encourage interest in literacy and appreciation of literary language and culture.
B. Its members are encouraged to work with the surrounding community in Westmoreland County to promote adult literacy.
C. Its active members are encouraged to participate in international honor society events such as conferences, to submit their original writings for publication in honor society journals, to apply for honor society scholarships and awards for which they are eligible.