Temple College has received a charter to have a chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honor society for two-year colleges. Seven faculty members and five students have been inducted into the chapter as founding members.
Sigma Kappa Delta was founded in 1996 at Cottey College in Nevada. Its goals are to:
- Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate studies;
- Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
- Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
- Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
- Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
- Serve society by fostering literacy.
To be eligible for membership in Sigma Kappa Delta, students must have completed one semester of college and at least one college English course, have no grade lower than a B in English, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Dr. Christopher Krejci, an assistant professor of English who is one of the group’s four faculty co-sponsors, said faculty members in the English Department began discussing the possibility of establishing a chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta at Temple College more than a year ago as a way to foster community, extend learning beyond the classroom, reward students for academic success, and get students excited about literature, language and writing.
Other faculty co-sponsors are Esther Guenat, who will work with students at the Texas Bioscience Institute; Dr. Beverly Van Note, who will work with students taking classes in Taylor and Hutto; and Nick Kocurek, who will work with students at the Temple campus and high schools where Temple College teaches Dual Credit classes.
Other founding faculty members are Christopher Cregar, Kimberly George and Brenda Nicholas.
Founding student members of the chapter are Martin Angulo, Amira Lambertis, Braija Mitchell, Jamie Rich and Josie Wilder.
Krejci said student members will be eligible for scholarships and awards and will have the opportunity to represent Temple College at state, regional and national conventions.
The Temple College is the 134th two-year college to have a chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta. Its chapter, which was formally chartered on March 6, 2018, is known as the Nu Zeta chapter.
Three initiation celebrations are planned in April to welcome the new members and present them with their pins signifying membership in the society. The chapter’s charter will be framed and displayed in the English Department offices.