WWU’s Sigma Tau Delta members attend convention in New Orleans

The twang of a banjo is heard in the distance
as a struggling artist adds finishing touches to a landscape painting of the St. Louis
Cathedral. The aroma of shrimp, fresh bread, and gumbo fills the air as a local psychic
predicts a young girl’s future.

The warm, sunny weather makes way for a walk along the
streets of the French Quarter for five members of William Woods University’s
Sigma Tau Delta English honor society.
The Eta Mu chapter recently traveled to New Orleans, La.,
for the annual Sigma Tau
Delta international conference. Members who attended
were Sarah Hayden of Farmington, Mo.; Kate Henderson of Fulton; Abby Cable of
Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Alexis Guth of Sullivan, Mo.; Leigh Rice of Fulton; and
sponsor, Erik Hillskemper.
While in New Orleans, the
local chapter sat
in on various
sessions and attended a book reading by Natasha Trethewey, the Phillis Wheatley
Distinguished Chair in Poetry at
Emory University. Trethewey is the author of “Domestic
Work,” “Native Guard,” “Thrall,”
“Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and “Bellocq’s
To see the city, Sigma Tau
Delta members took an extra day to visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
and the National WWII
Museum, where they had the chance to visit with WWII veterans.