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Scott Honored for Decade of Service to Sigma Tau Delta

Dr. Rob Scott, professor of English, is being recognized by Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary, for 10 years of dedicated service as advisor to the ONU chapter.

He said, “I am very pleased to be recognized. It’s a great organization and it is very rewarding.  He went on to add, “It depends a lot on student leadership and we have had very good student leaders.”

Under his guidance, the Delta Iota chapter has been rated as one of the top three out of 775 chapters, many of which have large memberships, including graduate students. This recognition has been based on projects such as tutoring in local schools, raising funds and accepting book donations for the national Better World

Books project, providing leadership to new English majors, and creating fellowship in the department through events such as the annual Christmas party and Bowling for Books.

The next project for the ONU chapter will be collecting books for Dr. Jonathan Pitts, associate professor of English, who is currently a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies in Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Pitts’ students and colleagues lack enough books for their studies, Scott says, and following the holidays, the Delta Iota chapter will begin collecting books.

This is only one of the activities embraced by the ONU chapter. Chapter representatives have been asked to lead roundtable discussions and give poster presentations on the success of the chapter at the national conference. Delta Iota also hosted a well-attended regional conference for Ohio and Michigan chapters. Such successes take a great deal of behind-the-scenes work on Scott's part, work he does cheerfully while training new officers and chapter members each year to maintain the high standards of previous classes, says Dr. Eva McManus, chair of the Department of English.

During Scott's tenure as advisor, members of Sigma Tau Delta, representing all five major areas in the English Department, have had their essays or creative works selected to present at the national conference. An average of five to seven students have been selected each year.

“Dr. Scott handles all arrangements for transporting them to the conference, once even driving through a blizzard to get them home safely,” McManus says. “He and his wife open their home each year to host a dinner and game night with Sigma Tau Delta members. He also organizes them to help with hosting duties for visiting authors, working with a local bookstore to sell books autographed by the authors at the events. Chapter members help organize the fall department picnic and escort new English majors to the event, making sure they meet other majors and faculty. They provide further social events, such as a movie night or ice cream social, to welcome the new students.”

Scott also works with the officers each year to provide an impressive induction ceremony and to recognize chapter members for their high academic achievements during the department Honors Day program. “English majors and the department as a whole have benefitted greatly from his commitment,” McManus says.

Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 with ONU’s Delta Iota Chapter beginning in 1964.