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Sigma Tau Delta donates books to Turkish students

The Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, recently accepted a shipment of books donated by students and faculty of Ohio Northern University. The book drive for the students of Hacettepe was organized and completed by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary, under the guidance of he STD chapter advisor Dr. Robert Scott, professor of English. The Cultural Affairs section of the U. S. Embassy in Ankara also helped with the shipment.

Dr. Jonathan Pitts, associate professor of English and 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar in American Literature at Hacettepe University, presented the books on behalf of STD and Dr. Scott. The boxes of books included textbooks, novels, history, fiction and nonfiction. “We are grateful to the students of Ohio Northern University for these books,” said Dr. Meldan Tansisal, chair of the Department of American Culture at Hacettepe. “Our students will make great use of them.”

“Books in English are expensive in Turkey, where students buy Xeroxed copies of course texts,” Pitts said. “All course in the American Studies department are in English, so students are always looking for resources to use to improve their reading and comprehension. Turkish students in general consider it a great thing to own original texts too. So they are doubly grateful for these books, to STD and to Dr. Scott.”