Seniors present papers at Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Four Assumption seniors had papers accepted for presentation at the 2010 International Sigma Tau Delta Conference held recently in St. Louis (MO). Ryan Donaher, Caitlin Larkin and Adrienne Masiello presented their work at the international conference. The fourth student, Giana Battista, was not able to attend. Sigma Tau Delta is the honor society for students majoring in English.

The Assumption students’ essays and creative writing submissions were selected from among hundreds reviewed by a jury of academic and professional writers. Submissions from students at only six New England colleges and universities were accepted for presentation this year, said Becky DiBiasio, an associate professor of English at Assumption. DiBiasio and colleague Paul Shields, an assistant professor of English, sponsor the Sigma Tau Delta campus chapter. Professors DiBiaso and Shields accompanied the students to the conference.

In addition to being selected to present, Donaher and Masiello were the Sigma Tau Delta Northeast regional delegates at the conference.

Giana Battista is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in writing and mass communications. Her submission was titled “I want to be a person!” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Battista of Cranston, RI. Ryan Donaher is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. He presented his paper, “My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name: A Feminist Reading of Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess.” He is the son of Ms. Maria Moriarty of North Chelmsford. Caitlin Larkin is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. She presented her paper, “Exposed.” She is the daughter of Ms. Carol Larkin of Duxbury. Adrienne Masiello is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. She presented her paper, “Ahab’s Wife vs. Moby-Dick: The Feminine Triumph Over Patriarchal Abandonment.” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Masiello of Wilmington.

Among its many activities, Assumption’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter recently completed a campus-wide book drive to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy. To be considered for membership in the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, English majors must have a minimum “B” average in English and in general scholarship and must rank among the top third their class, among other requirements.

Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society that confers distinction on students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs, and on professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. With more than 750 chapters and more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, Sigma Delta Tau inducts about 8,500 new members annually.

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