January 26, 2017

Hackettstown, N.J., January 26, 2017 – Four Centenary University students have been selected to present at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from March 29, 2017 through April 1, 2017.

Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society that was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. There are over 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad. There are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

This opportunity allows hundreds of members and sponsors from around the United States and beyond to gather in one locale, share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements and participate in the official proceedings of the society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while engaging with speakers, presenters, and texts that members might not otherwise encounter.

“I am so pleased that our have been chosen to present at the national convention,” says Dr. Sharon Decker, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department at Centenary University. “This recognition of their academic efforts is well-deserved, and will help propel them as they pursue their professional careers as writers and scholars.”

The students and topics are as follows:

Courtney Butrymowicz – “Can the Birmingham City Jail be the City on the Hill?”

Catherine Godlewsky – “Misapplied Sense: Emma’s Resistance to Education”

Jonathen Munoz- “Broken Bonds, Shattered Smiles”

Abe Rexrode – “Creating a Man” and “Open the Door Butterfly”

In addition, Jonathen Munoz was selected as editor for the 2017 edition of Mind Murals in the drama category, which is one of Sigma Tau Delta’s literary journals.

“I am beyond excited to be presenting at this year’s conference and working with the staff of Mind Murals,” says Munoz. “These experiences will undoubtedly open the door for many opportunities in the future. I am so glad that the English and Foreign Languages Department has made these experiences possible through their support and encouragement.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies university distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body. Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.



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