Send Them to St. Louis: Support Sigma Tau

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Please join us in supporting UO English's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta as it raises funds to send nine phenomenal undergraduates to its international conference.

Corinne BrubakerCadaxa Chapman-BallCaroline Fenty, Sarah Hovet, Isabela Medina, Anika Nykanen, Alyssa Pete, Katie Souza, and Scott Zeigler have been invited to present their work at this year's convention in St. Louis, Missouri. This achievement caps a landmark year for the chapter and places UO in the top 10 for the highest number of presentations accepted out of the 192 colleges and universities attending or participating in the conference. 

Sigma Tau needs to raise $3,800 to offset the costs of registration, travel, and lodging for the nine presenters.

There are several ways to support the organization. One is to donate books - especially academic books and textbooks - to Sigma Tau's Book Drive, happening now. They will accept books between Monday, February 4th and Friday, February 8th. You can leave books in the designated box near the Department office in the PLC lobby, or you can email the organization ( to schedule a pick-up.

Faculty may also support these students by:

  • Making a tax-deductible donation through the University of Oregon Foundation (click here!)
    • Be sure to write "Sigma Tau Delta" in the "Additional Gift Instructions" box
  • Making a tax-deductible donation by cash or check to Julie Anderson or David Yorgesen in the ENG Department office.
  • Transferring funds from their ASA accounts. Contact Julie Anderson ( or David Yorgesen (

Here are the wonderful presenters and their fascinating projects:

  1. Corinne Brubaker: “Lemony Snicket: Treachery and Approachability”
  2. Cadaxa Chapman-Ball: “Shelley’s Nature of Poetry: The Creative Process”
  3. Caroline Fenty: “Split” (original fiction)
  4. Sarah Hovet: “Enclosing Subjectivity: Letters in Clarissa”
  5. Isabela Medina: “Nebulous Divisions of Order and Chaos in Beowulf”
  6. Anika Nykanen: “Where Journalism Fails”
  7. Alyssa Pete: “Deviant Gender and Sexuality in Frankenstein and the Rocky Horror Picture Show”
  8. Katherine Souza: “‘Wakening’: Indigenous Sci-Fi and Cree Figures”
  9. Scott Zeigler: “Antagonistic River: Reading Nature in Fiction”

Please stay tuned to the department website for a more detailed feature on Sigma Tau. For more information about the Alpha Tau Phi Chapter, you can visit their website or get in touch with Chapter President Caroline Fenty ( or Faculty Sponsor Dr. Corbett Upton (