More info on Joining Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society

Hi all, in response to my post from 2/12 a number of you have already been in contact with Dr. Horton about joining Sigma Tau Delta. Great! Here’s some more information about the organization, the membership process, and, for anyone who can attend, the induction ceremony:

Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing. It now includes 825 chapters in the United States and abroad. Membership in this prestigious honor society is something you can list on your resume under “professional organizations” and membership will also provide you with resources and networking opportunities in our field of English. To be eligible graduate students must be actively enrolled in a graduate program, have completed six credits of graduate coursework, and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.


Lifetime membership requires a one-time fee of $40. If you are eligible and would like to join, please submit a $40 check or money order made out to Mercy College. (Just to be clear, we send the entirety of this fee to Sigma Tau Delta, but the college collects all fees and then cuts one check to send on behalf of our college’s Alpha Alpha Phi chapter. Any check or money order that is not made out to Mercy College will be returned to you as we will not be able to deposit it).

When writing a check or money order include your name and Mercy ID# in the memo-line of the check. Mail (or hand deliver) the check or money order to:

Dr. Dana Horton
Mercy College
Maher Hall #208
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry NY 10522

Students may also pay in cash but you cannot send cash through the mail. You must hand-deliver cash to Dr. Horton or to the department administrator, Linda Dubiell, in Maher Hall on the Dobbs Ferry campus.

The deadline for receiving this payment of $40 is Tuesday, March 20, 2018.


Inductees, along with family and friends, are cordially invited to Mercy College’s Honors Day Induction Ceremony taking place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, beginning at 5:00pm in Lecture Hall on Dobbs Ferry campus with a dinner reception to follow in the Main Hall Cafe. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite; we only ask you to let Dr. Horton know now how many will attend so that we can order adequate catering. Attendance at the May ceremony is not required for membership.

We of the English literature faculty at Mercy College hope that you will join the Alpha Alpha Phi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a tradition here at Mercy College since 1991. If you have questions, please reach out to Dr. Dana Horton at

FINAL Registration Update: Fall and Summer 2018 Registration Opens 3/7.

The Registrar has now finalized the registration-opening date for fall and summer 2018. March 7, 2018, is the day. The only possible variation is for veterans, who can register early on 2/28. If you indicated on your college application that you are a veteran I am assuming that your account will be green-lit for registration on 2/28. If anyone is a veteran and is not able to register on 2/28 let me know.

Interested in Joining the English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta?

If you’re interested in joining Sigma Tau Delta, which is the International English Honors Society, registration is about to open. To be eligible graduate students must be actively enrolled in a graduate program, have completed six credits of graduate coursework, and have a minimum 3.3 GPA. Dr. Dana Horton ( is the Sigma Tau coordinator this year and is the one to contact about this, but please let me know as well if you intend to join ( There is a one-time membership fee, the payment of which you would coordinate with Dr. Horton. A Sigma Tau induction ceremony takes place at the end of each spring semester on the Dobbs Ferry campus. Inductees and any families/friends are invited and encouraged to attend though attendance is not required for membership.