Yesterday afternoon in the Fireside Lounge, dozens of students gathered to hear Associate Professor of English Caroline Woidat speak about Thanksgiving. This was the second mini-lecture in the series Celebrate Literature, presented by Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society). The first was Professor Tom Greenfield’s mini-lecture on Oscar Wilde.
With the holiday break in sight, many students were eager to hear the truth about the holiday beyond the traditions. Dr. Woidat’s expertise on Native American literature was evident in her keen understanding of the history and (lack of) literature of Thanksgiving. Many learned surprising new facts, for example, that there are only two paragraphs of literature from the time that even hint at the traditions we accept as Thanksgiving customs.
Dr. Woidat expertly translated the complicated histories into a mini-lecture that was both informative and enjoyable. The next mini-lecture in the series will be “Occupy Christmas: Dickens and His Carol, Then and Now” by Professor Paul Schacht, Thursday, December 1, 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge in the Union.
Another year, another chance to exchange books for what else but – more books! Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society) was so impressed with the turnout and enthusiasm for last year’s Book Exchange that they conducted another one this year, complete with performances, snacks, and, of ,.
The Starbucks on campus donated coffee and passion-tea lemonades again this year so Sigma Tau Delta could sell the drinks at a discount for She’s the First, a charity that sends girls in Third World countries to school. Sigma Tau Delta matched every dollar that was made between the first and second Book Exchange, enabling two girls to school.
The success of this event has prompted Sigma Tau Delta to make the Book Exchange an annual tradition at Geneseo. The Honor Society hopes to continue the trend of great entertainment, good food for a good cause – and, of course, books!
Last night, members of Sigma Tau Delta (The English Honor Society) conducted story and craft time for a group of local children at Wadsworth Library. The group read The Rainbow Fish and Elmer the Elephant. After each story was read aloud, the children were able to create their own Elmer with paint and sponges and their own Rainbow Fish with tissue paper and tinfoil for the shiny scales.
Both the students and the children had a blast! Sigma Tau Delta enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community and to volunteer to help local families. They plan to volunteer again at the library in the Spring and hope more students would like to join them!