Marcia Kierscht, President of Stephens College and Isabel Sparks at
the Chartering, Alpril 18, 1996
Alpha Epsilon Eta chapter began in April of 1996, when Isabel Sparks
gave us our charter, with Ginger Jones, sponsor of the Lincoln College
chapter, giving the plenary speech. Isabel Sparks is an alumni of the
college and had been the President of the national Sigma Tau Delta
organization for the seven years prior to our formation.
Ours was a modest begining, with the minimum of five members. We have
maintained ourselves through the years, and in 2005, we
celebrated a decade of service to the English language.
Halloween, we hold an open mic reading marathon which lasts
until midnight: the Spook-a-thon. Members and guests come
dressed in their favorite costumes and compete in our costume
contest. In the past, winners of the contest have been:
"Son-of-a-Bush," "Airing Dirty Laundry,"
"Music Pirate," and "One Night Stand."
For each reading, an annonymous alumni donates an agreed
upon amount. This helps Alpha Epsilon Eta pay for traveling
to national conventions.
We hold our
Induction Ceremony annually in December. At this ceremony, we ask all
our inductees to read from an author she feels represents one of the
Three Ideals: truth, sincerity, or design. These may be published
authors, or personal writings.
Alpha Epsilon Eta chapter has attended every national convention,
except one, since our founding in 1996. For each year that
we've attended, we've had students invited to read at all
of the conventions since our founding. In 2006, we had three
students chosen to read their works in Portland. And
one student, Emily Sharp, won honorable mention for her
fiction piece "What I Learned at Reverchon," which
is also available in the 2006Harbinger.
slightly longer history