WWU's Sigma Tau Delta members attend convention in New Orleans
|3/20/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The twang of a banjo is heard in the distance as a struggling artist adds finishing touches to a landscape painting of the St. Louis Cathedral. The aroma of shrimp, fresh bread, and gumbo fills the air as a local psychic predicts a young girl's future.
The warm, sunny weather makes way for a walk along the streets of the French Quarter for five members of William Woods University's Sigma Tau Delta English honor society.
The Eta Mu chapter recently traveled to New Orleans, La., for the annual Sigma Tau Delta international conference. Members who attended were Sarah Hayden of Farmington, Mo.; Kate Henderson of Fulton; Abby Cable of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Alexis Guth of Sullivan, Mo.; Leigh Rice of Fulton; and sponsor, Erik Hillskemper.
While in New Orleans, the local chapter sat in on various sessions and attended a book reading by Natasha Trethewey, the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University. Trethewey is the author of "Domestic Work," "Native Guard," "Thrall," "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" and "Bellocq's Ophelia."
To see the city, Sigma Tau Delta members took an extra day to visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the National WWII Museum, where they had the chance to visit with WWII veterans.