Organizations and Publications

          Extracurricular activities can be a great way to extend an interest in English beyond the classroom and even to build a resume. A variety of organizations and publications exist at JMU that may be of interest to English majors.

Sigma Tau Delta

          Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honors Society. JMU’s Psi Sigma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta sponsors a Valentine-Grams Event in February and hosts an annual Spring conference for undergraduate papers.

          Do you currently have a overall GPA of 3.25 and a 3.6 in English? If you meet these qualifications and are interested in becoming a member of Sigma Tau Delta, print out this application and return the completed form and required documentation to 215 Keezell. You may also email applications either to Stephanie Maguire or Dr. Marina Favila. The faculty advisor to JMU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter is Dr. Marina Favila.

The Literary Itch

          The Literary Itch is a publication of Sigma Tau Delta. Interested students may contact:

The Journal
c/o Dr. Marina Favila, Faculty Advisor
Sigma Tau Delta Mailbox
Keezell Room 216

Sister Speak

          Sister Speak is JMU’s feminist literary journal and is published twice a year. For information and submissions contact either Emmy Feamster (editor in chief) or the faculty advisor, Dr. Mary Thompson.

Gardy Loo

          Gardy Loo is JMU's Magazine of the Arts and is published quarterly. Its title derives from a phrase occurring in Tobias Smollett's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) . Interested students may contact

Gardy Loo
800 S. Main St. Box 8286
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


          Hopscotch is a children's literature magazine. "These are short stories for little children by big children," writes faculty advisor Maria Odette Canivell. Interested students may contact

c/o Dr. Maria Odette Canivell, faculty advisor
JMU English Department
Keezell Hall - MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


          Fugue is published annually by the JMU Honors Program. Interested students may contact

c/o Dr. Maureen Shanahan
JMU Honors Program
Hillcrest House
MSC 1501
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


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