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Alvernia students earn international honors for literary arts



For the second consecutive year, Alvernia students earned honors by international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, for their literary and artistic works in Zephyrus, the university’s literary arts journal.

 “I’m thrilled our students were recognized for their hard work,” said faculty adviser and Associate Professor of English Dr. Thomas Bierowski. “I didn’t expect us to be awarded once, let alone two years in a row. It sets the bar very high for this year, and I’m hoping that we can be recognized again.”

Alvernia’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta will receive the award in March, when they attend the 2020 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will present a panel titled, “Transformative Landscapes in Dystopian Literature.”

Zephyrus is a student-run operation that includes soliciting submissions, editing and assembling the hard copy. The editorial board encouraged their peers to submit creative pieces that embodied the theme of the winning edition, “New Beginnings.” The submissions received included photographs, short stories, poems, and various other unique artworks that illustrated this idea.

The editorial board has selected “Home” as the theme for the 2020 edition and is encouraging video submissions through the use of QR technology.

“I think Alvernia has a variety of video production classes already,” said Michael Beyer '20, editor-in-chief of Zephyrus. “So it would be of great benefit to Zephyrus to open the doors for people to submit their works that they’re already creating for other classes.”


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