Student Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta

The Department of English sponsors a chapter of the international English STDhonor society, Sigma Tau Delta. Membership is open to undergraduate English and English Education majors, graduate students, and faculty members. Mercer's chapter, Tau Upsilon, seeks to support, stimulate, and strengthen the programs of English majors and to bestow national recognition for achievement and academic excellence on the Department's outstanding students.

Students interested in Sigma Tau Delta membership must:

  • declare a major or minor in English;
  • complete two English courses;
  • maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in English; and,
  • have completed at least three semesters of course work.

Members will receive and be eligible to publish their works in the Society's publication, The Rectangle. They will also receive the STD Newsletter and be eligible for the STD key, the Society's prestigious Writer's Degree, Honor Degree and insignia, and Distinguished Service Degree and insignia. Sigma Tau Delta members also can compete for scholarships, fellowships, and cash prizes for writing. Additionally, the organization holds an international convention every two years. Lifetime membership in STD is $40.00. If you would like a T-Shirt you may purchase it for an additional $10.00.

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The Mercer Shakespeare Society

The Mercer Shakespeare Society is an organization of students, faculty, and staff who, following Ben Jonson’s lead, find in Shakespeare’s works a source of inspiration and delight that is “not of an age but for all time,” including our own, here and now in the twenty-first century.

Members of the Society meet regularly to read from Shakespeare’s works, share favorite passages, hear speakers from the worlds of literature and theatre, view films, and attend performances and other Shakespearean events. We welcome everyone with an interest in and love for all things Shakespeare; please join us and help “give life” to the beauty and power of the Bard’s works here, at Mercer University!

The Dulcimer

The Dulcimer is a student-run, student-edited literary and art magazine that publishes poems, plays, fiction, essays, and visual and three-dimensional art by CLA students and faculty and visiting artists. Recent issues of The Dulcimer have included stories and poems by Michael Meyehofer, Margaret Gibson (finalist for the National Book Award in poetry), and novelist Alvin Greenberg alongside the work of student writers and artists. The Dulcimer staff also sponsors film screenings, student and faculty readings, receptions with visiting writers, two annual art shows, and other arts events.