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Student Organizations

English Association

Membership in the English Association is free and attendance is open to all English majors and minors. Additionally, all Barry University students may attend the events. The English Association sponsors fun, social events with a literary theme.  Our past events include:  Superheroes, Fairytales, Science Fiction Writing, Love of Literature, Young Adult Fiction, and Zombie Movie Night.   

Faculty Sponsor: Brad Bowers, bbowers@barry.edu

Interview with a Vampire

English Association Vampire Workshop, analyzing Interview with a Vampire.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. 

Membership Eligibility

  • be a registered student at Barry University;
  • have completed 30 credits of college work (undergraduate) or 6 credits (graduate);
  • have completed at least two literature, creative writing or professional writing courses beyond first-year courses. The literature courses may include foreign language, humanities or liberal studies courses with a strong literary focus. If you have a question about any of the courses on your transcript, contact the faculty sponsor (see below).
  • have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 and a B average in all English-related courses;
  • pay the $50 membership fee (includes lifetime national membership in Sigma Tau Delta and one year local dues)

Faculty Sponsors:

Dr. Lillian Schanfield, lschanfield@barry.edu
Dr. Andrea Greenbaum, agreenbaum@barry.edu

Our chapter also publishes a distinguished literary journal, What Oft Was Thought, and runs a yearly writing contest.

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma

Membership in Alpha Mu Gamma honor society, a national foreign language organization, recognizes achievement in the field of foreign language and stimulates a desire for linguistic excellence. Students are encouraged in their study of language, literature, civilization, and understanding of other people and their way of life.

Alpha Mu Gamma sponsors lectures, art and literature contests, plays, participation in international affairs, and mini-film festivals. As their community service component, Alpha Mu Gamma members offer tutoring to foreign language students.

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Blanca Alvarez, balvarez@barry.edu

Alpha Mu Gamma Inductees

Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Languages Honor Society) Inductees, with faculty sponsor, Dr. Blanca Alvarez, and Dr. Margarita Nodarse.

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club serves to maintain and enhance the Hispanic academic and cultural experience on campus. The club sponsors lectures, art exhibits, movies, and charitable and social gatherings. Students exchange ideas and customs from a broad spectrum of the Hispanic world.

Barry Buccaneer

The Buccaneer is Barry’s award-winning student newspaper.  It is completely produced by students. Buccaneer writers, designers, and photographers have been honored in student journalism competitions in Florida and the Southeast region. Some recent awards include the Region 3 Society for Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence First Place award for a feature story published in 2012 and Second Place for a news photo published in 2012. Buccaneer designers have also twice won Florida College Press Association competitions.

The Buccaneer is published monthly and is available online to members of the Barry community.

The Buccaneer also has a robust business side, with student ad representatives and the business manager participating in all aspects of advertising and circulation. The Buccaneer’s ad revenues support the newspaper and help pay for Buccaneer staffers to attend a national student journalism conference every Fall. Buccaneer staffers also have the opportunity to participate in other training and networking events locally and around the country.

Several recent Buccaneer staffers have gone on to pursue successful careers in journalism, but many have also found the experience invaluable as they pursued careers in other fields, including marketing, non-profit management, public relations, human resources, resort management, and graphic design.

Participation in the Buccaneer is open to all students, regardless of major, and the Buccaneer is always looking for new writers, photographers, designers, web developers and ad representatives.  Interested students should contact the staff at buccaneer@mymail.barry.edu or drop by the newsroom in Landon 206C.

Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Susannah Nesmith, snesmith@barry.edu

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