Student Organizations

Officers 2013-14

President \ Hunter Gilson

Email:  jhgilson at ksu dot edu

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Other activities: Ambling through Suburbia, impersonating John Wayne, raising Bonsai trees, and a proud member of English Ambassadors.

Favorite book(s): The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Moby-Dick, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Ballistics, Great Expectations, and, forever and always, all things Cormac McCarthy

Future plans:  Finding the perfect cup of coffee, visiting every national park, backpacking across Europe, seeing Vampire Weekend in concert, employment at a fun company, and, with any luck, a low-residency MFA program.

Vice President \ Rachel Smith

Email: rachelas at ksu dot edu

Hometown: Olathe, KS

Other activities: Reading, tossing a frisbee, bicycling, Challenge (student ministry)

Favorite book(s):

Future plans: Teaching English literature in China

Treasurer \ Kristin Selby

Email: keselby at ksu dot edu

Hometown: Overland Park

Other activities: I love spending time outside (whenever the Kansas weather allows for it), reading, cooking, and just hanging out with friends.

Favorite book(s): Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, anything that David Sedaris writes, and everything I've ever read by Virginia Woolf.

Future plans: Teaching! (in whatever form that happens to be)

Secretary \ Laura Sommers

Email: lsommers at ksu dot edu

Hometown: Hiawatha, KS

Other activities: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Order of Omega, Golden Key International Honor Society, freelance writer for The Collegian.

Favorite book(s): It's always so hard for me to pinpoint a single book or even a few as favorites, but I love The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck and anything by Kristin Hannah and Anita Shreve.

Future plans: I will graduate from Kansas State University with degrees in both English and secondary education in the Spring of 2015. I hope to teach English at the high school level and write freelance on the side.

Faculty Sponsor \ Dr. Naomi Wood

Email: njwood at ksu dot edu

Hometown: Chicago, IL and Kinshasa, Congo.

Other activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Reading, Music, Baking.

Favorite book(s): I love anything by Charles Dickens, most of William Makepeace Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, Oscar Wilde. More contemporary writers I love include Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. LeGuin, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken . . . and more.

Future plans: Continue to build the chapter, see English majors find their vocation, perfect homemade sourdough technique.


Questions? Check out the Sigma Tau Delta International Constitution.