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Save Our Convention Stories Project

The Save Our Stories Project is an endeavor to blend student and faculty narratives with historical documents/media to create a multimodal archive collection. The goals of the project are twofold:

  1. to create and preserve an accessible archive of cultural and historical data; and
  2. to develop awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural identity and intellectual traditions of the Sigma Tau Delta organization.

Why focus on stories? Everyone has a story to tell, but unfortunately, many stories are never recorded and they are lost forever. In Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, Christina Baldwin states, "Life hangs on a narrative thread. This thread is a braid of stories that inform us about who we are, where we come from, and where we might go. The thread is slender but strong: we trust it to hold us and allow us to swing over the edge of the known into the future we dream in words." Essentially, stories are integral to understanding a culture. Stories involve the sharing of experience to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Although many people view the word culture as a descriptor for various ethnic group traditions, culture is far more inclusive than that.

Culture is both a process and a product. Culture is learned, and the culture of a society shapes the behaviors and consciousness of its members. Sigma Tau Delta has its own culture, a culture characterized by student-centered philosophies, supportive camaraderie, and vibrant academic achievement. By preserving our stories, we will create snapshots of the culture and identity of Sigma Tau Delta for future generations.

This archive contains stories from 2008 through 2016.