From Wednesday, Feb. 29, until Saturday, March 2, the Marriott at 555 Canal Street in New Orleans played host to over a thousand conventioneers from Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary society. Three students from Fairmont State University’s Beta Omega chapter attended this event, along with their sponsor, Dr. James Matthews. Their trip was jointly funded by the Department of Language and Literature and the Office of the Provost.
Two Fairmont State University seniors have been named finalists in the 2011 West Virginia Fiction Writing Competition. Michelle Yost, an English major from Shenandoah Junction, has been named one of the finalists. Her story is entitled “The Transformation of Acteon.” Shasta Gibson, also an English major from Buckhannon, is the other finalist in the competition. Her story is entitled “Waking the Bear.” These students are two of ten writers from across the state to be selected as finalists.