Saint Martin’s students to present at national conference

January 11, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON—Two Saint Martin’s English students, Amber Graves ’12 of Federal Way, Washington, and Becca Marsh ’13 of Olympia, Washington, have been invited to present papers at the 2012 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Feb. 29–March 3, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As the international English honorary society, Sigma Tau Delta confers 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. At the February meeting, hundreds of Sigma Tau Deltans from around the globe will share experiences and ideas, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in official society business.

Graves’s and Marsh’s work was chosen from about 1,200 papers submitted by English students worldwide.

At the center of Graves’ paper, titled Independence Day, is the work of 20th-century poet Sylvia Plath, as it relates to the housewife. After her graduation from Saint Martin’s next spring, Graves plans to pursue graduate studies to become an English instructor at the university level.

Examining Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Marsh’s paper identifies text and images that associate the character Una with several qualities of the Virgin Mary. Marsh asserts that these associations place Una in a more significant role than previously attributed to her by critics. Marsh plans to pursue an MBA, with the professional goal of helping to develop small businesses in medicine.

Both Marsh and Graves say they are excited to have the opportunity to attend the convention and interact with their academic peers.

For more information on Sigma Tau Delta, contact Jamie Olson, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, at 360-438-4302 or For more information about this conference, visit
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Jamie Olson, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
English Department
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