19 students inducted into English honor society

19 students inducted into English honor society

19 students inducted into English honor society


Group photo of Alpha Zeta Xi Induction
(Back row, from left) Brendan-Alexander Valera, John-Daniel Tangalin, Darren Palmes, Camille Nicdao, Jericho Macaraeg & Rachel Marquez; (front row, from left) Verna Zafra-Kasala, Anna Uy, Matsuki Hirayama, Mariana Gabriel, Amberlyn Flores, Karmina Cayanan, Michael Castro, Mia Alvarez, Edward Acfalle Jr. & Desiree Jones. (Not shown: Kristina Argao, Gia Aromin, Christian Camacho & Joseph Chargualaf)

Alpha Zeta Xi, the University of Guam chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, inducted its newest 19 members on May 6 in the CLASS Lecture Hall on campus. The honor society promotes writing, literature, and language, and eligible members must have a 3.5 GPA in their English major courses and at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

“Our newest members show they have the initiative and drive to move the organization forward.

Faculty Adviser

Verna Zafra-Kasala


The students will have lifetime membership in the national organization, with benefits including various internship, scholarship, publication, and service opportunities as well as  participation in an annual convention, where they can present their creative or scholarly work   and network with other Sigma Tau Delta members from across the globe.

"It is exciting to see UOG's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta continue to grow," said Verna Zafra-Kasala, an instructor in the Division of English & Applied Linguistics and the faculty adviser for  the chapter. "The pandemic caused a disruption in the organization's activities and membership  recruitment, but we are getting back on track. Our newest members show they have the initiative  and drive to move the organization forward."

Prior to the pandemic, Alpha Zeta Xi’s activities included hosting readings by local writers, running creative writing workshops with one of the public high schools, and assisting in the  Guam Island-Wide Writing Challenge for K-12 students. Now that public health restrictions have been eased, Alpha Zeta Xi is ready to once again plan and host activities that foster literacy at  UOG and within the larger community.

Alpha Zeta Xi was founded at UOG in 1997 by Dr. Robert Burns but became inactive until 2013 when it was revived as a subcommittee under The English Society, the primary student organization of the Division of English and Applied Linguistics. In 2017, Alpha Zeta Xi became.   its own distinct organization. It has a total of 22 members.