Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference

Featuring Rock Neelly, author of Salt Fork Stations!

The Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference will be virtually held Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 – Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. It is sponsored by the Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

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The Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Friends University will hold a virtual undergraduate and graduate research conference for the High Plains Region and our neighbors from other regions. We invite all students as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta to send critical papers and creative works to share in scholarly and creative presentations, and attendance is open to all. 

Our guest speaker will be Rock Neelly, author of Salt Fork Stations. Rock Neelly is a Professor of English and Communications. He has written numerous articles in magazines, journals, and books over the last fifteen years. In his career, he has been a newspaper man, a sales manager, a contributing editor, and a bad guitarist in a garage band. Neelly, the grandson of cattle ranchers, the son of teachers, grew up on the high plains of Kansas shooting baskets and pheasant. The Salt Fork Stations, although based on his family roots, is a work of fiction. The novel takes place in Oklahoma and Kansas, beginning in the Cherokee Strip, a place that became Woods County, Oklahoma. To learn more about the book check out this review: 

The conversation and Q&A will take place on the evening of Friday, Oct. 14. We will also have a number of other activities of interest including a session to generate roundtable submissions for the 2023 International Convention in March, an alumni roundtable, and an open mic night. 


(All Times CST) 

Friday, Oct. 14
7:00-8:00 Guest Author Q&A, Rock Neelly
8:00-8:30 Open Mic 

Saturday, Oct. 15
9:00-11:30 morning sessions
11:30-12:45 Lunch Break and Convention Roundtable Networking
1:00-5:00 afternoon sessions 

Registration: Free/ The conference will be virtual this year. 


Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta. Presenters may submit either a critical essay or creative work in any genre, and submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. If you have a critical topic that you would like to present but have not quite completed the work, you may send a 250- to 500-word abstract of the paper instead. Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Kassia Krone, at if you have questions about the topic of your paper. 

Document Format for Submissions

  • Word document (.doc or .docx) 
  • Files should be named like this: “LastNameCritical” or “LastNameCreative” 
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title and genre of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student, or the institution you graduated from if you are an alumni member. Audio-visual technology will be available. 

    Submission Deadline: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
    Email submissions to
    Acceptance Notifications: no later than Friday, Oct. 7 

Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference

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