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November 1, 2014


H. J. “Tony” Sachs
English Seminar Room
George T. Madison Hall 223
Sigma Tau Delta

Dr. Sachs 

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10 a.m.
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana

Hyman Jacob “Tony” Sachs taught at Tech from September 1929 through May 1972. Appointed Head of the English Department on June 7, 1954, he held that title until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. Growing up in Chicago, he received his Bachelor of Philosophy and Masters degrees from the University of Chicago. His honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta. When he was finishing his master’s degree in 1929, his department head asked if he would be interested in a college teaching position in Ruston, Louisiana. She told him that the President of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Dr. George W. Bond, also a graduate of the University of Chicago, had asked her to recommend someone who wanted to come to the Deep South “and make a difference.” The 25-year-old Jewish man who had never been outside Chicago’s city limits found the challenge impossible to refuse, so he accepted the offer and came to Ruston in fall 1929. During his years at Tech, he earned his Ph.D. in 1938 from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. His doctoral dissertation was on the teaching of vocabulary.

At Louisiana Tech, he built a faculty of 16 members with Ph.D.’s (out of a total of 25) by encouraging academic freedom and making sure that the professors taught at least one section of their favorite subjects each semester. Delivering dynamic lectures, he taught all the English courses, most notably the American novel and Shakespeare. His publications include numerous articles and four books: Readings for College WritersA Workbook for Writers5,000 Useful Words, and Practical English Workbook.

Dr. Sachs loved sports, serving on the Athletic Committee for 30 years. A much sought-after public speaker, he never shied away from controversial topics such as race relations and war. Celebrated as a superior professor, administrator, and citizen of Ruston, he spent his last years in Shreveport, where he died November 13, 1983.

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The Louisiana Tech University Department of English supported by the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English


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September 26, 2014

Banned Book Week


Banned Book Week

Banned Books Read Out
Sigma Tau Delta once again celebrates the right to read during Banned Books Week. The 2014 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 21-27. As part of this week, Sigma Tau Delta will present the Banned Books Read Out on Friday, September 26, 2014. Join us in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM Courtyard 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. There will be a dramatic reading contest 1:30-2:00 p.m. Feel free to share your favorite banned book with us. 

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October 2014

Genaro SmithThursday, October 16, 2014: 6:00 p.m. The Lincoln Parish Library will host a fall Poetry Night with local author and poet, Instructor Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith. This event will feature readings and discussion from the author’s book, The Land Baron’s Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives, which is set to be released on October 28, 2014.

Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and he earned a bachelor of arts in English from California State University, Northridge and an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. His works have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. He has been teaching literature, composition, and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University since 1999.


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Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.

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