|November 1, 2014
H. J. “Tony” Sachs
English Seminar Room
George T. Madison Hall 223
Sigma Tau Delta
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Louisiana Tech University
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 Writers, A Workbook for Writers, 5,000 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.
Download the program here
The Louisiana Tech University Department of English supported by the George E. Pankey
Eminent Scholar Chair in English
(Dartmouth College Frederick S. Beebe Professor in the Art of Writing)
Reading from her poetry including Book of Dog, followed by a book signing.
Thurs., October 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
G. T. Madison Hall Auditorium 105
Louisiana Tech University
Visit with the Author:
Thurs., October 23 at 4 p.m. in GTM 223: Sigma Tau Delta members, English majors, and students interested in creative writing
are invited. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, magazines,
and journals. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships,
three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Lavin
Award, the 2001 Jane Kenyon Award for Poetry and a Robert Frost Resident Poet Award.
A native of Ruston, Mathis served as director of creative writing at Dartmouth College
from 1982-1997 and 2004-2009. For info: http://www.cleopatramathis.com
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.
Thursday, 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.
Kennedy speak to English students.
Gary Kennedy, Ralph Thomas, and Alex Kennedy of Red Ball Oxygen, spoke to English majors and the members of Sigma Tau Delta about finding a career with an English major.
Sigma Delta Pi Initiation 2011. The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society held its initiation during the spring quarter.
Shakespeare's Birthday 2011. The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the
English Honor Society, hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 21,
2011. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the
Tech-London 2010. Fourteen students participated in the 2010 TECHLondon Summer Study Abroad Program.
They were accompanied by Dr. Ken Robbins (School of Performing Arts) and Dr. Celia Lewis (Department of English).
Shakespeare's Birthday 2010. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday
on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard
and in the GTM foyer.
Tailgating 2009. Faculty members from the School of Literature and Language assist in the tailgating
for the College of Liberal Arts. The game against Hawaii was featured on ESPN2.
Tech-London 2009. The English and Theater Departments sponsor the annual study in England.
Shakespeare's Birthday 2009. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday
on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard.
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.
The First Poe Party. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a Poe Party in the Shakespeare Garden in
the GTM courtyard. Dr. John Martin channeled the great Edgar Allen Poe, and students
presented additional poetry readings.
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.
10th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual
conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.