Born and raised in New York City, Brian is the first-born son of Irish immigrants and the first Raftery in America or Ireland to graduate from college. His parents were devoutly religious, and they made many sacrifices so that he could have a rigorous and traditional Catholic education. Brian was taught by the sisters of St. Joseph at Blessed Sacrament School, by Franciscan brothers at St. Francis Preparatory High School and by the Vincentian fathers at St. John’s University, from which he graduated cum laude.
In November 2014, Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) was awarded a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Founded in 1924, the society seeks to foster literacy and to recognize and encourage high achievement in English language, literature and writing. With more than 870 chapters throughout the world, Sigma Tau Delta is one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). The society inducts approximately 9,000 new members every year.
Sigma Tau Delta makes available to members numerous benefits, including scholarships and internships. There are many writing opportunities for members, who can submit papers for publication in “The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle” and “The Sigma Tau Delta Review.”
In addition, members are encouraged to contribute to Sigma Tau Delta’s online publications, The Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter and WORDY by Nature, the official Sigma Tau Delta blog. For complete information about the society and its benefits, please visit its official website.
According to the website, “Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college coursework.”
If you are interested in applying for membership and if you meet the above criteria, please contact Brian Raftery. There is a one-time lifetime membership fee of $40 due at the time of application.
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