Initiation Speakers

Each semester, the Lambda Delta chapter inducts new members into our organization and conducts an initiation ceremony. Each ceremony includes a guest speaker, usually from the Department of English at Illinois State University. Here you can find a list of our speakers for past initiation ceremonies.

Spring 2020: Rachel Gramer (Initiation canceled due to COVID-19)

Fall 2019: Robert L. McLaughlin

Spring 2019: Danielle Lillge

Fall 2018: Maggie Morris Davis

Spring 2018: Sally Parry (Speech available here.)

Fall 2017: Erika Sparby

Spring 2017: Brian Rejack

Fall 2016: Bob Broad

Spring 2016: Susan Burt

Fall 2015: Paul Ugor

Spring 2015: Tara Lyons

Fall 2014: Hillary Justice

Spring 2014: Mary Jeanette Moran

Fall 2013: Chris De Santis

Spring 2013: Chris Breu

Fall 2012: Tim Hunt

Spring 2012: Jim Kalmbach

Fall 2011: Julie Cheville

Spring 2011: K. Aaron Smith

Fall 2010: Julie Jung

Spring 2010: Roberta Trites

Fall 2009: Angela Haas

Spring 2009: Katherine Ellison

Fall 2008: Joan Mullin

Spring 2008: Chris Breu

Fall 2007: Amy Robillard

Spring 2007: K. Aaron Smith

Fall 2006: Ron Fortune

Spring 2006: Nancy Tolson

Fall 2005: Chris Breu

Spring 2005: Kass Fleisher

Fall 2004: K. Aaron Smith

Spring 2004: Kim Stone

Fall 2003: Tim Hunt

Spring 2003: Gabe Gudding

Fall 2002: Ken Lindblom

Spring 2002: E. Kim Stone

Fall 2001: Ricardo Cortez Cruz

Spring 2001: Steve Kagle [speech coming soon!]

Fall 2000: Candace Ward

Spring 2000: Susan Kim

Fall 1999: Jim Kalmbach

Spring 1999: Ken Lindblom

Fall 1998: Jennifer Travis

Spring 1998: Lucia Getsi

Fall 1997: David Foster Wallace

Spring 1997: Rebecca Saunders

Fall 1996: Irene Brosnahan

Spring 1996: Bill Morgan

Fall 1995: Torri Thompson

Spring 1995: Robert L. McLaughlin [speech and program coming soon!]

Fall 1994: *

Spring 1994: *

Fall 1993: *

Spring 1993: *

Fall 1992: *

Spring 1992: Charles B. Harris

*Records incomplete