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History and Description
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California Berkeley. The Society's insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. Sigma Delta Pi's colors are red and gold, its flower is the red carnation, and its motto is the Greek phrase "Spanías Didagéi Proágomen" meaning "Let's go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language." The national headquarters is located at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
With the guidance of such notable Hispanists as S. Griswold Morley, Elijah C. Hills, Rudolph Schevill, Leavitt O. Wright, William Berrien, John D. Fitz-Gerald, Tomás Navarro Tomás, José Martel, Archer M. Huntington, John T. Reid, Stuart M. Gross, James O. Swain, F. Dewey Amner, Carl A. Tyre, T. Earle Hamilton, Dolores Brown, Richard E. Chandler, Ignacio R.M. Galbis, John H. LaPrade, Mark P. Del Mastro and Germán D. Carrillo, the Society has expanded its activities and now has over 570 chapters in 49 states.
The following reveal the diverse nature of the colleges and universities that form the Sigma Delta Pi family: the University of Notre Dame, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Citadel, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Hawaii, Oral Roberts University, the University of Texas at Austin, Hood College, Brigham Young University, Truman State University, the College of William and Mary, Howard University, Friends University, Georgia Southern University, California State University San Marcos, Auburn University and the University of Wyoming.
In order to serve its many chapters optimally, the Society has a National President (click here for list of current and past presidents), an Executive Director,* and five Regional Vice Presidents. All but the Executive Director are nominated and elected by the active chapter members. The Society is governed by an Executive Council consisting of the seven aforementioned officials, the Immediate Past President, the Presidents Emeriti and one Executive Committee Member-at-Large. The sponsor of the chapter, preferably chosen by the student members, but sometimes appointed by the department head, is of the utmost importance, for his/her wisdom, imagination and dedication largely determine the success of the local branch of the Society
Our officers are:
President: Maidelín Suárez
Secretary: Cessia Cruz
Our active members (students):
Professors who are members:
Dr. M. Patricia Mosier
Dr. Edwin Padilla
Dr. William Nowak
Dr. Raquel Chiquillo
Dr. Reynaldo Romero
Dr. Paul Mandell
Prof. Marvis Kilgore
Dr. Montse Feu-López
Dr. Albert de Jesús Rivera
Dr. Carmen García
Pre-requisites for potential candidates for Sigma Delta Pi must meet are the following:
1. Be a junior or in the third year of Spanish courses.
2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Spanish classes (this is NOT overall GPA).
3. Have a minimum 3.2 overall UHD GPA.
4. Have taken and finished an upper level culture OR literature class.
5. Be an enthusiastic promoter and supporter of Hispanic culture.
Students must turn in by the deadline: a UHD transcript (if the student transferred to UHD from another institution, they must turn in a copy of those transcripts as well), and the $25.00 membership fee (includes the certificate and the pin) plus a $5.00 fee to help with the cost of the initiation ceremony.
Students may be invited to apply to Sigma Delta Pi by the co-sponsors OR they may also nominate themselves by sending an e-mail to Dr. Raquel Chiquillo or Dr. William Nowak and asking to be considered.
Expectations of Active Members:
1. Come to all meetings of Sigma Delta Pi.
2. Be willing to serve as an officer if needed.
3. Help spread the word and encourage students to apply.
4. Participate in 2-3 events (whether to promote the Society, to fund-raise or to promote Hispanic culture) per semester.
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Last updated or reviewed on 10/16/12