Sigma Delta Pi

 

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The purposes of this society are:

  1. To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples;
  2. To honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world;
  3. To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture;
  4. To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech;
  5. To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

(Article II of the Sigma Delta Pi National By-Laws)

Requirements:

  • Prospective members must fully meet all membership requirements:
  • They must have completed at least three years, or the equivalent, of college Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a third-year course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization.  Those students enrolled in these courses are eligible for membership if the instructor will certify that their work is a B quality or better;
  • Their grades in all Spanish courses must average at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • They must rank in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, senior);
  • They must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work;
  • They must show genuine interest in things Hispanic and be of good moral character.

Membership:

The society shall receive into its membership, irrespective of membership in or affiliation with other organizations, only those who attain its standards of high academic achievement in the study of the Spanish language, the literature and culture of Hispanic nations, and other college-level subjects. Membership may also be granted to those persons who give evidence of professional merit, proficiency, or special distinction in the fields of Hispanic study and culture or who have made significant contributions to these fields of endeavor. Membership shall be conferred in strict accordance with the standards established by the Association of College Honor Societies. The bases of selection shall be: (1) the scholastic or professional record of the candidate; (2) the distinction the candidate has achieved in the field of Hispanic studies; (3) the candidate’s demonstrated support of the goals and ideals of the society; (4) the character of the candidate. Reception into membership shall be without formal pledge or secret order training. (Section 1, Article III of the Sigma Delta Pi National By-Laws)

Scholarships:

Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship Program Annually, Sigma Delta Pi offers a generous scholarship program for summer study in Spain and Spanish America for active members who are enrolled in a college or university, are Spanish majors or minors, and have been recommended by their chapters. Scholarship applications and related information appear in the fall mailing sent to all chapters in late September/early October. Additional copies of the application may be received via e-mail by contacting the National Executive Secretary-Treasurer. More details about the scholarships such as locations, host institutions, etc., are available on the national website (www.sigmadeltapi.org). The number of scholarships available and the rules governing them are determined annually by the Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi. Therefore, changes may occur from year to year depending upon numerous circumstances. At the time of this publication, there were almost forty scholarships available to our members.

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 in Berkeley.  Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón.  The Society’s colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation.

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 and Germán D. Carrillo, the Society has expanded its activities and now has over 500 chapters.  Almost all state universities have chapters, and the few that do not are now considering the founding of one.

The following reveal the diverse nature of the colleges and universities which form the Sigma Delta Pi family: the Catholic University of America, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Methodist University, Baruch College-CUNY, the University of Hawaii, Oral Roberts University, Georgian Court College, Stanford University, Texas Christian University, Hood College, Brigham Young University, College of William and Mary, Howard University, Friends University, Georgia Southern College, Marquette University, Baylor University, Brown University, Auburn University and The Citadel.

In order to serve its many chapters most efficiently, the Society has a National President, an Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and five Regional Vice Presidents.  All but the Executive Secretary-Treasurer 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, and the Presidents Emeriti.  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.

Members:

2017

Kathryn Evans
Rachael Powers
Brianna Gutiérrez

2016

Ashley Beccia
Austin Burnham
Rebecca Calvo-Cruz
Matthew Cristal
Dana Donati
Camille Ertel
Benjamin Mele
Rani Plotkin
Melissa Rodriguez
Yareli Rodriguez
Rachel Wyman

2015

Ava Carnevale
Trevor Martin

2014

Ava Carnevale
Trevor Martin

2013

Philip E. Barr
Kayleigh E. Clark
Laura A. Crowe
Shilpa M. Darivemula
Jenna K. Langhans
Omar Rosas

2012

Rachel Finkelstein
Ajay Major

2011

Nicole Abrams
Madelyn Degutis
Erinn Hubbel

2010

Elizabeth Ackley
Alexander Brockwehl

Alicia Jones
Natalie Grome
Julia Mayne
Hilary Segar
Caitlin Sullivan
Aria Walfrand

2009

Allison Frederick
Cristina Liquori
Julia Mayne

2009

Allison Frederick
Cristina Liquori
Julia Mayne

2005

Mary Annese
Elena Aragona
Jennifer Demambro
Lesley Klein
Hillary Magee
Gillian McCabe
Erin McCormick
Cara O’Neal
Renee Oare
Karyn Rautenberg
Jacob Rekedal
Rebecca Seaman
Teena Varghesse

2004

Lisa Marie Capomaccio
Melissa Chavez
Yeshiva Cohen
Reuel Daniels
Kaitlin Elias
Mary (Cassie) Evans
Collen Flaherty
Kemoy Foster
Tovah Glaser
Kate Hanauer
Emily Kattef
Mara Ladd
Kirin Liquori
Michelle Lividini
Melanie Loewenthal
Staci Lopez
Erin Moriarity
Elizabeth Perry
Rebecca Rubin
Amy Slabich
Kaelyn South
Justine Willey