Message From the AATSP: Today is National Teach Spanish Day! 300 Free First Year AATSP Memberships!

Join the AATSP in recognizing the 2nd Annual National Teach Spanish Day! 

Visit our website to view our press release along with activity ideas to celebrate the day. Also, be sure to share with your friends and colleagues our 300 free First Year AATSP memberships for the rest of 2020 and 2021.

Opportunity for National Student Leadership. Board of Student Advisers (BSA) Seeks Additional Members. Wednesday, September 23 Deadline for Applications

Please distribute to your student chapter members.

This fall, Sigma Delta Pi’s National Executive Committee plans to appoint additional members of our Board of Student Advisers (BSA).  Established in 2016, the BSA provides national leadership opportunities to our undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Delta Pi.  For related details, please review the BSA charter.

Active student members of Sigma Delta Pi who are interested in becoming members of our Board of Student Advisers should submit  to the Executive Director via e-mail (delmastromp@cofc.edu) the following information by Wednesday, September 23, 2020:

  1. Statement of interest.
  2. CV (résumé).

The two new appointees will join the current members of the BSA (see https://sigmadeltapi.org/contact/board-of-student-advisers/) and work together on current projects and as outlined in the aforementioned charter.

Sigma Delta Pi: Custom Zoom Backgrounds, Fall Activities & Upcoming Deadlines

Need a Zoom background for your remote activities?
See “Adviser Resources” at https://sigmadeltapi.org/chapter-resources/

Have you planned a September/October initiation of new members?
This past spring, many chapters delayed inducting new members.  Help us recognize those qualifying students who are still waiting to become members by planning an initiation, even virtual, of ALL qualifying individuals this month (September) or next (October). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and our national organization.

Have you considered multiple initiation ceremonies, one this fall term and one in spring 2021, to provide ample opportunities for all your qualifying students?
Holding two ceremonies (fall and spring) will help rebuild your chapter and provide more students with Sigma Delta Pi’s exclusive membership opportunities such as graduate research grants, study abroad awards, chapter grants, and various national recognitions.

What guidance is there for planning virtual chapter activities, to include remote initiations?
Please visit: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-and-shle-policy-for-remote-events/.

Where is the national calendar of activities and deadlines for chapters and members?
For the current 2020-21 academic year: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/

What are the upcoming deadlines in September and October?
September 23: Application deadline for Board of Student Advisers (click here for details)
October 1: Submission deadline for Student Best Practices Session at the 103rd AATSP, July 8-11, 2021 (click here for details)

October 1 Submission Deadline: Sigma Delta Pi Call for Student Papers on Chapter “Best Practices” for the 103rd AATSP, July 8-11, 2021 in Atlanta, GA

Please distribute to your student chapter members.

Call for Student Papers
for Sigma Delta Pi’s 9th Annual “Best Practices”  Session
at the 103rd Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Atlanta, GA
July 8-11, 2021

Student Members of active Sigma Delta Pi chapters are invited to submit a proposal for a 15-minute presentation on your chapter’s “best practices” that focuses on “VIRTUAL” Sigma Delta Pi activities at your local institution.  We strongly encourage proposals from current student members who are actively involved in initiating, organizing, executing and/or participating in Sigma Delta Pi activities at their institutions.  Members who have already graduated at the time of application may not apply.

By Thursday, October 1, 2020, please e-mail the following to Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Director (delmastromp@cofc.edu):

1) your full name
2) name of your Sigma Delta Pi chapter and college/university
3) name of your chapter adviser
4) title of your proposed presentation
5) summary of your proposed presentation (no longer than 150 words)

3-4 papers will be selected from the submissions received, and the student presenters will be notified in early December 2019. 

A student whose paper is selected for presentation will receive a $300 travel stipend plus paid conference registration courtesy of Sigma Delta Pi and a complimentary awards banquet ticket and student membership in AATSP courtesy of the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese).  However, the same student is expected to secure travel-related funding for all remaining expenses through their college/university, either via the academic departments, the dean’s or provost’s office, the office of student activities, or other institutional sources.   Colleges/universities often provide funding for students presenting at conferences.  Your chapter adviser can assist you with exploring these funding options.  Sigma Delta Pi is unable to provide monetary support beyond the $300 travel stipend and conference registration per selected student.

For information on the AATSP conference in July 2021, please visit the website: www.aatsp.org.

Any questions should be directed to the Executive Director: delmastromp@cofc.edu

Consult Sigma Delta Pi’s calendar for activities and deadlines: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/

Sigma Delta Pi Mourns and Remembers: Mr. Thomas H. Foard

Thomas H. Foard
February 13, 1932-August 30, 2020

Sigma Delta Pi mourns the loss of Mr. Thomas H. Foard who passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the age of 88. 

“Tom” was Sigma Delta Pi’s diligent and trustworthy financial adviser since 2003, when he was first introduced to the Society’s Executive Committee by the late President Emeritus Richard Chandler in Lafayette, Louisiana that summer.  Tom’s exemplary work and attentiveness helped Sigma Delta Pi get through the 2008 Great Recession relatively unscathed, while he consistently ensured the Society’s endowment avoided unnecessary risks and enjoyed steady growth for nearly 17 years.  He loved to work and he loved his clients, and during our frequent phone calls during his counsel on Sigma Delta Pi’s finances, he would often remark: “why would I retire, Mark? To stay at home and get in my wife’s way?” But he was never in her way: he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who adored his extensive family, and they rightfully adored him back.

Tom would call me yearly on my birthday to wish me well, he would touch base when hurricanes approached the South Carolina coast out of concern for my and my family’s wellbeing, and he would telephone almost monthly with recommendations on how to adjust the Society’s portfolio for optimal gains; and his advice was never off the mark.

Sigma Delta Pi remembers a great friend and industrious counselor, and we all keep his family members in our thoughts during their time of mourning.
Thank you, Tom, for helping make Sigma Delta Pi the flourishing organization that it is today.

For Tom’s obituary, see https://www.mourning.com/obituaries/Thomas-Foard/.

Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Sigma Delta Pi: September/October Initiations and Fall Activities

Have you planned a September/October initiation of new members?:
This past spring, many chapters delayed inducting new members.  Help us recognize those qualifying students who are still waiting to become members by planning an initiation, even virtual, of ALL qualifying individuals this month (September) or next (October). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and our national organization.

Have you considered multiple initiation ceremonies, one this fall term and one in spring 2021, to provide ample opportunities for all your qualifying students?:
Holding two ceremonies (fall and spring) will help rebuild your chapter and provide more students with Sigma Delta Pi’s exclusive membership opportunities such as graduate research grants, study abroad awards, chapter grants, and various national recognitions.

What guidance is there for planning virtual chapter activities, to include remote initiations?
Please visit: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-and-shle-policy-for-remote-events/.

Is there a national calendar of activities and deadlines for chapters and members?:
Yes! Please share and bookmark our regularly updated, Sigma Delta Pi Calendar for 2020-21: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/

Opportunity for National Student Leadership. Board of Student Advisers (BSA) Seeks Additional Members. Wednesday, September 23 Deadline for Applications

Please distribute to your student chapter members.

This fall, Sigma Delta Pi’s National Executive Committee plans to appoint additional members of our Board of Student Advisers (BSA).  Established in 2016, the BSA provides national leadership opportunities to our undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Delta Pi.  For related details, please review the BSA charter.

Active student members of Sigma Delta Pi who are interested in becoming members of our Board of Student Advisers should submit  to the Executive Director via e-mail (delmastromp@cofc.edu) the following information by Wednesday, September 23, 2020:

  1. Statement of interest.
  2. CV (résumé).

The two new appointees will join the current members of the BSA (see https://sigmadeltapi.org/contact/board-of-student-advisers/) and work together on current projects and as outlined in the aforementioned charter.

Maximizing Student Membership and Engagement Virtually in AY 2020-21. Official Policy for Remote Events, Official Online Calendar of Events and Deadlines

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As we collectively begin a new academic year with ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, we must also sustain future opportunities for our students, to include membership for ALL qualifying students, worthwhile activities that reflect the mission of our Society, and continued engagement with our members and campus communities throughout the 2020-21 academic year. 

This past spring term, many chapters delayed initiating new members until this fall with hopes that “normal” campus activities would resume, and face-to-face induction ceremonies would again be feasible.  However, we all recognize now that such desired “normalcy” is still elusive. 

What to do?: Plan on a regular schedule of activities, even if they must be remote due to social distancing protocols and/or an online semester.

If your chapter delayed a spring 2020 initiation of new members or only inducted graduating seniors this past spring:
Plan an initiation, even if virtual, of ALL qualifying members in September (next month). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and the national organization.

Plan multiple initiation ceremonies, one in fall and one in spring, to provide ample opportunities for all your qualifying students:
Holding two ceremonies (fall and spring) will help rebuild your chapter and provide more students with Sigma Delta Pi’s exclusive membership opportunities.

What guidance can you provide for virtual chapter activities, to include a virtual initiation ceremony?
See the following webpage for your virtual planning:
https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-and-shle-policy-for-remote-events/.
Also share and bookmark our new Sigma Delta Pi Calendar for 2020-21:
https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/