Sigma Delta Pi: November 2019 is Our 100th B-Day and National Charter Month; 7th Annual Facebook Birthday Cake Picture Competition

November 2019 is Sigma Delta Pi’s 100th B-day and
National Sigma Delta Pi Charter Month!

This year’s Charter Month commemorates Sigma Delta Pi’s centennial:
Founded on November 14, 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley by undergraduate student Ruth Helen Barnes.


Please plan your chapter’s centennial programming now and related activities for the historic commemoration in November.  This is also a great opportunity to locate and display your chapter’s charter!


Why not plan an initiation ceremony to celebrate Sigma Delta Pi’s 100th B-day and National Charter Month in November? An induction of new members can be held any time of year, and many chapters hold multiple initiations annually (once received, all orders are processed within 24 hours).

The focal event for National Chart Month is our 7th annual Facebook Birthday Cake Picture Competition to celebrate Sigma Delta Pi’s 100th birthday.  To enter:

1) During the month of November, chapters are invited to e-mail a picture of their unique Sigma Delta Pi b-day cakes to

2) The pictured cake must include a reference, etched in icing on the cake, to Sigma Delta Pi’s 100th b-day.

3) It must be an actual cake that displays the Sigma Delta Pi logo.

4) Student members must contribute to the design of the cake.

5) for the accompanying “description,” include in the text of the e-mail the name of the originating chapter and institution.  For example: “Eta Upsilon, Illinois State University.”

We will post each entry to our national Sigma Delta Pi Facebook page: must NOT post their pictures directly to this page or they will be disqualified; pictures must be e-mailed as specified above to

The winning picture will be featured during the entire month of December at Sigma Delta Pi’s FB page, and the winning chapter will receive an award certificate.  Cakes will be judged on artistic merit, originality and compliance with submission rules noted above.  The winning chapter will receive a $100 credit that may be applied to future orders placed for memberships and other materials offered directly by the national office.

Sigma Delta Pi: Opportunity for National Student Leadership. Board of Student Advisers (BSA) Seeks 2 Additional Members. Wednesday, September 25 Deadline for Applications


Please distribute to your student chapter members.

This fall, Sigma Delta Pi’s National Executive Committee plans to appoint two 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 ( the following information by Wednesday, September 25, 2019:

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

The two new appointees will join the current members of the BSA (see and work together on current projects and as outlined in the aforementioned charter.

October 1 Submission Deadline: Sigma Delta Pi Call for Student Papers on Chapter “Best Practices” for Our Closing Centennial Festivities in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 7/9-7/12/2020


Please distribute to your student chapter members.

Call for Student Papers
for Sigma Delta Pi’s 8th Annual “Best Practices”  Session
to be held as part of our closing centennial festivities (1919-2019)
at the 102st  Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
San Juan, Puerto Rico
July 9-12, 2020

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 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 October 1, 2019, please e-mail the following to Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Director ( 

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 his/her 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 2020, please visit the website: 

Any questions should be directed to the Executive Director:

2nd Annual Sigma Delta Pi Informative Session/Centenary Roundtable at MIFLC: Thursday, October 11, 2019 @ 11:00am, Auburn University


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,

invites chapter delegates in the southeast to join us for our
Centenary Roundtable (1919-2019) at the
69th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference
at the University of Tennesse, Knoxville.


Day: Friday, October 11, 2019

Time: 11:00am

Place: Auburn University; Mell Classroom Building 3027


For conference registration:

The subsequent informative session will be held in April 2020 at the annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference:
Deadline for abstract submissions for the KFLC is 11/11/2019.

Sigma Delta Pi, Hurricane Dorian, Grants and Award Programs with NO DEADLINES


Sigma Delta Pi’s national office in Charleston, S.C. is now fully operational despite interruptions from Hurricane Dorian.  Thanks for your patience as we overcame delays last week with our service to our members.

As you prepare for your chapter activities to commemorate Sigma Delta Pi’s centennial (1919-2019) this fall, please remember that applications and nominations for the following programs and recognitions are accepted year round:


 Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).

Click here for National Announcements and News blog

Sigma Delta Pi: Graduate Research Grant Program, 2020


Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

is pleased to announce its graduate research grant program for the summer of 2020 and the 2020-21 academic year. An eligible graduate student who is an active member of Sigma Delta Pi may apply for one grant of up to $2000 to support travel ABROAD to Spain, Spanish America or another region outside of the U.S. where Spanish is spoken, and for the sole purpose of research related to Hispanic Studies.  No more than five total grants may be awarded in 2020 based upon the quality and depth of the pool of applications.

Click here for additional details and downloadable application form.

Sigma Delta Pi Mourns the Loss of Dr. James Ray Chatham, Sigma Delta Pi Honorary President

Dr. James Ray Chatham

Dr. James Ray Chatham (1931-2019)

On August 12, 2019, Dr. James Ray Chatham, Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, passed away at the age of 87.  Dr. Chatham was an accomplished academic leader who served as Head of his Department of Foreign Languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983, and Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) from 1984-1993. A long-time advocate of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Dr. Chatham worked with Sigma Delta Pi’s National President, Dr. Richard E. Chandler, in October 1984 to secure the regular scheduling of Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention at the AATSP annual meeting. It was at Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention in August 1989 during the AATSP’s annual conference in San Antonio, TX, when President Chandler inducted Chatham into the Order of Don Quijote, one of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s highest recognitions.  Upon his initiation, Chatham simply responded with a quote from Baltasar Gracián: “Lo bueno, si breve, dos veces bueno.” On August 2, 1998 during Sigma Delta Pi’s 21st triennial convention at the AATSP’s 80th annual meeting in Madrid, Spain, SDP’s National President John H. LaPrade appointed James Ray Chatham as Honorary President along with Donald W. Bleznick of the University of Cincinnati and James Agustín Castañeda of Rice University.  Dr. Chatham served in this honorary role until his death this past August 12.  Sigma Delta Pi remembers Dr. Chatham with gratitude for his loyal advocacy and service, and we extend condolences to his family.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention and Centennial Celebration at the 101st AATSP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA: July 8-10, 2019

Did you miss Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention and Centennial Celebration (1919-2019) at the 101st AATSP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA Last Month?



Click here to see select photos.

Click here to see the numerous national SDP award winners announced in San Diego.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration Events Next Week: Triennial Convention at the AATSP’s 101st Annual Conference, July 8-11, 2019

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention and Centennial Celebration (1919-2019)

We hope to see  you next week at Sigma Delta Pi’s national centennial celebration events at the 101st Annual Conference of the AATSP,
July 8-11, 2019 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, CA.  Online registration through June 7, 2019. 

Sigma Delta Pi Events at the AATSP’s 101st Annual Conference: 

Monday, July 8
1:30-2:45pm, Town & Country Room
AATSP Plenary Session: “A Century of Recognizing Student Excellence: Sigma Delta Pi (1919-2019) and the Honor Society”
Mark P. Del Mastro, Executive Director, College of Charleston

3:00-4:15pm, Town & Country Room
Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session

Wednesday, July 10
1:45-3:00pm, Royal Palm 6

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention

Sigma Delta Pi Reception sponsored by Vista Higher Learning