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Sigma Delta Pi: Upcoming 2020 Deadlines for Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards and Graduate Research Stipends

The Ruth Barnes replica membership pin (left),
issued to all newly inducted members in spring 2020.

Please note upcoming deadlines for Sigma Delta Pi:

February 1, 2020

Applications for Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards. Click here for details.

March 1, 2020

Applications for Graduate Research Grants. Click here for details.

NO DEADLINES:

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).

SIGMA DELTA PI MERCHANDISE:

For the medallion and repostero, click here.

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi Padfolio, graduation/special events medallion and mug, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.

FOR REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS, VISIT:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Please help us with a Spanish Language Advocacy Survey

Dear Spanish Educator,

Due to the fact that K-12 schools are currently experiencing a Spanish teacher shortage, and enrollment in Spanish courses is declining in higher education, advocacy for the teaching of Spanish in the U.S. is now more necessary than ever. That is why Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society), the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and Vista Higher Learning (VHL) are joining forces to develop processes and pathways together to advocate for Spanish language learning in the U.S. and abroad.

The project is in the planning stages, so we seek input from educators of Spanish and associated administrators (department leaders, district supervisors, etc.) about your advocacy needs to help shape our project.

We understand a basic definition of advocacy to mean support for a particular cause – in our case the teaching and learning of Spanish as a second language. We invite you to participate in a brief survey to learn about your advocacy needs. The survey will be open from January 17 to 31, 2020 and will take no more than 10 minutes.

We invite you to share this survey to colleagues who teach Spanish to ensure the widest dissemination possible.

To complete the survey, click here.  ¡Gracias por compartir con nosotros!

Sincerely,

Mark Del Mastro, Sigma Delta Pi

Norah Jones, Vista Higher Learning

Sheri Spaine Long, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Vista.SDP.AATSP

Sigma Delta Pi: SAVE THIS MESSAGE. Centennial Celebration and Important Chapter Planning Info for Spring 2020 term

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Sigma Delta Pi’s Ongoing Centennial Celebration Through July 2020

Stay tuned for more centennial programming… Visit and bookmark: www.sigmadeltapi.org

Chapter Important Planning Information for Spring 2020 Term!  PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING FOR FUTURE REFERENCE (click on highlighted links for related information)

Contact information for Sigma Delta Pi Vice-Presidents for your respective regions:

Northeast (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
Marie-Lise Gazarian, St. John’s University, gazariam@stjohns.edu

Southeast (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Maria Rippon, Furman University, maria.rippon@furman.edu

Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Heidy Cuervo Carruthers, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, hcarrut@siue.edu

Southwest (AR, CO, KS, LA, MO, NM, OK, TX)
Comfort Pratt, Texas Tech University, c.pratt@ttu.edu

West (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
Isabel Asensio, Weber State University, isabelasensio@weber.edu

When planning for your chapter’s centennial activities and induction ceremonies for the spring term, please note:

  1. Chapter Handbook (3rd Ed.): For procedures, ideas regarding chapter activities, etc, all chapters advisers and student officers are encouraged to review. Chapter-initiated regional projects should be coordinated closely with neighboring active chapters to ensure there are no conflicts of interest with other chapters’ activities.  And NO chapter projects may be executed at the national level without authorization of Sigma Delta Pi’s national office.
  2. New Advisers: Click here if you are planning your first induction ceremony.
  3. No initiation of new members in past 3 years? Then please complete the Chapter Reactivation Petition to resume chapter activities and before planning future initiation ceremonies.
  4. Ordering membership materials: All chapters MUST pay national dues for new initiates, both active and honorary, BEFORE your ceremony.  Orders are now ONLY accepted online at https://sigmadeltapi.org/chapter-resources/order-forms-for-initiation-materials/PLEASE DISCARD PREVIOUS PAPER/ELECTRONIC ORDER FORMS ON FILE AS THEY ARE NO LONGER VALID.
  5. Membership criteria are listed in the national by-lawsplease ensure that your local criteria matches the national, including your chapter website information.
  6.  Initiation ritual (both 2007 and 1974 versions): password is the year of the founding of Sigma Delta Pi.
  7.  Orden de Don Quijote and Orden de José Martí: Procedures for nominating distinguished guest lecturers for either of the Orders along with details for other national awards found at https://sigmadeltapi.org/blog/awards/
  8.  Official ceremony paraphernalia (registry, table candle holders, altar runner), apparel and honor cords may be purchased at www.honorgrads.com
  9. Click here to purchase the official Sigma Delta Pi banner to display behind the ceremony table and/or during any chapter-sponsored event
  10. Click here to purchase the Sigma Delta Pi medallion; purchase by chapters only, not individual members, due to limited quantities.
  11. Chapter starter kit that contains many of the items necessary for your initiation ceremonies: https://honorgrads.com/products.php?product=Chapter-Starter-Kit
  12. Click here to purchase Sigma Delta Pi’s padfolio, bistro mug and graduation medallion.
  13. Lists of new members are to be included with your chapter’s annual report in the late spring 2020.
  14. Candidates who miss your induction ceremony may be initiated in a subsequent, condensed ceremony using the abbreviated ritual found at #6 above (many advisers conduct such ceremonies in their offices).
  15. Sigma Delta Pi’s national policy manual should be reviewed.  Please note the following policy found on page 7 under “Chapter Limitations”:


    “All national projects are to be initiated and executed by the national office.”

    And the following found on page 8:

    “… chapters may not charge their members more than double the rate of national membership dues;” (no more than $50 per member with $25 per member paid to the national office)

  16. Initiation ceremonies may be held ANYTIME during the year, and there is no limit on the number of inductions a chapter may hold.  Many chapters perform two inductions each year–in the spring and fall–and some also conduct initiations during the summer.  As the national office never closes, payments for membership dues/orders for membership pins and certificates may be submitted all year long.  Please read carefully the official order form for the quickest methods to request materials.
  17. Visit often our official news blog, “Like” our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay informed of the Society’s latest announcements and news.

Finally, do not hesitate to contact me at delmastromp@cofc.edu with any questions.

Sigma Delta Pi: Upcoming 2020 Deadlines for Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards and Graduate Research Stipends

The Ruth Barnes replica membership pin (left),
issued to all newly inducted members in spring 2020.

Please note upcoming deadlines for Sigma Delta Pi:

February 1, 2020

Applications for Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards. Click here for details.

March 1, 2020

Applications for Graduate Research Grants. Click here for details.

NO DEADLINES:

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).

SIGMA DELTA PI MERCHANDISE:

For the medallion and repostero, click here.

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi Padfolio, graduation/special events medallion and mug, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.

FOR REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS, VISIT:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi: Latest Historical Note Published in _MIFLC Review_

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Anticipating the publication of the book
Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century (1919-2019) in summer 2020,
we are pleased to share the latest historical note published in
volume 19, fall 2018-19 of the MIFLC Review:

Reflections on a Common Past: MIFLA and Sigma Delta Pi”
by Mark P. Del Mastro

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Sigma Delta Pi: Centennial Celebration and Replica Membership Pins for Spring 2020 Initiates

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In Spring 2020, Sigma Delta Pi celebrates the centennial
of its first formal induction of new members that took place on May 1, 1920 at 1629 Walnut Street in Berkeley, CA under the leadership of undergraduate student Ruth Helen Barnes, the Society’s founder and first president.

Ruth Barnes Student

Ruth H. Barnes

To commemorate its inaugural initiation ceremony,
Sigma Delta Pi will issue a replica of Ruth Barnes’ original membership pin
to every new member inducted during the spring of 2020:

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Current members may also purchase this special replica membership pin through their home chapters.

Sigma Delta Pi’s centennial celebration continues through July 2020,
and we encourage our chapters to plan local activities that are appropriate for this special period in our history.

Sigma Delta Pi: December Deadlines and Holiday Gifts for Members

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Please note upcoming deadlines for Sigma Delta Pi:

December 21, 2019

Chapter news and pictures for possible publication
in spring 2020 issue of Entre NosotrosClick here for details.

NO DEADLINES:

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).

SIGMA DELTA PI MERCHANDISE:

For the medallion and repostero, click here.

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi Padfolio, graduation/special events medallion and mug, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.

FOR REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS, VISIT:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi Members May Enjoy Special Travel Discounts Through MMS Travel Discounts Program

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Please remember to consider making your travel reservations through the Sigma Delta Pi car rental and hotel discounts program for up to 20% off on car rentals from Hertz, National, Alamo, Avis, Budget and Payless.  

Sigma Delta Pi members may also save up to 50% on hotels worldwide with Marriott, Wyndham, Radisson, Sheraton, Hilton and many others.

Simply visit http://www.alumnibenefits.org/sigma_delta_pi to make your reservations and receive your discount.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers Publishes 8th Issue of Newsletter: _Sigma Delta Pideas_

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Sigma Delta Pi’s
Board of Student Advisers (BSA)
has published its 8th issue
(November 2019) of
Sigma Delta Pideas,
the BSA’s official newsletter.

Please enjoy this latest issue as we collectively congratulate our fine student leaders of the BSA for their continued work.