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Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers Publishes 9th Issue of Newsletter: _Sigma Delta Pideas_

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Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers (BSA) has published its 9th issue (March 2020)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.

Sigma Delta Pi and SHH’s Joint Chapter Grant Program: Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

Sigma Delta Pi and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese announce their chapter grant program.
A Sigma Delta Pi chapter and a SHH chapter, both of active status, may apply for a joint grant of up to $300 to support a collaborative project that complements the missions of Sigma Delta Pi and the SHH .

This grant program aims to promote collaboration between chapters of Sigma Delta Pi and the SHH to help raise the visibility of Spanish honor societies in our communities
and to incentivize high school honor society members to continue their Spanish education at the collegiate level.

Deadline for applications: Accepted all year-round on a rolling basis.

For the downloadable application and further details, please visit:

https://sigmadeltapi.org/blog/awards/sigma-delta-pi-shh-chapter-grants/

Sigma Delta Pi: March 1 Application Deadline for Graduate Research Grants

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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 Day” on May 1, 2020; New Calendar for _Entre Nosotros_

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Miriam Burt, founding member of Sigma Delta Pi.

Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to announce that May 1 will henceforth be known as “Día de Sigma Delta Pi”/“Sigma Delta Pi Day” to commemorate the anniversary of the Society’s first formal induction ceremony on May 1, 1920 at founding member Miriam Burt’s home on 1629 Walnut Street in Berkeley, CA.  This coming May 1, 2020 marks the centennial of the Society’s first initiation ceremony, and chapters are encouraged to recognize our first national “Día de Sigma Delta Pi” with appropriate events that might include the induction of new members, among other activities.

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The original Sigma Delta Pi membership pin.
A replica will be issued to all new members initiated in spring 2020
to commemorate the Society’s first induction ceremony on May 1, 1920.

Entre Nosotros, the Society’s official annual, will now follow a modified submissions and publication schedule to align better with the academic year calendar of chapter activities.  Beginning this year, issues of the journal will be published in late summer, and the deadline for submitting chapter “reseñas” and photos for possible consideration will now be May 15. Therefore, all chapters have until May 15, 2020 to submit material (in Spanish) for possible publication in our summer 2020 issue of Entre Nosotros.

Click here for submission details.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Next Centennial Event with Vista Higher Learning: 18th Annual Informative Session, 3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium, and Sigma Delta Pi Reception at the 73rd KFLC, April 16-18, 2020!

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The Ruth Barnes membership pin
issued to all new initiates in spring 2020 to commemorate
the centennial of Sigma Delta Pi’s first formal induction of members on May 1, 1920.

Sigma Delta Pi chapter delegates (advisers, student officers and members),
Executive Council Members and Honorary Presidents are cordially invited to our next centennial event of 2020
at the 73rd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 16-18):

Sigma Delta Pi’s 18th annual Informative Session
Sigma Delta Pi’s 3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

(featuring presentations by recipients of Sigma Delta Pi’s Graduate Research Grants in 2019)

On Friday evening, April 17 Sigma Delta Pi will feature a reception for our attendees and special guests at the Hyatt Regency Lexington (401 East High Street).

Click here for conference registration
(all attendees of Sigma Delta Pi’s sessions must register for the conference)

Our National President, Dr. Lucy F. Lee of Truman State University, and I look forward to seeing you!

A special thanks to Vista Higher Learning for sponsoring Sigma Delta Pi’s reception.

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Unfortunately, funding for attendance to these events is not available through Sigma Delta Pi, but please consult with your local institution (home academic department, department chair, dean) for possible travel support.

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

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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.