Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration: Concluding 100 Years & Beginning Another Century. Recording of Virtual Awards Reception.

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Last night, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:00pm Eastern Time, Sigma Delta Pi held its first-ever, national Virtual Awards Reception to recognize the accomplishments of select chapters and members for the 2019-20 academic year.  We were honored with the virtual presence of many distinguished guests to include the AATSP’s Executive Director Sheri Spaine-Long who gave the opening toast, Past AATSP Executive Director and Sigma Delta Pi Honorary President Emily Spinelli, Past AATSP President Martha Vásquez, current AATSP President Ada Ortuzar-Young, Sigma Delta Pi’s National President Lucy F. Lee, President Emeritus Germán D. Carrillo, Regional Vice-Presidents, Honorary President Domnita Dumitrescu, several past national awardees, chapter faculty advisers and student chapter officers.

If you were unable to attend, you may view the recorded ceremony at Video of Sigma Delta Pi’s Virtual Awards Reception.

This event marked the conclusion of a memorable celebration of our Society’s centennial (1919-2019), and we look forward to the continued progress of our beloved organization through the support and exemplary work of all of you, our chapters, members and faculty advisers of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

“Spanías Didagéi Proágomen”

8th Annual Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices Session

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For the 8th consecutive year and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, hosts student members to share their local chapters’ best practices through formal presentations. This session was originally accepted and scheduled for presentation at the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference in Puerto Rico in July 2020. Because of the conference’s postponement due to COVID-19, in June 2020 participants recorded their planned presentations: click here to view online.

Sigma Delta Pi’s History Panel at the 102nd Annual AATSP Conference in Puerto Rico, July 2020: Recorded and Available Now Online!

SIGMA DELTA PI HISTORY PANEL

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100 YEARS OF HISTORY:
SIGMA DELTA PI, THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HISPANIC HONOR SOCIETY (1919-2019), AND ITS CHAPTERS

This panel was originally accepted and scheduled for presentation at the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference in Puerto Rico in July 2020.
Because of the conference’s postponement due to COVID-19, in early June 2020 participates recorded their planned presentations (click to access).

Sigma Delta Pi & AATSP: 10th Annual Mario Vargas Llosa Award

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Blaine Billings, Mario Vargas Llosa Award 2020

Blaine Billings,
Winner of the 2020 Mario Vargas Llosa Award

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) are pleased to announce that the joint national selection committee has confirmed Blaine Billings of the College of Charleston as the recipient of the 10th annual Mario Vargas Llosa Award, granted yearly to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish. Mr. Billings will be recognized formally during a brief ceremony via Zoom on June 2, 2020.

10th Annual Premio Mario Vargas Llosa: FRIDAY, May 1 Nomination Deadline

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: May 1, 2020

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Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,
and the AATSP, the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese,
announce their 10th annual 

Mario Vargas Llosa Award 

granted yearly to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Nominee must be a full-time undergraduate student;
  2. Nominee must have completed at least eight (8) upper-division courses (post intermediate level) total in Spanish language, literature and culture; at least half of ALL these upper-division courses completed must have earned grades (not “Pass/Fail”)
  3. Nominee must be a member of Sigma Delta Pi;
  4. Nominator must be a member of the AATSP;
  5. The completed “Nomination Form” (download here) and all specified supporting materials must be submitted via e-mail by May 1, 2020.  Incomplete nominations will be disqualified.

Selection of the 2020 award will be made by a committee comprising leaders from both Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP with Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Director serving as chair.

Nominees will be selected on the basis of academic achievement in all upper-division Spanish courses completed and extra-curricular involvement as related to Spanish.

Sigma Delta Pi provides the Mario Vargas Llosa Award recipient with a plaque, the most recent issue of the María Moliner Diccionario de uso de español and one of Vargas Llosa’s novels. The AATSP organizes and hosts the award venue at their annual conference in June/July. Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP will provide a separate joint award statuette and a travel stipend to defer costs related to attending the conference. The awardee will be announced prior to the AATSP Conference.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: May 1, 2020

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’s Centennial Celebration at the 102nd Annual Conference of the AATSP: July 9-12, 2020: Deadline for CFP is November 1!

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Plan now to join Sigma Delta Pi in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 9-12, 2020 for the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference.

This will be Sigma Delta Pi’s concluding event for its centennial celebration (2019-2020) with special programming to include:

Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session
Book Signing for Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019
(a history of the Society’s 100 years)
Special Panel on Sigma Delta Pi’s History
Reception for Members and Guests

Visit the AATSP’s page for conference details and the CFP:

https://www.aatsp.org/page/2020conference

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

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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

3:00-4:30pm
Sigma Delta Pi Reception sponsored by Vista Higher Learning

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