Last academic year during the ongoing global pandemic, Sigma Delta Pi’s chapters demonstrated great resiliency through remote initiations of new members and various creative activities of engagement. Although we are not yet back to the “normal” campus environment we had anticipated, we do know how to keep Sigma Delta Pi alive and active at our respective institutions and despite present circumstances. As you plan for your chapter’s activities in the 2021-22 academic year, please remember these important resources and opportunities:
Once every three years, at its national triennial convention, Sigma Delta Pi honors one of our most outstanding chapter advisers with a cash award and a beautiful plaque. Click here for a list of past recipients. The next José Martel Award will be presented in 2019 at Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the AATSP’s 101st annual conference at the Town and Country Hotel, July8-11.
A nominee for this award must have served at one college or university as a successful chapter adviser for five consecutive years with at least one initiation each year, be currently serving as chapter adviser, and be nominated by a chapter or by a member of the Executive Council. The nomination must document the accomplishments of the adviser in connection with the chapter, as well as the adviser’s other academic achievements. Supporting letters/e-mails from the nominee’s dean and another high college official must accompany the nomination. It is suggested that the activities of the chapter during the past five years (including the 2018-19 academic year) be enumerated and described, and that a résumé detailing the nominee’s professional activities be included. For the 2019 award, the complete nomination packet must be sent by May 1, 2019 via e-mail to the Executive Director at email@example.com. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
The Premio José Martel commemorates the service of Dr. José Martel, who died August 22, 1979, at the age of 96, after serving Sigma Delta Pi loyally and unselfishly for over half a century in many capacities: chapter adviser, vice president, honorary president, faithful counselor, orator on national occasions, and polished author in the rewriting of parts of our ritual and in the preparation of award certificates. The inaugural José Martel Award was presented to Dr. Lucía D. Bonilla of Hunter College, CUNY in December 1971 at the triennial convention in New York.
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate
Hispanic Honor Society, congratulates
Dr. Jerry Smartt of Friends University,
the 2018 recipient of the Minaya Álvar-Fáñez Award:
Established in 2004, this award may recognize yearly one Chapter Adviser for exemplary initiative in encouraging and assisting with chapter activities. The awardee will receive a plaque and a cash award and will be chosen by the Executive Committee on the basis of the Annual Reports that each active chapter submits at the end of the academic year.
From the main webpage of www.sigmadeltapi.org, this online ordering platform is also found by clicking the “For Advisers” menu at the top of the webpage, clicking “Resource Page,” and then under the “Resources for Ceremonies” subheading, click:
With this platform, Sigma Delta Pi “retired” its long-standing fax machine and NO LONGER has a working fax or fax number. Therefore please ensure that all future orders for pins and materials are always submitted using the aforementioned links. Using old MS Word order forms will only delay the processing of your future orders as e-mailed orders cannot be processed since summer 2017. And any attempts to submit orders via Sigma Delta Pi’s decommissioned fax number will be unsuccessful.
Finally, please remember that only select Sigma Delta Pi merchandise is sold through the national office (e.g., medallions and the “repostero”). All other official and approved Sigma Delta Pi merchandise items are sold through our exclusive authorized retailer: Kalamazoo Regalia. All purchases of honor cords, stoles, chapter starter kits, altar runners, certificate frames, registry, hat, silk tie, shirts and sweatshirts should be made directly at http://honorgrads.com/categories.php?category=Sigma-Delta-Pi.
Thanks for your attention to these important details as we strive to avoid all delays with your ordering of Sigma Delta Pi membership materials and paraphernalia. If you have any related questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Remember that next summer the Sigma Delta Pi Executive Committee will select “Honor Chapters” based on the required annual reports that each chapter will submit at the conclusion of the current (2016-17) academic year.
Is your chapter striving for “Honor Chapter” status this year? See how at