Guidance for initiating new members and conducting remote events this spring:
Important chapter resources:
https://sigmadeltapi.org/chapter-resources/ for the initiation ritual (passcode: 1919), the guide to printing membership certificates, Zoom backgrounds, the Chapter Handbook (for both faculty advisers and student officers), purchase information for Sigma Delta Pi merchandise, and much more!
Sigma Delta Pi’s MANY national awards and recognitions for existing members and distinguished colleagues:
National calendar of activities and deadlines:
Share and bookmark our regularly updated, Sigma Delta Pi Calendar for 2021: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/
Sigma Delta Pi Day on Saturday May 1:
Join us via Zoom for Sigma Delta Pi Day on Saturday, May 1 at 5:00pm Eastern Time to commemorate the first official initiation ceremony of new members that took place on May 1, 1920 at the University of California, Berkeley. Zoom link: https://cofc.zoom.us/j/9022199457
Have you planned a September/October initiation of new members?:
This past spring, many chapters delayed inducting new members. Help us recognize those qualifying students who are still waiting to become members by planning an initiation, even virtual, of ALL qualifying individuals this month (September) or next (October). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and our national organization.
Have you considered multiple initiation ceremonies, one this fall term and one in spring 2021, to provide ample opportunities for all your qualifying students?:
Holding two ceremonies (fall and spring) will help rebuild your chapter and provide more students with Sigma Delta Pi’s exclusive membership opportunities such as graduate research grants, study abroad awards, chapter grants, and various national recognitions.
What guidance is there for planning virtual chapter activities, to include remote initiations?
Please visit: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-and-shle-policy-for-remote-events/.
Is there a national calendar of activities and deadlines for chapters and members?:
Yes! Please share and bookmark our regularly updated, Sigma Delta Pi Calendar for 2020-21: https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/
As we collectively begin a new academic year with ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, we must also sustain future opportunities for our students, to include membership for ALL qualifying students, worthwhile activities that reflect the mission of our Society, and continued engagement with our members and campus communities throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
This past spring term, many chapters delayed initiating new members until this fall with hopes that “normal” campus activities would resume, and face-to-face induction ceremonies would again be feasible. However, we all recognize now that such desired “normalcy” is still elusive.
What to do?: Plan on a regular schedule of activities, even if they must be remote due to social distancing protocols and/or an online semester.
If your chapter delayed a spring 2020 initiation of new members or only inducted graduating seniors this past spring:
Plan an initiation, even if virtual, of ALL qualifying members in September (next month). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and the national organization.
Plan multiple initiation ceremonies, one in fall and one in spring, to provide ample opportunities for all your qualifying students:
Holding two ceremonies (fall and spring) will help rebuild your chapter and provide more students with Sigma Delta Pi’s exclusive membership opportunities.
What guidance can you provide for virtual chapter activities, to include a virtual initiation ceremony?
See the following webpage for your virtual planning:
Also share and bookmark our new Sigma Delta Pi Calendar for 2020-21:
Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to announce its inaugural calendar to assist our chapters and members with planning for various submission deadlines and events in AY 2020-21:
Sigma Delta Pi Calendar
For convenience, the calendar is linked at numerous locations on the national website.