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 Mourns the Loss of Dr. James Ray Chatham, Sigma Delta Pi Honorary President

Dr. James Ray Chatham

Dr. James Ray Chatham (1931-2019)

On August 12, 2019, Dr. James Ray Chatham, Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, passed away at the age of 87.  Dr. Chatham was an accomplished academic leader who served as Head of his Department of Foreign Languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983, and Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) from 1984-1993. A long-time advocate of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Dr. Chatham worked with Sigma Delta Pi’s National President, Dr. Richard E. Chandler, in October 1984 to secure the regular scheduling of Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention at the AATSP annual meeting. It was at Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention in August 1989 during the AATSP’s annual conference in San Antonio, TX, when President Chandler inducted Chatham into the Order of Don Quijote, one of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s highest recognitions.  Upon his initiation, Chatham simply responded with a quote from Baltasar Gracián: “Lo bueno, si breve, dos veces bueno.” On August 2, 1998 during Sigma Delta Pi’s 21st triennial convention at the AATSP’s 80th annual meeting in Madrid, Spain, SDP’s National President John H. LaPrade appointed James Ray Chatham as Honorary President along with Donald W. Bleznick of the University of Cincinnati and James Agustín Castañeda of Rice University.  Dr. Chatham served in this honorary role until his death this past August 12.  Sigma Delta Pi remembers Dr. Chatham with gratitude for his loyal advocacy and service, and we extend condolences to his family.

_Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019_ to be published by Sabio Books

The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society is very pleased to announce that

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will publish the history

Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019
By Mark P. Del Mastro

in spring 2020 to commemorate the Society’s centennial.

More information forthcoming in the months ahead…