Sigma Delta Pi’s “Honor Chapters” Named for 2015-16 Academic Year

During its Triennial Convention in Miami, Florida on July 8, 2016, the National Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi named the Capítulos de Honor y Mérito for the 2015-16 academic year:

Arkansas State U
Arkansas Tech U
College of Charleston
Florida Atlantic U
Georgia College & State U
Illinois State U
Marquette U
Montclair State U
Texas Tech U
Truman State U
U of Northern Colorado
U of Virginia
West Virginia U

Lidia I. Martínez, Recipient of 6th Annual Mario Vargas Llosa Award

Lidia I. Martínez of Sigma Delta Pi’s Chi Gamma Chapter at Stockton University (Galloway, NJ), was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Mario Vargas Llosa Award, a joint recognition of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).  A Spanish major with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Stockton University, Lidia distinguished herself not only through academic excellence as an undergraduate, but also through her impressive activities beyond the classroom that included a lead acting role in Spanish in a play at the Dante Hall Theatre in Atlantic City, and a Community Engagement Student Fellow with countless hours of service to the local Hispanic community, among other activities. A leader of Stockton’s local chapter of Sigma Delta Pi and a member of the Caribbean Students Association, she has also facilitated the organization of  student field-trips to New York City as well as various events for Hispanic Heritage Month.  Lidia will be formally recognized during  the 98th Annual Conference (July 8-11) of the AATSP in Miami, Florida during the conference’s awards banquet on Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm.

In its 6th year, the Mario Vargas Llosa Award is granted annually to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who is a member of Sigma Delta Pi and who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish.

Inaugural Board of Student Advisers Appointed

The Executive Committee (EC) of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society is proud to announce the appointment of its inaugural Board of Student Advisers (BSA):

Amanda Hudinsky, University of Minnesota-Morris

Monica Mancilla, University of New Mexico

Cora Spillman, Assumption College

Chase Tiffany, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Consuelo Torres, Austin Peay State University

Serving a 2-year term that begins on May 15, 2016, the members of Sigma Delta Pi’s BSA will offer feedback to the EC on select issues related to the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  Such consultations between the EC and the BSA may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying strategic initiatives to bolster membership.
  • Providing a student perspective on proposed initiatives of the Executive Committee.
  • Identifying areas of potential improvement with Sigma Delta Pi’s various programs.
  • Discussing select issues and concerns at both the national (EC) and local (chapter) levels.

Congratulations to our inaugural appointees!

Recipients of Sigma Delta Pi’s Graduate Research Grants & Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards, 2016

Congratulations to the Recipients of Sigma Delta Pi’s Graduate Research Grants and Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards for 2016! 

Graduate Research Grants
Laura Guillén Matus, Wichita State University
Alex Hyler, North Carolina State University
Francesco Masala, University of Kentucky
Anthony Pasero-O’Malley, University of Virginia

Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards
Theresa Anderson, Carson-Newman University
Renzo Broggi, Florida Atlantic University
Karishma Dayani, University of Georgia
Emily Gibson, University of Georgia
Sombiniain Herimpitiavana, Westminster College
William Jett, Idaho State University
Alexandra Marincic, University of Akron
McKenna Murray, Pepperdine University
Chloe Reed, Lakeland College
Michael Sciacca, East Carolina University
Flor Cristina Suaste Franco, Arkansas Tech University
Morgan Treviño, Texas Tech University
Katie Vaughn, West Texas A&M University
Kevin Wagner, Iowa State University
Janel Weir, Lakeland College
Jessica Yañez, Canisius College

Call for Applications: Sigma Delta Pi’s Inaugural Board of Student Advisers

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Sigma Delta Pi’s membership to the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the only certifying agency in the U.S. for collegiate honor societies at 4-year institutions. There are currently 65 members of the ACHS, honor societies whose membership denotes their certification.  Sigma Delta Pi is very proud of this exclusive membership.

To commemorate this important half-century landmark, Sigma Delta Pi’s National Executive Committee is pleased to launch its inaugural Board of Student Advisers (BSA) that will serve to provide additional leadership opportunities to our student members, but at the national level.  Click here for the BSA charter containing additional details.


Active student members of Sigma Delta Pi who are interested in becoming founding members of our Board of Student Advisers should submit  via e-mail ( to the Executive Director the following information by Friday, April 15, 2016:

  • Statement of interest.
  • CV (résumé).

Student members (graduate and undergraduate) who graduate this spring of 2016 are still eligible to apply.  The founding BSA members will be announced in May.


Sigma Delta Pi: Spring 2016 Deadlines

Spring 2016 deadlines:

February 1, 2016
Applications for Graduate Research Grants. Application form and related details at

Applications for Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards. Application form and related details at

 April 1, 2016
Submissions for 5th Annual Facebook Photo Contest. Details at

 May 1, 2016
Nominations for José Martel Award for Outstanding Chapter Adviser. Details at

Nominations for Ana María Matute Award for outstanding graduate student member. Nomination form and related details at

Applications for Chapter Project Grants. Application form and related details at


May 30, 2016
Submissions for Annual Graduation Cap Photo Competition. Details at


Nominations for the Orden de los Descubridores.  Details at

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Details at

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Downloadable order form at

Sigma Delta Pi merchandise:
For the medallion and repostero, see

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles:

 For regular announcements and news, also visit:

National Facebook page:
National Twitter:

 Deadlines for other opportunities and awards to include the joint Sigma Delta Pi-American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese Undergraduate Student Award, Premio Mario Varias Llosa, to be announced in early 2016.


Sigma Delta Pi’s Annual Graduation Cap Photo Competition


Sigma Delta Pi Announces its Annual Graduation Cap Photo Competition.  Each active student member of Sigma Delta Pi is eligible to compete by posting a picture of his/her graduation cap at Only one entry per member, and each graduation cap must be prepared with the following evaluation criteria in mind:

  1. Cap must integrate the name “Sigma Delta Pi.”
  2. Design must be dedicated solely to Sigma Delta Pi.
  3. Entries will be judged on creativity, beauty of design, and integration of components related to the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and its mission.
  4. All entries must be posted to by May 30, 2016.
  5. Caps for December 2015 graduations are also eligible, but will not be judged until after May 30, 2016 deadline.

Four Students Selected for Sigma Delta Pi’s 4th Annual “Best Practices” Session

Sigma Delta Pi congratulates the following four student members for being selected to participate in the 4th Annual “Best Practices” session at the 98th Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL, July 8-11, 2016:

Rita Maria Hess, Illinois State University
“Los niños: El futuro de Sigma”

Gayle Jeffers, Alpha Phi- Texas Tech University
“Reaching Beyond Members : The ABCs of School Based Mentoring Programs.”

Meaghan Mormann, Illinois Wesleyan University
“Breaking Walls and Building Bridges”

Jourdan Schnabel and Nathan Schmid, University of MN Morris
“Bridging Cultures: Promoting Bilingual Literacy”

Additional details regarding session time and location forthcoming in early 2016.

Sigma Delta Pi Announces New Graduate Student Award!

The Ana María Matute Award will be granted each triennium to one graduate student of Spanish/Hispanic Studies who is a member of Sigma Delta Pi and who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in coursework completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish/Hispanic Studies. This inaugural award will be granted in summer 2016 and is a joint recognition of Sigma Delta Pi and the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas.  Click here for additional details and the downloadable nomination form.