Sigma Delta Pi Mourns and Remembers: Mr. Thomas H. Foard

Thomas H. Foard
February 13, 1932-August 30, 2020

Sigma Delta Pi mourns the loss of Mr. Thomas H. Foard who passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the age of 88. 

“Tom” was Sigma Delta Pi’s diligent and trustworthy financial adviser since 2003, when he was first introduced to the Society’s Executive Committee by the late President Emeritus Richard Chandler in Lafayette, Louisiana that summer.  Tom’s exemplary work and attentiveness helped Sigma Delta Pi get through the 2008 Great Recession relatively unscathed, while he consistently ensured the Society’s endowment avoided unnecessary risks and enjoyed steady growth for nearly 17 years.  He loved to work and he loved his clients, and during our frequent phone calls during his counsel on Sigma Delta Pi’s finances, he would often remark: “why would I retire, Mark? To stay at home and get in my wife’s way?” But he was never in her way: he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who adored his extensive family, and they rightfully adored him back.

Tom would call me yearly on my birthday to wish me well, he would touch base when hurricanes approached the South Carolina coast out of concern for my and my family’s wellbeing, and he would telephone almost monthly with recommendations on how to adjust the Society’s portfolio for optimal gains; and his advice was never off the mark.

Sigma Delta Pi remembers a great friend and industrious counselor, and we all keep his family members in our thoughts during their time of mourning.
Thank you, Tom, for helping make Sigma Delta Pi the flourishing organization that it is today.

For Tom’s obituary, see https://www.mourning.com/obituaries/Thomas-Foard/.

Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

“Sigma Delta Pi Day” This Friday, May 1, 2020: RSVP for a Live FB Reading of the Society’s New History

“Día de Sigma Delta Pi”/“Sigma Delta Pi Day”: This Friday, May 1, 2020

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Miriam Burt, founding member of Sigma Delta Pi.

To celebrate the centennial of the Society’s first formal induction ceremony on Saturday, May 1, 1920 at founding member Miriam Burt’s home on 1629 Walnut Street in Berkeley, CA, Sigma Delta Pi will host a special live event on Facebook:

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Sigma Delta Pi’s 240-page history has just been published by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs and is now available at Amazon (click here for purchase). Signed copies by the author will be available in early May 2020 for purchase at Sigma Delta Pi’s national website.

At 7:30pm (EDST) on Friday, May 1, via Facebook Live (click here to RSVP) the author will read select passages from his book and answer questions from members about the Society’s 100-year history.   Sigma Delta Pi’s members and friends are invited.

Sigma Delta Pi: Remote Chapter Initiations and Upcoming Deadlines

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As you continue to plan your remote, spring 2020 initiations of new members, please consider:

  • There will be NO disruptions with service from our national office.  Orders may continue to be placed at any time.
  • Ordered materials may be shipped to a chapter adviser’s home address.
  • Click HERE for recommendations for remotely collecting membership fees.
  • Click HERE for guidelines for conducting remote initiation ceremonies.

UPCOMING DEADLINES:

  • May 1, 2020 for nominations for the 10th Annual Premio Mario Vargas Llosa: click HERE for details.
  • May 15, 2020 for submissions for Entre Nosotros.  Click HERE for guidelines for submissions. Click HERE to upload a submission.
  • June 8, 2020 for submission of required chapter annual reports. Click HEREfor the 2019-2020 Annual Report Form access.  NO DEADLINES:

Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).

SIGMA DELTA PI MERCHANDISE:

For the medallion and reposteroclick here.

For other paraphernalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.

FOR REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS, VISIT:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi: December Deadlines and Holiday Gifts for Members

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Please note upcoming deadlines for Sigma Delta Pi:

December 21, 2019

Chapter news and pictures for possible publication
in spring 2020 issue of Entre NosotrosClick here for details.

NO DEADLINES:

Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).

SIGMA DELTA PI MERCHANDISE:

For the medallion and repostero, click here.

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi Padfolio, graduation/special events medallion and mug, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.

FOR REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS, VISIT:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi: Upcoming Fall 2019 Deadlines for Various Awards & Opportunities

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Please note upcoming fall 2019 deadlines for Sigma Delta Pi:

November 30, 2019 (National Charter Month)
Submissions for 7th Annual Facebook B-Day Cake Photo Competition.
Click here for details.

December 1, 2019

Entries for annual Frida Kahlo Award for outstanding chapter website.
Click here for details.

December 21, 2019

Chapter news and pictures for possible publication in spring 2020 issue of
Entre NosotrosClick here for details.

NO DEADLINES:

Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).

Sigma Delta Pi merchandise:

For the medallion and repostero, click here.

For other paraphenalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For regular announcements and news, visit:

Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi, Hurricane Dorian, Grants and Award Programs with NO DEADLINES

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Sigma Delta Pi’s national office in Charleston, S.C. is now fully operational despite interruptions from Hurricane Dorian.  Thanks for your patience as we overcame delays last week with our service to our members.

As you prepare for your chapter activities to commemorate Sigma Delta Pi’s centennial (1919-2019) this fall, please remember that applications and nominations for the following programs and recognitions are accepted year round:

 NO DEADLINES:

 Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).

Click here for National Announcements and News blog

Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration Events: Triennial Convention at the AATSP’s 101st Annual Conference, July 8-11, 2019

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention and Centennial Celebration (1919-2019)

Don’t miss our 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
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
Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session 

Wednesday, July 10
1:30-3:00pm

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention

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

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Vista Higher Learning Celebrates Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial with Poet Raúl Carrillo Arciniega

On Friday, April 12 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Kentucky,

Vista Higher Learning hosted a reception as the kick-off event for the centennial celebration (1919-2019) of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  Delegates, members and friends of Sigma Delta Pi were in attendance, and featured was a poetry recital by Dr. Raúl Carrillo Arciniega of the College of Charleston.

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Dr. Carrillo Arciniega (center) with Dr. Germán Carrillo, President Emeritus of Sigma Delta Pi, and Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi.

Did you miss this event?
Join Vista Higher Learning and Sigma Delta Pi in San Diego, CA
for the the 101st Annual Conference of the AATSP, July 8-11, 2019 at the Town and Country Hotel.  Online registration through June 7, 2019.

Sigma Delta Pi Events at the AATSP’s 101st Annual Conference:

Monday, July 8
1:30-2:45pm
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
Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session

Wednesday, July 10
1:30-3:00pm

Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention

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

Register now and join us!