Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California Berkeley. The Sigma Delta Pi Chapter (Pi Nu) was founded in Austin Peay State University in the 1980s. The Society's insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. Sigma Delta Pi's colors are red and gold, its flower is the red carnation, and its motto is the Greek phrase "Spanías Didagéi Proágomen" meaning "Let's go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language." The national headquarters is located at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Pi Nu Chapter President: Nancy Diaz
Pi Nu Vice President: Yana Kan
Pi Nu Secretary: Consuelo Torres
Applications due 11/27: Applications are due on November 27 for Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Please turn in a receipt of payment for the $50.00 membership fee(one-time fee that will cover your membership and all items needed for the initiation ceremony).You can pay the fee at the cashier's window in the Browning office to the Sigma Delta Pi account (#810035-29300). Contact: Leah Consuelo Torres (Ltorres6@my.apsu.edu or 615-818-8615)
Salsa Magic: 11/7 | MUC Ballroom C | 5 - 8p.m. Latin Dancing is the spotlight in today’s nightlife worldwide. Let’s join those who are taking over the social life in the big cities. Sigma Delta Pi brings Michael Alexander, one of the best Latin Dance Instructors in Nashville, to help you add some spice to your dance moves. Please take advantage of FREE 2 hour salsa class for beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers. And then stay with us for the social dancing applying those new moves.
Annual Language Festival: The promotion of Spanish for area high schools. More information will be posted.
From the bylaws (III. Membership):
The society shall receive into its membership, irrespective of membership in or affiliation with other organizations, only those who attain its standards of high academic achievement in the study of the Spanish language, the literature and culture of Hispanic nations, and other college-level subjects. Membership may also be granted to those persons who give evidence of professional merit, proficiency, or special distinction in the fields of Hispanic study and culture or who have made significant contributions to these fields of endeavor. Membership shall be conferred in strict accordance with the standards established by the Association of College Honor Societies. The bases of selection shall be: (1) the scholastic or professional record of the candidate; (2) the distinction the candidate has achieved in the field of Hispanic studies; (3) the candidate's demonstrated support of the goals and ideals of the society; (4) the character of the candidate. Reception into membership shall be without formal pledge or secret order training.
Individual chapters may increase, but not decrease, the membership criteria outlined in this article. All chapter requirements for membership must be clearly articulated in the chapter's own published by-laws as approved by the chapter, the corresponding college or university and Sigma Delta Pi's Executive Director (see Article XI, Section 2).
Section 2. There shall be three classes of membership: active, alumnus, and honorary.
Section 3. Active Membership.
Active membership shall be limited to college students who have demonstrated high scholarship in general and excellence in the academic study of Spanish. Specifically, they must meet the following requirements:
1. Each must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
2. The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
3. The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.
4. Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.
5. Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.
Section 4. Alumnus Membership.
This category shall be composed solely of active members who have been graduated or for other reasons have left college. If alumnus members re-enroll either as undergraduate or as graduate students they shall revert to active membership. Alumnus members are welcome at all chapter meetings, but they shall not have the right to vote on matters brought before the chapter nor can they hold office in the chapter.
Section 5. Honorary Membership.
Persons who are obviously interested in, and supportive of, things Hispanic may be elected to this category of membership. Members of the college Spanish teaching staff and other faculty members or college administrative officials notably devoted to the goals and ideals of Sigma Delta Pi and who have supported the work of the chapter are generally initiated as honorary members. Outstanding high-school or community-college teachers of Spanish may be granted honorary membership. This class is not open to students, graduate or undergraduate. For honorary and all other types of members, the national initiation fee must be paid and the membership certificate and insignia presented during the initiation ceremony.
Section 6. Election to Membership.
Once a chapter is installed and has held its first initiation ceremony, the responsibility for the election of candidates to all categories of membership is assumed by the local chapter. Advisers and chapter officers must exercise extreme care in selecting candidates for membership, and they must make sure that candidates meet fully all requirements. Doubtful cases shall be referred to a regional or national officer.
2012-2013: President Maria Hurley, Vice President Tracy Jackson
2011-2012: President Bonnie Walls