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 National Events in April and July 2016: Plan to Attend Now!

Sigma Delta Pi chapter delegates (advisers, student officers and members), Executive Council Members and Honorary Presidents are cordially invited to join us for the following national events in 2016:

  • Sigma Delta Pi’s 14th annual Informative Session at the 69thKentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 14-16, 2016).   The Informative Session will take place Friday afternoon, April 15 (time and location TBA) at the University of Kentucky.  Later that evening (April 15) at 6:30pm, Sigma Delta Pi will host a reception for our attendees and special guests in the Mason-Headley room at the Campbell House (1375 S. Broadway Rd.) in Lexington, KY.   Deadline for abstract submissions to the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is November 16, 2015.  Deadline for early conference registration (required of all attendees, even if you are not presenting): TBA.
  • Sigma Delta Pi will host its Triennial Convention at the AATSP’s Annual Conference in Miami, Florida (July 8-11, 2016) at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, followed by a reception for all our guests.  In addition, Sigma Delta Pi will host another “Informative Session” (similar to the Kentucky venue) and a “Student Best Practices” session to highlight the impressive chapter activities of our student members.   Deadline for submission proposals for the AATSP Conference is November 15, 2015.  Deadline for early conference registration (required of all attendees, even if you are not presenting): TBA.

Our National President, Dr. Lucy F. Lee of Truman State University, and I look forward to seeing you!

A special thanks to Vista Higher Learning for sponsoring Sigma Delta Pi’s receptions.

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Unfortunately, funding for attendance to these events is not available through Sigma Delta Pi, but please consult with your local institution (home academic department, department chair, dean) for possible travel support.

November is Sigma Delta Pi’s National Charter Month!

National Charter Month commemorates graduate student Ruth Barnes’ founding of Sigma Delta Pi on November 14, 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley. Highlight your chapter and its activities during the month of November.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to locate and display your chapter’s charter!

 How can your chapter commemorate?:

1) Plan an initiation ceremony in November!!!  An induction of new members can be held any time of the year, and many chapters hold multiple initiations annually (once received, all orders processed within 24 hours).

2) Participate in our 3rd annual Facebook Birthday Cake Picture Competition to celebrate National Charter Month and Sigma Delta Pi’s 96th birthday.

To enter:

  1. a) During the month of November, chapters are invited to post a picture of their unique Sigma Delta Pi b-day cakes at our FB page: facebook.com/sigmadeltapi.
  2. b) The pictured cake must include a reference, etched in icing on the cake, to Sigma Delta Pi’s 96th b-day.
  3. c) It must be an actual cake that displays the Sigma Delta Pi logo.
  4. d) for the accompanying “description,” include the name of the originating chapter and institution.  For example: “Gamma Gamma, Marquette University.”

The winning picture will be featured during the entire month of December at Sigma Delta Pi’s FB page, and the winning chapter will receive an award certificate.  Cakes will be judged on artistic merit and originality.

3) Execute in November any chapter-sponsored activity that supports Sigma Delta Pi’s mission.