Sigma Delta Pi Mourns Passing of Dr. Janet Pérez

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Dr. Janet Pérez, former Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Spanish at Texas Tech University, and member of Sigma Delta Pi’s Order of Don Quijote, one of the highest honors of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has died.  Professor Pérez’s accomplishments and contributions are vast, to include her roles as Editor of Hispania (2001-09), Founding Co-Editor of Monographic Review/Revista monográfica, Editorial Board member of numerous renowned peer-reviewed journals, and author of countless books, editions, book reviews and critical articles (Dr. Pérez’s CV).  Hispanism lost a giant with Dr. Pérez’s passing, and she will be sorely missed.

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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.

Honorary President Susan Carvalho Named Dean of Graduate School at U of Alabama

Dr. Susan Carvalho, Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi and Associate Provost for Internationalization and Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, has been named Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Alabama.  Click here for the University of Alabama’s official announcement.

Dr. César Ferreira Inducted Into Orden de los Descubridores

On May 6, 2016, Dr. César Ferreira of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi’s Order of the Discoverers, one of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s highest honors.

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Dr. César Ferreira, center, after being initiated into the Order of the Discoverers.