National Charter Month commemorates Sigma Delta Pi’s founding on November 14, 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley by graduate student Ruth Barnes. Please plan now to 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!
Why not plan an initiation ceremony to celebrate Sigma Delta Pi’s National Charter Month in November?!?! An induction of new members can be held any time of year, and many chapters hold multiple initiations annually (once received, all orders are processed within 24 hours).
And don’t forget our 4th annual Facebook Birthday Cake Picture Competition to celebrate National Charter Month and Sigma Delta Pi’s 97th birthday.
1) 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: www.facebook.com/sigmadeltapi.
2) The pictured cake must include a reference, etched in icing on the cake, to Sigma Delta Pi’s 97th b-day.
3) It must be an actual cake that displays the Sigma Delta Pi logo.
4) for the accompanying “description,” include the name of the originating chapter and institution. For example: “Eta Upsilon, Illinois State 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. The winning chapter will receive a $100 credit that may be applied to future orders placed with the national office.
Call for Student Papers
for Sigma Delta Pi’s 5th Annual “Best Practices” Session
to be held at the 99th Conference of the
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Hilton Chicago Hotel: Chicago, IL
July 6-9, 2017
Student Members of active Sigma Delta Pi chapters are invited to submit a proposal for a 15-minute presentation on your chapter’s “best practices” that focuses on Sigma Delta Pi activities at your local institution. We strongly encourage proposals from student members who are actively involved in initiating, organizing, executing and/or participating in Sigma Delta Pi activities at their institutions.
By October 31, 2016, please e-mail the following to Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org):
1) your full name
2) name of your Sigma Delta Pi chapter and college/university
3) name of your chapter adviser
4) title of your proposed presentation
5) summary of your proposed presentation (no longer than 150 words)
3-4 papers will be selected from the submissions received, and the student presenters will be notified in early December 2016.
A student whose paper is selected for presentation will receive a $300 travel stipend plus paid conference registration courtesy of Sigma Delta Pi and a complimentary awards banquet ticket courtesy of the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). However, the same student is expected to secure travel-related funding for all remaining expenses through his/her college/university, either via the academic departments, the dean’s or provost’s office, the office of student activities, or other institutional sources. Colleges/universities often provide funding for students presenting at conferences. Your chapter adviser can assist you with exploring these funding options. Sigma Delta Pi is unable to provide monetary support beyond the $300 travel stipend and conference registration per selected student.
For information on the AATSP conference in July 2017, please visit the website: www.aatsp.org.
Any questions should be directed to the Executive Director: email@example.com
The Executive Council of Sigma Delta Pi has approved the creation of a new program: the Honorary Society of the Spanish Language/La Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Española for 2-year colleges. This new program will be launched within the next 12-18 months, and will eventually have its own website at http://www.sociedadhonoraria.org. See SHLE By-laws here.
Remember that next summer the Sigma Delta Pi Executive Committee will select “Honor Chapters” based on the required annual reports that each chapter will submit at the conclusion of the current (2016-17) academic year.
Is your chapter striving for “Honor Chapter” status this year? See how at