St. John’s University and Western Illinois University Named Co-Recipients of the 2017 Frida Kahlo Award

Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to announce that the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of St. John’s University and the Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter at Western Illinois University have been named co-recipients of the 2017 Frida Kahlo Award for their outstanding websites.

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Geico Insurance: Exclusive Discount Rates for Sigma Delta Pi Members

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Sigma Delta Pi and GEICO Auto Insurance partner to give you the benefit of great rates on high-quality car insurance. In addition to your Sigma Delta Pi membership discount — which could shave as much as 8% more off GEICO’s already low prices — you’ll also receive 24-hour service online or by phone, efficient and fair claim handling, and the peace of mind that comes with being protected by an auto insurance company rated A++ for financial stability.  GEICO can also help you find great insurance rates for your boat, motorcycle, home, and much more.

Start your free car insurance quote today to see how much more you could be saving with your special member discount! In turn, your completed quote will help support Sigma Delta Pi.

Please send all billing requests, invoices and ad related inquiries or schedules to PartnerSVC@geico.com

Call 1-800-342-9070 to see how much YOU could save!!! Use Referral Code 141080

4th Annual Sigma Delta Pi Facebook B-Day Cake Photo Competition

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. 

To enter:

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: 5TH ANNUAL SIGMA DELTA PI “BEST PRACTICES” SESSION 2016

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 (delmastromp@cofc.edu):

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: delmastromp@cofc.edu

Strive for “Honor Chapter” Status in AY 2016-17

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

http://www.sigmadeltapi.org/CR.Honor.Chapter.How.To.html

Southern Utah U and Loyola U New Orleans Awarded Chapter Project Grants

Sigma Delta Pi Chapters at Southern Utah University and Loyola University New Orleans were both awarded Chapter Project Grants for endeavors planned for fall 2016.  Chapter Phi Iota at Southern Utah will undertake a Day of the Dead celebration on November 2, 2016, and Chapter Mu Kappa of Loyola U New Orleans will execute a Hispanic Cultural Celebration and related fund raiser on October 14, 2016.

Each spring the 610+ chapters of Sigma Delta Pi are invited to submit applications for funding to support special chapter projects that reflect the mission of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  Proposals are evaluated over the summer, and applicants are notified prior to the start of the fall term.  Click here for more information on the Chapter Project Grant program.