Millikin University's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2012-2013. This is the third consecutive year that Millikin has received this honor.
In addition, because it earned "Honor Chapter" status for a complete triennium (2010-13), Millikin was one of only nine chapters nationwide to be confirmed for the prestigious Octavio Paz Award. Professor Elizabeth Amaya, Millikin's chapter adviser and current national Sigma Delta Pi vice president of the Midwest, was instrumental in earning these prestigious distinctions.
"Sigma Delta Pi is a very active student organization in the department of modern languages," said Amaya. "Our chapter holds three cultural activities every semester. These cultural activities are intended to raise awareness of the Hispanic cultures and highlight their contributions to world culture."
Each May, the nearly 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi across the U.S. are asked to submit an annual report detailing their numerous activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses approximately 10-15 "Honor Chapters" annually. This recognition is based upon the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.
"Every semester the Spanish major and minor students that belong to Millikin's chapter of this prestigious national organization organize numerous activities," said Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, professor of Spanish and chair of the modern languages department at Millikin University. "The students promote the diversity of the many cultures of the Spanish speaking world, in Latin America, Spain as well as U.S. Latinos."
With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.
For more information on the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, visit www.sigmadeltapi.org