ISU’s Eta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (SDP) has recently co-received the 2014 Frida Kahlo Award.
The national collegiate Hispanic honor society has been given this accolade along with Texas Tech University.
Angela M. Bailey de las Heras, adviser to ISU’s chapter, noted the special qualities and dedication the students of the society have.
“I feel very privileged to work with the brilliant and dedicated members of [Sigma Delta Pi],” she said.
“Seeing them so motivated to give to the community after a schedule full of classes, homework, assignments and extracurricular activities inspires me.”
The Frida Kahlo Award was founded in 2006 and a plaque is given each year to chapters with an exceptional website. Named after the 20th century Mexican artist, the award is presented to websites with great navigability, maintenance of the site, innovation and overall look.
Mark Del Mastro, SDP executive director, pointed out the reward of experiencing the innovation and impressive accomplishments of SDP members at the chapter level.
“There are many rewarding aspect of my position, but working with engaged faculty advisers and some of the brightest college Spanish students in the country is among the most gratifying,” he said.
Working as executive director, Del Mastro is responsible for overseeing the operations of the largest foreign language society for four-year institutions in the country.
Del Mastro’s duties include managing the organization’s treasury, chapter operations, all the awards programs and regularly communicates with the SDP members.
The non-profit organization selects its members by their respective chapters on the basis of academic excellence in Spanish.
SDP rewards the students who have finished three years of college-level Spanish with a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 in all Spanish classes taken. In addition, at least three semester hours of a Hispanic literature or culture and civilizations class is required.
The society members’ goals include encouraging the significance of languages in today’s world. SDP members have the opportunities of hearing guest speakers inform them on possible careers in Spanish as well as community volunteer work by giving Spanish tutoring and lessons. Other events include movie nights and discussing literature.
Originally founded at the University of California, Berkeley in November 1919 by Ruth Barnes, the organization has clearly grown far beyond the West coast — currently there are almost 600 chapters throughout the U.S.
The society’s colors are red and gold, and the red carnation is recognized as its flower. The national headquarters is at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
SDP’s Greek motto, “Spanías Didagéi Proágomen,” translates to “Let’s go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language.”
For more information on SDP, email Angela Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or president Lydia Reitz at email@example.com. Visit SDP’s website at isusigmadeltapi.weebly.com.