HSU's Beta Sigma Chapter Inducts Three Students

Chapter part of the largest foreign language honor society


The Foreign Languages Department held its first induction ceremony in 40 years Wednesday for new members of the Beta Sigma chapter of Sigma Pi Delta.

HSU’S chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society was founded in 1949, but it has not been active since 1977. It is the 66th of 610 chapters across the country.  

The chapter inducted three students: Madison Copeland, Grace Hebert and Sarah Philips. Two HSU faculty also received an honorary induction: history professor Dr. Tiffany Fink and Dr. Alan Stafford, dean of the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts.

HSU’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi had not been active since 1977, according to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, executive director of the Sigma Delta Pi organization based in Charleston, South Carolina.  

We are happy for having reactivated our HSU Beta Sigma Chapter,” said Spanish professor Dr. Rosario Hall. “We are looking forward to taking advantage of a variety of opportunities offer to our students of Spanish through Sigma Delta Pi.”

Members of Sigma Delta Pi will have access to undergraduate study abroad awards, graduate research grants, a joint Sigma Delta Pi- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese recognition granted yearly to one outstanding undergraduate student major or minor of Spanish, leadership opportunities, closer association with students of similar interests and out-of-class interaction with members of faculty, and opportunities to participate and/or present in Sigma Delta Pi's annual sessions.

Fink said the reactivation of the chapter reflects the continued commitment of Hardin-Simmons University to Liberal Arts education.  

"The continual presence of linguistic studies on this campus reflects that commitment and is evidenced not only by Dr. Joe Alcorta's decades of service to the students and the community, but also through Dr. Rosario Hall's professionalism and energetic dedication to exposing students to the immense value of multicultural studies," Fink said. "As a historian and fellow colleague with Drs. Hall and Alcorta in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts at HSU, it was my great pleasure to celebrate with the students at the Sigma Delta Pi induction ceremony. I look forward to partnering with our Department of Foreign Languages in future events to help students benefit from the study of languages and cultures. As we break down barriers through taking time to understand each other's culture and ways of communication, we open the possibilities for the exchange of ideas, the development of community, and the chance to share the love of Christ with those around us, wherever we may go. I believe that the liberal arts and linguistic studies facilitates those kinds of meaningful goals."

Sigma Delta Pi is the largest foreign language honor society in existence the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities. Sigma Delta Pi was established on November 14, 1919 at the University of California in Berkeley, California. 


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