Texas Tech’s Chapter and Faculty Adviser of Sigma Delta Pi Earn National Awards
September 8, 2009
Texas Tech University’s chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2008-09.
The faculty adviser for the organization, Comfort Pratt, assistant professor in
the College of Education, areas of secondary education and bilingual education, has
been awarded the prestigious Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award
, granted yearly to the country's most outstanding chapter adviser. This is the second
consecutive year Pratt has received the honor, and the third time since the award
was established in 2005.
Each May, all 564 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi
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 Honor Chapters. The recognition centers on 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.
“Dr. Pratt was instrumental in earning this national honor that was awarded to only
nine chapters in 2009,” said Charles Ruch, interim dean of the College of Education.
“Her impressive involvement with Texas Tech’s chapter distinguished her among the
hundreds of other chapter advisers considered for the 2009 Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award.”
With its national office at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., 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.
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CONTACT: Comfort Pratt, assistant professor, Secondary Education and Bilingual Education
& Diversity Studies; and adviser, Sigma Delta Pi, Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
College of Education,
(806) 742-1997 ext. 237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.