January 30, 2013
A former Texas Tech University senior administrator has established a $10,000 endowment for the Texas Tech Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi in honor of Comfort Pratt, who has been serving as the chapter advisor since 2004. Alice White, former Texas Tech public relations director, provided the endowment to honor Pratt, an associate professor of Bilingual Education and Secondary Education in the College of Education.
White said the endowment was given on behalf of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and the Lambda of Texas Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.
“This endowment will recognize in perpetuity Dr. Pratt’s exceptional leadership resulting in her chapter’s overwhelming success in obtaining 23 national awards from 2004 to 2012,” White said, “including repeated Best Advisor in the Nation and Best Chapter in the Nation awards.”
Phi Beta Kappa Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and the Lambda of Texas Phi Beta Kappa Chapter also won Best in the Nation awards.
The endowment will be used for scholarships as well as programmatic needs of the chapter. Accepting the endowment, Pratt expressed her gratitude to White for such a great honor, and promised to ensure that the endowment is put to use in a way that will make a lasting impact on the lives of students and the community and bring honor to Texas Tech University and Sigma Delta Pi.
Chapter Alpha Phi has influenced the Lubbock community in many ways with its numerous programs including Super Saturdays Spanish in Action Program for Children, Spanish Spelling Bee Competition, Spanish Poetry Competition, Bilingual Reading Program, Annual Forum on Peace and Security and collaborations with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center for its Medical Spanish Program and with local schools for various projects. In recognition of these, Pratt was awarded the Texas Tech President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award in 2012.