August 21, 2015
The Texas Tech University chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, recently was named an Honor Chapter for the 11th consecutive year. The award was presented to only 12 out of 609 chapters nationwide during 2015.
"We are thrilled to receive this very important award," said Comfort Pratt, an associate professor and the Texas Tech chapter adviser for Sigma Delta Pi. "It is a great honor for us, and we are very pleased the work we do has been recognized for so many years. During the 11 years I have been the adviser of the Texas Tech chapter of Sigma Delta Pi we have consistently served Texas Tech and the Lubbock community in diverse ways."
To receive this award, chapters submit an annual report detailing their activities and projects during the 2014-2015 academic year. The award is based on the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the honor society's mission, including honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society, according to Sigma Delta Pi's news release.
The Texas Tech chapter activities include organizing the annual Lubbock Spanish Spelling Bee, hosting Spanish discussion tables, seminars and academic lectures, and offering lunchtime enrichment programs, free Spanish and English lessons and bilingual readings in schools and libraries.
"Although our goal for carrying out these activities and events is not to win awards but to promote the ideals of Sigma Delta Pi to the best of our abilities and to the benefit of Texas Tech and the Lubbock community," Pratt said, "the impact has been profound and invaluable, and that has resulted in the numerous recognitions we have received."
The National Executive Committee also provides four graduate research grants and 18 undergraduate study abroad scholarships to students who are nominated by their advisers. This year two Texas Tech students received awards. Gayle Jeffers, a doctoral student in bilingual education, won a graduate research grant, and Yuridiana Silvestre, a junior secondary education and Spanish major, won an undergraduate scholarship.