February 26, 2016
Texas Tech University’s Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named the recipient of this year’s Frida Kahlo Award by the society’s executive council.
Founded in 2006 and named after a renowned 20th-century Mexican artist, the Frida Kahlo Award is presented annually to a chapter for its outstanding website. Selection is based on the website’s content, navigability, appearance, innovation and current maintenance. Texas Tech also was a co-recipient of the Frida Kahlo Award in 2014.
Comfort Pratt, chapter adviser of Sigma Delta Pi, said Texas Tech received the award over 600 other chapters in contention for the honor.
“Receiving this award now and in 2014 confirms our chapter’s dedication to innovative use of technology to promote the ideals of the society and bring visibility to our university and community,” Pratt said. “Our chapter works selflessly to help others and promote the study of the Spanish language, literature and the cultures of the Hispanic world.”
Established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors those who have completed three years of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in either Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all Spanish courses taken and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class.
With 608 chapters nationwide, 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.