Hispanic Honor Society Earns National Award

The Frida Kahlo Award is presented annually to a chapter for its outstanding website.

Sigma Delta Pi.

Texas Tech University’s Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, along with Illinois State University, was named co-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 upon the website’s content, navigability, appearance, innovation and current maintenance.

Texas Tech’s achievement comes under the direction of its Sigma Delta Pi Chapter adviser, Comfort Pratt, of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education.

“Dr. Pratt is committed to excellence in TTU students’ acquisition of Spanish languages,” said Scott Ridley, dean of the College of Education. “She works hard for her students and this commitment has made Texas Tech’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi one of the very best in the country.”

Established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors those who have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization with a minimal grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish courses taken. Candidates must also rank in the upper 35 percent of their class – sophomore, junior, or senior – and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work. Graduate students may also be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.

With 596 chapters nationwide and its headquarters at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, 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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