Sigma Delta Pi Receives Awards at Conference in Spain


Truman’s Rho Rho Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2022-23 at the 105th Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), in Salamanca, Spain.

Truman has earned this distinction for 30 consecutive years which represents the longest continuous “Honor Chapter”-run in the 104-year-history of Sigma Delta Pi. The first award was received in 1993 under co-advisers Lucy Lee and Michael Buzan.

Each summer, the 634 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide 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 10-15 “Honor Chapters” annually. This recognition is based upon 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.

Truman’s chapter was also awarded the national Ignacio and Sophie Galbis Award as outstanding chapter of the year. Stacy Davis, Truman’s SDP chapter advisor, and Amanda Smith (’23), SDP’s former president and recent Truman graduate, had the opportunity to be at the conference to accept the award.

While at the conference, Davis and Smith attended numerous research sessions and learned multiple ways to enhance Truman’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi for future years. While in Spain, Davis was awarded a travel grant from the Spanish government, and Smith won the prestigious Gabriela Mistral award from SDP.

Smith also presented about the chapter’s best practices in front of numerous college students and professors from various parts of the world. During this presentation, Smith focused on Rho Rho’s cultural presentations, chapter events, community participation, fundraising and social media usage. She served as the president of the Rho Rho chapter during the 2022-2023 academic year and was originally selected to present at this conference in October 2022. She was one of only five students from around the country who was selected to present on behalf of SDP.
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