UNCP Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Celebrates National Society's 100TH Anniversary

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Sigma Delta Pi Induction Ceremony
Pictured, left to right, are chapter President Joseph Lewis, inducted member Azael Perez, and Vice President Flor Adams at Perez’s initiation Nov. 19 in the A/V Theatre in Dial Building. Not pictured is Alisabeth Limon, treasurer. Photo by Diana Dotson Lee.

PEMBROKE, N.C.— The University’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic National Honor Society, recognizes college students who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language, literature, and cultures, and are committed to understanding the Hispanic world.

This academic year’s induction ceremony, held Nov. 19, coincided with the national society’s centennial. The new inductee for academic year 2019-2020 is Azael Perez. Chapter adviser Diana Dodson Lee, PhD, assistant professor of Spanish, joined chapter president Joseph Lewis and Flor Adams in initiating Perez.

Perez joins an active and supportive student organization. In April 2019, chapter members organized an undergraduate research symposium featuring research undertaken as part of their coursework in the Spanish major; in October 2019, during the Hispanic Fall Festival, they presented a series of papers related to the ongoing environmental crisis in the Amazon rainforest.

“We look forward to planning and participating in more activities next semester and to continuing to highlight Hispanic culture as well as demonstrate the high academic achievements of students in our major,” Lee said.

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established Nov. 14, 1919, at the University of California, Berkeley. The society’s goals are (1) to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; (2) to honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; (3) to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; (4) to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech; and (5) to serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

For more information, contact Lee or visit www.sigmadeltapi.org.

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