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Sigma Delta Pi

On July 8, 2016, at the Triennial Convention of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society in Miami, Florida, our Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was selected for two national awards:
1)     Honor Chapter distinction for the 6th consecutive year. CofC was one of only 13 chapters of the 611 nationwide to be selected in 2016;
2)     Octavio Paz Award for maintaining Honor Chapter status each year during the 2013-16 triennium. This is the second consecutive Octavio Paz Award for our chapter (the first was in 2013).

These distinctions are due in large part to the incredible dedication of our faculty and the hard work of our student officers: starting back in 2010-11, under the advisership of Dr. Marianne Verlinden and the presidency of student Dylan Kornegay, when our chapter won its first Honor Chapter distinction, through this past 2015-16 academic year under the co-advisership of Drs. Susan Divine and Carmen Grace and the presidency of student Olivia Ghiz, when our chapter received its latest awards.

My sincere congratulations to all the faculty and students who collaborate with our various Sigma Delta Pi projects throughout the year.

Mark P. Del Mastro

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Founded at the University of California Berkeley on November 14, 1919 by a graduate student named Ruth Barnes, Sigma Delta Pi, La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica/National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is the largest foreign language honor society for college students in the U.S. with nearly 600 chapters nationwide.  The Society's insignia is the Spanish royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón; its colors are red and yellow gold, its flower is the red carnation, and its motto is the Greek phrase "Spanías Didagéi Proágomen" meaning "Let's go/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language."  

Membership requirements for undergraduate students:
  • Completion of at least three semesters of college course work.
  • Completion of at least 18 semester hours of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a third-year literature or civilization and culture course (i.e. 300-level or higher) at the College of Charleston.
  • A grade average of B or better in all college-level Spanish courses completed.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better in all college courses completed.
Membership requirements for graduate students:
  • Completion of at least two graduate courses in Spanish with an average that supports eligibility for a graduate degree.

In addition to academic excellence, candidates for membership must also demonstrate a keen interest in the Spanish language and a desire and commitment to promote the study of Hispanic language, literature and culture.  Initiation ceremonies are held each year near in the Fall and Spring semesters.  To apply for membership, please complete the downloadable application.

For additional information, contact the Chapter Advisers:
Drs. Susan Divine ( and Carmen Grace (
Graduate students should contact Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Sabater, Graduate Student Liaison ( 

SDP Officers for 2017-18:
President - TBA
Vice President - TBA
Secretary-Treasurer - TBA

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The College of Charleston's Nu Zeta Chapter (#318) of Sigma Delta Pi was installed on November 21, 1977 by Professor Fleming G. Vinson, Associate Professor of Spanish and Italian, with the initiation of four charter members.  Nu Zeta has since remained very active not only with annual inductions of new members, but also with numerous national distinctions to include student winners of both Sigma Delta Pi's national scholarship competition and the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Under the direction of faculty advisers Drs. Marianne Verlinden, Carmen Grace and Mark Del Mastro and student presidents Dylan Kornegay (Spanish 2011), Hannah Stevens (Spanish 2012), Julie King (Spanish 2013), Jocelyn Moratzka (Spanish 2014), and Adriana Bonasorte (Spanish 2015), Nu Zeta has received five Honor Chapter distinctions (2011-15), an award granted yearly to only 10-15 of the most outstanding chapters nationwide.  In addition, the chapter enjoyed its first-ever Octavio Paz Award in 2013 for earning the Honor Chapter distinction for each year of the 2010-13 triennium.

Also, since July 1, 2010, the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston is proud to be the location of the national headquarters of Sigma Delta Pi with Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro serving as the Executive Director.

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