Sigma Delta Pi Chapter Earns Top Honors

by University Relations

The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society awarded APU’s Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi the Ignacio and Sofia Galbis Award, presented annually to the most outstanding chapter nationwide for its exemplary activities representing the society’s ideals. In addition, Azusa Pacific secured the distinction of Honor Chapter for the third consecutive year, a recognition given to only 16 chapters nationwide. By maintaining honors status for a triennium, APU stands as one of nine U.S. chapters to qualify for the Octavio Paz Award.

“Azusa Pacific’s chapter demonstrates the highest caliber of 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,” said Mark P. Del Mastro, executive director, Sigma Delta Pi. “Professor Rojas played an instrumental role in earning these honors.” Marcela Rojas, MFA, Ph.D., associate professor and Azusa Pacific’s chapter advisor, serves as national vice president of the west, which includes 11 states. This past spring, Sigma Delta Pi helped APU host the first statewide Spanish spelling bee in California. A total of 42 top high school students competed at Azusa’s Civic Auditorium.

“Over the last three years, we worked diligently to reflect both the mission of Sigma Delta Pi and our university’s motto, God First. We strive to do everything with excellence and for His glory,” said Rojas. “Winning the prestigious Galbis Award means we are on the right track. It’s a profound honor for the university and our students.”

To join the society, students must complete at least three years of college Spanish, including a third-year course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization, possess an average grade of B or better in all Spanish coursework, and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class. Sigma Delta Pi, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies, offers a growing scholarship program for undergraduate students and research grants for graduate students.

Originally published in the Winter '13 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.