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Citadel News Service
17 Jul 2006

Citadel's Hispanic Honor Society recognized

For the 14th consecutive year, The Citadel's chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its activities during the 2005-2006 academic year.

"This is a remarkable achievement due greatly to the collaborative efforts of our student members," said Mark Del Mastro, head of Modern Languages and founding faculty advisor of the Tau Iota chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.

Each May, all 539 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi 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 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.

Projects for which The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter was recognized include the Lowcountry and South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year awards, the publication of "El Cid," a refereed national journal in Spanish for undergraduate and graduate students; interpreting for local Hispanic immigrants; a website translation project for a local law firm; and the "Certificate of Merit" program to recognize outstanding high school students of Spanish in the tri-county area.

Of the 16 chapters recognized this year with "Honor Chapter" status, The Citadel ranked in the top 5 among Brigham Young University, Truman State University, Virginia Tech and Texas Tech.
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