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Citadel News Service
13 July 2005

The Citadel’s Hispanic Honor Society lauded for its work

For the 13th consecutive time The Citadel’s chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named “Honor Chapter” for its activities during the 2004-2005 academic year.

“This is a tremendous honor. I know our members will be proud of this special achievement,” said Mark Del Mastro, professor of modern languages and the faculty advisor to the Tau Iota chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.

Each May, all 529 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 15 to 20 "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; 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 15 chapters recognized with “Honor Chapter” status, The Citadel ranked in the top 5 among such institutions as Brigham Young University, Virginia Tech, California State University, St. John’s University and Texas Tech.