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Citadel News Service
16 Jun 2009

Spanish Honor Society receives national honors for 17th time

The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, continues to earn accolades for outstanding work.

This summer the chapter received the Ignacio and Sophie Galbis Award, which is granted annually to the most outstanding chapter nationwide for activities representing the highest ideals of the society. The award was created in 1997 to recognize Ignacio and Sophie Galbis for 20-years service to Sigma Delta Pi.

The Citadel’s chapter was one of only nine chapters nationwide to be selected for national awards during the society’s annual executive committee meeting June 12 and 13 in Charleston, SC. The Tau Iota Chapter has earned national recognition for 17 consecutive years.

Mark Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and head of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, credits chapter president Richard Doelling, ’09, and Sara Fernández Medina, co-faculty adviser, with leading another successful year for the chapter.

“Seventeen consecutive years as a national award-winning chapter reflects the commitment of the many people involved in Tau Iota,” he said.

Among the activities for which The Citadel’s chapter was recognized are the annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year program, the "Cuenta Cuentos" reading project at Midland Park Elementary School, the national Spanish journal “El Cid” and the statewide merit certificate program for outstanding high school students of Spanish.

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