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Citadel News Service
22 Aug 2008

Spanish Honor Society named Honor Chapter for 16th time

This summer, The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was one of only 10 chapters nationwide to be selected as an Honor Chapter during the society’s annual Executive Committee Meeting in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Tau Iota Chapter has earned this recognition for the 16th consecutive year.

“I am extremely proud of this remarkable achievement. Sixteen consecutive years as an honor chapter is a testament to the hard work of all of those who are involved in Tau Iota,” said Mark Del Mastro, professor of Spanish and head of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Del Mastro attributed the chapter’s success to such high profile activities as the annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year program, the statewide merit certificate program for outstanding high school Spanish students and the national Spanish journal El Cid.

“These are some of the chapter’s more ambitious projects that have earned us this prestigious recognition,” Del Mastro said.

Chapters are chosen for their outstanding activities realized during the academic year.

Cadets Valentín Boza, Jonathan Rodriguez and James Chamberlain served as the chapter president, vice-president and secretary respectively for the 2007-08 academic year. Mark P. Del Mastro founded Tau Iota in January 1993 and serves as chapter adviser along with Zane U. Segle of the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.

The other chapters recognized are California State University, Fullerton; Friends University; Kean University; Marquette University; St. John's University; Texas Tech University; Truman State University; University of Northern Colorado and Virginia Tech University.

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