Sigma Delta Pi- Omega Gamma

Sigma Delta Pi- Omega Gamma Omega Gamma is the ACU chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica).
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Headquartered in the Hispanic Studies Department at the College of Charleston (S.C.), Sigma Delta Pi admits as members those undergraduate students who satisfy the following criteria:
1. Completion of three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
2. A minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
3. Ranking in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work. Graduate students qualify for membership if they have unconditionally been admitted to a degree-granting program and upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree. Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, s*x, age, or disability. Sigma Delta Pi is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies (http://www.achsnatl.org/) and affiliated with and a partner of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (http://www.aatsp.org/).

Despite this awful pandemic year, Sigma Delta Pi-Omega Gamma celebrated another Initiation/Graduation ceremony. Congratu...
04/08/2021

Despite this awful pandemic year, Sigma Delta Pi-Omega Gamma celebrated another Initiation/Graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all!!! Spanías Didágei Proágomen..Prosigamos bajo la inspiración de España!

Despite this awful pandemic year, Sigma Delta Pi-Omega Gamma celebrated another Initiation/Graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all!!! Spanías Didágei Proágomen..Prosigamos bajo la inspiración de España!

In Memoriam
05/02/2019

In Memoriam

Abilene Christian University honró la memoria de una estudiante muy querida que falleció en un accidente automovilístico con una placa en su honor. El miércoles 1 de mayo, tuvimos el honor de descubrir esta placa en su honor con la presencia de sus padres, el Sr. y Sra. Cavazos y sus hermanos, Sally, Iris y Angel. Paloma Cavazos fue Presidenta de Sigma Delta Pi (2014-2015) y oficial de Hispanos Unidos. Fue una líder en nuestro campus y se graduó con dos maestrías. Estuvieron presentes varios miembros del profesorado de ACU, su presidente, chancellor y rector. Descansa en paz, querida Paloma.

04/28/2019
Celebrando 100 años de Sigma Delta Pi en el Museo Grace de la ciudad de Abilene. Con un salón lleno de estudiantes, prof...
04/13/2019

Celebrando 100 años de Sigma Delta Pi en el Museo Grace de la ciudad de Abilene. Con un salón lleno de estudiantes, profesores y padres. Honrando al Dr. John Willis con un Certificado de Honor de SDP y a Evelyn Willis con el medallon conmemorativo de nuestra sociedad de honor. Una noche especial con poesía, música y el pastel de los 100 años. También presentamos el Volumen V de Hispaniola.

Este lunes, febrero 18, tuvimos un evento llamado Coffee and Conversation. Tuvimos a Randy Harris y Dr. Boyles con nosot...
02/22/2019

Este lunes, febrero 18, tuvimos un evento llamado Coffee and Conversation. Tuvimos a Randy Harris y Dr. Boyles con nosotros para contestar preguntas sobre oración. Muchas gracias a todos que participaron en hacer este evento un existo. Especialmente queremos agradecer a Mr. Harris y Dr. Boyles por su tiempo y sus respuestas.

Estamos muy orgullosos de esta quinta publicación en este año tan especial.
02/22/2019
Sigma Delta Pi produces annual Hispañiola magazine - Optimist

Estamos muy orgullosos de esta quinta publicación en este año tan especial.

Sigma Delta Pi will release their annual magazine, Hispañiola, to the public on April 11. Hispañiola magazine includes pieces and photographs from members and nonmembers of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society. The magazine is composed of creative pieces such as short stories, poetry, non-fic...

Another great Ceremony of Initiation for the Fall of 2018. Our speaker was Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra. We received three new me...
11/28/2018

Another great Ceremony of Initiation for the Fall of 2018. Our speaker was Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra. We received three new members: Madison Condron, Saraí Quinteros and Gemma Perez. Spanías Didágei Proágomen...Prosigamos bajo la inspiración de España!🎉🎈✨

Los invitamos que participen en estos 27 años de tradición hoy en el centro de ACU frente de la biblioteca a las 6 pm. h...
10/26/2018
Hispanos Unidos hosts 27th annual Entra a la Plaza - Optimist

Los invitamos que participen en estos 27 años de tradición hoy en el centro de ACU frente de la biblioteca a las 6 pm.

http://acuoptimist.com/2018/10/hispanos-unidos-hosts-27th-annual-entra-a-la-plaza/

Entra a la Plaza, Hispanos Unidos annual event, will take place in the campus mall area on Friday from 6-10 p.m. Hispanos Unidos has hosted the event for 27 years to promote cultural awareness and celebrate Hispanic heritage at ACU and in the Abilene community. For Entra a la Plaza, they partner wit...

Congratulations Omega Gamma, National Honor Chapter for 2017-2018! Felicitaciones, llegamos otra vez!!!!!
07/31/2018

Congratulations Omega Gamma, National Honor Chapter for 2017-2018! Felicitaciones, llegamos otra vez!!!!!

Es con suma tristeza que comunicamos el fallecimiento de nuestra querida Paloma Cavazos. Paloma se graduó de Abilene Chr...
06/03/2018

Es con suma tristeza que comunicamos el fallecimiento de nuestra querida Paloma Cavazos. Paloma se graduó de Abilene Christian University en el 2016 y fue Presidenta de nuestro Capítulo Omega Gamma. Una personalidad inolvidable, descansa en los brazos de nuestro Señor. Nuestro más sentido pésame a la familia Cavazos.

05/10/2018

Officers of Sigma Delta Pi-Omega Gamma: Reflections on their time and work as officers of SDP in the campus of Abilene Christian University.

Lawson Soward- Journalism and Mass Communication Major / Spanish minor
First President of Omega Gamma

“My time with Sigma Delta Pi was a wonderful part of my college experience. I had the honor of being the first President of the honor society during its Abilene Christian University charter year of 2010. Perhaps my fondest memory was the first initiation ceremony. It was such a beautiful event, with all the elegance and ceremonious form of the language it celebrated. It was held in the lovely Chapel on the Hill with added Spain-influenced décor. The ceremony was a night of poetry, incredible music (la guitarra of course), and a sense that the language and culture of the society we were honoring was something larger than ourselves. We made the paper the next day and went forward from that day with the knowledge that we had just begun something that would continue on far beyond the time we spent in ACU as individuals. It was marvelous.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the meetings that we would have, particularly those at Dr. Walker ’s home, where the food was always delicious, the hospitality was warm and the conversation was Spanish. Dr. Walker was an incredible advocate of the society. She was truly instrumental to my linguistic and extra-cultural education during my time at ACU and as a member/officer of SDP.
Sigma Delta Pi was a place where you always knew that the people with you were those who held Spanish in the place it merited; one of honor and elegance. I will always remember fondly my time with Sigma Delta Pi.”

Aaron Shaver- SPNT- Spanish Education Major
Communications Officer 2010-2011

“Even though SDP was just getting off the ground when I was a part of it,
the effects of being a part of a society that focuses not just on a language,
but also on service, are long lasting. Now that I have graduated, I am working as a Spanish teacher. Much of my confidence in the language
came from the relationships I formed with the students and professors in the Foreign Language Department at ACU through my involvement with SDP.”

Allison Songstad- Business Major, Spanish minor
Communications Officer 2011-2012

“SDP is more than a club comprised of Spanish speaking students. We are
an academic organization that uses our ability to communicate in Spanish to make a positive impact on the community. I highly recommend that students learning Spanish join SDP in order to see what a great influence they can have through their passion for the Spanish language.”

Kaleigh Wyrick- English Major, Spanish minor
Secretary 2011-2012

“There is a constant shared interest among all who gather in Spanish--its history and culture--and in raising awareness and appreciation for people different from ourselves, which is why we hope to team up with the International Rescue Committee to help refugees in our very own neighborhood. I just truly appreciate the heart that the officers, members, and our sponsor Dr. Walker all have for people, and how this chapter at ACU combines high academic standards with high expectations for Christian service and love.”
“Being an officer for SDP was a fun experience! It gave me the opportunity to work with professors and fellow students to organize events before participating, to do prep-work and then see the fruits of the labor. It's one thing to be a member of a society and take advantage of the opportunities there, but to go one step further...it's like preparing a full meal that you and friends or family will enjoy together: when it all comes together, after all the planning and effort you put into it, you enjoy it all the more because you can see all your work culminating in something that others are enjoying as well. Being an officer really gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how all those meetings happen both in person and through technology, and all the organization and coordination that goes into getting an event planned and executed. It's real-life experience! That kind of work is invaluable to you, because it prepares you for later duties you'll have, and to the society itself because you and your work are what keeps it going. Without the officers, chapters fade out. And that's pretty exciting, knowing that your efforts have a greater purpose beyond yourself, especially when it's for something that you are really enthusiastic about, like Spanish culture and language!”

Emily Miller- Business Major, Spanish minor.
Vice-President 2010-2011, President- 2011-2012

“During my time in SDP I was honored to hold the positions of Vice President and President. Never would I have imagined holding such positions for Sigma Delta Pi, but it was such a privilege to serve in that way. While serving in SDP, I realized even more my love for the Spanish language and culture and what a great opportunity we have at ACU to grow those passions. Who would have thought that in Abilene, TX there would be people from all over the world who speak Spanish, and that through SDP we could connect with those people. It is such a wonderful thing to experience life through different lenses, to open yourself up to a different world, and be willing to connect with others from different backgrounds. Sigma Delta Pi allows for this and I hope that the organization only continues to grow and connect more people who share this desire for Spanish.”

Kelsey Roberts- Communications Disorders Major, Spanish minor.
Communications Officer 2012-2013

"ACU's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi may be one of the smaller organizations on campus, but that has no effect on the impact it has upon those involved in it. Being a member, as well as an officer, has given me an opportunity to further explore my interest and skills in Spanish, as well as my desire to promote learning the language. Working with Dr. Walker as the chapter's sponsor and seeing her genuine passion for teaching others about Spanish language and culture has been an inspiration, and her attitude is one I hope to imitate in my own life. Is has been an honor to be a part of Sigma Delta Pi."

Rachel Beck- Education Major, Spanish minor.
Vice-President 2012-2013

In high school I was an officer for NSHS, and the main goal of every member was to acquire the right number of culture and service points. Being in Sigma Delta Pi has given me a different perspective of Spanish honor societies. I have seen college students work hard in their classes in order to be accepted in this prestigious society, and take the initiative to use their Spanish to help others in the community. Every single member strives to help their community, without any expectation of gratification. Through SDP we have helped refugees, speech centers, and other Spanish learners. I am very honored and blessed to be part of an organization that is united by a single language and strives to help our surrounding community, and I know that through this experience I am better prepared to use my Spanish speaking skills in other communities.

Briana Burton- Pre-Medicine Major, Spanish minor.
President 2012-2013

During the 2012-2013 school year I was privileged to serve as the SDP President. I never would have expected to have experienced as much diversity and opportunities as I did. Not only was I able to use my Spanish language skills around other students, but we were also involved in an incredible service project with the International Rescue Committee. Throughout the year we worked with the IRC to collect supplies for newly arrived refugees. It was amazing to see our school community, and especially the members of SDP, come together to help those from a different culture who were in need. I truly believe that being a part of such a unique organization furthered my love of the Spanish language and culture more than I ever could have imagined. I will definitely be able to use my experiences in SDP as I graduate and move into the professional world. I think the best part of being in SDP, though, was knowing that when we met as a group we all shared a common passion for the Spanish language and its accompanying culture. We shared stories of our travels to Spain, Uruguay, Guatemala and more. Being involved in SDP lit a fire in me to keep up my language skills and see more of the Spanish-speaking world.

Deanna Tuttle- International Studies Major, Spanish Minor
SDP- Historian- 2015-2016

My experience with Sigma Delta Pi richly embellished my college experience. It pushed me to improve my Spanish and encouraged me to connect deeper with my Hispanic heritage. I was thankful for the opportunity to write creatively and was so excited to see my work published in our journal. Becoming an officer was an honor that gave me a chance to try public speaking in Spanish for the first time, and gave me more tangible experience speaking outside the classroom in a professional setting. Viva SDP at ACU!

Ivana Muñoz- Spanish Education, Minor Psychology
SDP- Vice President 2016-2017

"I had the honor of being inducted into Sigma Delta Pi my sophomore year, and when I attended the ceremony I was excited to be apart of a group of students that were celebrated for Spanish. The following semester the professor that leads SDP, Dr. Walker, asked me if I wanted to serve as vice president. I was so excited to get to work with her and to represent SDP. That year as Vice president, was one of the best. I was able to grow closer to some wonderful classmates. In addition to cultivating friendship, my favorite part was helping with the movement of kindness, "Seamos Amables Unos con Otros". I loved being able to participate in showing gratitude to ACU PD and WFF. Being a part of Sigma Delta Pi has significantly impacted my college experience at ACU for the better. It allowed me to be a part of something I didn't even know existed, and it contributed to my self-efficacy and academic confidence. I am extremely grateful that I am a Sigma Delta Pi member."

Brynn Barton- Global Studies Major/ Spanish, Biblical Studies, Political Science Minor 2016-17 Historian of Sigma Delta Pi Omega Gamma

Sigma Delta Pi is comprised of an incredible group of people working hard to celebrate the Spanish language, its history, and Spanish-English interactions and relations. From nights of bilingual poetry readings to our yearly service projects, Sigma Delta Pi has been a way for me to serve my community all while learning more about Spanish culture and language. It was a privilege to be a part of this society and I consider it an honor to have served as Historian for a year.
My favorite memory from my time as Historian was during our service project of making and sending baskets of snacks, coffee, and gifts to the Abilene Police Department. Being able to honor the men and women who work tirelessly to protect and serve our community is something I will always cherish. I also am proud of our creation of various editions of Hispaniola and remember fondly my vignette about a Peruvian man I met while studying abroad that made it into the 2016 edition.
However, as hard as officers may work, nothing compares to the heart and soul that Dr. Walker pours into this society. She dedicates her time, money, and effort into making sure that our events are successful and beautiful and is constantly recruiting and encouraging new members to join. She is both an essential element to the smooth running of Omega Gamma and one of the reasons being a part of the organization is so fun and enjoyable. She leads and teaches with elegance and kindness and makes all member of Sigma Delta Pi better students, Christians, and campus leaders.
I will look back on my membership and participation with Sigma Delta Pi as one of the highlights of my college career and am thankful for all that I have learned through its events, meetings, and leaders.

Julia Taylor- Pre-Medicine Major, Spanish Minor
SDP- Historian, 2017-2018

Being an officer in any student organization is always an honor, and I really enjoy being able to choose the organizations that I want to lead on campus. I am thankful and very blessed to have been given an opportunity to serve the Spanish-speaking community of ACU in some way during my time as the Historian for Sigma Delta Pi. I was able to participate in events both as someone in the action (an officer) and as someone observing from the outside (photographing dancers at Entra a la Plaza and sticking behind the camera at service events). I have grown very much in my knowledge of Spanish as a language, but also in my knowledge of Spanish culture in my experience interacting with members of my community. There are always enclaves of cultural and ethnic minorities; one just has to take an interest in them and seek them out. These people and this language are of the utmost importance in my country today, and I don't want to let their lives go unnoticed, whether that be through my chosen medical profession or through my community on the whole. Sigma Delta Pi has given me the ability to learn from these people and take a position of leadership, helping me figure out where I fit in this hybridized society that we live in today. It has been an enormous blessing!

2018 Traditional Photo at Jacob's Ladder. Here is ACU's Omega Gamma: Madeline Moore, Julia Taylor, Lindsie Lawson, Diana...
05/02/2018

2018 Traditional Photo at Jacob's Ladder. Here is ACU's Omega Gamma: Madeline Moore, Julia Taylor, Lindsie Lawson, Diana Desai, Yesi Soria, Erin May, Sussan Talamas, Raquel Dottle, Spencer Reyes, Marissa McClellan, Shay Bryant, Angela Jirik, Leticia Alcantar, Madeline Dayton...🎉[Several of our honor students did not make it to the picture...lamentamos].

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