CofC and The Citadel Announce 14th Annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Contest

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce their 14th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2018. The three finalists will be recognized and the awardee announced during a ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Click here for nomination details.

CofC and The Citadel Announce Finalists for 13th Annual SC Spanish Teacher of the Year

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce the three finalists of their 13th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2017:

Bethany Battig-Ramseur of Hilton Head Preparatory School
Julia Rowsam of Northwestern High School
Tracy Stroud of Carolina Forest High School

All three finalists will be recognized and the awardee announced during a ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.  Each finalist will receive an award plaque courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 16, 2017 and breakfast on November 17 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi’s 2017 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will also receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D., The Citadel class of 1984.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charleston: delmastromp@cofc.edu.

 

CofC’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Named Honor Chapter for 7th Consecutive Year

The Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was among 12 of the 613 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide to receive the Honor Chapter award for outstanding activities executed during the 2016-17 academic year.  This was the 7th consecutive year that the College of Charleston received this prestigious recognition, to coincide with the chapter’s 40th anniversary (1977-2017).  Drs. Susan Divine and Carmen Grace of Hispanic Studies are Nu Zeta’s chapter advisers, and along with past student chapter president Maya Novák-Cogdell, they were instrumental for this national recognition.

Drs. Wise and Del Mastro Participate in the 70th Annual KFLC

At the 70th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 20-22, at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Carl Wise presented his study “Pirates, Empire, and National Identity in Lope de Vega’s Dragontea” and Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro organized and directed the 15th annual Informative Session of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

CofC’s and The Citadel’s Chapters of Sigma Delta Pi Name 2016 S.C. TOY

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s Chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, named Clover High School‘s Stephanie Schenck the 2016 Sigma Delta Pi’s S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year.  The awards ceremony was held at 7:15pm in Alumni Hall at the College of Charleston. Also recognized were finalists Loyda McClellan of Fort Dorchester High School and Kathleen Stafford of Irmo High School.

All three finalists were presented award plaques courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests enjoyed complimentary lodging the evening of November 10, 2016 and breakfast on November 11 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi’s 2016 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Schenck,  also received a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D., Citadel class of 1984.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charleston: delmastromp@cofc.edu.

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The three finalists (center) of Sigma Delta Pi’s S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year with Dr. Del Mastro (left) and the chapter presidents of The Citadel’s and Cof’C’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi.

Student Maya Novák-Cogdell Selected to Present in Sigma Delta Pi’s 5th Annual “Best Practices” Session

Maya Novák-Cogdell, student president of the College of Charleston’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been selected to present in Sigma Delta Pi’s national “Best Practices Session” to be held during the 99th Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese from July 6-9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Finalists for Sigma Delta Pi’s 12th Annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Program

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce the finalists for their 12th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2016:

Loyda McClellan of Fort Dorchester High School
Stephanie Schenck of Clover High School
Kathleen Stafford of Irmo High School

All three finalists will receive award plaques courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests (one guest per finalist) will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 10, 2016 and breakfast on November 11 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charlestondelmastromp@cofc.edu.

The 2016 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D. ’84.
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CofC’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Receives Nat’l Awards

The Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, received two national awards during the Society’s Triennial Convention on July 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  Nu Zeta was among 13 of the 611 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide to receive the Honor Chapter award for outstanding activities executed during the 2015-16 academic year.  This was the 6th consecutive year that the College of Charleston received this prestigious recognition.  In addition, CofC’s chapter was granted the Octavio Paz Award for maintaining Honor Chapter status each year  during the 2013-16 triennium.  Drs. Carmen Grace and Susan Divine of Hispanic Studies are Nu Zeta’s chapter advisers, and along with past student chapter president Olivia Ghiz, they are greatly responsible for these national awards.

20th Anniversary Commemoration of CofC’s Study Abroad Program in Trujillo, Spain

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the College of Charleston and the Xavier de Salas Foundation commemorated 20 years of collaboration with CofC’s study abroad program in Trujillo, Spain. Participating in this memorable event was a five-member, College of Charleston delegation that included Dr. Michael Auerbach, Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics; Dr. Jerry Hale, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies; Dr. Andrew Sobiesuo, Associate Provost of International Education; and Dr. Antonio Tillis, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.   Representing Trujillo were Mr. Alberto Casero, Mayor of the city; Dr. Jaime de Salas, Director of the Xavier de Salas Foundation, and Dr. Segundo Píriz, President of the University of Extremadura. Also participating in the ceremony were Jessica Barras, a graduate of the College of Charleston who studied in Trujillo in 2014, and currently resides in the same city.  Following remarks by numerous dignitaries, Dr. Del Mastro, who is also Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, inducted Drs. Jaime de Salas and Segundo Píriz into the Order of the Discoverers, one of Sigma Delta Pi’s most prestigious international recognitions.

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From left to right: Drs. Del Mastro, Hale, Auerbach, de Salas, Píriz, Sobiesuo and Tillis, following the induction of de Salas and Píriz into Sigma Delta Pi’s Order of the Discoverers.