SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY
Sigma Delta Pi honors those who attain excellence in the study of
the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture
of the Spanish-speaking peoples. Membership is limited to students
who have demonstrated high scholarship in general and excellence
in the academic study of Spanish. To be nominated, a student must
meet the following requirements:
1. Each must have completed three years of study of college-level
Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or its equivalent, 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. The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade
point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses
3. The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore,
junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY
Eta Iota chapter of Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society,was
founded at Sam Houston in 1972 as the 177th chapter. Pi Delta Phi
was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of
California, Berkeley, in 1906. At the present time it numbers 316
chapters, this last being Duke University. There are chapters in
Paris and Aix-en-Provence.
The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College
Honor Societies in 1967; its official publication is the NEWSLETTER.The
purpose of this Society shall be (1) to recognize outstanding scholarship
in the French language and its literatures; (2)to increase the knowledge
and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of
the French-speaking world; (3)to stimulate and encourage French
and francophone cultural activities.
There are two categories of membership: regular and honorary. REGULAR
members include graduate and undergraduate students who shall be
nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least
one semester of upper division French with a minimum GPA of 3.00
HONORARY members include: the French faculty of the sponsoring
institution; members of the faculty at large, diplomats and community
leaders who have shown a strong support of French cultures. Each
new member receives the official key, a certificate and a card indicating
life membership in the organization.
French Honor Society Inducts Six
The Eta Iota Chapter of Pi Delta Phi initiated six student members to the national French honor society during its annual ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008.
Those inducted include Joanne Blackwell, Olivia Emig, Andrea Jones, Candace Keracik, Andrea Reisinger and Veronica Wilkerson.
Established in 1906, Pi Delta Phi is one of the oldest national academic honor societies in the U.S. with 330 chapters in the U.S. and two related chapters in France.
The organization is dedicated to recognizing outstanding scholarship in French, increasing the knowledge and appreciation of French-speaking cultures around the world, and stimulating and promoting the study of Francophone cultures.
To be inducted as a member, students must have taken at least 18 hours of French and maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0, with a “B” average in French.
The ceremony was conducted by Eta Iota student president Heather Liner and secretary Jennah Burleson, and attended by local members of the society, family and friends of the initiates.
Also welcoming new members were SHSU Foreign Languages faculty members Shirin Edwin, Madalina Akli, Mary Gutermuth and Rafael Saumell-Munoz.
Standing L to R- Heather Liner(Eta Iota President), Joanne Blackwell, Olivia Emig, Veronica Wilkerson, Andrea Jones, Candace Keracik and Jennah Burleson (Eta Iota Secretary) (Not pictured: Andrea Reisinger) (Photo courtesy: Chris Pry)
Standing L to R- Dr. Shirin Edwin(Moderator, Eta Iota), Joanne Blackwell, Olivia Emig, Veronica Wilkerson, Andrea Jones, Candace Keracik (Not pictured: Andrea Reisinger) (Photo courtesy: Chris Pry)