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New chapter of national Hispanic honor society installed at Morningside College

June 2, 2017, in Latest News, Spanish

Morningside College recently was awarded a charter for Sigma Delta Pi: National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and students were inducted into the new chapter.

Sigma Delta Pi was founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919. The honor society now has over 600 chapters in 49 states.

Gail Ament, professor of Spanish, spearheaded the effort to bring Sigma Delta Pi to Morningside, and she serves as faculty adviser of the new chapter.

The minimum requirements for induction were a 3.0 grade point average in Spanish classes, a 3.2 grade point average overall, and at least one upper-division Spanish class in history and civilization or literature.

Students inducted into the Morningside chapter were Jeffrey Brett Cochran Bray of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Heather Eisele of Gypsum, Kan.; Michelle Garibay of Santa Ana, Calif.; Anna Garrett of Central City, Neb.; Braden Gebel of Ida Grove, Iowa; Amanda Girres of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Theresa Jackie Martinez of Sioux City; Kensly Schuelke of Greenwood, Neb.; Shannon Westerfield of Milpitas, Calif.; Mariah Wills of Spirit Lake, Iowa; and Erica Young of Waverly, Iowa.

Two professors were inducted into Sigma Delta Pi as honorary members: Patrick Blaine, an associate professor of Spanish, and Mary Zink, an instructor of business who majored in Spanish as an undergraduate.