The University of Maine is proud to host the Zeta Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi!
Sigma Delta Pi (Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica) is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. It was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1919. You can learn more about its history here.
The purposes of this society are:
- To honor 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;
- To honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world;
- To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture;
- To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech;
- To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.
Zeta Kappa holds an annual induction ceremony for new members of Sigma Delta Pi in the spring semester of each academic year.
As Sigma Delta Pi has recently returned to UMaine (holding our first induction ceremony in 40 years in 2018!), we hope to develop cultural and linguistic events centered on the Hispanic world in the coming semesters and years.
Dr. Zachary Rockwell Ludington, Assistant Professor of Spanish, is the faculty advisor for Zeta Kappa chapter. Email him or visit him in 262 Little Hall for more information on the membership requirements and activities of the society.
See photos from our recent induction ceremonies here!