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Illinois State University’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award

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Illinois State University’s Eta Upsilon Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2013-14, the 2nd consecutive year that Illinois State enjoys this prestigious distinction. Professor Angela Bailey de las Heras, Illinois State’s chapter adviser, was instrumental in earning this national honor that was awarded to only 12 chapters nationwide in 2014.


Each May, the nearly 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi across the U.S. are asked to submit an annual report detailing their numerous activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses approximately 10-15 “Honor Chapters” annually. This recognition is based upon the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.

With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

LAN professor leads summer study in Avila, Spain

avilaFor the third year in a row, a group of ISU students travelled to Avila, Spain, as part of summer study abroad program. The students stayed with host families while taking courses from Dr. Davis as well as faculty from the University of Salamanca’s Avila campus. They also travelled to Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, and Seville as part of the experience. The program, established by Dr. Mir, allows students to complete a minor in Spanish while abroad, though it is open to any interested students. Those considering applying for the 2015 program should contact the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and of course talk to the 2014 participants.

Dr. Mir and Angela Bailey de las Heras publish conversation textbook

Congratulations to LAN’s Dr. Montserrat Mir and Angela Bailey de las Heras on their recent publication of ¡Qué me dices! A Task-Based Approach to Spanish Conversation.

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