Sigma Delta Pi Society, Adviser Earn National Awards
Claudio Eduardo, A-State’s chapter adviser and instructor of Spanish, was selected co-recipient of the 2015 Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award, granted annually to Sigma Delta Pi’s chapter adviser of the year. Established in 2004, this award recognizes a chapter adviser for exemplary initiative in encouraging and assisting with chapter activities.
Arkansas State University Sigma Delta Pi Society members: (Front row)—Victoria Childress (vice-president), Cassandra Koekemoer, Nicholas Kitchens (president), Mary Catherine Suchomelly, Arnelle Jones, Emily Peters, Chihiro Sato. (Back row)—Kevin Chamberlain, Kayla Edwards, Matthew Yaksic, Kendal Dogget, Sarah Hamilton, Joseph Horton, Madison Adams, Angela Mejia, Mallory Hanusowski, Brett Dush, Kaycie Taylor, Aaron Wilson, Claudio Eduardo (adviser).
In addition, A-State was one of only 12 Sigma Delta Pi chapters nationwide to be named an “Honor Chapter,” the first time in its 30-year history Pi Theta has earned this national prize. The group also took first place in the Facebook photo contest award.
“I am honored to work with a wonderful group of students who are willing to use their Spanish skills and good hearts to help the community. Sigma Delta Pi organized different activities throughout the last academic year. Some of those activities were fund raisers to help children in need,” continued Eduardo. “Also, we hosted movie festivals, conversation tables and free tutoring sessions for A-State students who needed help with their Spanish classes.”
Eduardo is originally from Arequipa, Peru, where in 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the Catholic University of Santa Maria. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Languages in 2013 from West Virginia University; he has been teaching Spanish for seven years.
Each May, more than 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 15-20 awardees annually.