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FAU’s Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Earns National Awards

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 26, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Rho Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2012-13. This is the third consecutive year that FAU has received this honor, and in recognition of these consecutive honors, the chapter was confirmed as one of only nine chapters nationwide to receive the prestigious Octavio Paz Award. Professor Nancy Kason Poulson, FAU's chapter adviser, was instrumental in earning these prestigious distinctions.

“Sigma Delta Pi members at FAU have demonstrated academic excellence in advanced course work in Spanish, as well as in their overall studies,” said Poulson.  “The prestigious national recognition that FAU’s Rho Omicron chapter received this year, the Premio Octavio Paz, is the result of the hard work of these student members and officers. We have amazing, talented students of Spanish who worked hard to earn this impressive distinction.”

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is the largest foreign-language honor society in the nation.  Each May, the nearly 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi across the United States 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 to 15 “Honor Chapters.” 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.

Poulson singled out the recent student chapter presidents, Inbal Mazar, Mary-Elizabeth McNamara, and Francisco Carreño, as instrumental in providing the leadership for the events and activities that made FAU’s chapter stand out nationally each year for the past three years.

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. For more information about FAU’s Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, visit www.fau.edu/llcl.

-FAU-

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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