Chapter and faculty advisor of Sigma Delta Pi earn national awards

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13, 2006 – Virginia Tech's chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2005-06, and Dr. Antonio A. Fernández-Vázquez was awarded the prestigious Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award, granted yearly to the country's most outstanding chapter adviser.

Each May, all 540 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi 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 "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.

Dr. Antonio A. Fernández-Vázquez was instrumental in earning this national honor that was awarded to only 16 chapters in 2006. His impressive involvement with Virginia Tech's chapter distinguished him among the hundreds of other chapter advisers considered for the 2006 Minaya Álvar Fáñez Award.

With its national office at The Citadel in Charleston, 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.