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Dr. Domnita Dumitrescu Elected Honorary President

Monday, January 4, 2010   (1 Comments)

Dr. Domnita Dumitrescu Elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi

Dr. Domnita DumitrescuDr. Domnita Dumitrescu, Professor of Spanish of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Los Angeles, has been elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Her outstanding advocacy of Sigma Delta Pi and her ongoing accomplishments in academic leadership earned her this exclusive recognition that prior to 2009 had only been granted to 12 other Hispanists during the Society's 90-year history. Professor Dumitrescu along with Dr. Susan Carvalho of the University of Kentucky will be the first female Honorary Presidents of Sigma Delta Pi when they are formally appointed during the Society's Triennial Convention in Guadalajara, Mexico on July 12, 2010. Professor Gerardo Piña-Rosales, President of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (, will be the other Honorary President appointed next summer. A complete list of past appointees is available at

Established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors those who have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization with a minimal grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish courses taken. Candidates must also rank in the upper 35% of their class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work. Graduate students may also be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.

With 567 chapters nationwide and 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.

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Mark P. Del Mastro


Ramona Sabau says...
Posted Thursday, June 23, 2011
It is an awesome and well deserved acomplishment! I grew up learning Spanish using her grammar books in Romania ( we are both Romanian natives). Now I am too in the USA and I am a high school Spanish teacher in Georgia! Her impact has been major in the life of many students learning Spanish as I was growing up and today I use her grammar books in my classes. Congratulations and thank you! Ramona Sabau Houston- Rockdale County High School, GA

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