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Lakeland College recently installed Chapter Chi Nu No. 540 of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and inducted the group's inaugural class of six students.
Jason Scott Gersmehl of Kiel, Katie Lynn Luecke of Sheboygan, Lacey Mae Phillips, Michael Leigh Schroeder of Manitowoc, Andrea Jean Schuchart of Marinette and Rebecca Lynn Werthmann of Sheboygan Falls were inducted in a ceremony at the end of October. The group was created under the director of Marta Loyola, assistant professor of Spanish and English as a Second Language.
The group also inducted two honorary members: Joe Botana, Lakeland College's vice president of finance, and David W. Lauer, who retired as Lakeland's campus minister and chair of the Humanities Division last spring.
Founded 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 percent 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 its national office at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., 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.