Hispanic Expo Draws K-12 Students to ATU Campus

ATU Hispanic Expo 2022

More than 400 high school and junior high students representing 11 schools attended the 2022 Arkansas Tech University Hispanic Expo in October.

Students from Clarksville High School, Dover High School, Harmony Grove High School, Lamar High School, LISA Academy West in Little Rock, Malvern High School, Morrilton High School, Russellville High School, Russellville Junior High School, Sylvan Hills Junior High School and Valley Christian School in Russellville learned more about the language, cultures and customs of eight Spanish-speaking countries: Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Spain.

The event was hosted by the ATU chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society.

ATU’s Sigma Delta Pi chapter was named a Sigma Delta Pi Honor Chapter for its activities during the 2021-22 academic year.

Only 12 chapters across the United States earned the Sigma Delta Pi Honor Chapter distinction for 2021-22. It was the sixth time the Arkansas Tech chapter earned the award. It was also recognized as an honor chapter in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2015-16, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

According to information from Sigma Delta Pi, all 629 chapters across the United States are asked to submit an annual report each summer. The Sigma Delta Pi national executive committee selects approximately 10-to-15 honor chapters on an annual basis.

The recognition as a Sigma Delta Pi Honor Chapter 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. Alejandra Carballo, professor of Spanish, serves as the Sigma Delta Pi advisor at Arkansas Tech. The chapter was established on campus in 2010.

Learn more about the ATU Department of English and World Languages at www.atu.edu/worldlanguages.