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Dr. Gerardo Piña-Rosales Elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi

January 11, 2010


Dr. Gerardo Piña-Rosales

Dr. Gerardo Piña-Rosales, a Professor of Spanish at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society. According to a spokesperson for the organization, Dr. Piña-Rosales's "outstanding advocacy of Sigma Delta Pi and his ongoing accomplishments in academic leadership earned him this exclusive recognition."

Dr. Piña-Rosales, who has taught at Lehman since 1981, also directs the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and was recently appointed a correspondent member of the Academy of Arts and Letters at the University of Granada in Spain. His novel, Desde esta cámara oscura (English title: From This Darkroom), won the prestigious 2006 Ayuntamiento and Casino de Lorca Prize.

Established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors students who have completed three years of college-level Spanish, including courses in Hispanic literature and culture, and maintain a 3.0 average. The organization has 567 chapters nationwide, and its national office is based at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.