Tau Iota Chapter - The Citadel


Founded 26 January 1993 under the direction of Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro with an installation ceremony at the home of Dr. Grant B. Staley, the Tau Iota Chapter has since distinguished itself as one of the most accomplished chapters of Sigma Delta Pi in the U.S. From the period of 1993-2010, Dr. Del Mastro served as chapter adviser while enjoying the able assistance over the years from the following co-advisers: Dr. Maria Rippon (2001-05), Dr.Zane Segle (2006-08) and Dr. Sara Fernández Medina (2008-present). During his time as chapter adviser, Dr. Del Mastro oversaw activities that garnered Tau Iota the national distinction of "Honor Chapter" for 18 consecutive years, including the Ignacio and Sophie Galbis Award in both 1998 and 2009 for most outstanding chapter in the U.S. The 2009 recognition was also due in large part to the initiative of co-adviser, Dr. Fernández Medina, who continues as sole chapter adviser with Dr. Del Mastro's departure to the College of Charleston effective July 1, 2010. Student chapter officers were also instrumental in assisting with Tau Iota's annual achievements.

Annual Chapter Activities

El Cid:
Founded in the spring of 1993 by the charter members of Tau Iota, this national Spanish journal considers for publication the original work of both undergraduate and graduate students of Spanish from across the U.S. Issues are published only online every summer.

For further information including submission criteria,
please visit
: El Cid.

South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year:
Since 2005, Tau Iota coordinates an annual competition for outstanding K-12 Spanish Teachers throughout the State of South Carolina. The contest is initiated each February, the nomination deadline is in late June, the three finalists are announced in August, and in November an awards ceremony is held at The Citadel. Please visit www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org for additional information.

Merit Certificate Program:
Since 2002, Tau Iota recognizes the outstanding achievement of high school students throughout the State of South Carolina with a handsome certificate of merit for their study of Spanish language, culture, and/or literature. Please visit Merit Certificate Program for additional information.

Community Outreach:
Various past activities within the local Hispanic community such as the "Cuenta cuentos" project with Hispanic children and interpreter services for churches.

Chapter Dinners:
On at least 2 occasions each semester, members convene for dinner to discussmatters of business. These are either realized at the Chapter Adviser's home or at a local Hispanic restaurant.

Recital de poesía:
Poetry recitals are occasionally held to give members an opportunity to discuss and share their love for Hispanic literature.


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