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Kelsey M Jackson
Aug 12, 2015

Get Your Guns Up For...Sigma Delta Pi & St. Jude Up 'til Dawn!

Aug 12, 2015 by Kelsey M Jackson

Each week, Student Involvement will recognize the amazing things our Student Organizations are doing at Texas Tech and in the greater community.

This week we would like to recognize Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn.

Texas Tech University’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award for 11th Consecutive Year

Texas Tech University’s Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2014-15. This is the 11th consecutive year that Texas Tech has received this honor that was granted to only 12 chapters nationwide in 2015.  Professor Comfort Pratt, Texas Tech’s chapter adviser and current national Sigma Delta Pi Vice-President of the Southwest, was instrumental in earning this national chapter award. 

Each May, the over 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi across the U.S. are asked to submit an annual report detailing their numerous activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses approximately 10-15 "Honor Chapters" annually. This recognition 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.

Texas Tech Finishes with Second-Highest Fundraising Total for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Texas Tech University finished second in the nation in the St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn Executive Board Fundraising Challenge for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, coming in behind the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

By the June 30 deadline for the national ranking, Texas Tech’s teams raised $7,865. But the fundraising will continue until Oct. 30, one week before Texas Tech’s Up ‘til Dawn event, from midnight to 6 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. The theme is “Stay Up For Good,” and the event will feature activities, food, prizes and sponsors.

“I am extremely proud of Texas Tech St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn’s executive board and participants,” said team captain and co-executive director Lauren Preiss, a senior nursing student from Round Rock. “We are very thankful for each student’s dedication and our generous sponsors. Last year we reached our goal by raising $30,000. This year, our goal is $50,000. When we reach this goal, the other co-executive director, Evan O’Leary, will shave his head in honor of the kids of St. Jude.”

The Up ‘til Dawn concept is best explained in two sentences from the Texas Tech teams’ fundraising website: “Parents lose sleep over their kids all of the time. Will you do it for one night?”

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