Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta

The establishment of Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta first originated as a dream.  With that vision came much work and time dedicated to the formation of the honorary.  On January 24, 1977, Dr. Donald Stauffer formed the first Special Education Honorary in the United States at Slippery Rock University.  The constitution is based upon the belief that Special Educators who perform excellent work both academically and in service to persons with disabilities should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of Special Education.  Through this honorary, the hope is to have learning and leadership qualities develop and continue the growth of Special Education.

The Purpose of the Organization

  1. Recognize the outstanding majors of the Department of Special Education, and to motivate the Special Education/Inclusion majors to continue their exceptional efforts.
  2. To sponsor programs which will provide a richer and deeper educational environment for the college community.
  3. Develop leadership qualities among the member of this honorary.

Our Moto

“Reach out and touch somebody’s hand.”  The important words are reach and touch.  It is our duty as Special Educators to extend ourselves to those who require our help and assistance.  This not only means as a teacher to a student but also as a model, counselor, and most important, as a friend.  The word “touch” is magic.  It does not mean we take our students’ hand and lead them everywhere; for then they will be follows.  It does mean we will be there to guide them and help them.  Whenever our special friends take that first step by themselves, we let them go knowing we have reached out and touched their lives.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have achieved a 3.3 quality point average with a minimum of 9 semester hours in special education courses.
  • Must have accumulated a minimum of 25 service hours.

Member Requirements

  • Must participate fully in honorary affiliated service projects per semester with excuses to be judged by the Execute Board.
  • Must attend all regular and special meetings. One excused absence will be permitted per semester.
  • Must pay chapter dues of 15 dollars per semester.
  • Must maintain a 3.3 quality point average in special education courses.
  • Must maintain membership in a professional special education organization.
  • If these requirements are not maintained, dismissal will take place.

Affiliated Projects

Each semester members of Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta fundraise for the purpose of Sigma to donate to an organization affiliated with special needs.  In the past Sigma has fundraised through: Delta Sonic Car Wash, Poinsettia Sale, Candy Sale, Pizza Hut Day, Bake Sale, Hanging Flower Basket Sale, and 50/50 Raffle at Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits Games.

Sigma Pi Epsilon Detla has donated to the following organizations:

  • March for Dimes
  • Big Brother and Big Sister - Bowl for Kids Sake
  • Center for Handicap Children
  • Summit Autism Awareness Walk
  • Baker Victory

Members also volunteer each month with different organizations throughout the community, these include:

  • Youth Adult Life Transitions
  • Cheektowaga Recreational Center - Special Olympics
  • SABAH Ice Show
  • Children's Fall Festival
  • Parent Network
  • Bornhava Date Night
  • Variety Kids Telethon
  • Variety Kids Halloween Bash
  • March for Dimes
  • Summit Autism Awareness Walk
  • St. Mary's School for the Deaf Fun Walk

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