Gamma Kappa Alpha
Gamma Kappa Alpha is the national Italian Honor Society. The purpose of the honor society is to recognize outstanding undergraduate achievement in the field of Italian literature, culture or linguistics; to encourage students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture; and to honor those who foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the United States and Italy.
Each year, eligible students will be invited by Italian faculty to become a member of the UD chapter of GKA. Eligibility requirements include at least two upper-level Italian courses, a 3.0 GPA, and junior or senior status. New inductees are honored at the annual Honors Day ceremony in May.
The Honors Day ceremony also honors outstanding students by bestowing prizes, including the Italian Faculty Award for Excellence, the Robert J. DiPietro Award, the Eugenia Slavov Memorial Award, the Da Vinci Society Award, the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge Award, and the Italo-Americans United Award and Plaque, among others.
Past recipients of the Italo-Americans United Award and Plaque include:
- Christopher Brown (2014)
- Christina Brown (2013)
- Danielle Paltrineri (2012)
- Cesar Correa (2011)
- Lily Jaffie-Shupe (2010)
- Amanda Spinelli (2009)
- Krista DiEleuterio (2008)
- Richard Phifer (2007)
- Norma Carolina Sandoval (2006)
- Gina Zanella (2005)
- Lisa Gordon and Nina Gordon (2004)
- Tiolina Pistilli (2003)