Welcome to SLAVA!
Our students truly appreciate the engaging activities that are a part of our Russian Language classrooms, virtual or in-person, and we hope that SLAVA might be included among the highlights of your language programs.
What is SLAVA? SLAVA, the National High School Slavic Honor Society, serves to recognize excellence and spark interest in the study of Slavic languages among high school students. We would like to introduce ourselves to you and offer assistance in the following areas:
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President: Betsy Sandstrom, ACTR, email@example.com
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Olga Gotta, ACTR, firstname.lastname@example.org
The DUMA – Regional Vice-Presidents
West: Michele Whaley, email@example.com
South: Mary Bordes, MBORDES@saisd.ne
Midwest: Johanka Hart-Topkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
East: Lee Roby, email@example.com
SLAVA provides a wonderful opportunity for your students to be recognized for their efforts and achievements in studying Russian and other Slavic languages during their pre-college years. We look forward to working with you.
Brief History of SLAVA- The National High School Slavic Honor Society was founded in December 1973, during the annual meeting of Dobro Slovo (The National Slavic Honor Society) with the help and encouragement of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). SLAVA is happy that ACTR continues to provide the important support. This Society is to serve as a means for the recognition of excellence in the study of Slavic languages and literature and to provide incentive for scholarly interest in Slavic life and culture. The Society was patterned after existing honorary organizations in other fields. Students in this school who have gained national recognition by their outstanding work in Slavic studies and who are now initiated into the National High School Slavic Honor Society.
FORMAL INITIATION CEREMONY
Procedure: The Faculty Advisor will greet all attendees with a brief welcome. The Faculty Advisor should introduce all members to the gathering by name. In the case of Honorary Members and Faculty Members it would be valuable for the Faculty Advisor to outline the works that have earned him/ her this distinction.
The Chapter President can now take charge of the ceremony. The President might wish to express the gratitude of the Chapter to the Faculty Advisor for help and support during the academic year. S/He should also be sure to introduce the other Chapter Officers. The President then calls upon the Chapter Secretary to read the roll of Candidates. At the conclusion of the reading, the Chapter President calls upon the Faculty Advisor to verbally certify to the assembled group that all. Candidates meet the requirements of the Constitution (Article VI.)
UPHOLDING THE STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The President then says:
Local teacher-chapter advisors are urged to adhere to the rigid standards of academic excellence of this Society. It is the local advisor who makes the final decision concerning the qualifications of a student's candidacy. (See Article VI, Section 2. of the Constitution.)
SELECTING CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
This Society was founded for the purpose of honoring those few who through diligence and self-discipline have achieved academic excellence in Slavic studies. This Society carries the name CЛABA meaning both "Glory" and "Fame". By virtue of your academic record you have been named a Candidate for CЛABA. Cherish this designation and remember its meaning. The Society Key is a Torch out of which spring the flame-like letters CЛABA much like an eternal flame - representing man's eternal burning quest for knowledge. The Torch with its flame-shaped cupola intentionally resembled the cupola of the Eastern Church, the early cultural repository of Slavic civilization. You are now being handed this Torch. Carry it high and let its letters of light so shine that all men shall know of your Glory and Fame."
(The Candidates are now asked to rise if they have been sitting. The President continues...)
"As Candidates to the Society, you are charged with several responsibilities. First, you are obligated to uphold the standards of your successful candidacy in things academic and in all aspects of character. Second, since your membership in the Society is a high honor and publicly known, you will be an example, in word and deed, to others who may strive to attain the same honor. Since this is our most important stated goal, namely the stimulation and recognition of academic excellence, it becomes your most important responsibility; discharge it faithfully and well."
"I ask you now to hear the Pledge of the Society and respond to its challenge:
'Will you, as an elected member of CЛABA do your best to uphold the best traditions of scholarship in all your future studies of Slavic languages, literature and culture and be a true and faithful member of the National High School Slavic Honor Society and of this Chapter’, Insert Name of School Chapter”
Candidates reply: Yes/Да
End of Pledge. The President continues...
"It is my distinct pleasure to announce to all that the candidates here assembled and pledged are now Members with all the rights and honors accruing thereto."
This ends the initiation ceremony. All invited guests may now join the members.
Chapter Application form (.docx)
Membership Form (.docx)