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Published by Eta Sigma Phi
The 78th Annual National Convention
Minutes submitted by Megas Gram-
mateus Sharif Said of Beta Sigma
(Marquette University)

The 78th Annual National Convention took place March 31 through April 2, 2006 in Blacks-burg, Virginia. This convention, hosted by Virginia Tech's Eta Eta Chapter, was attended by twenty-seven chapters from all corners of the country. The kickoff for the weekend took place in the Wallace Atrium where chapters registered and attendees enjoyed ice cream sundaes. Each partici-pant in the convention was given a stylish sack bearing the ever-fashionable Eta Sigma Phi seal. Inside the bag was a handy folder wonderfully decorated with the same, and it held the program and information about the conference. The opening remarks were given by Virginia Tech's very own Pro-fessor of Classics Terry Papillon, who told those attending that he felt the Above, members of bad weather was sent by Zeus because he Eta Eta at Virgina lacked the funds to register. Prof. Papillon Tech preparing to then introduced Virginia Tech Dean welcome delegates to Jerome Niles and other members of the the convention. VT community who graciously welcomed all the travelers to their campus.
Right, Jane Hal of Following these remarks Executive NLE welcomed by Secretary Thomas J. Sienkewicz of Mon- Trustee Chair Sr. mouth College (Gamma Omicron) began the certamen battle of the wits. Each of the chapters stretched their intellectual muscles and flexed them with all their might, but only one team could rise the victor. The story ended with the team called "Oedipus and the Mama's Boys" Continued on page 3 Officers and Trustees
Report of the Chair of the Board
of Trustees at the Eta Sigma Phi
Megas Prytanis Convention, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Epsilon Iota (University of Florida) April 2, 2006
scholarship for the Vergilian Summer Megas Hyparchos School came into being. Even the smallest Annual Reports of Chapter Activities
amount from a chapter when combined Gamma Omicron (Monmouth College) We looked at ways of helping the National with other small donations can make a big Convention to keep on schedule by limit- difference. We encourage you to ask your Megas Grammateus ing the report to one page, giving the main local chapter to consider taking on this Thomas George Hendren points of chapter activities, and having Eta Eta (Virginia Tech) delegates be ready to follow the previous report immediately without taking time to Bernice Fox Teaching Scholarship
move to the microphone. We have asked We have asked Mary Pendergraft of Beta Jasmine Merced-Ownbey the Executive Secretary to send out guide- Iota chapter at Wake Forest University to Beta Pi (University of Arkansas) lines to this effect with the announcement chair a committee to judge applications about preparing the chapter report. We for the Bernice Fox scholarship. In the few commend those chapters that had their years since this award has been in place BOARD OF TRUSTEES
reports ready for submission.
the Board of Trustees has served as the decision-making body. We feel that it is Martha Davis (2007) time now to move the judging to a com- Zeta Beta (Temple University) We also commend those chapters that have undertaken outreach beyond the campus and encourage you all to highlight Daniel Levine (2008) your outreach project and describe it in There was an error in the list of trustees Beta Pi (University of Arkansas) more detail in your annual report.
in the convention program. Alden Smith's name should be replaced by David Sick. David Sick (2008) Professor Smith served well as a trustee Beta Psi (Rhodes College) For the past few years ΗΣΦ has tried to until last year when his term ended. increase visibility by having a table at the David Sick is completing the first year of Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty (2009) APA and CAMWS meetings. We plan to his three-year term. Professor Leon Fitts Beta Kappa (College of Notre Dame look into the possibility of doing the same and Sister Thérèse Dougherty completed at other regional meetings, such as CAAS their terms this year and have requested and CANE. We have also given support that new trustees be appointed. Professor Joseph Garnjobst (2009) to national officers to attend the APA Joe Garnjobst has accepted this appoint- Eta Delta (Hillsdale College) meeting and urge local chapters to add ment to a three-year term. Sister Thérèse their support to this project. We began this Dougherty has agreed to another three- APA table two years ago as an experiment. year term as a trustee but requested that HONORARY TRUSTEES
We agreed to continue this for three more someone else serve as chair. Martha Davis years and then evaluate the project. Next has graciously accepted the position of Gamma Omega (Baylor University) year our National Officers will be invited Chair of the Board of Trustees for the to attend the APA meeting in San Diego.
coming year, at the end of which her term W. W. de Grummond Eta (Florida State University) ΗΣΦ has recently received a donation Lastly, I want to thank all the folks at Eta of about $1900 from Beta Alpha chapter Eta chapter for their hard work in making Beta Theta (Hampden-Sydney College) at the University of South Dakota. The this convention so successful. And I also Trustees decided to deposit this donation want to congratulate our Executive Secre- in the Endowment Fund with the inten- tary, Tom Sienkewicz, on his recent Golden EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND
tion of working toward the establishment Trowel award for service to the AIA.
of a new scholarship for archaeology. We Thomas J. Sienkewicz hope that during the coming year this Respectfully submitted, Gamma Omicron (Monmouth College) amount can be matched by donations from Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty local chapters. This is how the Bedrick

The 78th Annual National Convention (Continued from page 1)
from University of Massachusetts Epsilon
Omicron Chapter beating out the "Bull-
dogs" from the University of Georgia in the
final round and wearing the laurels that
fateful evening in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The following morning all came together in room 1100 of Torgersen Museum for breakfast. This was just a ten-minute walk from the Virginia Tech Inn where most of the visitors were staying, and it was a beautiful walk at that, through the blooming campus and wide-open drillfield. The 78th Annual Business meeting was opened by Dr. Terry Papillon who gave a reading from the Odyssey; after recall-ing the words of Homer, he handed the microphone to the presiding Megale Pry-tanis Karen Kelly from Baylor University (Gamma Omega). The first order of business was the acceptance of the previous year's min-utes. Sharif Said, Megas Grammateus from Mar-quette University (Beta Sigma), presented the minutes from the 77th Convention in North-field, Minnesota, which had been published in the NUNTIUS. The minutes were approved by voice vote. After this Said asked that representatives from Top, the traditional chap- each chapter approach the lectern and ter regalia fashion show present their chapter reports. Delegates and contest. from each chapter then shared their expe-riences for the year and inspired the future Above, the final bitter members with their remarks.
round of the certamen: Dr. Antonios Augoustakis from North vs. South. Baylor University (Gamma Omega) then presented the winners of the 2006 Left, Jane Hal of the Eta Sigma Phi Translation Contest. He National Latin Exam awarding book prizes to the members of the winning certamen team, Thank You
Oedipus and the Mama's Boys from the University Eta Sigma Phi once again thanks the of Massachusetts. Pictured National Latin Exam for contribut- from l. to r. are Jane Hal , ing funds to purchase book prizes for Andy Carrol, Craig the certamen winners at national Anderson, Curt Bel emer, and Chris Lavalette.

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Left, national officers at work. Pictured, from l. to r.: Tom Evison (Megas Chrysophylax), Catherine Larsen (Megale Hyp-archos), Karen Kel y (Megale Prytanis) and Sharif Said (Megas Grammateus). Below, Jane Hal accepting Eta Sigma Phi's first Lifetime Achievement Award from Sr. Thérèse Marie and Megale Prytanis Karen Kel y. distributed a list of the winners of the 57th Annual Greek Translation Contest, the 56th Annual Latin Translation Contest and 0th Annual Latin Prose Composi-tion Contest, and also distributed the certificates for the winners. Prof. Joseph Garnjobst, representing the scholarship committee, then announced the Eta Sigma Phi Summer Scholarship winners for 2006: Keturah Joanna Kiehl for the American Academy in Rome; Carson Lundquist Sieving for the Brent Malcom Froberg Scholarship to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; and Kelly Erin Ryan for the Theodore Bedrick Scholar-ship to the Vergilian Society at Cumae. Prof. Sienkewicz announced that the winner of the 2006 Bernice L. Fox Latin Teacher Training Scholarship was Jennifer Ice.
The next report was given by Megas astounding submission of seven petitions University's Zeta Beta Chapter. A rep- Chrysophylax Thomas Evison who spoke for new chapters this year.
resentative from the Zeta Beta Chapter briefly about the society's financial year When the Vice President had finished described the benefits of Temple's campus and handed out a summary of the year's her report, it was decided that there was and the resources of the chapter to host income and expenses. The financial report no old business. The issue of new business the convention. Following the bid the was then approved by voice vote. As her was then addressed by the president Karen Megas Grammateus accepted nominations report Megale Catherine Larsen offered a Kelly, who spoke about a link on the Eta for the 2006-2007 National Officers. PowerPoint presentation of the extensive Sigma Phi website offering information At 11:00 a.m. everyone returned to work that has been done to resurrect old about ways to contribute to the Katrina 3100 Torgersen for the presentation of chapters and encourage new chapters. The Disaster Relief Fund for Latin programs.
three papers. The first was "Diotima / foundation for the growth of this work After this, the meeting was opened Socrates vs. Alcibiades: Absolute Appre- was the creation of a massive database to those chapters that wished to make ciation vs. Subjective Illumination" by holding all the information about chapters bids for the 79th Convention site. This Jennifer Roberts, Epsilon Psi Chapter at for general use. She also announced the year only one bid was made, by Temple the University of California at Santa Cruz; Right, Prof. Papil on reading Homer. Below, delegates at the Business Meeting. Macon College spoke on "Down and Out in Ancient Rome." He illuminated the world of the less fortunate in Rome and he used literature and archeology to present how and where they lived and even how they used the bathroom! Outside of Torg-ersen Hall shuttles carted people across the campus to the Smithfield Plantation Self-Guided Tour. This tour consisted of actors posing as plantation dwellers. There was even an acting surgeon, who explained the Greek method of amputation still in use during the Civil War. In addition to these more grave adventures, one was also able to visit Virginia Tech's very own Vir-tual Reality Cave or make one's way to the drillfield for "Discus Ultimus," a modern game that surely the ancients would have played had they only discovered it.
Attendees were then given a break second was "College Year in Lanuvium" dealing with topics like scholarships, reso- until 6:5 p.m., when the Graeco-Roman by Andrew Willey, Beta Psi Chapter at lutions, finance, officers, and conventions. Costume Contest took place in Hokie Rhodes College; and third was "War In the afternoon there were five dif- Grill Dining Hall. This was followed by Elephants in the Ancient World" by Rich- ferent activities that one could choose to formal dinner banquet at 7:00 p.m. where ard Harrod, Gamma Omicron Chapter at rotate through in any order. Dr. Andrew Dr. Terry Papillon was reminded once Monmouth College. These papers enlight- Becker from Virginia Tech gave a talk again of a passage of Homer's Odyssey, ened the crowd and added a great air of entitled "Not for the Eye but for the Ear: which he shared with the dinner crowd. confidence to the conference. Classics Accent, Meter, and Rhythm in Latin." Special recognition was given to Jane students take pride in knowing that they This talk was an explication of Roman Hall, the founder of the National Latin are among such fine writers and thinkers. meter through the poetry of Martial. Exam. Sr. Thérèse Marie Dougherty This marked the end of the Business meet- He showed the proper way to read and presented her with the first Eta Sigma Phi ing for Saturday morning, April 1, 2006.
think about the tradition of meter as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Sien- Delegates next broke down into small Romans taught and read. kewicz gave her a special thank-you Eta groups to form a variety of committees Dr. Gregory Daugherty from Randolph Sigma Phi pin and Karen Kelly, Megale The 78th Annual National Convention (Continued)
Prytanis, presented her with a plaque. Mrs. Jane Hall then spoke of the humble beginnings of the National Exam and its growth into its present international status.
Several other awards were also announced. Dr. Sienkewicz gave out the awards for the certamen winners from Uni-versity of Massachusetts and the Costume Contest winners. The paper winner was Andrew Willey who was given the proper lauds. Dr. Sienkewicz also announced that our host chapter, Virginia Tech's Eta Eta, received this year's Outreach Award for its work with local schools. Members were then asked to come to the stage and sing the "Eta Sigma Phi Song" in English, Latin and Greek. Dinner was followed by one of Virginia Tech's marathon readings of Aristophanes' Lysistrata.
On Sunday morning April 2, 2006, Megale Prytanis Karen Kelly opened the Second Business meeting. The T-shirt con-test was held, and the winner was Nero's rock concert, designed by Beta Nu of the University of Mary Washington. Next the Committee reports were presented and Some delegates dressed for the best dressed vir/femina contest. Pictured, l. to r., Savannah accepted, and the report of the Execu- Dorsett, Edward Jensen, Andrew Viscariel o, and Lisa Adams, al members of Gamma tive Secretary Thomas J. Sienkewicz was Omicron at Monmouth Col ege. given. Petitions to establish new chapters Convention Resolutions
Members from Alpha Nu (Davidson Col ege), Beta Theta
each not one, nor even the common two, not even three, but yea (Hampden-Sydney), Beta Sigma (Marquette University), Beta Psi rather, four, four pil ows, I say, to rest our weary heads, more pil ows (Rhodes Col ege), Epsilon Omicron (University of Massachusetts), than are usually found in an entire house of ten collegiate men.
Eta Delta (Hil sdale Col ege) The food they gave us more than satisfied the hunger of weary travelers: the great long sandwiches of the men of old (today it O Zeus pater, Cronides, forgive today the dishonor we once takes thirty men to eat one of their sandwiches) and salads fit for showed you, alleging you to be cheap, and accept this our prayer. Caesar. The dainties of the banquet often reminded us of Homer, Bless today our hosts, the acorn-fed ÔWkiei ß, the descendants of and we heard tales of noble Virginia patriots devoured by a group Pan and the Chicken-Nymph Gallina: we salute them and give of Sewanee-fed monstrous crocodiles.
them due honor for their great gifts.
Our minds were fed too: praise to Jennifer Roberts, Andrew We made long journeys into the mountains of Arcadia, where Willey, and Richard Harrod who astounded us with their learn- we could hear the echo of recitations of Vergil and Isocrates ing, and now, following the wisdom of Diotima, we love them among the herds of woolly sheep and curly-horned cattle, and for their minds not just their bodies. And thanks also to Prof. we came to the new Golden House, the Inn, as it is known in Andrew Becker of Virginia Tech, who taught us how to bust a the barbaric Pelasgian language of the local ÔWkiei ß. There we move in Latin meter, and kudos to Prof. Gregory Daugherty of were shown xenia surpassing that of Baucis and Philemon. We Randolph-Macon College for his detailed inspection of Roman wondered at the large beds with numerous coverlets; they gave us sewage. And we praise most greatly the members of the Virginia Delegates at the Sunday morning busi-ness meeting. at the following six schools were approved: University), which presented the society's lowed by the election of the new officers. Case Western Reserve University, Seton funds and distribution. The Resolutions Tom Evison from Epsilon Iota Chapter Hall University, Transylvania University, Committee gave an encomium read by Dr. at the University of Florida was elected Trinity University, University of Colorado David Sick commemorating the glories Megas Prytanis; Richard Harrod from the at Boulder, and the University of Con- and happenings of the convention in Gamma Omicron Chapter at Monmouth necticut. The petition from the University Blacksburg, Virginia, this year. The meet- College was elected Megas Hyparchos; D. of Miami was not approved because the ing turned to the bid by Temple Univer- Jasmine Merced-Ownbey from Beta Pi at school did not appear to offer a classics sity's Zeta Beta Chapter to host the 2007 the University of Arkansas was elected major. Next there was a report given by convention; this bid was accepted by the Megale Chrysophylax; and the new Megas Dr. Brent Froberg, Gamma Omega (Baylor general membership. This action was fol- Grammateus was George Hendren from Tech Visualization and Animation Group for letting us on the necomantrix left her virga in Michigan and was not able to sum- holodeck of their spaceship.
mon up the absent winners from the translation contest.
And bring the laurel crown for the University of Massachu- And of the Lysistrata what can I say setts, defeating the University of Georgia in the finals of our except that we enjoyed some words of that play.
hard-fought Certamen, a battle of one-time civil war foes, here in Of readings, friends, it was the best, the land of Lee. They won with grace and without the vengeance and certainly lacked not for zest.
Although we heard no And descended from the Roman pantheon, the Examinis Ge- ÔWkiei ß clucking, we got to use the vulgar word for….
netrix, the goddess Jane Hall, walked among us, and we marveled So Eta Eta we salute you as her feet scarcely touched the ground. For the National Latin For marathons of what is taboo.
Exam, we will always sing your song.
And thanks to our leaders, local and national, especially Therefore, be it resolved and let it go out to all the borders of Prof. Terry "Floats like a" Papillon and Prof. Tom "Sinks like a" the Commonwealth, and let it ring in the ears of Dean Jerome Niles and al the members of the Col egia, that today, tertio die ante And special honors to our national officers, especially to our Nonas Apriles, THE University in the Commonwealth is in Blacks- Megale Necomantrix Kate Larsen, for her revival and resurrection burg, The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. of several inactive chapters of Eta Sigma Phi. Unfortunately our And, moreover, if Mr. Jefferson were alive today he'd go to TECH.
The 78th Annual National Convention (Continued)
Above, swearing in the New Officers. Left and below, singing the "Song for Eta Sigma Phi" to close the convention. Eta Eta Chapter at Virginia Tech. After Sydney College), Beta Iota the election the new officers were sworn (Wake Forest University), in and the Megale Prytanis officially Beta Kappa (College of closed the year's convention, bringing the Notre Dame), Beta Nu 78th Annual Convention in Blacksburg, (University of Mary Wash- Virginia, to an end. This was followed by a ington), Beta Pi (University final farewell from Dr. Papillon who read a of Arkansas), Beta Sigma moving poem entitled "Ithaka" by Cavafy. (Marquette University), Beta The following Chapters were repre- Psi (Rhodes College), Gamma sented at the 78th Annual Convention Iota (Wabash College), Gamma Omicron versity), Zeta Iota (University of Georgia), in Blacksburg, Virginia: Alpha Lambda (Monmouth College), Gamma Omega Eta Gamma (Loyola University of New (University of Oklahoma), Alpha Mu (Baylor University), Delta Pi (Randolph- Orleans), Eta Delta (Hillsdale College), (University of Missouri), Alpha Nu Macon College), Epsilon Iota (University Eta Eta (Virginia Tech), Eta Omicron (Davidson College), Beta Beta (Furman of Florida), Epsilon Omicron (University (Assumption College), Eta Phi (Union University), Beta Gamma (University of Massachusetts), Epsilon Psi (Santa College) and Theta Alpha (Franklin and of Richmond), Beta Theta (Hampden- Clara University), Zeta Beta (Temple Uni- Marshall College).
Winners of the 2006 Eta Sigma Phi
Maurine Dallas Watkins Sight Translation Contests
57th Annual Greek Translation ContestAdvanced Greek (30 entries) Joshua Rasmussen, Gamma Sigma at the University of Texas at Austin Daniel Walin, Gamma Omega at Baylor University Jon Rainey, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Honorable Mentions Christina Skelton, Gamma Sigma at the University of Texas at Austin Joseph Miller, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Intermediate Greek (27 entries) Lorin Bird, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Danielle Cudmore, Epsilon Omicron at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Elizabeth Kuhl, Beta Nu at the University of Mary Washington Honorable Mention Amanda Clark, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Koine Greek (19 entries) Jon Rainey, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Lorin Bird, Epsilon Kappa at Brigham Young University Jeffrey Feland, Eta Mu at the University of California at Davis Honorable Mentions Stephen Gaetano, Eta Delta at Hillsdale College Erik Ellis, Gamma Omega at Baylor University 56th Annual Latin Translation ContestAdvanced Latin (65 entries) Jennifer Starkey, Delta Chi at St. Olaf College Dan Walin, Gamma Omega at Baylor University Mary Leet, Eta Delta at Hillsdale College Honorable Mentions Adrielle Heath, Eta Delta at Hillsdale College Joshua Rasmussen, Gamma Sigma at the University of Texas at Austin William Bibee, Gamma Sigma at the University of Texas at Austin Intermediate Latin (8 entries) Jason Milam, Gamma Omega at Baylor University Jessica Sekovski, Epsilon Psi at Santa Clara University Amanda McGinn, Epsilon Iota at the University of Florida at Gainesville Honorable Mention Taylor Page, Epsilon Nu at Creighton University 0th Annual Latin Prose Composition ContestAdvanced Prose Composition (28 entries) Joshua Rasmussen, Gamma Sigma at the University of Texas at Austin Dan Walin, Gamma Omega at Baylor University Kevin Kimball, Eta Delta at Hillsdale College About the Officers
Thomas Evison, Megas Prytanis

Gunston Day School, a small college pre- Epsilon Iota at the University of Florida
paratory school on the Eastern Shore. I first began my study of the Classics in I hail from the suburbs of Philadelphia in sixth grade. My introduction to Classi- South Jersey. I grew up first in Burlington cal Studies was via the route of ancient Township for most of my youth, but then history, which I found fascinating. In high moved to Tabernacle where I went to school I took four years of Latin rang- Shawnee High School, where I got my first ing from Catullus to taste of Latin. I took Italian all throughout Cicero and Caesar. I my time in high school with the excep- have found the study tion of my senior year when I decided to of the Classics to change things up a bit and take Latin.
be one of the most When I first started at the University rewarding experi- of Florida, I had a dream of becoming the ences in my life. A next sports broadcaster on ESPN. I was a strong grounding journalism major for my first two years at in Classical studies Florida, but in my sophomore year, I need- Thomas Arthur Evison gives an individual an ed to fulfill my foreign language require- understanding of the ment. As fate would have it, there were no origins and principles sections of Italian available, but I stumbled tion for Eta Sigma Phi al- of western civilization. upon Latin again and decided to challenge ready occupying the office I have found that the myself and take it. The next thing that I of National Treasurer. I had Classics have broad- knew, I had changed my major completely a great year serving on the ened my horizons in and become a full-fledged Classics major. I executive council and I felt the study of history, can attribute my change of heart to the two that we got a lot accom- languages, art, politics graduate students who taught me Latin: plished in expanding the Richard Harrod and government, lit- Caleb Carswell and Laura Mawhinney. membership of our society erature, theater, music, They both have moved on to different in getting six new chapters started across architecture, law, and even science. opportunities away from Florida, but their the country. I wanted to stay involved with At present, a future in Classics is one impact on me was very profound. They the work that we had started in expanding of the careers I am considering. However, taught Latin to me through hard work and the society, so I ran for Megas Prytanis. It my approach will be through ancient his- humor, which blend very well with my per- is my goal to try to get an equal or greater tory. I would very much like to become an sonality. After I graduate with a degree in number of new chapters started across the Ancient History professor and teach col- Classics, I am hoping to go on to graduate country. Eta Sigma Phi is a special society lege for a living. Some of my other options school to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Classics in that undergraduate Classics majors have are graduate school in College Student and to teach in college someday.
the opportunity to get together, share their Personnel Administration, graduate school During the time when I am not study- experiences, and meet their fellow col- in Government or Public Policy, or possibly ing either Latin or Greek, which seems leagues of the future in academia. When to be growing shorter and shorter, I like you look around the APA or CAMWS in Eta Sigma Phi is important to me be- to do many different activities. First and 15 years, you will see many of the same cause it has given me a way to meet others foremost, I am an avid sports fan. I love faces that are in Eta Sigma Phi now. who share the same passion for the Clas- all of the professional sports teams from Our society gives us the chance to es- sics that I do. It has also provided me with the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, tablish connections with the next genera- an opportunity to serve the community of as well as the collegiate sports teams from tion of Classics scholars. Now is the time students who study the Classics. Eta Sigma the University of Florida, the school that to unite under our colors of purple and Phi is important to the Classics because just happened to win the national title in gold and get acquainted so we together it provides a union for undergraduate basketball. I also enjoy watching my favor- can hit the ground running, leading the Classicists. It provides a society in which ite television shows, such as anything on way into the next generation of Classical Classicists may freely associate with other Adult Swim, pro-wrestling, and anything Classicists and serve the study as a group, written by Joss Whedon. On top of that, rather than just as individuals. I would like to think of myself as a card Richard Harrod, Megas Hyparchos
When I am not studying Classics, I shark as well. And after a stressful day, I Gamma Omicron at Monmouth College
am concentrating on my extracurricular will turn to my second love after Classics involvement. I am the Head Resident of and play some basketball.
I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior one the residence halls on campus, as well I came to my second National Conven- to beginning my college career, I attended as current president of the Student Body. I also sing in the internationally tour- Jasmine Merced-Ownbey, Megale
ing Monmouth College Chorale and am an active member of the Zeta Beta Tau Beta Pi at the University of Arkansas
([email protected])
I grew up in Queens, New York. From
Thomas George Hendren,
a very early age, I was an avid reader, particularly attracted to mythologies and Eta Eta at Virginia
religions of various ancient cultures. After graduating from William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City, NY, I I was born and raised attended NYC Technical College briefly in the capital of the before taking on full-time employment. south, Richmond, Before returning to school, I was Virginia, yet possess fortunate to have visited Egypt, England, little to no southern and France. There's little in the world charm, as my father that inspires learning and instills humility is from Los Ange- D. Jasmine Merced-Ownbey more than viewing monumental artifacts les, and my mother firsthand. Thus began a lifelong desire to from Brooklyn. To be learn more about ancient cultures. Eager honest, the ancient in the appreciation of good independent studies ensued.
world first piqued my literature, and the only After marrying, my husband James and interest in 1990 (I was way truly to appreciate a I decided that it was time for me to return five), when I went on work is to read it in the to school, which I did at his alma mater, the a family vacation to original language.
University of Arkansas. I began studying England. I was gener- That being said, Eta the Classics in my freshman year, taking ally unimpressed with George Hendren Sigma Phi is instrumental Latin and Classical Studies. I started Greek the rolling English in encouraging students the fol owing year, in the midst of various his- countryside, though one stop on our trip to work hard towards this goal. As an tory and other classes. My enthusiasm was, did make me think. We spent a day in organization, Eta Sigma Phi sets a stan- and remains, barely containable, as each new Bath, a town imaginatively named for its dard of excellence in the undergraduate answer offers ten new questions. extensive Roman ruins of a bath complex. community and provides a social network I have found many personal rewards in For me, these ruins were the greatest thing for students with similar interests, let- the study of Classics, but the most reward- since sliced bread, and from then on, my ting them meet and share ideas. This is ing was the realization that it is possible to passion has been to explore the ancient extremely important in a discipline such make a career out of doing what you love. world. Not until middle and high school as classical studies, where one can often Classics is not a destination, it is a journey, did I grow to appreciate the linguistic side count the number of students in an entire and oh, how I love to travel. After obtain- of Classical Studies. I started Latin at Byrd department on two hands.
ing my PhD degree in Classics, I would like middle school, in the suburban West End When I am not studying classics, I can to give back to this field of study by teach- of Richmond, and continued through my be found re-shelving books in the library, ing our next generation of Classicists.
days at Godwin High School. I had the giving campus tours, and socializing with Eta Sigma Phi is important to me and pleasure of being taught by the one and the girls in the French department. I also to the Classical world because it brings only Beth Hardy for four years in high spend a great deal of time abroad, visiting together individuals who share the same school, and it is largely her fault that I places like Belgium, Switzerland, France, passion for the Classics. It matches eager study classical language in college, as she England, Italy, and this summer, Greece.
speakers with eager listeners, all of whom was able to inspire her students in a way I had no idea what to expect when revel in the very acts of teaching and that few teachers can. I started at Virginia the Eta Sigma Phi convention was in learning. This community has granted me Tech in 2003 as a history major, but soon Blacksburg this year. However, when the privilege of meeting great new people, realized that language was my passion and it was all said and done, I walked away and fostering friendships that will last far added a Classical Studies major.
having met a lot of great students and beyond graduation.
It has been my experience, as limited brilliant professors. The convention was When not working on Greek or Latin as that may be, that the study of ancient a great experience, and I cannot wait to or studying some facet of Classical history, language (and language in general for that help make it just as successful next year, in I'm either reading or spending time with my matter) opens up an entire new world of family. I also like to cultiver mon jardin, watch history, literature, and culture. The reward my oleanders bloom, take photographs, for studying classical language is inherent and work on my online photo gallery. Burial Colleges and the Desire for
Remembrance in Ancient Rome
Andrew Wil ey of Beta Psi (Rhodes Col ege) this monument with his own funds" (CIL This paper was judged the best paper read at VI 1872). Here we also see Titus' desire to the 78th Convention be remembered, but in this desire he was certainly not alone.
Private associations outside the family are The extent of slavery in the Roman only rarely mentioned in Roman literature Empire virtually guaranteed that the vast and history, and, from that evidence, one majority of slaves were buried in anony- might even be tempted to conclude that mous, mass graves. Such internment was their influence was minimal. Inscriptional a fear common to all Romans, as Samuel evidence, however, tells a very differ- Dill explains: "The true Roman had a hor- ent story. Here we find a large number ror of the loneliness of death, of the day of inscriptions which include references when no kindly eye would read his name to such associations, known as colleges, and style upon the slab, when no hand for or col egia in Latin. These colleges were evermore would bring the annual offering actually, however, a large range of many of wine and flowers" (258). Colleges pro- different kinds of associations, ranging vided a way for all their members to avoid from fraternal organizations, to neighbor- that fate, even slaves. In an inscription hood groups, to full blown labor unions. from the college of Antinous and Diana Despite this apparent diversity of pur- at Lanuvium, our best preserved example pose, all colleges did share one feature of a college's constitution, we can see a in common: they were legally classed as reflection of the very real fear many slaves burial societies. But just what exactly did felt at the prospect of being buried without these societies do? It turns out that death proper funeral rites: "Resolved: whatever was, for Romans, as it is today, an expen- Andrew Wil ey reading his paper. member of the college dies while still a sive proposition. This was never truer slave, and whose body has unreasonably than in the middle to late empire, approxi- that "if you have converted the chiefs of not been given for burial by his lord or lady mately 150 to 50 AD, when stone funeral these [colleges] to your friendship, then and he has not made a memorial tablet, monuments became increasingly popular. you will easily hold the rest of the multi- an imaginary funeral will be held for him" Burial colleges provided a convenient and tude" (Commentariolum 29). This ability (ILS 7212). And so a college's request to affordable solution to offset the high cost of the colleges quickly to mobilize large bury properly a slave might occasionally of funerals and epitaphs. In exchange for groups of poor Romans always seems to encounter resistance from the slave's mas- a small monthly membership fee, col- have disturbed Rome's elite. ter. Ownership of a slave's body, after all, leges pledged to pay the funeral expenses In the Empire, colleges were strictly extended even unto death. Still, it seems of a deceased member. Their immense regulated; no new colleges could be likely that such requests would be denied popularity, however, illustrates how well formed without special approval, they only rarely. By joining a college, then, a they fulfilled two important desires in any were only allowed to meet for business slave ensured that his death would at least society: the desire to be part of a vibrant, once a month, and they seem to have been be commemorated. personal community and the desire to be limited in their membership to around There were certainly no legal barriers to memorialized and remembered. 150 persons (Dill 25). Amazingly, we burying slaves with the appropriate rites. Colleges traced themselves back to the even have preserved some of the specific Typically, they were allowed to join and beginning of Roman history, with Plutarch senatorial allowances, the senatus consulta pay dues to a college, so long as they had claiming that some went as far back as the which allowed them to form because a few obtained the permission of their owner second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius. colleges put them up triumphantly as mon- (Hopkins 213). It is well attested in the In the Republic in general, as Samuel Dill umental inscriptions (ILS 7212, 7213). It epigraphic record that slaves or recently tells us, they were allowed to organize and could even be mentioned in the burial epi- freed slaves were allowed to be buried by associate without restraint. Only in the taph of a wealthy patron. The epitaph of colleges. For example, the epitaph of one late Republic, when they became politi- one Titus Claudius Severus, for example, Marcus Antonius Alexander reads: "This cally active, did they come to be regarded ends with the following statement: "His monument is sacred to the memory of as institutions dangerous to the state. diligence and generosity are saluted by the Marcus Antonius Alexander, a universally Cicero, for example, shows a grudging decree of the body of fishermen and divers loved Decurio, and for Antonia Coeton- respect for their influence on Republican of the whole river Tiber who are allowed ide, his well deserving contubernalis, a elections, when he writes to his brother to meet by a senatus consulta. He erected freedman and freedwoman of Augustus" (CIL VI 10360). While Marcus and his town, much as fraternal orders today have reminded of their servile status. Outside wife are freed, the epitaph refers to her a President, Vice-President, etc. Most the household colleges, in the "numerous not as an uxor, wife, but as a contuberna- possessed a board of officers known as clubs outside" there may have existed a lis or slave-wife. Antonia, it seems, was decuriones who voted on any matters of greater degree of equality. In the College of freed upon her death and then accorded importance to the burial college. In the Antinous and Diana, mentioned previous- the proper rites. It is even possible for case of slave colleges within a household, ly, slaves members seem to have had full slaves to become officers in a college, however, their authority could be checked voting rights. At the very least, slaves are especially those contained within a large by that of the family, as we saw in the epi- nowhere explicitly prohibited from voting. Roman household. An example of this taph of Anchialus above. In that instance, In part, the Lanuvium inscription reads: can be found in the epitaph of Anchialus: the family reserved some sort of power "Let it be allowed to any persons who are "Anchialus, the chamber servant, was over the choice of decuriones. This may, willing to pay the monthly fee for a funeral, Aedile once, Quaestor three times, in his though, have been nothing more than a to be enrolled in this college, and let them aedileship he was chosen as Decurio with ceremonial rubber stamp. After all, if the not be in the roll of the college unless they the consent of the Decurios and with the family seriously disagreed with its college, have come at least once every month to willingness of the family" (CIL VI 9288). the college could easily be shut down. In pay their dues, and if they have, let them It is well-attested, for example, that one most instances, however, the colleges seem be buried when they die" (ILS 7212). So such college existed in the household of to have been a stabilizing influence within it would seem that even a slave, so long the noblewoman Sergia Paullina. Although a household and within society at large. as he paid his dues to the college, would we know very little about the woman So, in relation to household colleges, have been treated like any other dues-pay- herself, there are at least five nearly slaves were relatively free to mingle with ing member. This arrangement holds true complete inscriptions from her household's their masters and other free Romans. By in all but one tiny small respect, as this burial college (CIL VI 918, 919, 10261, belonging to such colleges, they were still constitution goes on to detail, "Resolved: 10262, 10263). Though not Any slave from this college who long, these inscriptions were a becomes free ought to donate an fitting tribute to the individu- amphora of wine" (ILS 7212). als memorialized. Samuel Dill But this arrangement is not dis- maintains that such colleges crimination, it is a celebration. made perfect sense. After all, he Such parties regularly occurred, argues, "it was probably politic, and even greater libations were as well as kind, to provide for expected of officers. The Lanu- slaves social pleasures within the vium Constitution further states circle of the household, and thus that "Masters of ceremonies are to forestall the attractions of the chosen in the order of the roll, numerous clubs outside, which and four men at a time ought freely offered their hospitality" to be chosen to provide: each (267). The masters could even an amphora of good wine and be members in such colleges, as two asses of bread" (ILS 7212). in this simple epitaph: "Rutulia In this instance, meals were a Praepusa established this college festive occasion for the entire for her good husband Corbarius, membership, with the food her freedmen and freedwomen, provided by the members on a and their descendents" (Herzen rotating basis. In other colleges, 123). The colleges could thus however, the club's expenses, establish a direct bond even be- including a clubhouse, meals, tween slave and master, in their and even some take-home common desire for recognition baskets, known as sportulae, and immortality. were typically underwritten by Colleges were for the most a generous benefactor like Titus part autonomous bodies with Claudius Severus, the patron of their own regulations and cus- the guild of fishermen and divers toms. In general, they seem to have copied Andrew Wil ey with his chapter advisor, mentioned above.
the organization and offices of the Roman David Sick of Rhodes Col ege Burial colleges, in this way, functioned Burial Colleges … (Continued)
much like the monasteries of the middle
ment at the foot of the mountain 20 for labor unions or guilds. From time to ages. Their corporate nature allowed them feet square. I will give thanks to your time in Rome and its empire, associations to continue practicing rituals in honor of genius if my memory will last in perpe- of workers were banned outright. Burial a donor or patron's genius long after his tuity. (CIL VI 3380) colleges, on the other hand, were never death. For this reason, even non-members, Thus Romans greatly desired to have outlawed. It was relatively easy for any such as Caius Turious Lollianus, turn to a monument and to be remembered, but guild to organize itself as a burial college. burial societies to ensure proper rites are most colleges went one step further.
"It is clear," Dill tells us, "that many of performed in perpetuity: "I want and I Colleges were also home to frequent the purely industrial colleges, composed seek from its use […] that you deign to celebrations, often in recognition of their as they were of poor people […] at once undertake to make a sacrifice on my behalf divine and human patrons. The Lanuvium consulted their convenience, and gratified four days before the Ides of March, my club, as noted above, even went so far the sentiment of fraternity by arranging birthday" (CIL VI 9626). The colleges rec- as to require new members to bring an for a common place of internment" (263). ognized the attraction such remembrances amphora of good wine and to make sure Especially under the empire, colleges seem had for members of the upper classes to set up occasional dinners during which to have proliferated. Frank Abbott cites of Rome. Largely barred from compet- the club did not conduct business but more than eighty different trade guilds in ing politically for offices by the imperial rather, as the constitution says: "Resolved: Rome alone (217), as well as inscriptions system, these wealthy aristocrats competed if anyone desires to complain or bring up relating to guilds in nearly 75 Roman for public acclaim and respect. Sponsoring new business, let him do so in a meeting, towns and village throughout the empire. a college was the easiest way to earn such so that we might feast on the solemn days The organization of tradesmen was a recognition, both for traditionally wealthy in peace and good humor" (ILS 7212). powerful movement in the Roman world. families and newly rich patrons. Thus we The colleges could find many reasons to Even when the political establishment have a record of Gnaeus Sentius at Ostia celebrate, from the festivals of their patron turned against them, as it did in Pliny's indicating that he was patron of more deities to the birthdays of their patrons. time, the guilds seem to have thrived than ten burial colleges, an honor he paid The college of Aesculapius and Hygia, (Pliny x. 33-3). Still, because of their a great deal to acquire (Henzen 109). In for example, had a great many of these function as burial societies, these the same vein, the epitaph of Titus Claudi- holy days, since one Salvia "Marcellina associations were allowed to survive. us Severus, mentioned previously, includes [had given] and donated to the college The power of freedmen, similarly, was the decree passed by the fishermen and 50,000 sesterces to a group of men, 60 in growing in the Roman Empire, and even if divers honoring their patron. Even so, the number, under this condition […] that they were not able to penetrate the upper monument was erected by Titus himself, from this sum's interest they might gather echelons, these associations allowed them, not by the guild. Most colleges elected and feast together on the days mentioned in Dill's words, "to regale themselves with a patron, usually someone of very high above." (ILS 7213). They were often a modest repast, or [to] pass through the status, who undertook to protect and fund full-fledged social clubs, whose business streets and the forum with banners flying, the college in exchange for public grati- even a noble Roman like Cicero did not and all the emblems of their guild, [so that] tude and performance of certain rituals. ignore. He eagerly gossips to his brother: the meanest member felt himself lifted for Colleges were also important because "I will not pass over that the Capitolini the moment above the dim, hopeless obscu- they collectively owned cemeteries or and Mercuriales ejected a certain Marcus rity of plebeian life" (256). It must be noted, burial plots. Dill explains that for Romans, Furius Flaccus, a Roman Knight, but also however, that colleges differed significantly "a place of burial was a coveted posses- a rogue, even though he was present and from modern labor unions in that they did sion, which was not easily attainable by throwing himself at the feet of each and not strive directly for economic gains. "It the poor and friendless" (259). We have every member" (Cicero ad fratrem 2.5). is not entirely clear," Abbott notes, "why an inscribed copy of a letter written by In addition, these organizations could the guilds never tried to bring pressure to one Geminius Eutychetes imploring one also distribute to their members sportu- bear on their employers to raise wages, or such corporate body for the room for his lae, baskets containing bread and wine, to improve their positions by means of the monument. The letter alternately flatters courtesy of wealthy donors such as Titus strike" (227). He explains that "artisans the club's officers and reminds them of Ge- Claudius Severus, who donated such a worked singly in their own homes, or in minius' faithful and timely contributions to large sum that "from its interest every year the houses of their employers, so that joint the college. Here is an excerpt: on his birthday seventeen days before the action to improve their conditions would Although I am a farmer of garden Kalends of February, sportulae might be hardly be expected" (228). Instead, col eges olives […] I also implore your sense divided out to each man" (CIL VI 1872). were content simply to associate together of justice, Lord Salvus, that just as In this way, Titus hoped to be remembered with their fellow tradesmen, to worship Ephrata, a great man and your five- and applauded for his generosity, while the and socialize. They served to create a sense year colleague, permitted me the entry college members went home cheered from of community among freedmen from the of my mother Faustina, you might the festivities and sense of community.
four corners of the empire. allow me to build up a little monu- Colleges were also a convenient shelter The burial societies, whether con- D. JASMINE MERCED-OWNBEY sciously or not, touched a nerve deep within Roman society. The members and patrons of these colleges worked together to pursue remembrance and community in a rigidly stratified Roman society. Slaves and freedmen were given the dignity of a lasting monument as well as membership in a group that clandestinely celebrated equality and the value of the working-man. The rich, meanwhile, were pro-vided with an outlet for their competitive benevolence. The societies offered them the opportunity both to be remembered eternally in the rituals and to celebrate the living. Indeed, the resilience of the colleges shows just how deeply ingrained was this desire to be remembered and celebrated after death. Further, it appears that people of a common interest and passion, much like our own society of Eta Sigma Phi, will always commune together, despite any "Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See no Evil"
legal obstacles.
Some delegates monkeying around at convention: l. to r. Richard Harrod of Gamma Omicron (Monmouth Col ege), and Sara Paul and Jennifer Roberts of Epsilon Psi (Santa Clara University). Abbott, Frank Frost. The Common People of Ancient Rome. New York, Scribner's: 1927.
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78th National Convention — One Delegate's View
D. Jasmine Merced-Ownbey
from Beta Psi (Rhodes College), Megale Chrysophylax (2006-2007) was an exploration of Rome's Beta Pi Chapter, University of funerary colleges. The final paper, "War Elephants in the Ancient World" was presented by Richard This year, I was privileged to attend F. Harrod from Gamma Omicron the National Convention at Vir- (Monmouth College), and ex- ginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. plored the successes and problems Being the sole delegate from the associated with Roman use of war Beta Pi Chapter (University of elephants. Did you know that it's Arkansas), I looked forward to the a myth that elephants are afraid upcoming trip with both excite- of mice? They're really afraid of ment and trepidation. I was met at squealing hogs. Go Razorbacks! the airport by Prof. Papillon, who After the business session, con- was shuttling inbound convention- ventioneers were given the choice eers. Whatever nervousness I felt of lectures, sightseeing tours, or was dispelled within the first five activities, which continued all minutes of the drive to VT, due to afternoon on a rotating basis in the disarming exuberance of Prof. half-hour intervals. I attended two Papillon and the soothing effects of lectures and a trip into Virginia stately mountain vistas.
Tech's "VT-Cave." After checking into the Inn at The first lecture, offered by Virginia Tech, I dropped off my Virginia Tech's own Prof. Andrew bag in the elegant room which was Becker, was entitled "Not for the to be my home for the weekend. Eye but for the Ear: Accent, Me- Though sorely tempted to rest for ter, and Rhythm in Latin." In this a short while on that king-sized lecture, Dr. Becker explained how bed with five of the softest down to combine natural accenting with pillows I've ever rested my head meter (aka beat, ictus, pulse). The upon, convention registration was first thing to do is read the passage underway. Thusly deterred, I took aloud in natural speech, paying the leisurely walk to the registra- special attention to accents. Next, tion and reception, and became D. JASMINE MERCED-OWNBEY read it in meter, beating out the increasingly charmed by the lovely meter with your hand, foot, or with the Foreign Language department. thumb (this is how Roman children did it). At registration, I milled around, look- Because they essentially lost a semes- Finally, combine the two, counter-pointing ing for a group that needed another team ter, beginning Latin students are doing the beat to the accent — the accenting is player for the certamen, to be held after bootcamp — all of Wheelock's Latin in one undercut by the beat. It's quite difficult to the introductory remarks. After an hour semester. Loyola's Eta Sigma Phi chapter, do. Dr. Becker's paper about the Roman of introductions and re-introductions, a Eta Gamma, is helping these students with student's meter learning experience is at team emerged. Being a mixture of four "on-call tutoring." different schools, we called ourselves "The Three student papers were read. Caesar Salad." Though thoroughly tossed, The first, entitled "Diotima/Socrates vs. Next, "Down and Out in Ancient we had a great time — the certamen was as Alcibades: Absolute Appreciation vs. Rome" was a lecture by Prof. Gregory entertaining as always.
Subjective Illumination" was presented by Daugherty of Randolph-Macon College. Business sessions began on the follow- Jennifer Roberts, from Epsilon Psi (Santa It was about the social classes in Rome, ing day. Student papers were read, nomi- Clara University). This paper offered a with special attention paid to the unfor- nations for 2006-2007 officers were held, debate between Socrates' form of love vs. tunate poor. There was no middle class and various reports were presented. Alcibades' drunken assertion of the inter- as we know it, and punishments for the The most inspiring chapter report was personal experience of love. This paper same crime were different for the rich and presented by Loyola University of New suggested that Alcibades wins. Notable the poor. "Pauper" in Latin simply meant Orleans. Loyola re-opened this spring, quotable: "Contemplating the form of love "not stinking rich." For example, "paupers" having been closed since Hurricane is like contemplating the form of the 2nd might have had only three slaves — oh, Katrina's devastation. As a result of the aorist." The second paper, "College Year in the shame! A person's name and clothing disaster, the Classics Department merged Lanuvium," presented by Andrew Willey telegraphed their class, saying "watch out or I'll have you killed" or "I am scum, treat ton) won the T-Shirt contest with their me like that!" The Houses of the Vettii 288c.htm). I strolled around the duck ingenious "Nero's World Tour." Zeta Beta and Faun were atypical Roman homes, and pond, wishing I had brought a book so (Temple University) won the bid for the what is often considered the "typical" atri- that I could sit and read for a while in that 2007 convention. Thomas Evison from um Roman house was actually owned by Epsilon Iota (University of Florida) was only 5% of the population. The poor lived The formal banquet was held on Satur- elected Megas Prytanis. Richard Harrod in insulae in which the bottom floor was the day evening. Several people donned Clas- from Gamma Omicron (Monmouth most fashionable and the top floor was the sical garb for the Best Dressed Vir/Femina College) was elected Megas Hyparchos. cheapest. These insulae were constructed contest. Awards were presented, and the Thomas George Hendren from Eta Eta using the opus craticia method (twigs, reeds, mandatory singing of the Eta Sigma Phi (Virginia Tech) was elected Megas Gram- or branches woven together and plastered song was replete with the equally manda- mateus. And I was elected Megale Chryso- over), constructions that produced highly tory good-natured exclamations of Eta phylax (Beta Pi, University of Arkansas).
flammable buildings. Fires shot straight Sigma Fee and Fie.
To say that this was an enjoyable week- to the top floor and then burnt their way After dinner, we were treated to an Eta end is an understatement. All events were down. Roof tiles were supported by wooden Eta (VT) tradition — a marathon reading meticulously organized; everything seemed beams, which caused the tiles to fall out of a classical play, headed by Prof. Papillon. to go without a hitch (even the April into the street when the beams burned. About forty of us took turns playing char- Fool's Joke that the banquet venue had The streets in poor neighborhoods were acters from Lysistrata, an exercise which to be moved because the building caught part of the sewer system. If you were polite, was punctuated by guffaws. In Act 1, the fire), and the people were among the most you would have shouted a warning before part of Lysistrata was played most robustly congenial I have ever met. throwing trash or chamberpot contents and with a constant blush by yours truly. Heartfelt thanks go to everyone who out of the window; if you were not polite, We finished the reading in just over an participated in this convention, and a you would throw it out and quickly duck hour, and peals of laughter were heard special thanks to all those who planned back in the window. Older films that show this extraordinary affair. Although this was Rome as clean and bright are just wrong; The second business meeting was on my third convention, it is one that will moviemakers are getting better with more Sunday morning. During this meeting, remain dear to me — I arrived alone, but I dirty, and subsequently more accurate, Beta Nu (University of Mary Washing- left with many new friends.
depictions. HBO's portrayal of Rome had just the right amount D. JASMINE MERCED-OWNBEY of scuzziness — all it needs is smell-o-vision to depict a more realistic view of the poor areas of Rome.
My final afternoon excursion was a trip into Virginia Tech's "VT-Cave," a 3D interactive experience. After donning special glasses and stepping into a small room with screens on three walls, we were attacked by bugs and DNA molecules, took a rollercoaster ride, strolled along fields, and flew through a Roman basilica. Not only did we walk out of the cave with wobbly knees, but we left with an understanding that the cave's operators enjoy torturing entomophobic visitors.
Afterwards, I took a refresh- ing walk back to the hotel, snapping photos of the campus' blooming trees, architecturally interesting buildings, and stu-dents frolicking in the large park at the center of campus (photos Convention Awards
Best Paper: Andrew Willey of Beta Psi at
Theodore Bedrick Scholarship to the
"Teaching Latin in the 21st Century: Some Vergilian Society at Cumae
Observations by Eta Sigma Phi Members" Best Dressed Vir: Josh Cameron, Eta Eta in honor of Wayne Tucker. This $500.00 Wake Forest University, 2002, BA in scholarship will support her attendance at Best Dressed Femina: Lisa Adams of the North American Cambridge Classics Gamma Omicron at Monmouth University of Georgia, 2005, MA in Latin Project Workshop during the summer of Elected active member: Wake Forest Best Chapter Regalia: Beta Nu at the University, 1999-2002 University of Mary Washington Outreach Prize: Eta Eta at Virginia Tech Bernice L. Fox Latin Teaching Training
Eta Eta chapter of Virginia Tech won the Jennifer Ice, member of Eta Zeta Chapter award for its annual outreach to a local Oedipus and the Mama's Boys from the at Truman State University. Jennifer was elementary school, Kipps Elementary. University of Massachusetts the recipient of an Eta Sigma Phi Summer Members of the chapter work with the 3rd Curt Bellemer, Craig Anderson, Chris Scholarship to the Vergilian Society in grade classes. Some of the members of the Lavalette, Andy Carroll 2001. She earned her masters in Classics chapter go to the school, but the big event from University of Texas-Austin in 2003 is Kipps Classics Day when all the 3rd Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship
and is currently teaching Latin at Brittany graders (about 90) come to Tech for the Winners 2006
Woods Middle School in St. Louis, Mis- day, and do four centers about language, souri. Jennifer is also a member of the Eta myth, architecture, and a museum project.
Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship to the
Sigma Phi panel at CAMWS 2006 entitled American Academy in Rome
Keturah Joanna Kiehl D. JASMINE MERCED-OWNBEY University of Missouri/Columbia, expected grad. May 2006, MA in classical languages Hillsdale College, 200, BA in classical Elected active member: Hillsdale College, Brent Malcolm Froberg Scholarship to
the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens

Carson Lundquist SievingCase Western, expected grad May 2006, MA in art history Emory University, 200, BA in art history Elected active member: Emory University, Best Dressed Femina and Best Dressed Vir Keturah Kiehl, winner of the Carson Sieving, winner of the Kel y Ryan, winner of the 2006 Jennifer Ice, winner of the 2006 2006 Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship 2006 Brent Malcolm Froberg Theodore Bedrick Scholarship Bernice L. Fox Latin Teacher Scholarship to Athens Harry Rutledge, First Recipient of Eta Sigma Phi
Rome Scholarship, Dies
Members of Eta Sigma Phi mourn sor Froberg upon hearing the the passing of Dr. Harry C. Rut-
sad news of the loss of Harry ledge, who died at the age of 7
Rutledge, "as we put Beta Delta at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical back on its feet with a large Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, initiation and a large gathering on Saturday April 15, 2006. He at a picnic attended by many was the son of the late Russell students, the faculty in Classics, Weldon and Kathryn Carraci and a few guests of the chapter. Harry devoted himself to his A member of the Alpha Tau teaching and to the success chapter of Eta Sigma Phi at The of the students in the Classics Ohio State University, Harry C. Department of the University of Rutledge holds the distinction Tennessee. He held an abid- of winning, in 1958, the first Eta ing affection for Eta Sigma Phi Sigma Phi Scholarship awarded and its programs. I have known for summer study at the Ameri- no one more grateful for the can Academy in Rome. He had generosity and the help of others. completed an undergraduate His gratitude led him to extend degree, B.Sc.Ed., at The Ohio to his own students the help that State University in 195 with he had received. We shall all the idea of teaching Latin on surely miss the presence of Harry the secondary school level, but Rutledge, a legendary figure in following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army for a The former home of Dr. two-year tour (195-56) and left Rutledge and his parents, on at the rank of First Lieutenant. Cherokee Blvd. in Knoxville, He returned to The Ohio State was well-known for its recep- University where he completed tions for visiting scholars, the an M.A. degree (1957) in Classics Joseph Wood Krutch lecturers and continued his work toward a and the East Tennessee Society Ph.D. degree (1960) in Classics. Harry Rutledge, c.1995 of the Archaeological Institute of At the urging of Professor J. B. Titchener, America. Dr. Rutledge was past president longtime chairman of The Ohio State pointment as Head of the Department of of the Vergilian Society of America (1976- University's Department of Classics and Classics at the University of Tennessee in 1977), the Classical Association of the one-time member of the Eta Sigma Phi 1968, serving until 1991; he retired from Middle West and South (1979-1980), and Contest Committee, Harry Rutledge ap- the faculty in 1996. Brent Froberg also the American Classical League (1990- plied for and won the scholarship to the joined the faculty of the University of Ten- 199). In 1992 he was Macebearer at the American Academy. Harry regarded the nessee as an Instructor in the Department University of Tennessee.
winning of that scholarship as a landmark of Classics in 1968. The Beta Delta Chap- He is survived by his brother, Frank event in his life, something that had much ter of Eta Sigma Phi had had four inactive Rutledge of East Lansing, Michigan, and to do with his decision to persevere in his years prior to the arrival in Knoxville, sister, Phelia Lorenzen of Seattle, Washing- studies and complete the requirements for Tennessee, of these two new instructors. ton, and their families. Burial was private a Ph.D. degree in Classics. With Clarence Professor Rutledge wanted the students in in the family plot in Hamden, Ohio. A Forbes as his dissertation director, Harry Classics at the University of Tennessee to memorial service will be announced at wrote a brilliant dissertation, a biography have access to the same advantages that a later time. Arrangements provided by of Herodes Atticus. He taught as a mem- he had had as an undergraduate student Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. ber of the Classics faculty of the University and insisted that Beta Delta reactivate Requiem aeternam of Georgia 1960-1968.
during that first year. "What an exciting dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua. Professor Rutledge accepted an ap- time we had that year," reflected Profes- Beta Kappa Induction
L to R: Rose Faulkner,
Sister Thérèse Dough-
tery, Patricia Tel er,
Sister Rita Bueche,
Katharine Chatard,
Nancy Jeffrey, Sister
Theresa Lamy, Jane
Hal , Christina Moxey,
Kate Skovron, Patricia
Short (a member of
Delta Alpha chapter
at Randolph Macon
Women's Col ege).

Eligibility: Eta Sigma Phi members • who are now teaching, or preparing to teach, at the pre-collegiate level, • who have received a Bachelor's degree since January 1, 1995, or who expect to receive it before the summer of 2007,
• and who have not received a doctoral degree.
The Award of $500 will support a summer activity contributing to the recipient's preparation for teaching (e.g., American Classical League Institute, the Kentucky Language Institute, or the Illinois Pedagogy Workshop) or university courses leading to certification.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2007 The recipient will be announced at the National Convention at Temple University in April 2007.
This scholarship honors Bernice L. Fox, who taught English, Latin, and Greek at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, from 197 to 1981, and who served as chair of the Department of Classics from 1970 until her retirement in 1981. Throughout her long and dynamic career she worked tirelessly to promote the Classics in Illinois high schools and colleges. In 1956 she founded Monmouth College's Gamma Omicron Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi. She was the author of Tela Charlottae, the Latin translation of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In 1991 Monmouth College conferred on her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. She died in 2003.
The committee who will select the scholarship recipient was appointed by the Eta Sigma Phi Board of Trustees. Its members are Mary Pendergraft of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. (chair), Helen Moritz of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, and Terry Papillon of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Alpha Lambda (University of Oklahoma)
this September. In contrast to our first one, Alpha Nu (Davidson College)
This year the Alpha Lambda chapter of the one this fall will be a tournament, with Our chapter has been recently reactivated Eta Sigma Phi at the University of Okla- four teams pitted against each other in a and had its first initiation of five members homa has been deeply involved in service total of five games. on the Ides of March 2006. A second activities. We have worked on many proj- Finally, we have begun work on an An- initiation is scheduled for near the end of ects, though only a few are detailed here.
cient Language Lab. It will function in a April, but apart from that, our activities One particularly important activity we manner similar to modern language labs. It will start in the fall. organized was a Latin tutoring program. will have computers with language learn- The first thing we did was to compile a ing software and drills, as well as other Beta Beta (Furman University)
list of all Latin tutors within our Clas- educationally-valuable software, such as In the spring of 2005 we revived our chap- sics Department to make finding a tutor encyclopedias. In addition, the room will ter, which had too long lain dormant, with much easier for students. In addition to function as a lounge for students in our the help of several dedicated students. At this, we set up a tutoring service. For this department. It will have tables for studying the end of our spring term, we held an ini- service, we have a specific room where we and tutoring and couches for relaxing. We tiation ceremony which was watched over tutor, and we have established office hours are very fortunate to have been given full and blessed by Divus Elvis. This ceremony during which students may walk in and funding for the lab by the College of Arts was preceded by joyful feasting and sacri- receive free tutoring. It is a terrific program and Sciences, of which our department is fices to Elvis. For the summer, we assigned and is working very well! Achil es in Vietnam as (voluntary) summer Another thing we have done is set reading and had a discussion of the book up graduate school sessions. These are Alpha Mu (University of Missouri)
when we all returned in the fall. Most held annually and give students the vital This year at Mizzou in the Alpha Mu recently, we have instituted a Wednesday information they need to be accepted chapter, we have really focused on two lunch group where we read Apollonius' into graduate school and, once there, to things: 1.) increasing membership and Argonautica. We are also planning field succeed. We have had these in the past, interest in Eta Sigma Phi and 2.) service trips, speakers, and random dinner get- although they were not held on a regular and volunteering. Through several social togethers for the spring. Chapter t-shirts basis. However, now they have begun to be events, bake sales, and other small events, are still in the works.
offered every year, so as to give help to the we have considerably raised awareness of maximum number of students.
Eta Sigma Phi on campus. We held two Beta Theta (Hampden-Sydney College)
In November, our department held its initiation ceremonies this spring. At the Beta Theta held its initiation ceremony on annual Classics Day. Classics Day is an first we initiated over ten new members February 7, with five initiates, bringing our event held at the University of Oklahoma. and the second ceremony, called Cena total membership to eighteen.
Schools from across the state gather at OU Deorum, was our biggest social event of the In the fall the chapter, with the Depart- for a day of fun, with numerous education- ment of Classics, sponsored a talk on al activities, such as jewelry-making, Greek For service we have worked several "Sophocles' Philoctetes on Page and Stage" dancing, and interesting lectures. For this times at the local food bank in Colombia, by Victor Castellani, associate professor of event, our chapter worked hard to recruit as well as volunteered for our community's Classics and Humanities at the University volunteers, and we ended up having a "Safe Halloween" night. We have also of Denver. In February Bernard Frischer, surplus of students who were enthusiastic organized a Relay-for-Life team. One thing director of the Institute for Advanced to help out.
about which we are especially proud is the Technology in the Humanities at the Uni- In February, we organized a bake sale night we put together for Evan Cruz, an versity of Virginia, returned to the College to raise money for the American Classi- eight-year-old Missouri resident diagnosed to speak on "Horace's Sabine Villa: New cal League's efforts to refurnish schools with chronic renal failure. Through Make- Studies in the Field and in the Archives." damaged by Hurricane Katrina. We did a-Wish Foundation he hoped to attend a At Final Convocation last spring our not put a price on the baked goods; rather, Mizzou Men's basketball game. One of the grammateus, Matt Shealy, was honored we simply asked for donations in exchange members of the Alpha Mu chapter became with the David C. Wilson Memorial for baked goods. For ten hours of work and aware of Evan's wish, and we organized a Award in Greek, receiving the complete with most people donating a dollar or two, night that included dinner and souvenirs, Loeb Plato. A freshman and new mem- we managed to bring in around $170 in front row seats at the basketball game, and ber, Carden Hedelt, received the Leila B. a meeting with the team's mascot, Truman Thompson Eta Sigma Phi Prize in Latin. We have also begun organizing our The latter prize, named for the wife of our very own annual certamen. We have We plan to continue our campaign for long-time adviser, is a book and a check for been working with another organization awareness and service on the University of to accomplish this, and we held our first Missouri campus during the coming aca- After missing last year's convention at certamen this past November. It was quite demic year and look forward to a produc- St. Olaf College, we were happy to have successful! Our next certamen will be held tive and entertaining national convention.
members attend this year.
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to the Wake Forest community with the logo "It's All Greek to Me!" in Greek and English on the back. In April we held our annual spring banquet and initiation, with a visiting professor to Wake Forest as our guest lecturer. The famous transla-tor, Allen Mandelbaum, was also present as guest of honor to sign books and speak with students.
Beta Kappa (The College of Notre
Dame of Maryland)
We began the fall semester making our
chapter visible with an exhibit at the
annual Organizational Expo, held on
September 1. We held several meetings
to plan our activities for the 2005-2006
academic year and our treasurer, Heather
At the Final Convocation at Hampden- At Hampden-Sydney Col ege's Final Con- Berry, sent letters to local businesses asking Sydney Col ege in April, Professor John L. vocation in April, Beta Theta's Prytanis J.B. for prizes for our Maryland Classics Raffle Brinkley presents the David C. Wilson Memo- Bil ings (left) presents the Leila B. Thompson to be held in the spring. On September 23, rial Prize in Greek to Beta Theta's Gramma- Eta Sigma Phi Prize in Latin to Carden 2005 some members attended an AIA lec- teus Matt Shealy. ture at Johns Hopkins entitled "Traces of a Multi-Ethnic City: Grave Reliefs in the Graeco-Roman Museum of Alexandria" by Dr. Stefan Schmidt of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. In November Dr. Martin Winkler of George Mason University presented an illustrated lecture on "Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in Film," using clips from a variety of Hollywood and TV versions of Homer, including the recent movie Troy and an Italian production of the Odyssey that is considered by Dr. Winkler to be the best of the film versions of the Odyssey. High Recent Graduates at Alpha Phi at Mil saps Col ege: Pictured, l. to r., are Dr. Hol y Sypniewski, school teachers and students and members Matt Vieron, Joseph Madison, Cory Gilbert, and Dr. Catherine Freis. Vieron, a Classics major, of the campus community joined our chap- is going to the University of Wisconsin at Madison (TA in Classics). Madison, a triple major in ter for this event.
Classics, English and Philosophy, wil be teaching Latin in a high school. Gilbert, a double major In February some members went to in English and Classics, wil be going on to the University of Kentucky in Classics. Loyola College for a lecture by Frank Romer, Professor of Classics at East Caro- We are also pleased that our adviser In October we co-sponsored a Phi Beta lina University. This lecture was part of and former national executive secretary, C. Kappa guest speaker who gave a lecture Loyola's annual Humanities Symposium. Wayne Tucker, will be honored next week open to the public on a Classical theme. The theme of the Symposium this year at the annual convention of the Classical In December we had a Christmas party. is "What Would You Die For? Perpetua's Association of the Middle West and South We invited all the faculty and students Passion." The topic of this beautifully in Gainesville, Florida, with a special ses- taking Classics classes that semester to illustrated lecture was Perpetua's Africa. sion of papers by members of Eta Sigma join us for some good food and fun. In We attended another lecture in this series Phi who are now teaching,.
order to raise good cheer, we took non- on March 30 entitled "What Would You We will be having a meeting soon to perishable food donations at the party and Kill For? Perpetua's Martyrdom from the elect officers for next year. distributed them to Second Harvest. This Prosecutors' Perspective." This lecture was spring we did another fundraiser to donate given by James Rives of York University in Beta Iota (Wake Forest University)
money to the American Classical League's The Beta Iota chapter has had a great year. Hurricane Relief Fund. We sold t-shirts On Friday, March 2 some of us heard Dr. Ross Holloway of Brown excursion to Turkey for a visit to University lecture on the Tomb of Ephesus. Katharine Chatard has the Diver at Paestum. This was the been awarded this year's Sister annual John J. Callahan Lecture of Gratia Scholarship to help pay for the Baltimore Society of the Ar- this program.
chaeological Institute of America. We are pleased to make a small This lecture was endowed by John donation to the Eta Sigma Phi Callahan, the first husband of Gladys Justice, honorary member of our chapter who died in Janu- Beta Nu (University of Mary
ary. The lecture was followed by a Washington)
dinner in memory of Gladys, who Beta Nu continued to promote was a great loss both to our chapter Latin this year by holding its 6th and the AIA. Gladys Justice was annual Classical Essay Contest an annual lecturer for Beta Kappa for local middle and high school Chapter for many years and the students of Latin. In the fall we regular speaker for the annual Sis- sent flyers to Latin teachers in ter Mary Gratia Memorial Lecture. Fredericksburg, Virginia, where We did not host the Sister Gratia Mary Washington is located; to Lecture this year.
teachers in the neighboring coun- The highlight of this year oc- ties of Spotsylvania and Stafford; curred on Saturday, March 25, and to members of the Fredericks- when we inducted Jane Hall, burg Area Latin Teachers' Associa- founder of the National Latin tion (FALTA), whose membership Exam, as an honorary member of extends across northern Virginia. Beta Kappa Chapter. Jane attri- We invited essays, 2-3 pages or butes her start on the road to her approximately 750 words in length, national involvement in the promo- on the following topic, Gaius Julius tion of classics to her participa- Phaedrus once wrote Vulgare amici tion in Beta Kappa's Latin Days nomen, sed rara est fides. Do you and Classics Weekends for High agree that the name of friend is School Students several decades ago. After Beta Kappa Chapter at the Col ege of Notre common, but the fact is rare? We were participating in our certamen, Jane began Dame Inducts Jane Hal of the National Latin delighted to receive over 10 essays, a certamen in the Washington area that Exam as an honorary member. which we judged in January at a combined eventually led to the national certamina at essay reading session and pizza party. We the JCL conventions. Keeper of the Department of Greek and awarded Eta Sigma Phi medals, Latin dic- Jane was able to come to Baltimore on Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. tionaries provided by the National Latin Friday to attend Ross Holloway's lecture On that day we drew the names of the Exam, and certificates to first, second, and on the Tomb of the Diver and the Callah- prize winners in our Maryland Classics third place winners in two levels of compe- an dinner at Hopkins. On Saturday morn- Raffle, which helps fund our activities as tition, junior (sixth through ninth graders) ing before the induction she addressed a well as the Sister Gratia Scholarship for a and senior (tenth through twelfth graders). graduate Vergil class that included several student to participate in an archeological In February Beta Nu initiated 22 new Latin teachers, using the Vergil program study program.
members, and in March it hosted its 9th of Forum Romanum to illustrate ways of On Sunday, May7 we had a Memorial annual Eta Sigma Phi public lecture at incorporating it into classroom teaching. Mass for Gladys Justice on our campus, to the University of Mary Washington to Several alumnae and former officers which members of her family and friends, announce and honor its new members participated in the induction ceremony, and her students in our Renaissance Insti- and, of course, to promote Classics to the at which one of our local Latin teachers, tute were invited. community. Our speaker, Dr. Jean MacIn- Nancy Jeffrey, was also inducted as an as- In May we also held a lunch for Latin tosh Turfa of the University Museum at students and for pledges to Beta Kappa the University of Pennsylvania, lectured We attended a lecture on April 30 chapter. At the end of the month, some of on "Love, Death, and Magic in Etruscan at the Walters Art Museum entitled our members participated in a two-week Urns" to a packed audience of students, "Ancient Greek Jewellery and Jewellers" archeological tour of Greece, visit- faculty, and townspeople. (British spelling is used at the request of ing northern Greece as well as Rhodes, Finally, Beta Nu joined with the Classics the speaker) delivered by Dyfri Williams, Patmos, Samos, even taking a one-day Club to produce the first Classics t-shirt at Res Gestae (Continued)
mind when reflecting on the sexual ETA SIGMA PHI, BETA NU CHAPTER
practices of civilizations, past and present. Professor Clarke also led a class on the UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
House of the Vettii for a freshman Honors is proud to announce
Humanities course.
In November, Professor Eric Kondra- THE WINNERS OF THE 2005 CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST
tieff from Temple University explained the development of coinage as currency TOPIC: Gaius Julius Phaedrus once wrote "Vulgare amici nomen, sed rara est fides." in his lecture "Crescit Amor Nummi: The Do you agree that the name of friend is common, but the fact is rare? Use and Abuse of Coinage in Ancient Greece and Rome." Before and after the First Place, Senior Division lecture, we had demonstrations of ancient Rachel MacLeod, Stafford High School (Martha Jusino, Teacher) coin minting by The Gallery Mint, which struck pewter coins by hand using a recre- Second Place, Senior Division ated Athenian die, and freely distributed Theresa Gentile, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher) the freshly struck coins to all comers. We thought our student government would Honorable Mention, Senior Division get the joke, but no one in the exec office Heidi Siegmund, Stafford High School (Martha Jusino, Teacher) understood the idea of giving more money to the students. First Place, Junior Division Last month, Professor Ann Marie Yasin Adrienne Poffenbarger, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher) from the University of Southern California presented a lecture entitled "Churches Be- Second Place, Junior Division fore Architecture: Approaches to Sacred Neil Hurst, Fredericksburg Academy (Kevin M. Perry, Teacher) Space in the Early Christian World." She explained that the places where Christians Honorable Mention, Junior Division gathered to worship became symbolically Michael West, Stafford High School (Martha Jusino, Teacher) loaded sacred spaces even before the era of monumental churches.
At the end of the semester we held an- the University of Mary Washington in liv- language, offer our English translation, other faculty and student soirée, at which ing memory. Imitating a rock concert tour and then guess what's inside. Yes, we have we initiated new members and had more t-shirt, it features Nero as the rock star and BYOL parties – Bring Your Own Lexica. than the usual amount of classics fun.
his tour of Greece as the concert tour.
One of the clues this year was even written in hendecasyllabics (another was written Beta Sigma (Marquette University)
Beta Pi (University of Arkansas)
in hexameters)! Of course, they had to be During the past year, the Beta Sigma Even though we, the members of the Beta read in meter.
chapter has been zealously promoting the Pi chapter at the University of Arkansas, Our get-togethers are not limited study and love of classical learning and enjoy keeping our ranks limited to only to indoor events, either. Earlier in the culture among hoi pol oi at Marquette. Ever the coolest of the Classical Studies cool, semester, some of our number decided to since we have departed from our policy of we found ten more exceptional students to torture themselves by choosing the coldest former years to shun the vulgus profanum, join our ranks. Four students passed their weekend of October for the annual camp we have found it necessary to entertain fire-walking tests and the other induction out. Rumor has it that Silenus and Pan the uninitiated at several symposia in rituals at our first faculty-student soiree made a guest appearance.
hopes of expanding our cult. Aside from of the season. The remaining six initiates Beta Pi was proud to host several guest the primary Dionysian motives for these were inducted at our annual Saturnalia. lecturers in the last few months. symposia, money was raised to benefit clas- Our Saturnalias are always a blast. Not In October, John Clarke, Professor of sicists recovering in New Orleans. Papers only do we revel in the spirit of fellowship, Visual Arts at the University of Texas at were presented, poetry was recited, music but all of the members receive gifts from Austin, gave a standing-room-only lecture was sung, and the muses lamented the the faculty. But the simple act of giving a entitled "Visual Art, Social Class, and Sex gift is just too blasé for this bunch. Thus in Ancient Rome, 27 BC-AD 79." Profes- But lest the Beta Sigma chapter acquire every year our professors write clues in sor Clarke dispelled the myth that Roman a reputation for debauchery alone, we Greek or Latin and distribute them to sexualities were like ours, only more sponsored a lecture given by Dr. James their students. In order to open the gift, we decadent, and encouraged the audience Shey, professor emeritus of classics at the have to read the clues aloud in the original to maintain an open and non-judgmental University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr. Shey lectured on his recent translation and phis area. Alas, on the day of the contest, Museum in Chicago to see the Pompeii commentary of Petrarch's Itinerarium. we had a snow storm which canceled the exhibit, trips to DePauw University when- Further, we crossed state lines to view contest. Finally, the most important proj- ever an appropriate speaker came, a trip the recent Pompeii exhibit at the Field ect that our chapter has done this year, to Cincinnati to hear a talk on the comic Museum in Chicago. We saw many arti- and has done for the past seven years, books in the Age of Bronze series, and facts, wall-paintings, and castings of those is our after-school service project run at numerous presentations by students for poor souls who never knew what hit them. Bruce Elementary School. The members students. Our biggest project yet, however, As per usual, our annual classical of our chapter meet with the students of is to persuade our advisor, Prof. David Valentines sale yielded much booty for Bruce, grades 1-5, every Monday from Kubiak, to give a talk he has been dying merchant and customer alike. to give on Papal vestments and Roman Moreover, this year we established the During our meetings we teach the emperors. The men of Gamma Iota have Dead Languages Society dedicated to a children various aspects of antiquity. For certainly been busy and encourage other study of languages more obscure than example, the last lesson we taught was chapters in and around the region to con- Greek and Latin, such as Sanskrit, De- about the Oracle of Delphi, and the role tact us for future events, as we are always motic, and Coptic. that the Pythia played in interpreting eager to attend. For the remainder of the year we look questions of the oracle's visitors. Each one forward to the annual inductions, the Ver of the kids wrote on a piece of paper a Gamma Omicron (Monmouth College)
Adest banquet hosted by Dr. Marquardt, question they wanted answered, and one Our academic year began with our our faculty adviser, the first annual Mar- of our members, Claire Patrick, dressed as traditional fall picnic in advisor Professor quette Pythian Games, and more childish the Pythia, answered all of their questions Sienkewicz' garden. At our fall initiation giggling during readings of the Petronius' with the best of her oracle-like ability. in November we welcomed four new mem- Satyricon. Other lessons have been the teaching of bers. (For a photo gallery of this initiation, the Greek alphabet, learning how to write Beta Psi (Rhodes College)
their names using the Greek characters, This year has been a very active year for or telling mythological stories, such as our chapter at Rhodes College. We have Prometheus' theft of fire. This project We celebrated the Roman festival initiated nine members, three in the fall has been very rewarding, not only for the known as the Caristia, a time for family semester and six in the spring.
members of the Beta Psi chapter, but also members to reunite and renew their ties, Before the Christmas holiday, to bring for all of the children involved with the with a pizza party and a Roman mystery in some of that holiday cheer, we took part project, many of whom have been with us game. In this game each student took the in the fist ever recorded Latin Christmas for several years.
role of an ancient Roman character (e.g. a caroling session in honor of Festivus!!! As When we returned to Memphis from Vestal virgin, an emperor, an orator, etc.) many of you may have noticed, ancient national convention in Blacksburg, Vir- and tried to identify the murderer among Greece and Rome have been all over the ginia, we held elections for our next year's them through a series of clues. Great fun silver screen as of late. Because of this, and hilarity was had by all. This activity during the first semester we met as a was supported by a Caristia grant from the chapter every Sunday to watch the HBO Gamma Iota (Wabash College)
CAMWS Committee for the Promotion special, "Rome." Additionally, this semes- The men of Gamma Iota chapter of Eta ter we have been meeting every Sunday to Sigma Phi have been busy over the last Also in February the chapter sponsored watch the PBS mini series, "I Claudius." year. We most unfortunately lost our Latin a Classics Bee for Latin students at the One of the most important achieve- tutoring program at the local middle local high school. Students took a qualify- ments of our chapter this semester has school, because they were unable to con- ing exam at school and the finalists came been the development of our Classics tinue. However, much to our delight, we to campus for a pizza party with members Club, "CAESAR." This is an acronym have been busy with many other activities. of Eta Sigma Phi followed by the Classics for Classical and Hellenistic Society at Movie night is a tradition that still contin- Bee. Chapter member Lisa Adams worked Rhodes. This Club is not only open to ues on a semi-regular basis. This year we especially hard to make this bee happen, Majors and Minors, but to all members of have watched such films as A Funny Thing and the event was so successful that we the Rhodes College community who are Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gladi- hope to repeat it again next year.
interested in classics. This has helped to ator, and Alexander. The Wabash College On the Ides of March Mark Golden, spread the word about the classics to all Theatre Department staged a version of Professor of Classics at the University of Rhodes College. The club has orga- the Braggart Soldier this semester and the of Winnipeg, delivered the 21st annual nized many activities such as a showing of men of Eta Sigma Phi led a discussion on Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture entitled Monty Python's Life of Brian. Additionally, Roman comedy before the show. We have "Olive-Tinted Spectacles: Myths in the the club organized a city wide certamen also attended many talks and events in History of the Ancient and Modern contest for all high schools in the Mem- the region, including a trip to the Field Res Gestae (Continued)
members into our ranks with our usual cer-emonies and pizza. This year we added a movie to the mix. A week later, we assisted the department in welcoming current and former students for the annual Homecom-ing party/open house. A week after that, we ended the month with a Halloween costume party, at which Baylor Classics students and faculty gathered for food and fun, in the guise of our favorite Bradley's Arnold phrases. This theme allowed for some very interesting costumes, including one member's attempt to be Pompei similis, complete with Roman column and bust.
After much investigation and through the use of preventive techniques, such as thesis chapter deadlines, Gamma Omega was able to ward off the horrifying disease which generally strikes graduating New Initiates of Gamma Omicron Chapter at Monmouth Col ege: (l. to r.) Mark individuals. Our fall festivities, therefore, Shoemaker, Elizabeth Toal, Andrew Viscariel o, John Taylor, Morgan Mikita, Catherine were able to continue in December (Keep Bartunek, Edward Jensen and Sarah Sherry. in mind: It's Texas) with a Christmas party. In keeping with the tradition of Gamma Later in March several members of the We were pleased that several alumni Omega's naming system, the theme of the chapter participated in a college-sponsored returned for these events.
party was "Homer for the Holidays," be- field trip to the Field Museum in Chicago We ended the year where we started, cause it was held just before students went to see the special Pompeii exhibit, which in Prof. Sienkewicz' garden, for another home for Christmas Break.
included artifacts never before displayed picnic at which graduating seniors, dressed The spring semester has also been outside of Italy. Sarah Sherry said of in their graduation gowns, were ceremoni- busy for the chapter. We began with the her trip that "I thought the exhibit was ously awarded their Eta Sigma Phi honor induction of eleven more members and enlightening, and I really enjoyed seeing cords and hoods, and students earning our annual Take-A-Dative. This year's the artwork. One of my favorite pieces was recognition on the National Latin and theme for this highly successful cook-out the fresco of Apollo." Latin student Catie National Greek Exams were given their was "Homer's Where the Heart Is," as pro- Bartunek said that "It was amazing to see awards. In good Greek tradition we then claimed on our rather bright t-shirts. The 2000 year old history from across the world drew lots to determine our chapter officers back has a line drawing inspired by a vase come alive just a few hours from here. I for next year.
painting of Hector and Andromache, and enjoyed getting a glimpse of what life was lines from Andromache's beloved part- like through the few pieces of art that Gamma Omega (Baylor University)
ing speech in Book VI of the Iliad appear Greetings from the Heart of Texas! below the picture.
We were pleased that six of our mem- October was, as usual, a very busy In addition to inductions and Take-A- bers and our advisor were able to attend month for the AWESOME members of Dative, the chapter assisted the depart- the national convention in Blacksburg, Gamma Omega. We kicked it off with ment with the third annual High School where one of our members, Richard Har- our fifth annual OctHOMERfest. For the Latin Day for central Texas students. Past rod, read a paper entitled "War Elephants uninitiated, OctHOMERfest is a Bay- and present Gamma Omega members en- in the Ancient World." We are also proud lor extravaganza in which we sell baked tertained the participants with a rendition of the t-shirts we designed for the conven- goods (and sandwiches!) and read aloud of Plautus' Amphitryo, and a suspenseful tion. It has a picture of Darth Vader and the words of Homer in as many different certamen tournament allowed the schools "The Force Be With You" in both Latin languages as possible. This year, in addition to display their knowledge of the classi- and ancient Greek.
to his infamous "Three-Minute Iliad," Dr. cal world. This year, a Gamma Omega In April the chapter celebrated its 50th Thorburn unveiled his ingenious, new alumna was able to bring her class to Latin anniversary with a gala initiation of nine "Three-Minute Odyssey," sure to become Day. Movie Fridays and Latin Lab, a free members, a public lecture entitled "Mozart a classic and a cult favorite around the tutoring service to lower-level Latin stu- and Rome" by Robert Ketterer, Professor world, or at least in the lounge of the Mod- dents, were also continued this year. Our of Classics at the University of Iowa, and a ern Foreign Language Department. Later departmental lecture series continued with Cena Classica (with only old world foods). that evening, we welcomed eleven new appearances by Herbert Benario, Marilyn Skinner, Gerhard Petersmann, Carole games of ultimate Frisbee and softball class that donated the most was taught by Newlands, Michael C.J. Putnam, Sandy (Hellenists vs. Latinists). We watched the our former chapter president. McKay and Peter Arzt-Grabner, a visiting movie Jason and the Argonauts in October. In December, we held a bake-a-thon professor of papyrology from the University Shortly after Halloween we celebrated the and made dozens of cookies and treats, of Salzburg. We were happy to welcome as Eleusinian Mysteries, as is our custom, as well as holiday cards, for children at a visiting professor this semester papyrol- with kykeon, dramatic recitations, and the Ronald McDonald House. We also ogy expert Dr. Arzt-Grabner from the a bonfire. In December, we braved the attended a lecture by Dr. Sharon Jones University of Salzburg snow on the streets of Northfield to carol on female speech in Roman elegy. Then in Greek and Latin. In February, students we welcomed Dr. Susanna Braund for a Delta Pi (Randolph-Macon College)
participated in the Eta Sigma Phi transla- lecture on Roman invective, a treat for the Delta Pi is happy to report that we have tion contests. The Classics Department students who were using her textbooks for twelve active members as well as one tem- also reintroduced the idea of a Classics a class on Juvenal.
porary metic, Ed Merritt of Eta Gamma at conversation table: every Monday we get In January, our founding sponsor, Dr. Loyola University, who spent fall semester together to eat dinner and converse about Karelisa Hartigan, who guided our chapter with us because of the destruction caused lofty topics. The conversation table has for 28 years (longer than most of our by Hurricane Katrina. Our members also been host to a series of Classics alums members have been alive!), retired as our have been active with Virginia Senior talking about what they did with their sponsor and passed the Eta Sigma Phi owl and Junior Classical League conventions. majors, which has been both informative to our new sponsor, Dr. Victoria Pagán. We We have an outreach program on togas and entertaining. Recently, we watched recognized them both at our spring induc- and armor for elementary school students Gladiator and we held some Olympic tion ceremony, where we welcomed 28 na- because third graders in Virginia do a unit games for the spring and initiated our new tional members and 26 associate members, on Greece and Rome. members in April.
and celebrated with another barbecue. We have a custom of weekly Classics In February, we had another pizza lunch Tea. Last semester we watched the T.V. Epsilon Iota (University of Florida)
and a viewing of the movie Alexander series "Rome" at these teas. We strongly This year has been the most eventful in to prepare for a lecture on "Greatness recommend full frontal nudity as a way to the history of our chapter! Our chapter in Oliver Stone's Alexander" by Dr. Jon grow chapter memberships. treasurer, Tom Evison, was elected to the Solomon, and then the AIA-sponsored Several members of our chapter were in national office of megas chyrsophylax, at last lecture by Susan Langdon called "It Takes a college production of Euripides' Bacchae year's convention at St. Olaf. In the follow- a Polis: the Art of Adolescence in Ancient this year. A class on Vulgar Latin mounted ing summer, we held several fundraisers to Greece." We also recently heard the Greek a display in the college library.
raise over $1000 for our travel to this year's humorist Hope Mihalap give a talk on be- For the Ides of March we annually cre- convention at Virginia Tech. In the fall, we ing Greek-American.
ate a special t-shirt.
inducted 27 national members and 26 local Throughout the year, our chapter has In April our chapter took a trip to visit associate members. To welcome them, we been focused on the upcoming 102nd the on-going Jamestown excavations.
moved our traditional end of the semester annual meeting of CAMWS, which will barbecue to the beginning of the semester be held at UF next weekend. Our mem- Delta Chi (St. Olaf College)
after induction. We had a large turnout bers will be the support staff of the event, We began our year with an "Alpha Party," and enjoyed getting to know each other and we are all looking forward to hosting complete with root beer floats. In Sep- (and playing with fire). We reinitiated our this conference. After CAMWS, the UF tember, the Classics department also held regular Latin tutoring sessions, where we Classics Department will hold an award offer free help to beginning Latin students, ceremony at which two Eta Sigma Phi and sometimes even Greek students! scholarships will be given to undergradu- In October, we held a pizza lunch in ates. Finally, after final exams, we will cel- honor of AIA guest lecturer Susan Wood, ebrate the end of our busiest year with our who lectured on the "Vanishing Wives traditional end of the year potluck dinner.
Send information on your chapter's of Nero." Our annual Octogafest, where activities by October 15, 2006, for we play Classics trivia games and hold a Epsilon Omicron (The University of
inclusion in the next issue of the toga contest, had to be postponed until Massachusetts at Amherst)
November because of hurricane threats, After welcoming a record number of Nuntius. Photographs of members so we celebrated a Novtogafest. Later initiates into our chapter last year, Epsilon are always welcome, and be sure to that month, we sponsored a competition Omicron at the University of Massachu- identify the people in the pho- among the beginning Latin classes to col- setts at Amherst started the 2005-2006 tographs. Send information and lect food for the local food shelter, which academic year with expanded membership, photographs to Executive Secretary was in need of donations after Hurricane many new ideas, and fresh approaches to Thomas J. Sienkewicz (see p. 2).
Katrina. We collected 1200 cans, and the old ideas. First, the chapter decided to Res Gestae (Continued)
organize and perform an ancient play at
Epsilon Psi (Santa Clara University)
party in the fall for majors and minors. the annual banquet following our initia- Our chapter puts on a few annual and sev- Besides getting caught up on everyone's tion ceremony in May. The play we chose eral one-time events each year. The annual summer activities, we also heard a pre- was Aristophanes' Lysistrata. Under the traditions include Senior Theses Reading sentation given by Anna Burke about her careful supervision of our sergeant-at-arms, and "Classics Movie of the Quarter." summer dig in Javols, France. This dig Paul DeVries, we completed an abridged, Both are departmentally-funded events. was of the ancient Gallo-Roman town filmed production of this timeless comedy.
The Senior Theses Reading is a food and of Anderterium, capital of the Augustan In addition to the play we started drink party where, as the title suggests, province. This dig, run by the University a Greek and Latin tutoring program graduating Classics students present their of Tours, included mostly French students. which is going very well this year. It was theses. This reading takes place in Spring Dr. Jane Evans of Temple University's decided that students would e-mail our quarter towards the end of the school year. Art History Department led a group of vice president, Chris Lavalette, if they Our second activity is "Classics Movie of six American students and added to their needed tutoring instead of our members the Quarter." The movies are voted on archaeological and cultural understanding sitting and waiting for a student to show by the students and the only requirement during the month-long stay in Javols.
up. We have found that more students are for the movie is that it somehow relate to Last year we helped with a panel asking for help and some of our members classical studies. In previous quarters the organized by our own sponsors during the meet regularly with their student. Other department has taken us to see Troy and fall meeting of the Classical Associaton of on-going events are our movie nights and Alexander on the big screen and shown the Atlantic States (CAAS), which invited pizza parties, usually paid for by one of the us films such as Monty Python: The Life of Hans Orberg, the author of our textbook professors from our Classics Department Brian and Cleopatra. This past quarter the Lingua Latina. We also had a chance this with whom the Epsilon Omicron chapter movie was A Funny Thing Happened on the year to get involved in a follow-up panel works closely.
Way to the Forum.
organized by Chris Brown of Ohio State Fund-raising this year has been a In addition to these annual events our University. We threw a pre-AAS potluck success. Our annual book and bake sale chapter of Eta Sigma Phi typically organiz- dinner for Luigi Miraglia, the star of this was followed by our annual Valentine's es at least one stand-alone event per quar- panel, who has an institute for teaching Day bake sale. We held a contest to find ter. This year, Fall quarter was our busiest. Latin as a living language in Montella, a new design for our annual t-shirt sale. First, Eldon Quick came to the school Italy. While visiting, he was gracious The Classics Dept. purchased the t-shirts and performed selections from Homer for enough to give an hour-long talk IN and paid for the printing. The creator us. He has memorized the Robert Fagles' LATIN. Trust us—it was an interesting of the winning design received a free t- translations of the poems and endeavors experience! Also joining us at this dinner shirt. These shirts were sold at our spring to bring the works to life, as they might were Chris Brown and Morten Rasmussen, initiation ceremony. The chair of the have been performed by Homer himself. the Danish programmer who creates the department, Rex Wallace, and our faculty Our second event of the quarter was put discs that accompany our Latin text.
advisor, Teresa Ramsby, have been very on by the advanced Greek class. Having On October 23, Jill Swavely Gardner supportive with all the projects we under- spent the quarter studying Plato, the class of the School of Education conducted a put on a symposium about the Symposium. "Pizza and Prospects" session for our majors Many of the members of our chapter Students were invited to lounge, eat, and and minors who are contemplating careers volunteered to help out with the Classi- drink while listening to the class present in teaching at the secondary level. We ate cal Association of New England's Annual their projects on Plato's famous work. pizza and heard about the joint Five Year Convention, which was held in March at Winter quarter saw the arrival of another Program of the College of Liberal Arts and UMass. Our members ran the registration speaker. The Jesuit priest Silvano Voto the School of Education. This is a competi- table and were allowed to sit in on the came and discussed with us his passion tive program that gives a CLA major an lectures and various workshops which were for Sappho. He focused especially on the opportunity to earn both the Masters in really interesting and fun. We also got to new poem and discussed how it affects our Education and a teaching certificate. We meet many classicists from various universi- knowledge of the rest of Sappho's corpus. also heard about the separate Masters Pro- ties, which was also a great deal of fun.
In addition to the Senior Theses Read- gram in Education offered here at Temple.
We welcomed thirty-seven new mem- ing, this Spring quarter included a mock Every year we celebrate the holiday bers at our initiation ceremony in May. At Olympics open to the entire student body. season with a Winter Solstice party. This this event we also awarded one of the initi- Students came to watch or to compete year's was exceptionally lively due to the ates the Alexander Rebelo DeSerpa Award against staff in several Olympic events. dueling crockpots of Dr. Davis and Matt for Excellence in Latin. Later in May we Ancient dress was optional and the medals Cain interpreting the same Apicius recipe. held a barbeque and games to welcome the They were joined by the dueling ginger- new members to Eta Sigma Phi and to end bread of Dr. Hersch and Lyndy Danvers, the year. Over all, the Epsilon Omicron Zeta Beta (Temple University)
creating temples to satiate our own taste. chapter has had a very successful year.
Our year started with a welcome-back pizza Also, with the assistance of other Eta Sigma Phi members and even faculty, Dr. We held one initiation this year in Oc- the Philadelphia Classical Society. The Davis' class on Nero (which included tober and several members of that initia- certamen at PSC is great practice for the Classics majors and minors) presented a tion class were able to attend the national one at national convention, by the way. play loosely based on Sullivan's translation convention in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The PSC meeting is also a great oppor- of Seneca's Apocolocyntosis with new song Our main way to raise money is tunity for our majors to meet secondary lyrics by class members. through bake sales. We always have great school teachers and to talk to them about In December the department held fun selling food and trying to describe what it is like to teach. We also regularly a baby shower for Dr. Karen Hersch (a our organization. This year we have even run into the teachers we had for Latin in former Megas Grammateus) and her instituted baking parties the night before high school.
husband. She gave birth to their daughter, the bake sale when we all get together and Eta Sigma Phi has been well repre- Abigail Mira Hersh, in January. We un- bake all the treats. Another way we raise sented in the audiences at the department derstand that Dr. Hersch reads baby Abby money is through raffles. We have raffled colloquium series, the beneficiary of a Vergil at bedtime in preparation to be a off old Eta Sigma Phi t-shirts and also gift recent endowment. Included in the series future Eta Sigma Phier.
certificates which we have won through were "Paradoxes of Presentation: Persians List of Chapters Submitting an Annual Report
The following 55 chapters have submitted annual reports Delta Lambda . . . College of the Holy Cross to the national office for 2005-2006. If your chapter is not Delta Omega. . . Macalester College on this list, it is very important to submit a report as soon as Delta Sigma . . . Univ. of California-Irvine possible. Chapters not reporting receive only one copy of the Delta Chi . . . . St. Olaf College NUNTIUS and run the risk of eventual deactivation. You can Epsilon Zeta . . . University of Idaho submit your annual report on line at http://department.monm.
Epsilon Eta . . . . Kent State University edu/classics/ESP/annualreports.html. Printable copies of the Epsilon Iota . . . . University of Florida form are also available at that url.
Epsilon Kappa . . . Brigham Young UniversityEpsilon Omicron . . University of Massachusetts Eta . . . . . . . Florida State University Epsilon Rho . . . . College of Charleston Beta . . . . . . . Northwestern University Epsilon Psi . . . . Santa Clara University Zeta . . . . . . . Denison University Zeta Beta . . . . . Temple University Alpha Eta . . . . University of Michigan Zeta Epsilon . . . Rutgers University Alpha Mu . . . . University of Missouri Zeta Theta . . . . Pennsylvania State University Alpha Pi . . . . . Gettysburg College Zeta Lambda . . . University of Louisville Beta Beta . . . . . Furman University Zeta Rho . . . . . University of Texas Beta Theta . . . . Hampden-Sydney College Zeta Tau . . . . . University of Pittsburgh Beta Iota . . . . . Wake Forest University Zeta Chi . . . . . Xavier University Beta Kappa . . . . College of Notre Dame-Maryland Zeta Psi . . . . . Hollins University Beta Nu . . . . . University of Mary Washington Eta Delta . . . . . Hillsdale College Beta Pi . . . . . . University of Arkansas Eta Gamma . . . . Loyola University Beta Sigma . . . . Marquette University Eta Zeta . . . . . Truman State University Beta Psi . . . . . Rhodes College Eta Iota . . . . . University of Arizona Gamma Delta . . . Yeshiva University Eta Mu . . . . . University of California, Davis Gamma Iota . . . Wabash College Eta Xi . . . . . . California State University, Long Beach Gamma Nu . . . . Montclair State University Eta Omicron . . . Assumption College Gamma Omicron . Monmouth College Eta Pi . . . . . . Hobart & William Smith Colleges Gamma Xi . . . . Howard University Eta Rho . . . . . University of Illinois at Chicago Gamma Sigma . . University of Texas at Austin Eta Phi. . . . . . Union College Gamma Theta. . . Georgetown College Eta Chi . . . . . Purdue University Gamma Upsilon . . Austin College Eta Omega . . . . Austin Peay University Delta Zeta . . . . Colgate University Theta Alpha . . . Franklin and Marshall College If your chapter wants to receive more than one copy of the Winter 2007 issue of NUNTIUS, please
submit your 2006-2007 Annual Report to the Executive Secretary by October 31, 2006.

Res Gestae (Continued)
in Aeschylus and Herodotus" by John
members and Friends of the Classics joined created an additional office of webmaster. Marcincola of Florida State University and us for the occasion.
Spring got off to a busy start with two "Odysseus among the Fisheaters, or What meetings a month and occasional dinner the Fisheaters Saw: Allusion and Meaning Zeta Iota (University of Georgia)
meetings for times of food and friendship. in Herodotus 3.17-25" by Elizabeth Irwin It has been an excellent year for the Our chapter volunteered as readers for of Columbia University.
Bulldogs at Zeta Iota Chapter of Eta Sigma JCL Certamen tournaments at Eastside We had a few departmental changes Phi at the University of Georgia in Athens, High School in January and at the Marist this year as well. Dr. Jackie Murray joined Georgia. Our fall semester began as usual School in February. We volunteered at the us as a full-time faculty member, after grad- with monthly meetings to discuss service St. Valentine's Day Ball on February 11th uate school at the University of Washing- projects in the Athens area. In August in support of the Athens Humane Society. ton. Also, Dr. Carl Shaw, a recent graduate we all sat down together with cookies On March 9th we co-sponsored our Clas- of the University of Pennsylvania and an and chips to enjoy the premiere of HBO's sics Department's National Latin Teacher Eta Sigma Phi member as an undergradu- "Rome" series. At our December meeting Recruitment Week colloquium where ate at the University of Vermont, joined we held elections for officers for 2006 and students came and learned about options our department as a lecturer.
and information available to pro- We continue to foster our close spective Latin teachers. Our biggest relationship with the Temple Uni- fundraiser of the year, a book sale, New Chapters
versity program in Rome. Several of came at the end of March at the our members spent the year on this Eta Sigma Phi welcomes the charter members of Athenaze program. We were able to program, including Matt Scanna- the following new chapter, whose application was design and order new Eta Sigma Phi pieco, who attended the national approved at the 2005 convention and which has t-shirts to put our bulldog mascot in convention last year in Northfield, recently held an initiation ceremony.
a toga with the words Eamus Canes Theta Gamma at Roger Williams University on the front and Latrate Latrate Matt Cain was chosen as the Latrate on the back. In addition, student advisor for the Classics every right sleeve is stamped SPQR. Petitions for New Chapters
Department. He is there to answer At the end of the semester we had any questions about the major or Approved by the 2006 Convention
a final dinner during which we about classes and to help promote honored our graduating members. Classics at Temple.
Eta Sigma Phi looks forward to welcoming members All in all, we have decided that it is Lyndy Danvers was awarded a from these institutions in the near future: great to study Classics in the Classic fellowship in the inaugural Dia- Case Western Reserve University mond Peer Teacher Program and Seton Hall University has had the wonderful opportunity Transylvania University Eta Delta (Hillsdale College)
to assist Dr. Davis in teaching her Trinity University Our faculty advisor is Professor first semester Latin class. She has University of Colorado at Boulder Joseph Garnjobst.
been involved in every way, includ- University of Connecticut We kicked off the year with our ing making lesson plans, creating The constitution requires that these schools hold an annual fall cookout at Lake Baw quizzes, and even teaching a few initiation ceremony before the next national conven- Beese. Members of Eta Sigma Phi, classes. Because of this she has tion. Otherwise, their petition for a new chapter must the Classics faculty, and prospective been accepted for a prospective be resubmitted.
members were all invited, as well as panel about active learning in the distinguished visiting scholar, Victor classroom for the American Philo- Davis Hanson. Our fall initiation logical Association meeting in San soon followed.
Diego in January, 2007—something Eta Sigma Phi welcomes back the following chapters Among our annual projects was incredibly rare for an undergraduate which recently reactivated by holding an initiation the Dictionary Project, where once to experience. In addition, the Vice ceremony and by submitting a report on new initiates again we handed out dictionaries to Provost's office will be providing to the executive secretary.
all of the third-graders in Hillsdale research incentive funds to pay her Alpha at the University of Chicago County, some 55. During our way to San Diego.
Zeta at Denison University presentation of the dictionary we In April we celebrated the Omega at the College of William and Mary told them that we were students of 2759th birthday of the city of Alpha Gamma at Southern Methodist University the Classics, and explained to them Rome and the 30th birthday party Delta Zeta at Colgate University what we studied and, with the help of Temple's Department of Greek Delta Lambda at the College of the Holy Cross of a timeline, how old the cultures and Roman Classics. Many former Delta Mu at Illinois State University that we study are. We also showed Classics majors, minors, faculty Eta Lambda at the University of Dallas them various etymologies of words, and how they derived from Greek and This paper prompted much discussion, and Latin roots. We also taught the students we hope to make scholarly presentations A Challenge to
the Greek alphabet and how to write their an integral part of our monthly meetings.
names in Greek characters. We started off the winter semester with As a follow-up to the dictionary project, a trip to the Pompeii exhibit at the Field we offered introductory Latin lessons to Museum in Chicago. We are hoping for a Help make the establishment of 25 students at one of the local elementary trip to the Toledo Museum of Art later this a new scholarship for summer schools. The program met with initial semester, and possibly a trip to the King archaeological fieldwork a reality. success, and we hope to follow up in the Tut exhibit in the fall.
Hold a fundraiser or pass the hat at For the seventh year, Eta Delta Chap- a chapter meeting and send your In September, students heard a lecture ter hosted Honorama, a bowl-athon in donations to the executive secre- from Victor Davis Hanson, who lectured which we compete against all of the other tary. The names of all contributing about his new book, A War Like No Other, honoraries on campus for honor, for glory, individuals, chapters or organiza- his analysis and interpretation of the and for charity. Proceeds from the contest tions will be published in future Peloponnesian War. Also in September go to the college's spring break alterna- issues of the NUNTIUS.
students traveled to Ann Arbor for a tive, a trip to Nicaragua to help build lecture sponsored by the Archaeological houses. For the first three years of the Institute of America by Clayton Fant from tournament, Eta Sigma Phi dominated the the University of Akron. The topic was competition, and, for the next three years, A New Assessment of the Liber Memorialis "Sleazy Bars, Fancy Countertops: Reused our arch-nemesis, the Accounting Club of Lucius Ampelius." Marble for Status Therapy at Pompeii." possessed the coveted Darlene Berning Later on in the month, Eta Sigma Phi, After the talk, members of Eta Delta Memorial Team Trophy. This year looked in cooperation with Hillsdale College's Chapter met with members of the Uni- to be the tie-breaker. Unfortunately, the Fairfield Society, hosted a panel discus- versity of Michigan chapter and discussed American Chemical Society beat us both sion open to the general campus entitled the possibility of coordinating some future this year. We have high hopes for next "Socrates: the Life, the Man, the Legacy." year though.
Members of the panel included faculty From September to October, members As one of our major fundraisers, from the Classics Department as well as of the chapter assisted our Megale Hypar- intrepid members of Eta Sigma Phi put the Political Science Department. The dis- chos in contacting every single chapter of themselves on the auction block and in cussion was well received by the audience, Eta Sigma Phi in existence. Six members Cupid's sights for our third annual Date and we hope to have more such panels in divided the chapters into various regions Infliction. In this auction members of the and called all of the known faculty advisors audience bid for the opportunity either to After we returned from the convention (and a few unknown ones) and encour- take their prize to the Cheese Ball (imag- we heard a talk from John Pedley, Professor aged each chapter in their activities. ine the gaudiest, tackiest prom from the Emeritus at the University of Michigan. Our new social coordinatrices organized seventies with powder-blue tuxedoes and The title of his talk was "Ancient Sanctu- a game night. Many students matched wits puffy shirts, and that puts you in the ball aries: Settings, Shapes, Activities." in a grueling game of Latin Scrabble. Later, park), or to inflict their prize upon unsus- We ended our year with the Floralia, things heated up with a hilarious round of pecting members of the college commu- our time for fun, food, frivolity, and farce.
classical charades. Tip: the universal sign nity. All participants were guaranteed that for Coliseum and Parthenon.
they were assaulted with all of the classic Eta Eta (Virginia Tech)
We also planned a movie night where funk, soul, and disco hits of the seventies, This year we carried on our normal activi- we hoped to feature films representing and with all of the embarrassingly vapid ties: Classics Table every Friday afternoon classical themes—that left Troy out. We hits of the 80s, spun by our very own "Mix at a local restaurant, movie nights once had our hearts set on a modern interpreta- Magister" Professor Joseph Garnjobst. or twice a semester, and doing our annual tion of Xenophon's Anabasis, but when Also, all couples got their pictures taken marathon. This year we read Virgil's we couldn't find a copy of The Warriors in the wicker chair under the disco ball Aeneid, starting just after noon on a Satur- anywhere in the city of Hillsdale, we opted of love with mismatching boutonnières day and finishing just after midnight. We instead for The Magnificent Seven. and wrist corsages. You'd be surprised inducted twelve new members in Febru- We also had several student-led reading how much people will pay NOT to date a ary, our largest class ever. We also hosted groups, including one in Greek literature classicist.
the 10th annual Hummel Lecture, with in translation, one in Koine, and one on In early March, students heard a talk by Christopher Craig from the University of the Vulgate. In an effort to sponsor schol- Dr. Patrick Hogan, who will be a visiting TN speaking on Cicero.
arship among our own chapter, one of our professor at Hillsdale next year, on educa- Our regular annual service project was members, Ben Finnegan, presented a paper tion in the Second Sophistic entitled "Ad- to work with Kipps Elementary School on Ennian allusion in Catullus' Epyl ion. vanced Schooling for the Scholars-To-Be: and Virginia's Standards of Learning Res Gestae (Continued)
requirements for the third grade. Each year
members helped to staff an informational The Classical Occident and Orient in students and faculty go to Kipps to talk table that was set up in Taylor Dining Comparative Perspective." Many individu- about things classical. Then we bring all Hall. Passers-by were encouraged to take als from the community were in atten- 80 third graders to Virginia Tech's campus a challenging classics quiz. The winner's dance. Members of Eta Sigma Phi also led for "Kipps Classics Day" where they do prize was an Assumption College classics a student discussion about this series. centers focusing on Greek and Latin lan- T-shirt. The shirt features a toga-wearing In October, Eta Sigma Phi and other guage: an architectural scavenger hunt, a greyhound, Assumption's mascot, and says friends of the classics took a guided tour ‘museum' of classical artifacts, and creating "Go Hounds" in Latin. Later that after- of the Art Institute of Chicago's ancient their own myths. The third graders love noon, Professor Catto gave a class entitled western and eastern collections. this day, and we at Virginia Tech enjoy "Learn Ancient Greek in 50 Minutes," Also in the fall, Eta Sigma Phi wel- having them; it takes a LOT of volunteers an event well attended by an enthusiastic comed new professors via a "kommos" or to keep 80 third graders on task for five surprise, meal at office hours. hours!! The Kipps third grade teachers On March 15 we held our annual Ides This semester, we assisted our advisor have been working with us now for nine of March dinner. Attendees enjoyed an au- in coordinating a spring break trip to New years on this project. thentic Ancient Roman dinner of chicken Orleans with Habitat for Humanity. One student tutored at VT's "Upward Apicius, spinach quiche, peas, vinaigrette, Members of Eta Sigma Phi and the Bound" program this year. One of our green beans in coriander sauce, hummus Purdue Classics Association presented a students, Grammateus Jetta Peterkin, was and pita, Caesar salad, cheesecake, and dramatic reading of Aeschylus' Persians; granted a full scholarship from the ICCS the enthusiastic response once again dem- to study at Rome the spring semester. Our Three students attended the national onstrated the popularity of the classics in incoming Prytanis George Hendren was convention at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, West Lafayette.
selected as an undergraduate member of Virginia, from March 31-April 2.
Also this spring, Eta Sigma Phi attend- a summer session of the American School Eta Sigma Phi members will volunteer ed several guest lectures to our campus: for Classical Studies at Athens with at The Pioneer Valley Classics Day in Professor Robert Hohlfelder, an underwa- Professor Levine and received full funding ter archaeologist from the University of for it from the VT University Honors More events are scheduled to come, Colorado, spoke on "A Deep-Water Search such as "Make Your Own Pizza Night," for Xerxes' Armada: The Persian War Finally, and most obviously, we have and a showing of Clash of the Titans. Also Shipwreck Survey, 2005." worked to host this year's annual Eta planned are a trip to the Higgins Armory Finally, Judith P. Hallett, Professor of Sigma Phi convention and hope that all and our annual picnic and athletic games. Classics, University of Maryland, gave a enjoyed their visit to Blacksburg!! presentation on the life and work of Edith Eta Phi (Union College)
Eta Omicron (Assumption College)
During May of 2005, the freshly estab- We regret that we do not have mem- Our chapter has had an engaging and lished Eta Phi chapter of Eta Sigma Phi bers attending the annual convention. productive year. We started off the year on initiated sixteen charter members. In the This spring, we will induct three new September 21 with an organizational meet- Fall term of the new school year, we held ing to come up with interesting activities a Halloween evening of scary stories from for the year.
antiquity. Students and faculty participated Theta Alpha (Franklin and Marshall
The fall season inspired us to hold a in dramatic readings, including excerpts College)
"Paint Your Own Pumpkin or Pot" event. from Plautus' Mostel aria, Pliny's Letters, Our chapter inducted its first fifteen mem- Classical themes were encouraged for the Lucan's Pharsalia and Philopseudes, Eurip- bers in October 2005. An additional four forty-one students who attended.
ides' The Madness of Heracles, and Prop- members were initiated in March 2006.
On November 3, classics professor Bon- ertius. In February we hosted the annual Chapter events have included movie nie Catto took a group to the Worcester Eta Sigma Phi Latin and Greek translation nights (Gladiator and A Funny Thing Art Museum. While there, the group took contests and sponsored a very engaging Happened on the Way to the Forum), a in the Egyptomania exhibit, as well as the talk given by our very own Professor Stacie symposium potluck brunch at a member's regular classics exhibits and mosaics.
Raucci entitled "The Look of Love: Vision apartment with Classics faculty, a gather- After getting back into the swing of in Ancient Rome." ing in the Student theatre with our advisor things following a refreshing winter break, to do an impromptu reading of Plautus' we initiated seven bright Latin and Greek Eta Chi (Purdue University)
Amphitryo, an initiation ritual followed by students into our Eta Omicron chapter of Eta Sigma Phi and the Purdue Classics the sacrificial offering of a lamb cake baked Eta Sigma Phi, on February 8.
Association participated in the second by a member, and a Senior Symposium and February 6 was Assumption's annual annual Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in celebratory dinner for senior members. "Foreign Language Day." Eta Sigma Phi Classics. This year's theme was "East/West: Eta Sigma Phi Honors Prof. Wayne Tucker
at CAMWS 2006
At CAMWS 2006 in Gainesville, Florida,
Jeremy Walker, member of the Gamma
Eta Sigma Phi sponsored a panel on teach- Iota chapter at Wabash College, Me- ing Latin in the 21st Century in honor of gas Chrysophylax in 1990-1991. Latin former Executive Secretary Wayne Tucker teacher at Crown Point High School on the occasion of his retirement from in Indiana since 1995. His paper was Hampden-Sydney College. Prof. Tucker entitled "Latin Via Ostia." was presented with an Eta Sigma Phi owl key ring at this panel. There are plans to Jennifer Ice, member of Eta Zeta Chapter
publish these papers at a later date.
at Truman State University. Jennifer was Panelists included: the recipient of an Eta Sigma Phi Summer Scholarship to the Vergilian Society in Ellen Sassenberg. Founding member of
2001 and earned her masters in Classics Zeta Sigma Chapter at the University of from University of Texas-Austin in 2003. Minnesota and local chair of the 1999 Eta She is currently teaching Latin at Brit- Sigma Phi convention in Minnesota. Cur- tany Woods Middle School in St. Louis, rently she teaches Latin at Mayo High Missouri. Her paper was entitled "Latin, School in Rochester, Minnesota. Her African-Americans, and the Achieve- paper was entitled "Organizing the Abyss: ment Gap: Making Latin Relevant and The Grammar Portfolio in Latin II." Meaningful in the Inner-City Classroom." Amy Sommer, member of the Epsilon
Dawn McRoberts, member of the
Xi chapter at Gustavus Adolphus Col- Gamma Omicron chapter at Monmouth lege. Amy presented a paper entitled College. Dawn was the local chair of the "Men are from Mars, but Aeneas is from 2001 convention at Monmouth College. Venus" as part of the Eta Sigma Phi panel Members of the Eta Sigma Phi panel in honor She was Megale Grammateus in 2000-2001 at CAMWS-Southern Section in Athens, of Dr. Wayne Tucker managed an information and Megale Hyparchos 2001-2002. She Georgia in the fall of 2000. She is currently table at CAMWS 2006 in Gainesvil e, Flor- is currently teaching Latin at Kenwood teaching Latin at Cherry Creek High ida. Seated from left to right are Jennifer Ice, Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Her paper School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. member of Eta Zeta Chapter at Truman State was entitled "Crossing the Bridge between Her paper was entitled "Harrius Potter in University and Jeremy Walker, member of the Latin and Spanish: SPLAT Activities, the Latin Classroom." Gamma Iota chapter at Wabash Col ege. Materials, and Games for the Classroom." Pictured (from left to right): Executive Secretary Thomas J. Sienkewicz; Pictured (from left to right): Panelists El en Sassenburg, Amy Sommer, El en Sassenburg, Amy Sommer, Dawn McRoberts, Prof. Wayne Jeremy Walker, Dawn McRoberts, and Jennifer Ice Tucker, Jennifer Ice and Jeremy Walker Ubi Sunt Alumni Nostri?
This regular feature of the NUNTIUS
Zina Lewis, a 1998 initiate of Gamma
Jeff Petsis, a 2002 initiate of Zeta Beta
provides an opportunity for Eta Sigma Omicron at Monmouth College and the at Temple University, is completing his Phi alumni to share their experiences and recipient of the outstanding paper award master's degree at Florida State University, comments on ways that the Classics have at the 2001 national convention, earned where he is being encouraged to remain continued to be part of their lives after an M.A. in Classics from the University of for a doctorate because his work, both graduation. Chapters and individuals are
Iowa in May 2005 and taught Latin at the in research and in teaching, has been so encouraged to send the editor material
Thomas Jefferson Day School in Joplin, for future issues.
Missouri, last year.
Nicole Viscomi, a 2003 initiate of Zeta
Jenn Baxter-Hackett, a 2001 initiate of
Joseph O'Neill, a 1998 initiate of Gamma
Beta at Temple University and veteran Zeta Beta at Temple University and vet- Omicron at Monmouth College and of several certamina at national conven- eran of FOUR Eta Sigma Phi national con- recipient of the 2005 Brent M. Froberg tion, just graduated with a law degree ventions, received her law degree in May Eta Sigma Phi Summer Scholarship to the from Louisiana State University where she 2006 and has won a prize for legal writing. American School in Athens, will begin organized pro bono work for law students in She credits her success to the countless a doctoral program at the University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to contribute to revisions of papers in the writing-intensive Toronto in the fall.
the community, especially after Hurricane Classics course she struggled through while Katrina. For this she was written up in the an undergrad at Temple.
Marty Pickens, a 2000 initiate of Gamma
LSU Law Newsletter.
Omicron at Monmouth College, is a doc- Neil Dahlstrom, a 1997 initiate of
toral student at the University of Wiscon- Gamma Omicron at Monmouth College, sin in Madison.
is now an archivist for the John Deere Museum in Moline, Illinois, and with Jeremy Dalhstrom is the author of The John Deere Story (DeKalb, Illinois: North-ern Illinois University Press, 2005).
Eta Sigma Phi at CAMWS-SS 2006
Guilia Fiorile, a 2002 initiate of Zeta Beta
Eta Sigma Phi will sponsor a session of "P³: Parmenides, Plato, and Parallel at Temple University, began teaching Latin undergraduate papers at the eighty-sixth at Morrestown High School after graduat- anniversary meeting of the Southern ing from Temple in May 2005.
Section of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. This meeting Alpha Omega at Louisiana State University Jeanne Haines, a 2001 initiate of Zeta
will take place November 2-, 2006, at Beta at Temple University and a veteran the University of Memphis Holiday Inn in "Tiresias' Ultimatum to Creon in of the infamous certamen at the 200 Memphis, Tennessee, at the invitation of national convention, has found a niche Rhodes College, in cooperation with Hen- Mackenzie (Mack) Zalin teaching Latin for home-schooled children drix College, Memphis City Schools, St. in her community. She now has more than Mary's Episcopal School, Shelby County Beta Psi at Rhodes College thirty-five pupils! Schools, The University of Memphis, and The University of Mississippi.
"College Year in Lanuvium" Matthew Katsenes, a 2002 initiate of
Congratulations to the following mem- Andrew Willey ([email protected]) Gamma Omicron at Monmouth College, bers of Eta Sigma Phi whose papers were Beta Psi of Rhodes College completed an M.S. in mathematics at the accepted for this paper session: University of Iowa in May, but saw the "War Elephants in the Ancient World" light and will begin an M.A.T. program in "'Sing Us a Song, Mr. Piano Man': The Richard Harrod () Latin at the University of Massachusetts at Symposium and Musical Development Gamma Omicron at Monmouth College Amherst in the fall.
in Ancient Greece" McKenzie Mullally Clark All members of Eta Sigma Phi are invited to attend this meeting and hear these Beta Iota at Wake Forest University "Genre, Intertextuality, and Odes 1.1"Joel Street Theta Eta at DePauw University Initiates July 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005
The following are the names of students

Meyers, Maya Silberman, Sita Wilson, and others whose initiations into the
Matthew Wineski, Rachel Wolf (10-19-05) Membership in
Society were reported to the national
office between July 1 and December 31,

Alpha Omega (Louisiana State University)
Eta Sigma Phi at
2005. The date in parentheses is the
Jamie Arnold, Nynshari Baenre, Michelle date of the initiation ceremony.
Bergeron, Randy Beyl, Jessica Dehart, Josh Record Level
Erlich, Rebecca Fuller, Taylor Gray, Aldo Beta (Northwestern University)
Guerrero, Kelly Hinote, David Johnston, For the second year in a row, new Nikki Berlin, David Petrone, Dustin Dixon, Patrick Johnston, Letitia Lacour, Joshua memberships in Eta Sigma Phi have Julie Fountain, Colleen Kron, Lakshmi Leboeuf, Jerri Muller, Amy Rechtiene, reached record levels. New member- Ramgopal, Jenni Williams (06-08-05) Kimberly Resetar, Winston Skinner, ships in 200-2005 totaled 1053. Rachel Warrick; Associate: Elizabeth This year they increased by 129 to Epsilon (University of Iowa)
1182. This year's membership total Danielle Bradley, Katie Ekvall, Gillian represents the third highest number Grady, Daniel Stoa, Catherine Wilson Beta Pi (University of Arkansas)
in the history of the society. Only Joshua Anderson, Sarah Brutesco, Jennifer 1967-1968 (1588) and 1966-1967 Mary Fox, Christopher Jackson (10-01- (120) were higher. Perhaps the Zeta (Denison University)
05); Brian Wah, Samantha Young, Donald 1966-1967 record will be broken Morgan Hill, Luke Kazmier, Michelle Upton, Tristan Johnson, Keenan Cole, Kempf, Meghan Marley, Sara Neumann, Michelle Zompakos (12-10-05) Karen Siklosi, Owen Smiley (11-15-05) Beta Psi (Rhodes College)
Agnes Percywell, Erin Elizabeth Trickett Eta (Florida State University)
Kathryn A. Beale, Lauren A. Dill, I. Dani- Marrika Dandurand, Diana Fugate, Becky elle Mashburn, (10-12-05) Fulmer, Jacob Wilson, Jonathan Zim- Gamma Omega (Baylor University)
merman; Associate: Sarah Ferstel, Lafe Gamma Delta (Yeshiva Univers)
Lindsay Fuller, Emily Krennerich, Gar- Meicenheimer, Joanna Robinson, Debra Rachel Chernyak, Jacob Hartz, Tzvi Kahn rett Phillips, Joshua Schaffner, Pamela Vo, Trusty, Dustin Shawn Youngblood (09-12- Robert Zaleski; Honorary: David J. White, Kevin Hawthorne (03-03-05) Gamma Mu (Westminster College)
Iota (The University of Vermont)
Nadia L. Buzzelli, Lindsay A. McCarty, Delta Zeta (Colgate University)
Elias Altman, Samantha Anderson, Katie Rebekah M. McFall, Jared M. Polish, Joycelyn Carandang, Whitney Clark, Cohen, Willow Holden, Daniel Houston, Amber N. Pollock, Laura A. Sahar, Shan- Henoch Derbew, Rachelle Dennis, Aaron McCaslin, Max Mondi, Nathan non P. Smith, Susan M. Soroka, Mariella Kathleen Graf, Brianne Hawes, Caitlin Morse, Michael Phillips, Heather Tuck, G. Volker, Ray C. Walling (09-15-05) Lundquist, Sarah J. Miller, Colleen Rice, Andrew Van Buskirk (0-22-05) Adrian Rony, Steve Sheridan, Alexander Gamma Omicron (Monmouth College)
Shindler (10-31-05) Alpha Gamma (Southern Methodist
Catherine E. Bartunek, Edward R. Jensen, University)
Morgan R. Mikita, Sarah A. Sherry, Mark Delta Sigma (University of California,
Stephen Atkinson, Ben Briscoe, Lauren W. Shoemaker, John R. Taylor, Elizabeth Cook, Kimmie Crawford, Susan Hamilton, A. Toal, Andrew M. Viscariello (11--05) Jenny Sohn (11-01-05) Cristina Mier, Mari Park, Katie Wright, Lynn Wyman; Associate: Hyeyoon Cho, Gamma Xi (Howard University)
Delta Omega (Malcalester College)
Kristen Slosser (12-06-05) Graham Berry, Jerry Brooks, Jennifer Erin Fenton, Samuel Hickok, Renée Darden, Tiffany Francis, Kasey Joyner, Morgan, Casey Reynolds, Eli Weaverdyck Alpha Mu (University of Missouri-
Nicole Mahdi, Tyra Moorehead, Michelle Papillion, Angelica Rainey, Michael Laura Behymer, Dave Collier, Michael Simzak; Associate Jemiah Barrow, Shari Epsilon Iota (University of Florida)
Hourcade, Emily Stuart (03-31-05) Grant, Tiffany Jenkins, Kimberly Martin, Kestral Bartlett-Kester, Erin Batchelor, Linsey Richbow (0/01/05) Tyler Bevins, Megan Bryant, Valerie Jo Alpha Sigma (Emory University)
Bennett, Anthony Ciano, Nicholas Con- Charles Adair, Abby Arganes, Amanda Gamma Upsilon (Austin College)
tento, Jeffrey Dambly, Tiago De Avila, M. Englander, Kristina Euwer, Laura Glea- Jessica Delaney Adelman, Robert Stuart Amy Eisinger, Ashley Hanson, Kyle Helms, son, Marinna Hanzlick, Rachel Harrison, Clark, Jennifer Ann Hardy, Aaron McKee Matthew Hulbert, Brett Keeling, Caroline Sharon Hsu, William W. McCrary, Erin Harris, Matthew Steven Jaremski, Preenu McGunnigle, Cristen V. Miller, Nastassia Initiates July 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005 (Continued)
Mills, Roxanne Mullon, Kristin Nichols,
Kristen Dilemmo, Joseph Dragovich, Emily Echternacht-Taylor, Martin Fox, Samantha Patricia Soria, Chris Sypniewski, Jeryl Vil- Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Love, James Mancini, Head, Rachel Jones-Morris, Robert Lusk, ladolid, Steven Weiner, Heidi Williamson, Manisha Patel, Rebecca Roadman Zachary Matteson, Jennifer Paulk-McGin- Ashley Wilson, Chad Wilson (09-22-05) ley, Kenneth Robertson, Dianne Sanders, Kevin Scahill, Ashley Street, Colton Yauk Epsilon Chi (University of South Florida)
Zeta Upsilon (Sweet Briar College)
Tonya G. Curtis, Lesley Marie Entrekin, Irene Maslanik, Susan O'Brien, Natalie Cindy L. Hicks, Nicole K. Hooper, Sarah Pye, Mindy Wolfrom (03-31-05) Theta Alpha (Franklin and Marshall)
Elizabeth Hull (11-30-05) Sarah Bhagat, Justin Bomberowitz, Sarah Eta Xi (California State University,
Evans, Kelly McAllister, Sarah McCrory, Epsilon Rho (College of Charleston)
Long Beach)
Niki Panaretos, Kathleen Rickards, Lily Crawford, Kristina Deaton, Lydia Jessica Brush, Emma Boyle, Karen Araya, Stephanie Smith, Jeremy Stump, Jennifer Evans, Elizabeth Ilderton, Christina Uyen Tran, Joseph R. Vansuch, IV, Wil
Whinney (10-26-05) Lavergne, Candi Oree (10-27-05); Jillian Gilstrap (03-18-05); Tracy Haines, Associ- Michaud-King (11-10-05) Theta Beta (The University of Alabama)
Tara Carney, Michelle Cash, Alecia
Zeta Beta (Temple University)
Eta Pi (Hobart & Smith Colleges)
Chatham, Jason Chesser, Walker Cyrus, Catherine Ashlock, Matthew Colleary, Marilyn Cassedy, Sarah Costanza, Dana Samantha Dansby, Meghan Davidson, Alysha Friesen, Mark Hall, Erica N. Marra, Jennifer Newsky, Mavreen Smiel Ashley Flubacher, Samantha Hernandez, Krause, Frank Mazza, Elizabeth Torreson, Meredith Hoit, Andrew Ingram, Megan Marilyn Patterson (11-21-05) James, Jason McCall, Lindsay Newman, Eta Omega (Austin Peay State University)
Mallory Niemzak, Ashley Phares, Karoline Zeta Tau (University of Pittsburgh)
Melinda Bennett, Nikola Collins, Nikolai Richardson, Eric Shoults (11-29-05) Andrew O'Brien standing in his flood-damaged classroom. Former Megas Grammateus Meets Katrina
When Andrew O'Brien of Beta Psi at
neighborhood shortly after the passing of housing admissions and development. If Rhodes College (Megas Grammateus in Hurricane Katrina. A 12-foot wall of water you or your chapter would like to make 200-2005) accepted a position teaching from adjoining Lake Pontchartrain flowed a donation to St. Paul's Katrina Rebuild- Latin at Saint Paul's Episcopal School in through the breach and sent a torrent ing Fund, and especially for purchasing Metairie, Louisiana, in the fall of 2005, through the neighborhood of the school, supplies for the Latin program, please send little did he know the challenges he would inundated with six feet of polluted water your donation to: face. On the morning of August 29, 2005, for nearly three weeks. The result was near St. Paul's was brought to its knees when total destruction of the interiors of the first Saint Paul's Episcopal School a defective seawall built by the federal floors of four buildings on campus and the government collapsed on the edge of its destruction of a fifth one-story building Metairie, LA 7000 Eta Sigma Phi at ACL 2006
Members of Zeta Beta Chapter at Temple
University welcomed more than 50
attendees at the 2006 Summer Institute
of the American Classical League at the
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, June 23-25, 2006. In addi-
tion to greeting people at the Eta Sigma
Phi table, members attended a variety
of papers and workshops. Erica Krause
reports that every day of the institute she
returned home full of excitement and
new ideas, with enough books, handouts,
catalogues, business cards, brochures, and
buttons to put her on at least four differ-
ent career paths. She also had more great
and fascinating conversations than she
could count, with brilliant classicists from
all around the country — and some from
Europe! "This was an amazing and invalu-
able opportunity for me and my fellow
students," she said, "[one] which I'm sure
will help us in our future careers."
Pictured at ACL 2006 from left to right are: Libby Torresson, Traci Dougherty and Lyndy Danvers. In rear is chapter advisor Martha Davis. Also attending but not pictured were Cassaundra Amato and Erica Krause. Eta Sigma Phi at APA/AIA 2006
For the second year in a row, national
officers of Eta Sigma Phi represented the
national classics honorary society at the
annual meeting of the American Philologi-
cal Association and the Archaeological In-
stitute of America. This year the meetings
were held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
in January, 2006. If you plan to attend the
2007 meetings in San Diego, California,
look for the Eta Sigma Phi table in the
book display area and visit with this year's
national officers.
Pictured at APA/AIA 2006 from left to right are Megale Prytanis Karen Kel y of Gamma Omega at Baylor University, Megale Hyparchos Catherine Larson of Eta Delta of Hil sdale Col ege, and Megas Chrysophylax Thomas Evison of Epsilon Iota of the University of Florida. Income/Expenses 2005–2006
Office of the Executive Secretary, 3/16/2005 through 3/15/2006 (Accrual Basis)
Certificate Replacement Archive Maintenance Convention Dorm Room Convention Registration Fee Express Mail Fee Convention Expenses Convention Registration Fee Overpayment Dorm Room Fee Refund Endowment Management Lifetime Nuntius Subscription Honor Hoods Purchase Honors Cords Purchase Processing Charge Jewelry Purchased Transfer From Endowment Office Assistance TOTAL INCOME
Office Supplies and Photocopying Office Supplies and Postage Overpayment Refund Eta Sigma Phi Medals
Promotion Expenses Promotion Expenses — APA Eta Sigma Phi medals awarded to Scholarship Award honor students in secondary school Transfer To Endowment Latin classes help to promote the Translation Contest Prize study of Latin in high school Travel Reimbursement and give Eta Sigma Web Page Maintenance Phi an excellent contact with high school students TOTAL EXPENSES
of the Classics. Chapters can use and reverse of the large OVERALL TOTAL
them as prizes for contests or as a way silver medal to recognize achieve-ment. In addition, chapters can award the medals to Note: Transfers to endowment and other accounts (like the outstanding students of the Classics at their home institu- 8-month CD) are treated as expenses in this report. The tions. Two silver medals are available: the large medal (1½ negative sum listed in "Overall Total" does not therefore inches) at $28.75 and the small (¾ inch) at $10.25. A represent a deficit in operating funds.
bronze medal (¾ inch) is available at $6.50. The various medals can be awarded to students at various levels of their study.
Medals may be ordered from Dr. Brent M. Froberg, 5518 Lake Jackson St., Waco, TX 76710-278. Please add
$1.00 per order to cover the costs of postage and handling.
Checks should be made payable to Eta Sigma Phi Medal
and should accompany the order.
Report of Endowment Fund
Medal Fund, Annual Report, 2005
Value as of 12/31/2005 Cash on hand, January 1, 200 Adjustment to repay loan to Nat'l Office 1. E*Trade Bank (interest earned in 2005: $112.66) II. Dain Rauscher Portfolio Sale of large silver (10) @ $2.75 Sale of small silver (12) @ $10.25 1. LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL Sale of small bronze (22) @ $ 6.50 (interest earned in 2005: $577.53) Interest, passbook #298 2. Corporate Bond, Target Corp. Postage paid for shipping @9.625, due 02/01/08, non-callable (interest earned in 2005: $577.50) 3. Enterprise Prods Partners, LP Disbursements: To CD #505000265 3yrs. @ .25% . Sr. Hsg. Pptys Tr., 70 shares (annual income: $89.60) Cash on hand, December 31, 2005 5. XCEL Energy Inc., 379 shares ($320.26 div. in 2005) 6. Wells Fargo Capital, 00 shares @7%, income, $700.00 in 2005 7. Cash, Tamarack Inv. Funds 93 large silver @$28.75 (yielded $79.99 in 2005) 203 small silver @$10.25 52 small bronze @$6.50 8. Five Star Quality Care, 1 shares $5,092.50
$47, 159.73
Total value (money and medals)
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Value of Endowment on 12/31/2005
(Value, 200, $116,05.82) 30 March – 1 April, 2007 Brent M. Froberg, Mgr. Endowment At the invitation of Zeta Beta Chapter Eta Sigma Phi Meets PayPal
at Temple University Eta Sigma Phi members ordering honor cords, hoods and jewelry online now have the option of paying online for a $2.00 fee. No PayPal account is necessary and the process is simple and convenient. For further information, go to http://department.monm.
NLE/NGE Winners
Eta Sigma Phi once again acknowledges the following college and
University of Illinois Champaign – Champaign, IL
university students who earned recognition on the National Latin (Alpha Kappa of Eta Sigma Phi, inactive) Exam and the National Greek Exam. Kudos to all these students and Instructor: Stephen Baytheir teachers, especially those with active Eta Sigma Phi chapters! Gold Summa Cum Laude Christopher Fletcher Latin 5 Silver Maxima Cum Laude 2006 NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Silver Maxima Cum Laude Thomas BR McMahon Latin 5 Silver Maxima Cum Ave Maria University – Naples FL
Instructor: Daniel J. Nodes Daniel Baquerizo Gold Summa Cum Laude Christin Robinson Gold Summa Cum Laude Elliot Plaisance Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude St. Norbert College – De Pere, WI
Gold Summa Cum Laude Instructor: William Hyland Silver Maxima Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Laramie Community College – Cheyenne, WY
Lauren O'Callaghan Latin 1 Silver Maxima Cum Laude Instructor: Patricia Landy Silver Maxima Cum Laude Michelle Carroll Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Christopher Zahn Philip Slichenmyer Gold Summa Cum Laude Briann Kilpatrick Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Georgetown College – Georgetown, KY
(Gamma Theta of Eta Sigma Phi)
Gold Summa Cum Laude Instructor: Diane Arnson Svarlien Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Tunxis Community College – Farmington, CT
Instructor: Elaine Betoncourt
Carrie Ellsworth
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Kimberly Whipple Gold Summa Cum Laude Jon Larue-Zitzkat Gold Summa Cum Laude Cost per issue for active chapters: $25 (1/ page); $0 (1/2 page); Monmouth College – Monmouth, IL
$75 (whole page).
(Gamma Omicron of Eta Sigma Phi)Instructor: Thomas Sienkewicz Rates for other individuals and organiza- Alexander Hannah Latin 1 Silver Maxima Cum Laude Jason Rittenhouse tions available upon request.
Samantha Robinson Latin 1 Send payment and electronic camera- Andrew Viscariello Gold Summa Cum Laude Catherine Bartunek Latin 2 ready copy to the editor.
Silver Maxima Cum Laude University of Mary Washington – Fredericksburg, VA
Hunter College – New York, NY
(Beta Nu of Eta Sigma Phi) (Alpha Theta of Eta Sigma Phi—inactive) Instructors: Jane Hall, Liane Houghtalin Instructor: Yvonne Bernardo Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Barbor Halouzkova Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Amanda Cummings Poetry  Silver Maxima Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Christina Fraioli Gold Summa Cum Laude Margaret Graybeal Silver Maxima Cum Laude Genevive De Angelis Latin 1 Gold Summa Cum Laude Mitchell MacDonald Poetry  Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Elizabeth Liskom Veronica Kerrodar Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Jared Fausnaught Hunter College-New York, NY
Julianne McNamara Poetry  (Alpha Theta of Eta Sigma Phi—inactive) Instructor: Ronnie Ancona Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Trillian Hosticka Heather Stradling Hunter College – New York, NY
(Alpha Theta of Eta Sigma Phi—inactive)Instructor: William MayerFelix Lopez Gold Summa Cum Laude Loyola Marymont University – Los Angeles, CA
Gold Summa Cum Laude (Zeta Eta of Eta Sigma Phi) Gold Summa Cum Laude Instructor: Ethan Adams Lisa Tagliaferri Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Gold Summa Cum Laude Morris Ingemanson Latin 1 Gold Summa Cum Laude Veronica Galbreath Latin 1 Jennifer G. Gibson Gold Summa Cum Laude Natalie Morsette Ricardo Fernandez Gold Summa Cum Laude Elizabeth Shiverdecker Latin 1 Gold Summa Cum Laude Rebecca Hartstein Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Silver Maxima Cum Laude Aleksand Zganiacz Marko Galjasevic College of New Rochelle – New Rochelle, NY
Instructor: Ann Raia Melissa Lounsbury Continued on next page
NLE/NGE Winners (Continued)

Iowa State University Ames Iowa
University of Mississippi
(Zeta Xi of Eta Sigma Phi) (Lambda of Eta Sigma Phi – inactive) (Gamma Omega of Eta Sigma Phi) Madalyn Henry, instructor Jonathan Fenno, instructor Intermediate Exam Intermediate Exam Intermediate Exam (Antony Augoustakis, instructor) Christopher Smith Susann Schlichtemeier Merit Laramie County Community College
Patricia Landy, instructor Intermediate Exam Christendom College
William Fahey, instructor Michelle Carroll Robert Lancaster (Gamma Omicon of Eta Sigma Phi) Thomas Sienkewicz, instructor Homeric-Odyssey Exam Intermediate Exam (Brent Froberg, instructor) Christina Matatics Dominick Severance Kathleen Gilbert (Gamma Theta of Eta Sigma Phi) Christin LaRoche Diane Arnson Svarlien, instructor Wake Forest University
Kathryn Simpkins (Beta Iota of Eta Sigma Phi) Mary Pendergraft, instructor University of Richmond
Njideka Chiaghana (Beta Gamma of Eta Sigma Phi) Intermediate Exam Dr. Michael Compton, instructor Intermediate Exam Prose Exam (Brent Froberg, instructor) Theophilo Poulopoulos Merit Tragedy Exam (Brent Froberg, instructor) Nelson Brunsting The web page of the national office can be found at two URL's: Eta Sigma Phi Honor Cords and Hoods
Cords are $15 each by mail and $12 each if purchased at the national convention. Hoods are $20 each by mail and $17 each if purchased at the national convention.
Number of Cords at $15 each = Number of Hoods at $20 each = Street Address: _ City: _ State: ZIP: _ DATE OF GRADUATION CEREMONY: _ Send this form with payment (by personal check or money order made out to Eta Sigma Phi, no cash or credit card, sorry) at least three weeks before the commencement ceremony. Add an optional $15 per order for express delivery.
Some 2005 graduates of Gamma Omicron chapter at Monmouth Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Eta Sigma Phi Executive Secretary
Col ege with their Eta Sigma Phi cords and hoods. From left to right: Department of Classics, Monmouth College
Prof. Tom Sienkewicz, Wyatt Preul, Kurt Gilmore, Kassia Phil ips, 700 East Broadway, Monmouth, Illinois 61462
Erin Musolf, and Misty Bowman. For questions: Office: 309-457-2371 • FAX: 815-346-2565
Eta Sigma Phi Jewelry
Official Plain Badge, 10k Official Crown Pearl Badge, 10k #3002 Pledge Pin, Goldgloss* Owl Keypin, Goldgloss* Owl Keypin with Pearl Eyes, Owl Key, Goldgloss* Owl Key with Pearl, Goldgloss* *Goldgloss is a finely polished, durable gold electroplate finish. CHAPTER: _Street Address: _ City: State: _ ZIP: _ Send this form with payment by personal check or money order made out to Eta Sigma Phi (no cash or credit card, sorry) to: Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Eta Sigma Phi Executive Secretary Shipping and handling (per order) Department of Classics, Monmouth College 700 East Broadway, Monmouth, Illinois 6162For questions:. • Office: 309-57-2371 • FAX: 815-36-2565 Prices include sales tax. Discounts for orders of five or more are available. Contact [email protected] for more information. THE ETA SIGMA PHI
The Trustees of Eta Sigma Phi are pleased to announce the following scholarships. Nota bene: Separate application for admission to the desired program must be made to AAR, ASCSA, or VS. The Scholarship to the Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome will have a value of
$3,25. Programs Department, American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60 St., New York NY 10022-1001. E-mail:. The deadline for applications to AAR is March 1, 2007.
The Brent Malcolm Froberg Scholarship to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens will have a
value of $3,700, which includes the remission of one-half of all fees by the American School. Committee on the
Summer Sessions, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton St., Princeton, NJ 0850-5232.
E-mail: The deadline for applications to ASA is January 15, 2007.
At either of the above summer sessions, six semester hours of credit may be earned and applied toward an advanced degree in Classics at most graduate schools, provided that arrangements have been made in advance with the graduate school.
Eligibility: Eligible to apply for the above scholarships are Eta Sigma Phi members and alumni who have received
a Bachelor's degree since January 1, 2001, or shall have received it before June 2007, and who have not
received a doctoral degree
The Theodore Bedrick Scholarship to the Vergilian Society at Cumae will have a value of up to $2,800, depend-
ing upon which tour is chosen and including the remission of one-half the tuition fee by the Vergilian Society. Holly
Lorencz , John Burroughs School, 755 S. Price Rd., St. Louis, MO 6312.E-mail: The deadline for applications is April 1, 2007.
Eligibility for the Bedrick Scholarship: In addition to those eligible for the first two scholarships are Eta Sigma
Phi members who will be rising juniors or seniors in the summer of 2007, and preference for the scholarship will be
given to such undergraduate members.
Selection of recipients is made by the Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship Committee, whose members are Professors Caro-line A. Perkins of Marshall University (chair), Francis Dunn of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and T. Davina McClain of Loyola University of New Orleans. In selecting the recipient of each scholarship, the committee will give attention to the quality of the applicant's work in Greek and Latin, intention to teach at the secondary-school or college level, and contribution to the activities of Eta Sigma Phi at the local and national level. Deadline for completed scholarship applications: February 1, 2007.
The recipients will be announced about March 15, 2007.
Scholarship application information and forms may be requested from: Professor Caroline A. Perkins, Chair
Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship Committee
Department of Classical Studies
Huntington, WV 25701
The application packet may also be requested by e-mail:
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