Eta Sigma Phi

2010 Convention Information


The 82nd Annual Eta Sigma Phi Convention will be hosted by Eta Eta Chapter at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, April 9–11, 2010.  The convention will begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and will end at approximately 12 noon on Sunday, April 11, with the election and installation of new national officers. 


Hotel Information

The Inn at Virginia Tech is located at 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg VA 24061-0104, on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus. $139.00 a night regardless of occupancy + 5% VA state sales tax. $3 fee for parking (paid on arrival). Reservations should be made by Friday, March 12th, 2010. Call 540-231-8000 or 877-200-3360 bt. 8 am and 5:30 pm M-F and ask for “Eta Sigma Phi National Classics Honorary Society” room block. Credit card or first night’s deposit required when making reservation.                            

Need a roommate?|

Anyone who would like to share a room with someone from another chapter should contact the executive secretary by e-mail ( He will collect names and send them to other delegates looking for roommates. Please indicate whether you are male or female, and include your e-mail address, postal service address, and phone number.


Traveling Directions

By Air

The nearest airport (Roanoke Regional Airport) is about 45 minutes from the campus. Eta Eta chapter will provide airport pick-up and drop off by appointment. For reservations for this service, please contact Prof. Bryce ( Virginia Tech operates its own private airport and attendees with a private plane may make arrangements to land there. Contact the airport at: 

By Automobile

For driving directions, see


Registration Fee

The pre-registration fee of $85.00 includes miscellaneous costs, as well as Saturday's banquet; the Eta Eta chapter of Virginia Tech will provide a continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday as well as lunch on Saturday. Delegates will be on their own for dinner on Friday night and lunch on Sunday.
For more information about registration see:

Note: Registration fee after March 31, 2010 is $95.00.



Dress will be casual, with the exception of the banquet on Saturday night, when somewhat "dressier" clothes will be appropriate and ancient costume is optional.  A prize will be awarded to the best dressed vir and the best dressed femina at the banquet.


Chapter Reports

During the business sessions, one delegate from each chapter will report on the activities of the chapter since the last convention.  Reports should be no more than five minutes long. A $50.00 awards will be given at convention for the best Latin promotion service project sponsored by a local chapter and the best Exelauno Day activity.  Chapters interested in competing for these prizes should bring written summaries of tehse activities and include detailed information about their projects in their chapter reports.


Convention Highlights

Following the Friday night registration and reception, there will be a certamen, very much like the College Bowl. Chapters that have at least four delegates will have their own teams, and delegates from other chapters will join to form four-person teams.  The prizes for the winning team are being provided by the National Latin Exam.  On Saturday afternoon there will be a variety of academic activities on the Virginia Tech campus, including student papers and a reading in Latin of selections from Vergil’s Aeneid. A performance by the traveling bard Mark Miner at the Saturday evening banquet will be followed by a marathon reading, in English, of Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae (Assembly of Women) Business sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  There will also be a contest for the best chapter regalia on Sunday morning. The convention will conclude by about 12 noon on Sunday with the installation of the new national officers and the selection of a host chapter for the 2012 convention.


Student Presentations

Undergraduate members of Eta Sigma Phi are invited to submit papers for consideration for presentation at the convention, on Saturday, April 10, 2010.  An artistic (musical, dramatic, etc.) performance may be proposed in lieu of a paper. The papers will be judged anonymously, and the three members whose papers are selected for reading at the convention will have their registration fees remitted.  Students should be certain that they will be able to attend the convention before submitting papers. Requirements:
1 The presentation should deal with some aspect of classical civilization or language and be directed to an undergraduate audience.  (A paper written for a class is acceptable.)

2.  Members proposing an artistic performance should submit a videotape or CD along with a detailed written description of the performance, its goals, and its relevance to classical civilization.

3.  The paper should be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 15 minutes in length, or 20 minutes if there are illustrations.  Electronic submissions are encouraged.

4.   If a presenter plans to use Powerpoint, the Powerpoint must be submitted with the script intended for the presentation included in the "Notes" section of the Powerpoint.

5.  The name of the author should not appear on the paper.

6.   Each submission must include a cover sheet with the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, chapter, and institution.

7.  All submissions must be sent electronically to and be received by February 1, 2010. For artistic performances only the detailed written description must be sent electronically. 


Is your chapter interested in hosting the convention?

Proposals for hosting the 2012 national convention will be considered at this year’s convention.  If your chapter is interested in making a proposal, some things to consider are (1) the support of your adviser; (2) the availability of lodging, either on campus or at a motel or hotel; (3) travel to the convention by air, train, bus, and automobile; and (4) financial support of the chapter, the Department of Classics, the institution, or state and local organizations.


Are you interested in running for a national office?

Nominations for national officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) will be accepted at the business meeting on Saturday, with the election and installation at the business meeting on Sunday.  Eligible to run for the national offices is any undergraduate student who has been duly initiated into his or her local chapter, with the report of the initiation and the initiation fee sent to the national office.  The national president must be a senior during the year of the office. Candidates must be present for the election process and for the induction ceremony on Sunday. Delegates who have to leave the convention before Sunday noon are not eligible to run for office.


On-line registration:

Mail-in registration form:

Nota Bene:

The deadline for submitting proposals for presentations is February 1, 2010.
Hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed after March 12, 2010.

The deadline for convention pre-registration is March 31, 2010.