Eta Sigma Phi

   82nd National Convention



   Blacksburg, VA

   April 9th – 11th, 2010

Hosted by Eta Eta

of Virginia Tech




2010-2011 National Officers 


Megale Prytanis                              MaryBeth Banovetz

                                                        Eta Delta (Hillsdale College)


Megas Hyparchos                          Thomas Halvorsen
Delta Chi (St. Olaf College)


Megale Grammateus                  Meg Motley
Beta Pi (University of Arkansas)


Megas Chrysophylax                 Ryan Horowitz
Zeta Beta (Temple University)


Executive Secretary


Thomas J. Sienkewicz                   Gamma Omicron (Monmouth College)



2010-2011 Board of Trustees


Martha A. Davis, Chair      Zeta Beta (Temple University)


Daniel Levine                      Beta Pi (University of Arkansas)


David Sick                                           Beta Psi (Rhodes College)


Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty         Beta Kappa (College of Notre Dame of  



Joseph Garnjobst                               Eta Delta (Hillsdale College)


Honorary Trustees


       Brent M. Froberg                                 Gamma Omega (Baylor University)

       W. W. de Grummond                         Eta (Florida State University)

       Wayne Tucker                                      Beta Theta (Hampden-Sydney College)


Schedule of Events


Friday, April 9th


**Chapters with cars may park on campus throughout the weekend**


**6:30pm-7:30pm: Strolls from VT Inn and MS Inn to Hillcrest about 10 and 25 minutes respectively. Shuttles will run between Hillcrest and VT Inn**


7:00-8:00pm: Hillcrest Hall Living Room

            Registration, reception, sundaes, and floats


8:00-10:00pm: Hillcrest Hall Dining Room

            Opening remarks and Certamen


**10:00pm-10:30pm: Shuttles will run between Hillcrest and the Inn at VT**



Saturday, April 10th


**8:30am-9:00am: Strolls from VT Inn and MS Inn to Hahn about 5 and 25 minutes respectively.  Shuttles will run between VT Inn and Hahn.**


8:30-9:00am:  Hahn Hall North Atrium

            Continental Breakfast


9:00am-11:00pm: 140 Hahn Hall North

            First Business Meeting

                        Megale Prytanis MaryBeth Banovetz, presiding


Minutes of the 81st Annual Convention

                                    Megale Grammateus Meg Motley





Chapter Reports

Reports of Contests

Reports of Scholarships

Report of Megas Chrysophylax Ryan Horowitz

Report of Megas Hyparchos Thomas Halvorsen
Report on Plans for the 83rd Annual Convention (2011)          at the University of Texas Austin

Old Business

New Business

Bids to host the 84th Annual Convention (2012)

Nominations for 2010-2011 National Officers


11:00am-12:00pm: 140 Hahn Hall North

Presentation of Student Papers

“The Fate of Astyanax: Contextualizing Pathos in the Greek Epic Cycle”

Ricky J. Owens, Theta (Indiana University)

“Aeneas in Late Antiquity: The Vatican Vergil Illustrations”

Anna Sitz, Gamma Omega (Baylor University)

“Rome and Fascist Idealism in Scipione l’Africano

Tripp Cardiff, Theta Epsilon (Trinity University)

Honorable Mention:

“A Paper Stage:  Blocking in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Terence”

 Theodore Harwood of Eta Delta (Hillsdale College)


12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch - Hahn Hall North Atrium


12:45-1:30pm: Locations Listed Below

Committee Meetings

Contests and Scholarships - 220 Williams Hall

Convention Site - 320 Williams Hall

Finances - 334 Williams Hall

New Chapters - 120 Williams Hall

Officers - 134 Williams Hall

Resolutions - 140 Hahn Hall North

1:40-2:25pm and 2:30-3:15pm: Ancient Times in Modern Classrooms (** = only available 1:10-1:55)

“The Old Words Have Blood on Them: Thinking about and through Ancient and Modern Poems”

Dr. Andrew Becker

- 320 Williams Hall

“Dionysos and the Chocolate Factory”

Dr. Ann-Marie Knoblauch

- 220 Wms Hall

“A Day in the Life of Claudius” **

(dramatic reading with audience participation)

Christina Magrans, Beta Psi (Rhodes College)

- 120 Williams Hall

2:30-3:15pm: Latin Reading Workshop*

3:30-4:15pm: Latin Reading Workshop*

*Sign up for these workshops with Mark Miner on Friday evening.

- 134 Williams Hall

3:15-4:45pm: International Street Fair

Enjoy food, dancing, and music from various community and campus cultural organizations.

- Downtown Blacksburg

5:00-6:00pm: Concert: No Strings Attached

Enjoy music from this local band described as “eclectic, jazz on acoustic instruments with a world beat.”

- 100 McBryde Hall


**6:00pm-6:15pm: Strolls to both VT Inn and MS Inn about 15-min each.  Shuttles will run between McBryde Hall and VT Inn.**




**6:45pm-7:15pm: We encourage driving or shuttling to Jamerson Athletic Center.  Shuttles will be available from VT Inn.**


7:15pm: Bowman Room, Jamerson Athletic Center

            Greco-Roman Costume Contest

7:30pm: Bowman Room, Jamerson Athletic Center

            Formal Banquet

            Special Initiation: Christine Sleeper

            Lifetime Achievement Awards:

Sally Davis and Christine Sleeper


9:00pm: Bowman Room, Jamerson Athletic Center

            Vergil’s Aeneid, performed by Mark Miner


**Shuttle vans will run between Jamerson Athletic Center and VT Inn following the performance**



Sunday, April 11th


**8:00am-9:00am: Strolls from VT Inn and MS Inn to Hillcrest about 10 and 25 minutes respectively. Shuttles will run between Hillcrest and VT Inn **


8:30-9:00am: Hillcrest Hall Living Room (Hillcrest Hall)

            Continental Breakfast


9:00am: Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Hillcrest Hall)

Second Business Meeting

Megale Prytanis Mary Beth Banovetz, presiding


Chapter Regalia Contest

Committee Reports

Report of the Executive Secretary

Report of the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Selection of 2012 Convention Site

Election of 2010-11 National Officers

Installation of Officers

Closing Remarks


**11:30am-12:30pm: Shuttles will run between Hillcrest and the VT Inn**




Our very heartfelt thanks to all those who have donated their time, energy and resources to this convention. 


Special thanks to:


Andrew Becker

Ann-Marie Knoblauch

Mark Miner

No Strings Attached


Dean Sue Ott Rowlands, VT College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

VT Classical Studies Program

VT Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

University Honors Program of VT

Friends of VT Classical Studies


And thanks to all of you for attending!  We hope that you enjoyed your time with us. See you next year at the University of Texas Austin.


                                      --Eta Eta Chapter