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89th Annual Convention

Convention Flier January

The 89th annual meeting of the society will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 24-26, 2017 at the invitation of the Alpha Eta chapter at the University of Michigan.

Convention Highlights

The convention will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, March 24 with registration and light refreshments in the Conservatory of the Kensington Court Hotel. We will hold the traditional certamen at 7:00 in the same locale. (Teams will be assigned upon arrival). The prizes for the winning team are being supplied by our friends at the National Latin Exam. 

On Saturday morning, after the first business meeting, there will be a session of student papers, selected by the Eta Sigma Phi Program Committee. In the afternoon, we will explore the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Papyrology collection.  These visits will be punctuated by academic presentations by a variety of speakers from the University.

On Saturday evening, we will gather for our annual cena! There will be a prize for the vir et femina vestiti optime, sicut Romani καὶ Ἑλληνικοί, but classical dress is optional.

A second business session will take place on Sunday morning. The convention will conclude on noon on Sunday, March 26, with the installation of the new national officers and the selection of the host for the 2019 convention.

Call for Papers

Papers for possible presentation at the convention must be received by January 15, 2017.  Please use the on-line submission system.

Latin Declamation Contest

Delegates are invited to sign up to compete in a Latin Declamation contest. Registration for this competition will take place on Friday evening. Contestants will be given a Latin prose passage to read before a panel of judges on Saturday afternoon. Judges will base their decision on pronunciation, interpretation of text, smoothness of delivery, demeanor and textural accuracy. The winner will receive a monetary prize and will be invited to read the passage to the entire assembly at the Saturday evening banquet.

Hotel Information

The Kensington Hotel at 3500 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48108 will serve as the hotel for the convention. ΗΣΦ has contracted with the Kensington to provide rooms for attendees starting $139 per night. The standard room will contain one king-sized or two full-sized beds. Please call the hotel directly at (734) 761-7800 or 1-800-344-7829 or use on-line reservation system to secure a room for the convention.  The group code is Eta Sigma Phi National Convention; please mention this code or enter it when booking on-line. The cut off date for the special rate is February 25, 2017 .

Need a roommate?

Anyone who would like to share a room with someone from another chapter should contact Executive Secretary by email (sick@rhodes.edu). He will collect names and send them to other delegates looking for roommates. Please indicate whether you are male or female, and include your address and phone number in the message.


We regret that we cannot accommodate any further late registrations.

On-Line Registration Form

Hard Copy of Registration Form


Travel Information

Nearby airport:  Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Travel from the airport to the University of Michigan:  AirRide

You can also take a train from Chicago: Amtrak (1 adult ticket is currently [as of Feb 6] priced between $37-$89 one way)

Directions to Campus: by plane, by train, by bus, or by Greyhound

Please keep in mind that events scheduled on Friday evening will take place at the Kensington Hotel (above).


Dress will be casual, with the exception of the banquet on Saturday night, when business casual clothes or traditional Roman or Greek dress are appropriate.  The latter  is highly encouraged, and a prize will be awarded to the vir et femina vestiti optime.

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 $100.00 award will be given at convention for the best service project sponsored by a local chapter promoting classical languages and cultures. Chapters interested in competing for these prizes should bring written summaries of these activities and include detailed information about their projects in their chapter reports. Chapter reports will be published in Nuntius and may be submitted via the website at http://www.etasigmaphi.org/members/membership-forms .

Chapters Contests to be Decided at the Convention

  • Outreach Prize (above)
  • Best Chapter T-Shirt or Regalia
  • Vir et Femina Vestiti Splendidissime

Is your chapter interested in hosting the convention?

The 90th Annual Convention will be hosted by the Delta Theta chapter of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. from March 23 through 25.

Proposals for hosting the 2019 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 nearby at a motel or hotel; (3) travel to the convention by air, train, bus, and automobile; and (4) financial support of the chapter, the appropriate department(s), the institution, or state and local organizations.  The society is particularly interested in holding a convention more than 250 miles west of the Mississippi River.  For more information, see Convention Bids.

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.  Any undergraduate student who has been duly initiated into his or her local chapter, with the report of the initiation and the initiation fee received by the national office, is eligible to run.  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.