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Beta Theta at Hampden-Sydney College

In the fall we had a delightful gathering

of members at Professor Arieti’s home,

where we discussed plans for the year and

distributed pictures and certificates from

last year’s initiation.

This spring we hosted the 3rd annual

joint initiation ceremony with Randolph

College. After a delicious dinner, we enjoyed

a lecture by our guest speaker, Professor

Donald Sullivan, a professor of palynology,

quaternary studies, biogeography, and

environmental change at the University of

Denver. His enjoyable and illuminating talk

was entitled “Homer and Herodotus: Modern

Science and the Classics.” Dr. Sullivan

gave another well-attended public talk,

sponsored jointly by Eta Sigma Phi and Phi

Beta Kappa, entitled “Science Explores the

Past: How Modern Technology Reveals

Past Cultures, Climates, and Crimes.” We

initiated eight student members and two

honorary members (our guest speaker and

Professor Julia Palmer, who taught two

Latin courses for us last year). At a separate

event in late April, we inducted three more

students into our chapter.

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