2012-13 Year in Review: Epsilon Sigma Chapter

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By Mason Johnson on October 4, 2013.

This year our chapter continued to provide opportunities for students to learn more about Classics. In the fall, we participated in the cardboard regatta during Augustana’s homecoming festivities. Our boat made it to the final round in the mixed group bracket which helped raise awareness for our group and the appreciation of classics. Throughout the year we hosted all-campus, classically themed movies which encouraged students to get involved and stay involved in our weekly showings of the series Rome in conjunction with OSA. Our chapter was also active off-campus. In the beginning of October, we sent a group of students to attend the Illinois Classical Conference’s annual meeting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In April, nine students (Torey Baxa, Kylie Koger, Vladislav Novikov, Richard Pipes Jr., Alex Vlastnik, Mike Matthews, Katie Rea, Greg Donley, and Mason Kienzle) attended the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference in Iowa City, Iowa. In the spring, we hosted the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lecture “The Bold and the Beautiful: Polychroming and Gilding in Antiquity” by Benton Kidd, associate curator of ancient art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. We also held our annual Colloquium where we inducted five new members (Richard Pipes, Jr., Jeff Meeker, Mason Kienzle, Alex Vlastnik, and Kelly Haidinyak). Dr. Day gave a presentation entitled “Classics in Greece” on the Classics Department’s new study abroad program. This year our Classics department said goodbye to eight seniors: majors Anna Groebe, Mike Matthews, Vladislav Novikov, and Heather Ohde, and minors Elle Janss, Jacob Morris, Alexander Vlastnik, and Caitlin Walker. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Megan Alano
Hyparchos, Epsilon Sigma Chapter