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88th Annual Convention


SALVETE ET XAIPETE from the Gamma Omicron Chapter at Monmouth College, your host for the 88th Eta Sigma Phi convention. We hope that you’ll join us from April 1-3, 2016 in Monmouth, Illinois for a wonderful weekend.

Convention Highlights

The convention will begin at 6:00pm on Friday, April 1, 2016 with a reception in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, a facility of Monmouth College. Registration will be available at Dahl Chapel & Auditorium starting at 5:00pm; transportation will be provided from the hotel to the Monmouth College campus for those who wish to use it. Light refreshments will be provided before the formal program begins.

We will hold the traditional certamen in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium on Friday evening. (Teams will be assigned upon arrival). The prizes for the winning team are being supplied by our friends at the National Latin Exam. A pool party at the nearby hotel will follow – don’t forget your suits!

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.

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, there will be academic presentations by a variety of speakers who will highlight the Eta Sigma Phi National Archives housed in the Hewes Library, the Shields Collection of Antiquities, and the Monmouth College North American Artifact Collection and Archaeology Lab. We will listen to a panel of Eta Sigma Phi alumni, who will discuss the impact that their study of the Classics have had in their varied academic fields.

Delegates are invited to prepare a 5’x4′ poster on an academic project for display at the meeting on Saturday. There will be an opportunity during lunch on Saturday for poster presenters to talk about their projects to other delegates and to judges who will evaluate the presentations based upon the quality of the research, the visual effectiveness of the poster and the presenter’s ability to explain the project. Non-poster presenters will be free to wander and look at their leisure at the research of delegates of Eta Sigma Phi. A monetary prize will be awarded for the best poster.

On Saturday evening, we will gather for a true Cena Classica, featuring ONLY Old World foods, which will be served according to authentic ancient Roman recipes. Marcus Tullius Cicero will be our special guest speaker for the evening, and we will also be treated to the speech of the winner of the Declamation Contest. Classical attire is strongly encouraged! There will be a prize for the vir et femina vestiti optime.

A second business session will take place on Sunday morning. The convention will conclude on noon on Sunday, April 3, with the installation of the new national officers and the selection of the host for the 2018 convention.

Hotel Information

The AmericInn and & Suites at 1 AmericInn Way, Monmouth, IL 61462 will serve as the hotel for the convention. Rooms will cost from $89 per night, if staying both Friday and Saturday nights at the hotel. See the hotel site for more information; call the hotel directly at (309) 734-9958 for the convention rate. The group code is Eta Sigma Phi. The cut off date is March 14, 2016, after this date rooms will cost $93.


The pre-registration fee is $90 by PayPal or $85 by check via U.S. mail. The price includes the reception on Friday evening, all meals on Saturday, including the banquet. The registration fee after March 20, 2016 will increase to $100 and must be made via PayPal. Registration is free for one faculty sponsor, provided that the registration is completed by March 20th.

On-Line Registration Form

Hard Copy of Registration Form (INVALID after 3/20)

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.

Travel Directions

Nearby Airports

  1. Quad City International Airport, Moline, Illinois
  2. Peoria International Airport, Peoria, Illinois
  3. Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
  4. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois



In order to reach Monmouth, it is possible to rent a car (MolinePeoria). Otherwise, it is possible to arrange for shuttle service for $110-115 one-way.  The national office is willing to share the arrival and departure times of delegates wishing to ride together to diminish cost.  Notify the national office of your travel plans, if you wish to find fellow riders.

Transportation from Moline to Monmouth, contact:

ACT II Transportation (actiitransportaion.com) — 800-769-8891

Bit City Shuttles — 888-771-8595 or 309-303-8080

Monmouth College Campus Map


Directions to Campus



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 $50.00 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 https://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
  • Latin Declamation Prize
  • Poster Presentation of Academic Research

Is your chapter interested in hosting the convention?

The 89th Annual Convention will be hosted by the Alpha Eta chapter of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan from March 24 through 26.

Proposals for hosting the 2018 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.