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94th Annual “Virtual” Convention

ANNUAL CONVENTION

At the invitation of Alpha Kappa at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we are happy to announce that our annual convention will be on Saturday, April 9, 2022. We will share the program here as soon as it is finalized.

 

Convention Highlights: Student papers, Taberna Trivia, Performance by Joe Goodkin

Awards: Declamation contests, Translation contests, Scholarships, Best Student Paper, Best Chapter Service & Outreach, Lifetime Achievement, Masciantonio Outreach Grants, Best Zoom Background

Voting: 2022-2023 National Officers, New Chapters, Hosting 95th Annual Convention (2023)

Tentative Program: Program 94th Convention

Link to virtual meeting will be sent out on Friday and Saturday (April 8, 9) to registrants only.

REGISTRATION

Delegates and faculty advisors, register here.

REGISTRATION CHAPTER FEE

Registration is only $15 for your entire chapter. Please visit the Regalia page to pay via PayPal. As always, we accept check and money orders mailed to the National Office.

DECLAMATION CONTESTS 

Any current undergraduate member of Eta Sigma Phi is eligible to participate in this contest.

Registration for the contest is open now. To register, send an email with your name and chapter to etasigmaphinational@gmail.com subject: Declamation Registration: Greek or Declamation Registration: Latin or Declamation Registration: Greek and Latin

Passages to prepare for recitation will be sent to all registrants on Friday, March 25, 2022. Later registrants will be sent the passage shortly after registration. Contestants can register for this contest anytime until the end of day on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Recitations must be submitted as a video file via Flipgrid (a link will be provided with the passage) by 11:00 pm CDT on Friday, April 1, 2022. Contestants are also encouraged to post their video on YouTube and to send a url instead of a file.

The winning entry will be shown during the 2022 virtual meeting of Eta Sigma Phi on Saturday, April 9, 2022, and will be posted on YouTube. The winner also receives $100!

You will be judged on the following:

  1. Pronunciation
  2. Accuracy of Dactylic Hexameter (Greek Declamation only)
  3. Interpretation of the Text
  4. Smoothness of Delivery
  5. Appropriate Use of Gestures (Use of costumes and appropriate background is encouraged, but not required.)
  6. Demeanor
  7. Textual Accuracy

Note: All videos become the property of Eta Sigma Phi, which can use them for promotional purposes. Submission of a video implies agreement to these terms.

RUN FOR NATIONAL OFFICE 

Megas/Megale Prytanis, Megas/Megale Hyparchos, Megas/Megale Grammateus, Megas/Megale Chrysophylax

Any undergraduate student who has been duly initiated into their 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 at the convention and the induction ceremony on Saturday. Delegates who are not at the second business meeting are not eligible to run for office. For more information, see https://www.etasigmaphi.org/hsphi/officers/handbook/

We will hold a Zoom meeting (Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stockton.zoom.us/j/98449063710?pwd=Q2J5WExUZ0ZIS2UxMUNmcmNKaHZFUT09
Password: 453179) on Thursday, March 24, 2022 7:30 pm EDT with past and present officers so that you may ask questions. You will be required to submit a 3-minute video by April 3, 2022 via Flipgrid stating who you are (name, major/minor, chapter, etc.,), which office you are running for, and why you would be an excellent choice. Feel free to go the path of “Elle Woods.” Have fun!

Voting will be online at the Second Business Meeting (2 votes per chapter).

CHAPTER REPORTS VIA FLIPGRID (Flipgrid link)

During the business sessions, you will be able to view the chapter reports previously uploaded to FlipGrid. One or more delegates from each chapter will report on the activities of the chapter since the 2021 convention. Reports should be no more than two minutes long. A $100.00 award will be awarded for the best service project sponsored by a local chapter promoting classical languages and cultures.

 

PERFORMANCE by JOE GOODKIN

Joe has been performing his unique interpretation of The Odyssey for high school and college audiences since 2002. Drawing on his Bachelor’s Degree in the Classics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his years of writing and performing original rock and acoustic music, Joe has created a 35 minute long composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which deconstructs the story of The Odyssey in song, invoking the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally brought forth the timeless stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War, while making the poem and the circumstances of its creation accessible to modern audiences of all ages.

 

CONTESTS SUBMITTED BEFORE THE CONVENTION

  • Sienkewicz Latin Declamatio Prize
  • Davis Greek Declamation Prize (dactylic hexameter)
  • Translation contests

CONTESTS TO BE DECIDED AT THE CONVENTION 

  • Chapter Service and Outreach Prize (based on your Flipgrid submission. See above.)
  • Best Student Paper Prize
  • Taberna Trivia Team Award
  • Best Greco-Roman Zoom Background! Use your common sense for what is and isn’t appropriate.

 

HOSTING A CONVENTION: Is your chapter interested in hosting the convention?

Proposals for hosting the 95th Annual convention (2023) 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.  For more information, see Convention Bids.