This year our chapter fostered Classics education for the students of Augustana College.
During the week of Homecoming, we hosted our third Olympic Games, which had a successful turn out. This showed the drive and determination that the Classics community has and helped to spread awareness about our organization. At the end of each term, we held an End of Term dinner for the professors and students where we enjoyed Italian food at a local restaurant. We also have a group called Ekklesia which meets on a weekly basis to read the New Testament which students are encouraged to join.
This school year we hosted several lectures on campus. Nicholas Rauh of Purdue University presented his Fall Archaeological Institute of America Lecture. This was titled: “Searching for Pirates: The Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project,” which had a large turn out. Our Spring Lectures included: Sarah Bond (University of Iowa): “Signs of the Times: Ancient Symbols Reused by Modern Hate Groups,” and Augustana alumnus (’17) Chris Saladin (University of Minnesota): “City in Transition: Mapping the Transformation of Ancient Carthage.” Chris Saladin’s project was presented during our school’s Symposium Day, which made it more accessible to non-Classics students. Our chapter was also active off-campus. At the end of April, several of our students went on a retreat and spent a weekend at a student’s farm. This served as a fun way to strengthen the bonds between our chapter’s members.
This Spring we held our annual Colloquium where we inducted ten new members (Samantha Flipp, Shawn Geison, Kyler Gossett, Isabella Koutsopanagos, Jessica Manly, Andre Morgan, Brenna Parson, Cassidy Potter, and Jamie Suiter). We had two alumni speakers present at our Colloquium and discuss the benefits Classics has had in their respective futures, Liz Johnson ‘10 and Dr. Brittany Price ‘11.
This year our Classics department said goodbye to five seniors: majors Katelyn Farrell, David Hundrieser, Taylor Hayes, Daniel Warren, and minor Cheyanne Lencioni. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.