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Members: Steven Cerutti, Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Anthony Papalas, Jonathan Reid, Eugene Ryan, Assoc. Dean Scott Snyder, John Stevens, and Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: Cerutti, Given, Papalas, Reid, Snyder, Stevens, Wilson-Okamura
Excused: Enright

Meeting #1, September 17, 2002, held in Brewster B 204, 3:30-4:15 pm

Agenda Item 1. Welcome:

Professor Papalas welcomed Professors Given, Reid and Wilson-Okamura. He reported, with regret, that Prof. Sundwall had indicated that he should be deleted from the membership, and that Prof. Ryan had retired. He welcomed nominations for new members.

Agenda Item 2. Election of Officers:

Professor Papalas was re-elected as Chair, Prof. Stevens as secretary.

Agenda Item 3. Classics Lecture Series:

  • Professor Papalas asked Assoc. Dean Snyder whether there would be an honorarium budget this year. Dean Snyder indicated that it was too early to be certain, but that the College hoped that programs would be able to count on the same budget as last year. He asked the committee to wait until October to make any financial commitments.
  • Professor Papalas suggested names of two prominent international scholars. The committee agreed it would meet again when the budgetary picture was clearer.

Agenda Item 4. Report of Latin and Greek:

Professor Given reported that enrollments were up in GRK 1001 and that he was using Crosby and Schaeffer with modest success and certain reservations. He reported that of his 21 enrolled students 18 seemed determined to stick it out and he hoped that most would go on to 1002. He reported a serious interest among the students in koinê and recommended creation of a separate reading course for it. Stevens and Cerutti reported that Latin is full this fall and that Prof. Cerutti offered Latin 1001-2 in the summer and plans to offer it again as an intensive course in the spring with a view to increasing enrollment in 1003-4, of which now two sections are offered. Prof. Wilson-Okamura was invited to report on the student reaction to CLAS 2400. She is pleased, in general, with the students' efforts to move from plot summary to analysis and is asking weekly writing of them to that end. They seem to be enjoying the material but have difficulty writing.

Agenda Item 5. Reading List:

Prof. Papalas reported that he was already informally using a reading list Prof. Stevens drafted last year. The current program brochure states that students asking for letters of reference to graduate programs in Classics should have completed the list. Stevens agreed to circulate it to the committee for review at the next meeting.

Agenda Item 6. Faculty Colloquium:

Professor Papalas asked the committee whether it favored having papers presented to ourselves and interested students and colleagues. Prof. Papalas offered to provide refreshments. The response was favorable. Prof. Wilson-Okamura asked the committee whether there was interest in combining the series with the MRST program. Prof. Papalas and she agreed to discuss it further after a new director of MRST is appointed.

Agenda Item 7. Latin with Teacher Certification:

Professor Stevens reported on developments over the summer which led to the Chancellor's recommending that the School of Education create an education minor so that teachers may be trained in their home disciplines, receiving a B.A. degree and achieve teacher certification by taking a minor. This would allow classics students to use the MULT degree to major in Latin and get certified. Prof. Stevens said he was continuing to explore the issue and to analyze the work involved. He suggested that if it looks as though it may be feasible, the committee may wish to design a new MULT curriculum specifically in Latin.

Agenda Item 8. Classical Studies Enrollments:

Enrollments for Fall 2002 were up 26% over last year, including especially the languages. The figures are as follows:

CLAS 1300 105
CLAS 2001 1
CLAS 2220 82
CLAS 2400 9
CLAS 3400 108
GRK 1001 21
GRK 1003 2
LATN 1001 60
LATN 1003 24
LATN 4523 1
Total 412

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.