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Members: Assoc. Dean Michael Brown, Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Laura Mazow, Anthony Papalas, Marylaura Papalas, Megan Perry, Jonathan Reid, Frank Romer, Benjamin Saidel, John Stevens, Michael Teske, David Wilson-Okamura and Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: C. Fantazzi, J. Given, L. Mazow, M. Papalas, M. Perry, J. Reid, J. Stevens, M. Teske, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura.

Meeting #1, September 3, 2009, held in Bate 2002.

Agenda Item 1. Salutations.

Prof. Given, Director, opened the meeting at 3:00 p.m.  Prof. Given and the committee welcomed a new member, Prof. M. Papalas, to the committee.

Agenda Item 2. Elections

Elections were held for offices, with Prof. Given continuing as Chair, and Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura being elected as secretary.

Agenda Item 3. Approval of Minutes

The committee approved the minutes for the February 17, 2009 meeting with no amendments.

Agenda Item 4. Report on Majors and Minors

Prof. Given gave a report on majors and minors:  At present, there are 13 majors and 8 minors, with two majors expected to graduate in Fall 2009, and four in Spring 2010. Of the four graduating in Spring 2010, three are Classics majors working on senior theses. They will be invited to present their work at the Spring meeting.


Agenda Item 5.  Reports on Classes

Prof. Stevens reported that his two Latin 1001 classes are strongly enrolled with one section at about 30 students and the other full with 35 students.

Agenda Item 6.  Recruitment and Retention. 

Prof. Given gave a report on recent recruitment and retention efforts for Classical Studies:

  • Over both summer sessions, Prof. Stevens taught extra classes to offer students more options.
  • Prof. Given and several Classical Studies students put up fliers around campus advertising the program to students during Orientation.
  • Prof. Given also initiated various online forms of outreach.  These include placing ads for the program on Facebook and using Twitter to post material about the program, for which there are several dozen subscribers.
  • The main online forum created by Prof. Given is the Blog, Athena's Owl, which had 455 visitors from July 7 to September 2, 2009, of whom 45% were from North Carolina. Athena's Owl has had visitors from 35 states and 30 countries.
  • The fall semester enrollments for Latin 1001 and Classical Civilization courses are the highest they have been in the past five years, with great efforts from Profs. Stevens and Teske.

A discussion followed on how to improve recruitment and retention.  Prof. D. Wilson-Okamura suggested marketing courses as including New Testament Greek, and there was discussion of this idea.  Prof. Given offered to contact the Intervarsity group as part of this outreach.  Prof. Mazow suggested working more closely with Religious Studies, and Prof. Stevens suggested working with the advisers in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura suggested starting a Latin Reading Group to complement the existing Ancient Greek Reading Group, and Prof. Given gave a brief report on the ongoing efforts to start a Classical Studies Club.

Agenda Item 7.  Curriculum Development

  • Prof. Mazow distributed a proposal for a course on the archaeology of Egypt, which is planned to debut in Fall 2010. She is also planning a course on the archaeology of Mycenaean and Minoan Greece.
  • Prof. Perry is working with the Anthropology Dept. to propose a course on Classical Archaeology from prehistoric Greece to Constantine, and asked for suggestions. Profs. Perry and Mazow will coordinate the Mycenaean / Minoan and Classical archaeology courses.
  • Prof. Stevens discussed the debut of a new course in Classical Studies this spring semester, CLAS 2600, The Power of Images in Ancient Greece and Rome, on the major monuments and literature of Athens and Rome.
  • A motion was made to include the new archaeology courses in the list of courses that meet core requirements for the Classics major.  The motion passed.
  • There was discussion of plans to rewrite the mythology course, currently CLAS 3460/ENGL 3460 as a 1000-level course.  Plans were made to discuss the course rotation with the English department.

Agenda Item 8.  Upcoming Lectures.

There was a discussion about whom to invite to give a guest lecture this year.  It was decided to ask Prof. Romer to contact a professional acquaintance of his.

Agenda Item 9.  Upcoming Events.

Prof. Given gave a report on the upcoming world premiere performance of Peter Green's translation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, to be held from March 25-27 in the Great Rooms at Mendenhall Student Center. Prof. Given will be directing the performance, and is in the process of acquiring funding from internal and off-campus sponsors.  15-20 students will comprise the cast, and open auditions will be held. Prof. Given asked for assistance with advertising and promoting the production.

Prof. Stevens suggested sponsoring a spelling bee.  The idea was well-received, but it was decided to postpone it for a later semester.

Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura asked committee members to publicize the Ancient Greek Reading Group to their students and any interested parties.

Prof. Mazow asked the committee to co-sponsor lectures by the current Whichard Chair, Isaac Kalimi of Religious Studies, and the committee agreed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Fall 2010 Enrollments

CLAS 1300 65
CLAS 2000 30
CLAS 2230 23
CLAS 2500 33
CLAS 3460 60
CLAS 4523 1
MULT 3500
GRK 1001 10
GRK 1003 7
GRK 3001 2
LATN 1001 65
LATN 1003 11
LATN 3001 5
Total 315