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.
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:
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
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.
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