For the first time in department history, two of our undergraduate students simultaneously have won Manson A. Stewart Undergraduate Awards for 2015. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) awarded two of its six awards to Allison Ditmore and Jake Rohde for being “outstanding young Classicists.” Both will receive a $1,000 gift to fund their studies.
Ditmore and Rohde join the ranks of many majors who have won the award, such as last year’s winner, Nicole Curtis.
The department is pleased to announce recipients of the Eunice and Luther Nims Scholarship, the Herington Scholarship, and the Preston H. and Miriam L. Epps Prize in Greek Studies. We congratulate these students for their terrific academic achievements!
Nims Scholarship winners
The Nims Scholarship provides junior and seniors in the department with funding for tuition, room, board, and fees for study at UNC or abroad.
- Austin Glock Andrews, Classical Archaeology and Religious Studies, to participate in the Huqoq excavation
- Allison G. Ditmore, Classics, to participate in the Azoria Project
- Abigail Laurin Dupree, Classical Archaeology; to participate in the Azoria Project
- Amanda Marie Kubic, Classical Civilization; for the College Year in Athens Summer Program
- Jaboa M. Little, Classical Civilization; for the College year in Athens Summer Program
- Jake Rohde, Classics and Philosophy; for the Oxford Program Study Abroad
- Philip Murray Wilson, Classics and History; for Intensive Greek at University of Pennsylvania
Herington Scholarship winner
The Herington Prize is awarded to a first-year, sophomore, or junior major or minor who the faculty deem to be among the best students of Greek.
Epps Prize winner
The Epps Prize is given to the student who “shows the greatest interest and promise in coming to understand the Greek language, literature, history, and outlook.”
We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s Herington Prizes. Among undergraduate readers, Philip Wilson took home the prize for Latin and Emily Fleming for Greek. Each won a $250 prize. Winning a rare book donated by Sara Mack, Brian McPhee presented the best graduate reading.
The annual Herington competition has been held since Maynard and Florence Mack created an endowment for the competition in 1999. Named in honor of John Herington, Prof. Mack’s husband, the undergraduate prize is intended to encourage the performance of poetry and is open to all majors taking Greek or Latin coursework at UNC.
Classics majors Drew Cabaniss and David Ortiz have officially joined Phi Beta Kappa. They join Alex Karsten, who was inducted in fall 2013.
To be eligible for induction into the nation’s oldest honor society, an undergraduate must have completed 75 hours of course with a GPA of 3.85 or better or 105 hours of course work with a GPA of 3.75. The Alpha of North Carolina order was founded in 1904 and is one of the oldest in the state.
We congratulate both students on this remarkable achievement.
Donald Haggis’s Azoria Project is now accepting volunteer applications for its summer 2014 field school. Applications are due April 1, and may be accessed through the Azoria website.
The Azoria Project has received international acclaim for its innovative Archaeological practices, winning the Archaeological Institute of America’s award for Best Site practices and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-directers Donald Haggis and Margaret Mook are lauded for simultaneously excavating and preserving the Early Iron Age-Archaic site on the island of Crete. They involve and educate locals in creating an eco-archaeological tourist site.
This is an opportunity for students to gain archaeological experience in the field and to culturally immerse themselves in the Greek culture. Volunteers will live alongside locals in Pacheia Ammos and Kavousi, two villages near the site, and work with students and locals at the site.
Senior Alex Karsten was inducted into Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Nov. 25. We congratulate the Classics major for joining a good company of Classics undergraduates inducted into the order.
We congratulate Alex for achieving this great honor!
Alex Karsten, a senior Classics major, debuted his editorial column for The Daily Tar Heel today. In the first of many editorials Karsten is pegged to pen for the campus newspaper, Karsten explains his ferocious appetite for the Classics. You can whet your own at The Daily Tar Heel‘s website.
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Murphey Hall continues to be home for a number of accomplished undergraduates.
Rachel Mazzara has published a translation of Catullus poem 51 in the Denison University undergraduate Classics journal, Ephemeris. Rachel’s project was born as writing assignment in Ted Gellar-Goad’s spring Latin 204 course.
“She’s extremely bright and will make this department proud as she pursues a career in Classics,” said Prof. Gellar-Goad, who is now serving as a post-doctoral fellow at Wake Forest University after finishing his Ph.D. here.
Rachel, however, is not the only promising young talent in the department. She, Caitlin Hines, and Henry Ross were all inducted into the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter last spring. Further, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South honored Caitlin with a Manson A. Stewart Scholarship. One of six undergraduates recognized for being “outstanding young Classicists,” Caitlin will use the $1,000 award to further her studies in the department.
We congratulate these promising juniors for their great accomplishments!
Junior Meghan DeMaria used her national platform as a USA Today collegiate correspondent to promote the advantages of majoring in Classics at Chapel Hill. READ MORE >>
Senior Caitlin Hines was featured in the newsletter for The Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Hines was spotlighted for winning the Manson A. Stewart Scholarship last spring.
“The Manson A. Stewart scholarship has been a great resource for funding my senior honors thesis, a gendered approach to the lexicon of Ovidian elegy with reference to the vocabulary of Propertius and Tibullus,” Hines remarked. She is completing this project under the mentorship of Sharon L. James.