Cicek Beeby awarded two grants for cemeteries study

Cicek Beeby has been awarded two UNC grants that will support her research as she launches her dissertation work on the organization and distribution of cemeteries across Greek settlements in the Geometric period.

The first grant is the Pre-Dissertation Travel Award from the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI)—this award is designed to help PhD candidates conduct preliminary research in preparation for writing a dissertation proposal. Cicek will use the funds to travel to Greece in August and select case studies for her dissertation.

The second award is the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) Graduate Fellowship for 2015-2016. This fellowship will assist Cicek in navigating the digital components of her dissertation. In the fall, she plans on creating social network models of how people are connected to each other through cemeteries. In the spring, she hopes to translate these network models into spatial distribution patterns using Geometric Athens as a test case. The fellowship provides funds for research and professional development during the academic year and concludes with a summer stipend for summer 2016.

Ditmore and Rohde win CAMWS awards

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.

Congratulations to scholarship winners!

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.

  • Jaboa Little

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.”

  • Drew Cabaniss


Haggis headed to ASCSA, 2015-2016

Donald Haggis was appointed Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies  in Athens (ASCSA), for the academic year 2015-2016, by vote of the Managing Committee of the School in January at the Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans. Haggis will be one of two visiting faculty members in residence at the ASCSA next year, conducting research and occasional seminars.

Founded in 1881, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), providing graduate students and scholars from North American colleges and universities a base for research, fieldwork, and advanced study in Greek archaeology. UNC has been a member institution of the ASCSA for the better part of a century.

Winners of poetry competition announced

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.

McPhee wins Winkler Prize

We congratulate Brian McPhee, an incoming graduate student, for winning the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize. McPhee won the award for “A Puer‘s Horror, Heroism, and Humor: An Interpretation of Pseudolous III.1,” a paper he wrote for Sharon James’s seminar last fall.

The Winkler Prize is given in memory of John J. “Jack” Winkler, a classical scholar and teacher, known for his political activism in radical causes inside and outside of academe. The prize is given to scholars who pursue under-studied areas of Classics, including the ancient novel, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, and the social meanings of Greek drama, or employ innovative methodologies in their research. Sponsored by Oberlin College, this cash prize is given once a year to a graduate or undergraduate student.


Witzke inducted into Frank Porter Graham Graduate Honor Society

SWitzkeThe department congratulates Serena Witzke for her induction into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society. This year, Witzke is one of 10 graduate students honored by the selective society for her service to the University above and beyond that required for her degree.

While at UNC, Witzke has distinguished herself not only academically but also for her service to the University. She also is the recipient of The Graduate School’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Directed by Sharon L. James, Witzke’s dissertation focuses on the reception of Classical works and is titled “Reading Greek and Roman New Comedy through Oscar Wilde’s Society Plays.” In addition to publishing some of her findings, Witzke has presented numerous papers at the American Philological Association’s and Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s conferences, and co-organized a panel at the 2014 APA meeting.

Additionally, Witzke has actively given back to the Carolina community. After arriving on campus, Witzke became involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and the Student Congress, loving her work as a senator so much that she increasingly took on more duties within the organizations and became president of GPSF. This granted her the ability to reach out and to represent the interests of 11,000 graduate and professional students.

After completing her term, Witzke continued to serve the department and her greater community. She served on The Graduate School’s Residency Appeals Board to gain a greater knowledge of the process of gaining in-state tuition status and to help her fellow students through this process. She also acted as the graduate assistant for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Roman Comedy in the summer of 2012. Finally, she passed along her knowledge of graduate school experience by mentoring then-undergraduate Caitlin Hines, who is now in the University of Toronto’s program in Classical studies.

The Frank Porter Graham Honor Society was founded in 1990 in honor of the distinguished former president of the UNC system and state senator. All inducted students are nominated and further recommended by their departments.


Emily BaragwanathWe congratulate Emily Baragwanath for winning the 2013 Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.

“What a tremendous surprise and delight it was to be awarded this prize,” Baragwanath exclaimed by email.

The University awards just four faculty members at the advanced assistant or junior associate level with the Hettleman Prize. Other winners this year are from the fields of science and medicine. In addition to being awarded $5,000, all recipients are given the opportunity to deliver a University lecture during the academic year. Because Baragwanath is spending this academic term researching at Germany’s University of Heidelberg, however, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow will present her lecture in the 2014-2015 academic year.


James J. O'HaraWe are pleased to announce that the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards Committee recognized James J. O’Hara for  providing outstanding undergraduate instruction.

Since 1989, the committee has recognized select faculty and teaching assistants who “on the basis of demonstrated teaching excellence, success in
positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside of
the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.” In addition to an award certificate, Prof. O’Hara received a $5,000 award at the Chancellors’ Award Ceremony.


Emily BaragwanathEmily Baragwanath has captured an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship that will enable her to research at Germany’s University of Heidelberg for over a year.

“I am very excited and honored to have received a Humboldt Fellowship,” Prof. Baragwanath said. “It provides me with a tremendous opportunity not only to pursue my own research, but also to engage with scholars in my field at a university that is one of the oldest and most esteemed in Europe.”

From January 2013 to June 2014, Prof. Baragwanath will work on her monograph, provisionally titled Women, Narrative, and Agency in Xenophon. She will examine Xenophon’s representation of women, how it relates to larger issues of friendship and leadership, and what it reveals about his approach to history, narrative, explanation, and literary invention.