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Fall 2015

Ave atque vale, Lurlene Walker Todd

Lurlene Walker Todd, a loyal member of CAV since the 1950s, and perhaps its longest-standing member, passed away June 24, at the age of 99.  The majority of her four decades of teaching were spent at Cave Spring High in Roanoke County.  There she tirelessly taught four years of Latin, sponsored the Latin Club (Laeti Latini)- often with over 100 members, initiated the club's newspaper (Vox Quiritium), entered students in contests, chaperoned them to Europe, and accompanied them to JCL Conventions - to name a few of her activities.  Her passion for her beloved Latin attracted countless students to the study of Latin just to have "Mama Todd,"  as they fondly called her.

CAV presents annually, in her honor,  the Lurlene W. Todd Teacher of the Year Award to recognize outstanding Latin/Classics teachers and professors in Virginia.

A memorial service will be held in Roanoke in August (date to be announced), and a tribute appears in the Fall Newsletter.

Released Tests available for CAV Latin Tournament

Tournament Director Kevin Jefferson has graciously and thoroughly compiled all of the tests and keys for the CAV Latin tournament from 2005 - 2015.  They are available here on Google Drive.  Keys are also available. 

Fall Meeting and Antony and Cleopatra

Our fall meeting will take place on the campus of Mary Baldwin College on Saturday, September 19th.  We are pleased to announce that members and non-members of CAV will be able to attend a matinee performance of  Antony & Cleopatra for a reduced group rate.  Visit the Next Meeting page to find the registration form.

CAV Professional Development Grant

Could You Use a Professional Development Grant?

If you answered yes to that question, then be sure to get your application for the CAV Professional Development Grant in by August 31st.  Go to to fill out the online application and get more information.  Grant recipients will be announced at the fall CAV meeting.  

FLAVA 2015 in Williamsburg! 

The Foreign Language Association of VA will hold its annual conference in Williamsburg at the Doubletree Hotel from Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26.  Again, Latin has a commanding presence, with two workshops and over 10 presentations!  The CAV also hosts a luncheon on Saturday afternoon.  For a list of sessions, you can visit the Fall Newsletter (link at the top of the page) or to register, visit  Hope to see you there.

CAMWS 2016 will be in Williamsburg! 

Proposals Sought

The 112th meeting of CAMWS will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the invitation of the College of William and Mary on March 16-19, 2016. Please mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there. The meeting will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge, which offers its guests daily complimentary admissions tickets to Colonial Williamsburg, so consider making this meeting an opportunity for a family vacation. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a paper, panel or workshop for this meeting, please follow this link.  Panel/workshop proposals are due by Fri. August 21st; paper proposals are due Fri. September 25th.

Do you know a colleague who received an award?  Have you been honored recently?

We would like to announce that starting in the summer issue of 2015, we will start printing a list of CAV members who have earned honors that year in the classics, such as in teaching, publication, etc. or those who have retired from teaching.  So throughout the year, please send us information concerning your honors as you receive them to the newsletter editor, Adriene Cunningham, at

President's Message
 Dear Colleagues,

       “Welcome to Rome.” Were I Prospero, I might whisk the members of CAV to Rome for our fall meeting.  But I cannot.  So I invite you to the next best thing: an afternoon in Italy, Egypt, and all points in between alongside Cleopatra, Antony, Octavius, Lepidus, Enobarbus, and many others, through the magic of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. 
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If you would like something posted on the CAV website, please submit it to the website editor, Charlaine D. Lunsford.  Please send any additions, corrections or announcements to  Make sure "CAV" is in the subject.

Revisions of CAV's Constitution and By-Laws

The membership of the Classical Association of Virginia approved the following revised documents at its spring meeting at the University of Richmond:




All members of CAV are invited to join our new group on Facebook for updates on information, pictures, dialogue with other members, and more!

To join, just log on to Facebook and do a search for "Classical Association of Virginia". Click "join" and one of our administrators will add you to the list!

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit ~ Vergil's Aeneid, I.203

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