PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Winter 2013
Non omnis moriar…Horace’s words resonate after the sudden passing of Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Jones. Words of gratitude and praise on her funeral website are inspiring. We should hope that we too will be remembered as well for our efforts and contributions. I also hope that my students’ memories of Latin are more than just charts and endings and that their study of Classics enriches their lives today and in the future.
The world of teaching Classics is not a solitary profession. We are a collegial family as we saw in Charlottesville at the fall CAV meeting and at FLAVA in October. Our sessions at both were well-attended, and we appreciate the willingness of speakers to share their ideas. At CAV Beth Fisher told us about the world of an archaeologist including technological advances, and Walt Stevenson offered some theories on a mysterious 4th century memo regarding a less familiar part of the ancient world. At FLAVA 14 college professors, middle and high school teachers presented on topics from computer use to AP to modern ﬁ ction to the making of olive oil. Corey Holec’s Commodities Wars brought us out of our seats to barter strategically for tin and wheat and timber. All of us in attendance thank those of you in CAV who gave your time, energy and expertise.
We resisted it, but change is inevitable. Mark Keith who is a teacher, sponsor, NLE co- chairman, and now actively working on the CAMWS visit to Fredericksburg next fall has stepped down as the CAV website editor after serving us since 1996! We want to thank Mark for keeping us well informed and for serving on the Executive Committee all these years. What a contribution he has made to our organization. We now offer our support to his successor, Charlaine Lunsford, and we wish her well in this new position.
This spring we plan to recognize our virtual Classics families. How far does yours extend? Tell your former professors and high school teachers as well as your students who have gone into Classics to join you for our May 3rd meeting. Also, save your items for the 2nd annual silent auction to beneﬁ t the Professional Development Fund. At the fall meeting two such awards were presented: one to Kevin Perry to attend FLAVA and another to Amy Cohen to pursue her study of Greek theater in performance in England. We raised an impressive amount of money last year. I hope that we can match it again this year.
Keep in mind our Latin Tournament and essay contests, as well as our teacher and student awards including our upcoming Jane Harriman Hall Award for Outstanding Service to the Classical Association of Virginia. We have a quite lot to be proud of and a great deal of achievement to recognize.
I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year as we scatter to various opportunities in our ﬁ eld.
Iam laeti studio pedes vigescunt…
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