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Eta Sigma Phi
2006 Convention Information 

The 78th Annual Eta Sigma Phi Convention will be hosted by Eta Eta Chapter at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 31 – April 2, 2006.  The convention will begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, and will end at approximately 12 noon on Sunday, April 2, with the election and installation of new national officers. 

Important Information for those attending:
The convention will begin Friday evening at 7 PM with an informal ice cream social during the registration period. This will be followed by the opening meeting at 8PM.

Friday evening's activities will take place in the Wallace Atrium on the first floor of Wallace Hall. This building is an easy, 10 minute walk from the Inn at Virginia Tech just down West Campus Drive. If you have a car, there is ample parking both in front and behind Wallace Hall (as well as at the Inn, of course).  A map of campus showing the location of the Inn (building 250) and Wallace Hall building (115) as well as the other buildings we will use through the rest of the weekend (Torgersen Hall, Owens Hall, Hillcrest Hall) can be found at http://www.unirel.vt.edu/map/index.html.

 Hotel Information

The Inn at Virginia Tech is located at 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg VA 24061-0104, on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus. Rooms are $99.75, taxes included, Up to four people can stay in each room. To make a hotel reservation, please contact the Inn at Virginia Tech by telephone at 540-231-8000 or toll free at 877-200-3360 or by e-mail at lodging@vt.edu. Please mention the Eta Sigma Phi National Classics Convention. Hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed after March 10, 2006.

 Need a roommate?

Anyone who would like to share a room with someone from another chapter should contact the executive secretary by e-mail (toms@monm.edu). He will collect names and send them to other delegates looking for roommates. Please indicate whether you are male or female, and include your e-mail address, postal service address, and phone number.

Traveling Directions:
By Air

The nearest airport (Roanoke Regional Airport) is about 45 minutes from the campus. Eta Eta chapter will provide airport pick-up and drop off by appointment. For reservations for this service, please contact Terry Papillon (Terry.Papillon@vt.edu). Virginia Tech operates its own private airport and attendees with a private plane may make arrangements to land there. Contact the airport at: http://www.vtbcb.com/.
By Automobile
For driving directions, see http://www.innatvirginiatech.com/how_to_reach_us.php..

 Registration Fee
The pre-registration fee of $45.00 includes miscellaneous costs, as well as Saturday's banquet; the Eta Eta chapter of Virginia Tech will provide a continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday as well as lunch on Saturday. Delegates will be on their own for dinner on Friday night and lunch on Sunday.

Note: Registration fee after March 15, 2005 is $55.00.

Dress will be casual, with the exception of the banquet on Saturday night, when somewhat "dressier" clothes will be appropriate and ancient costume is optional. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed vir and the best dressed femina at the banquet.

 Chapter Reports
During the business sessions, delegates will report on the activities of their chapters since the last convention.  Delegates are asked to send an electronic copy of their report to the Executive Secretary (toms@monm.edu) prior to the convention or to bring two (2) TYPED copies of the report to the convention, one for the secretary and one for Nuntius. (No hand-written reports will be accepted.) A $50.00 award will be given at convention for the best Latin promotion service project sponsored by a local chapter.  Chapters interested in competing for this prize should include detailed information about their projects in their chapter reports. Any chapter that does not have delegates attending the convention can send the reports directly to the executive secretary (preferably by e-mail) for publication in Nuntius.

 Convention Highlights
Following the Friday night registration and reception, there will be a certamen, very much like the College Bowl. Chapters that have at least four delegates will have their own teams, and delegates from other chapters will join to form four-person teams.  The prizes for the winning team are being provided by the National Latin Exam.  Business sessions will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  The convention will conclude by about 12 noon on Sunday with the installation of the new national officers and the selection of a host chapter for the 2006 convention. On Saturday there will be several activities on the Virginia Tech campus, including a group reading of Aristophanes plays after the banquet in the tradition of Virginia Tech Classics Club marathons (though we won’t go all night!). On Saturday afternoon, there will be a series of cultural and educational stations available through which convention attendees can rotate, including academic workshops, a visit to Virginia Tech’s virtual reality CAVE, the Smithfield Plantation for a taste of Southern, Appalachian culture, and traditional music. There will also be a contest for the best chapter clothing on Sunday morning.

Student Presentations
Undergraduate members of Eta Sigma Phi are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the convention. 
An artistic (musical, dramatic, etc.) performance may be proposed in lieu of a paper. The presentations should deal with some aspect of classical civilization or language and be directed to an undergraduate audience.  Members proposing an artistic performance should submit a videotape or CD along with a detailed written description of the performance, its goals, and its relevance to classical civilization. Paper should be typed, double-spaced, and presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, or 20 minutes if the presentation is illustrated or performed. Each submission should contain a cover sheet with the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, chapter, and institution. Electronic submission of papers, or of the written portions of proposals for artistic performances, is encouraged. All proposals will be judged anonymously, and the three delegates whose submissions are selected for presentation at the convention will have their registration fees remitted.  In addition, the student whose presentation is judged the best will receive a cash award of $50, and the other two presenters will receive awards of $20 each. Before submitting proposals, students should be certain that they will be able to attend the convention.  The non-refundable pre-registration fee must be paid on or before February 1, 2006, in order for a proposal to receive consideration.  Send submissions to the executive secretary, Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 61472.

Is your chapter interested in hosting the convention?
Proposals for hosting the 2007 national convention will be considered at this year’s convention.  If your chapter is interested in making a proposal, some things to consider are (1) the support of your adviser; (2) the availability of lodging, either on campus or at a motel or hotel; (3) travel to the convention by air, train, bus, and automobile; and (4) financial support of the chapter, the Department of Classics, the institution, or state and local organizations. For further information see the Call for Bids at:

Are you interested in running for a national office?
Nominations for national officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) will be accepted at the business meeting on Saturday, with the election and installation at the business meeting on Sunday.  Eligible to run for the national offices is any undergraduate student who has been duly initiated into his or her local chapter, with the report of the initiation and the initiation fee sent to the national office.  The national president must be a senior during the year of the office. Candidates must be present for the election process and for the induction ceremony on Sunday. Delegates who have to leave the convention before Sunday noon are not eligible to run for office.


The deadline for submitting proposals for presentations is February 1, 2006.
Hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed after March 10, 2006.

The deadline for convention pre-registration is March 15, 2006.


This page is maintained by the Executive Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi, Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz of Monmouth College. If you have any  questions about this page, you can contact him at toms@monm.edu.