Ohio Wesleyan Establishes Chapter of National Classics Honor Society

Eta Sigma Phi Promotes Importance of Classics to Liberal Arts Education

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DELAWARE, OH –  Ohio Wesleyan University is establishing a chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, a national classics honor society for undergraduate students.

The Ohio Wesleyan chapter will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Bayley Room of OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The public celebration will promote the importance of the classics as a foundational discipline of the liberal arts and commemorate the chapter’s inauguration.

Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., associate professor of classics, will serve as chapter adviser and master of ceremonies for the Oct. 19 celebration.

The event will acknowledge OWU classics students who have collaborated with faculty to produce peer-reviewed scholarship: Michael McOsker, Class of 2007, co-produced an article with Fratantuono on Virgil’s “Camilla” that was published in 2010, and Cynthia Susalla, Class of 2012, co-produced an article with Fratantuono on Virgil’s “Helen” that is scheduled for publication in 2012.

The celebration also will feature a keynote address from Carolin Hahnemann, Ph.D., professor of classics at Kenyon College, as well as comments from Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., and OWU Provost David Robbins, Ph.D.

Eta Sigma Phi traces its history to 1914 and the University of Chicago. It became a national organization in 1924. The society seeks “to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Humanities-Classics.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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