MESSAGE: Spring 2017
Spring has arrived,
the weather is nice, and it is time to get our happy feet moving. Whether you
wander close to home or have plans to visit (or revisit) places ancient or
modern, now is the time to venture out and enjoy the world. Dare to explore!
Attending to matters
close to home, though, we need to address the issue of keeping the Latin
programs alive and growing not only in Virginia but across the country. There
is a very real shortage of qualified Latin teachers for our high schools,
middle schools, and even elementary schools. Even though it is cliché, we must
admit that our best defense is a good offense. If you teach a student who would
make a fine teacher, approach him or her and offer the suggestion. Too often we
leave matters to themselves and let the student find his or her own path, but
being encouraged by a professor or teacher can make all the difference. I speak
from experience when a professor in college mentioned in passing that I would
make a fine teacher… and the rest is history!
joining us for the Spring Meeting of the Classical Association of Virginia on
Saturday, May 6. We will be meeting on the campus of Christopher Newport
University in Newport News, a part of the state CAV has not visited in quite
some time. I am excited to announce that we will be presenting scholarships and
awards to our deserving students and hear pedagogical, geographical, and
archeological presentations from our very own Nora Kelley, Elizabeth Fisher,
and Bartolo Natoli. In keeping with what has become a fun (and at times a
competitive in a friendly way) tradition, you won’t want to miss the Silent
Auction! Make plans now to attend and convince a colleague to ride along! There
is always room for more at one of the premier meetings for classics
professionals in Virginia!
Finally, save the
date, Saturday, September 30, for the Fall Meeting of CAV on the grounds of the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
I hope to see you
soon in Newport News!
Curate ut valeatis!
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