Monday, April 20, 2009

Awards to Classics Students [Updated]

Congratulations to all the Classics students whose hard work has been recognized not only by our university, but by provincial and international organizations!


Colleen Donahoe (MA ’10) and Sarah-Jane Evans (MA ’10) have both been awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship awards, competitive province-wide prizes designed to “encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels.”

Sarah-Jane Evans (MA ’10) has been awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship, a prestigious national scholarship recognizing students “who demonstrate a high standard of achievement.”

Parthenia Magharious (MA ’10) has been accepted into the Summer Program of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, an intensive six-week survey of the sites, topography and literature of the Greek world in historical context. The busy itinerary includes three weeks study in Athens, and three weeks touring sites in Crete, the Peloponnese, and northern Greece. Parthenia has, moreover, been awarded one of only five full scholarships to the school's summer program.

Colleen Donahoe is also the recipient of the first George Mackay Paul Scholarship in Classics for demonstrating a high level of achievement in her first year of graduate studies.


Liana Brent (Classics ’10)—who last year won an Undergraduate Student Research Award to conduct her project Paestum: Regional Variation and Innovation, in which she examined three Doric temples at Poseidonia and Foce del Sele to determine how regionalism affected architecture and sculptural styles in Magna Graecia—has been accepted into the Summer Program in Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. Liana is one of only 12 students accepted for this program, which is normally open only to graduate students.

Alison Innes (Classics ’09) has won the Harry C. Maynard Travel Scholarship from the Ontario Classical Association. Alison intends to use the fellowship to participate in a Study Tour of sites within Turkey (from Istanbul to Cappodocia, to the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts) led by Elizabeth Greene.

Louise Savocchia (Classics ’10) has won first prize (!) in the university-wide Humanities Essay Award contest, level 3, for her paper “The Lone Charioteer: Investigating the Sculpture and Inscription Set from Delphi,” written for Dr. Pope’s Greek Art course, Classics 2B03. In addition, Louise won the E. T. Salmon Travel Fellowship to travel to Greece and continue her research on the Charioteer.

David Wallace (Classics ’10) has won an Undergraduate Student Research Award to continue his research on retrograde inscriptions in Greek vase painting.

Once again: Congratulations all. And if I've left anyone out, please email me!

Classics Students in the News

Continuing the account of the honours heaped upon Classics students: Kyle Stafford (Classics ’12) has been recognized by the university and the city for his role in rescuing a friend from the fire that engulfed the Brandon Hall dormitory in Term I this year.  Kyle was profiled in the Hamilton Spectator, and won a 'Life Saver Award’ from the city of Hamilton.  In addition, he will be formally recognized as a 'Student of Distinction’ by the university, and is currently a nominee for the 'St. John’s Ambulance Award.’  Kyle, a student of Greek, acted in the ancient Greek tradition of rescuing a fallen comrade from the battlefield.  [Right: artist’s depiction of Kyle’s heroic rescue.]

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Classics Club Executive

Results are in for the new Executive Council of the McMaster Classics Club for 2009-10!  
  • President: Rebecca Rathbone
  • Vice-President: Andrew Wood
  • Upper-Year Representative: Erica Urie
  • Secretary: Telmo Madeiros 
  • Treasurer: Louise Savocchia
Check out the Classics Club link for more information on the organization.  And be sure to follow the Club's activities page throughout the next school year for information on lectures, the yearly ROM trip, and the ever-popular pub nights.