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MC now home to major professional organization

09/17/2012
Monmouth College classics professor Tom Sienkewicz (left) has begun a five-year terms as secretary-treasurer of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), which is now officially headquartered in Monmouth. He is assisted by MC staff member Jevanie Gillen and by sophomore Tim Morris of Olive Branch, Miss.
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During the summer, Monmouth College became the official home of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), an organization for classics teachers at all levels, undergraduate and graduate students, and anyone else who enjoys learning about the world of classical antiquity.
 
Previously located at St. Olaf College, the CAMWS office is now managed by Monmouth College’s Tom Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics, who has been appointed to a five-year term as secretary-treasurer of CAMWS and business manager of The Classical Journal, an internationally-known scholarly publication. His administrative assistant is Jevanie Gillen. Tim Morris, a sophomore classics major from Olive Branch, Miss., who plans to become a Latin teacher, is also assisting Sienkewicz.
 
An open house for the campus community has been schedule for Sept. 27 “so everyone can have a better idea what CAMWS is,” said Sienkewicz.
 
A previous secretary-treasurer was the late Roy Lindahl, a 1954 Monmouth graduate, who was a professor of classics at Furman University and son-in-law of the late MC classics and psychology professor Harold Ralston.
 
“Serving as CAMWS secretary-treasurer is a great responsibility and sacred trust,” said Sienkewicz. “I am honored to serve the classical profession in this way and bring national – even international – attention to Monmouth College.”
 
CAMWS was founded at the University of Chicago in 1905 and incorporated in the state of Missouri on in 1948. An educational, not-for-profit organization, CAMWS covers 32 Midwestern, Western, and Southern states and three Canadian provinces.
 
The organization produces three publications: The Classical Journal (published quarterly), an online pedagogical journal, Teaching Classical Languages (twice a year), and a newsletter (three times a year). The organization’s annual meeting takes place in the spring.
 
More information about the Classical Association of the Middle West and South is available at www.camws.org.