Tom Sienkewicz, the Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, has received a prestigious award from the American Classics League for his sustained and distinguished service to the classics profession.
At the 67th Summer Institute of the ACL, held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Sienkewicz received a Meritus Award, for which he was nominated by LeaAnn Smoley Osburn, a 1972 Monmouth graduate and retired Latin teacher at Barrington (Ill.) High School.
At the ACL institute, its president, Peter Howard of Troy University, read from a citation listing Sienkewicz’s many accomplishments in the classics, which include diligently encouraging and training future Latin teachers, exposing students to travel experiences in Greece and Rome, and service to the ACL and other classics organizations.
“(Professor Sienkewicz) “definitely has a passion for the classics, devotion to the art of teaching, and is a master teacher. He is experienced in teaching all areas of classical studies, but also in the much-needed realm of training new teachers. … Realizing the needs of teachers, as well as the influx of technology tools, he co-authored … a Latin text series integrating technology tools for both students and instructors. In a similar inspection of needs, he has written, spoken and led drives to attract new teachers of the classics for all levels.”
A frequent presenter at ACL, as well as at local and regional events, Sienkewicz has addressed topics ranging from pedagogy to literature, to archaeology, travel, language skills and mythology. Additionally, students over the years have benefited from his personal touches on trips to Italy and Greece, which he has integrated into the Monmouth College curriculum. An interest in archaeology from his earliest academic years lends a special quality to those trips.
The list of publications by Sienkewicz, added Howard, is almost as long as the list of his participation, office-holding and service to national, regional and local classical organizations. Among those services are several years on numerous boards and committees for ACL, including serving as its national vice-president.
“A true student himself, this honoree continues to read, research, write and explore the field of classics,” concluded Howard. “As with Pliny, there always seems to be something, somewhere, which needs to be looked at, described and passed on to future students and teachers.”
Sienkewicz, who joined the Monmouth faculty in 1984, holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
The American Classical League was founded in 1919 to foster the study of classical languages in the United States and Canada. Membership is open to any person who is committed to the preservation and advancement of the classical inheritance from Greece and Rome.