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CCA-South Events and Announcements

1. CCA-South Grants available.
The CCA-South is pleased to announce that grants are available to qualified individuals (Latin teachers, Latin teaching credential students, and Classics students who intend to pursue teaching careers) for up to $750. Grants may be used to attend Classics conventions or Classics-oriented seminars or programs, purchase materials for specific events or projects or professional development, or pay tuition for taking Latin or Greek classes at a local university. Grants will be awarded on the basis of scholarship and impact on teaching. Details and the grant application.


2. Gratulationes Martha!

A hearty congratulations to Martha Altieri for receiving her Silver Bowl for attending 20 JCL conventions and the Summa cum Laude award for outstanding service to the local, state, and national JCL! Martha received these well-deserved honors at the JCL Convention in Fargo this past July.

Her colleague and friend, Dobbie Vasquez of Menlo School in Atherton says of Martha:

For as long as she can remember, Martha wanted to be a teacher. She used to play school with her little sister by tying her to a chair. Believe it or not, however, when Martha took Latin in high school, her teacher thought she was impossible! In those days in West Virginia, teachers could rap students’ knuckles with a ruler. After two years of red knuckles, Martha dropped Latin.

Today, Martha has 250 students taking Latin at Woodbridge High School in Irvine and probably has the most active JCL chapter in the state – if not the nation, has been an outstanding California JCL State Chair for many years, has served on the National Committee as the Convention Advisor for 10 years, and ran last year’s National JCL Convention with me at Davis. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the North American Cambridge Classics Project. She does all this, yet I have never seen her stressed. She is very organized and encourages all of us by her example.

Gratias agimus Martha!


3. Statistics from the National Committee on Latin and Greek on the benefits of studying Latin for the SAT/GRE:

Latin and the GRE stats

Latin vs other subjects, SAT stats

SAT updates for 2008


Emeritus Award at ACL

This summer at the ACL Institute our own Charles Humphreys of Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest (one of two community colleges represented at ACL) received the Emeritus award for sustained and distinguished service to the ACL. He is also an active member in both the CCA-North and South and we certainly appreciate that he always faithfully makes the three-hour drive to our meetings!

Charles was one of the first people I got to know at my first CCA meeting, when I had just started as a Latin teacher and I have always appreciated his consistently positive attendance and input on the board. (If you ask me, his real award should be for doing all this, all these years without an email address!)

Congratulations Charles! (David Maust)