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Eta Sigma Phi

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Eta Sigma Phi, a national honor society for classics students

Who Are We?

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Established by a group of Classics students in 1914 at the University of Chicago (now the Alpha Chapter) and later merged with a similar group (now the Beta Chapter) from Northwestern University, Eta Sigma Phi (or ΗΣΦ) became a national society in 1924. In 1925, the Gamma Chapter was founded here at Ohio University, making ours one of the oldest chapters in Eta Sigma Phi's history.

What Do We Do?

At the national level, Eta Sigma Phi holds as its purpose the development and promotion of interest in classical studies at the collegiate level, and we in the Gamma Chapter are committed to such. As a result, we hold weekly meetings and plan events throughout the academic term dedicated to celebrating and promoting our classical heritage, whether through events simple as Classics-based movie nights or as involved as our annual Taste of Classics event. Furthermore, through the benevolent powers that run the national organization, our members have the opportunity to apply for a number of highly desirable scholarships and contests designed to assist students in their efforts to further their studies.

Di Immortales, how amazing! (or: How Can I Join?)

Although three kinds of membership are available at a national level, the most common kind of membership is active membership. In order to become an active member of Eta Sigma Phi, one must have at least a semester of Latin or Greek with a minimum grade of at least a B.

But Greek is killing me! Eheu, aorist passives!

Never fear, young discipuli discipulaeque. We offer free walk-in tutoring every week during the semester. Can't make it to our evening sessions? Not a problem. We're also tutors through the Academic Advancement Center as well, so that even if you can't come to our meetings, you can still defeat whichever villainous verb form happens to give you grief.

Having trouble with Latin? Don't be this guy. Get help.

Additionally, one need not be a member of Eta Sigma Phi to enjoy the myriad events sponsored by our chapter. All events—weekly meetings, tutoring sessions, movie nights, and others—are open to non-members. This means that even if it really is "all Greek" to you, you can still take part in our events, listen to our speakers, and eat our pizza.

Where Do I Come?

Weekly meetings are held in the blissful pocket of space-time known as Ellis 213B, the Classics library. The location of special events may vary, but Ellis Hall tends to house most of our shenanigans.

What is the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow?

What kind of swallow, African or European?

Wait, who is writing this thing?

Pay no attention to the Classics student behind the curtain…

For more information about Eta Sigma Phi, contact local chapter president Rachel Thomas (email: rt604409@ohio.edu) and/or visit the website for the national society.

Tutoring Opportunities

Need help with learning Latin or Greek? Want an extra set of eyes on that paper you need to turn in for your Classics or World Religions course? Never fear! Eta Sigma Phi offers free, private tutoring for Greek and Latin. We tutor students in all levels of study and are available for private or group tutoring. Just send us an email at EtaSigmaPhiOUtutoring@gmail.com with your name, course level, and the kind of tutoring you'd like, and a qualified master of the ancient arts (read: tutor) will get back to you.

Recent News about Eta Sigma Phi

Ohio University Classics & World Religionsfaculty, students, and staff gathered at the departments annual Awards Ceremony on April 21stto look back on the years highlights, honor graduating seniors, and recognize scholarship recipients. The event was hosted by Emeritus Professor George Weckman in his beautiful home at 19 Park Place. Students […]

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Eta Sigma Phi – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Apr 28

Eta Sigma Phi is excited to announce a special undergraduate panel at the Ohio Classical Conference coming to Ohio University this Oct. 4-5, 2013. Featuring a performance of Mary Zimmermans Metamorphoses, presented by the Ohio University School of Theater, and a special lecture by Professor Garth Tissol of Emory University, […]

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Eta Sigma Phi – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Jun 10

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Eta Sigma Phi Gamma of Ohio held a colloquium on Whats Next? Jobs and Professions after Graduation. A number of alumni participated: two in person (Paul Patton and Max Smith), two via Google Hangout (Casey Neill and Eden Oxley), and three with written responses to […]

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Eta Sigma Phi – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Jun 01

April 19, 2013 By Jim Andrews The annual Taste of Classics event, sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi, Gamma of Ohio, takes place Monday, April 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Ellis 113. In addition to various delectable dishes, a delectable little play will be performed (in English and Latin) by […]

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Eta Sigma Phi – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Jun 01

September 29, 2011 Tim Smith Go Greek (No, really. Greek) Come learn about Eta Sigma Phi, Ohio University’s honor society for students of Latin and Greek. A recruitment dinner is Thursday, Sept. 29, k2011, at 7 p.m. in Ellis Hall 212.

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Eta Sigma Phi – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Jun 01

November 22, 2011 By Rachel Thomas Classics is a field filled with some of the most fascinating parts of history. As a field, it is almost by nature interdisciplinaryone cant study Classics without studying politics, literature, law, religion, language, and philosophy. It is not a field for the faint of […]

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