Minutes of the November 2017 Meeting
Minutes of the Tennessee Classical Association Annual Meeting
November 17, 2017, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN
President Abigail Simone convened the meeting in the Dining Hall of Montgomery Bell Academy at 7:30pm. 18 were in attendance. Vice-President Ryan Sellers was absent because of the impending arrival of a little Sellers, and expressed all our good wishes. President Simone thanked Sarah Ellery on the Association’s behalf for arranging this upgraded meeting venue in an ACTFL year. Enthusiastic applause.
I. Approval of Minutes and Treasurer’s Report President Simone had circulated electronically the minutes of the meeting of November 5, 2016. On the motion of Nancy Howell, seconded by Ed Gaffney, these were approved unanimously without changes or corrections.
Treasurer’s report- Chris Craig: Current balance is $2,118. Excluding $540 in pass-through costs for our banquet, the current balance is $1578, compared to $1264 last year. This total reflects disbursements for last year’s TCA Distinguished Latin Teaching Award honorarium, for our contribution to NCLG and a modest bank charge. It reflects revenue of $130 of dues received prior to this year’s meeting and the generous donations of several members. The TCA balance continues to increase modestly each year, and now is sufficient for some expenditure pro bono publico. Treasurer’s report unanimously approved without questions or corrections.
1. TJCL Report- Reagan Ryder
Reagan is the TJCL publicity chair, and they are trying to increase their online presence. Reminders: Register your chapter for 2017-18. Convention is April 20-21, 2018, at APSU.
2. TFLTA Report- Sarah Ellery
Vote in the TFLTA elections, and consider nominating yourself or a colleague. You must have been in TFLTA for 3 years. Don’t forget about the West and East TN regional conferences sponsored by TFLTA, dates TBA. From Abigail Simone: If you don’t regularly attend TFLTA, consider attending in November 2018.
3. Tennessee World Language Standards Report- Scott Cochran
The new standards will go into effect in 2019. Scott and Abby Simone represented us in this process. Scott thanks us for completing the survey, which had a great impact on the decisions made. Over 90 Latin teachers responded, with the overwhelming results advocating for no interpersonal communication mentioned in the standards and the continued separation of Modern and Classical Languages. Some people advocated for more detail, some wished them more vague, and Scott believes that both of these groups’ wishes were accommodated. Abigail: Please go online and view the standards. Plaudimus!
4. CAMWS Report- Ed Long
Ed begins with helpful background information on CAMWS and its primary mission. Annual Meeting is in Albuquerque, NM, April 11-14, 2018. CAMWS Southern Section is October 18-20, 2018, at Wake Forest. Through the Committee for the Promotion of Latin (CPL) money is available for teacher training courses, taking students abroad, classics day programs at universities, taking your students to JCL conventions. Please contact Ed, and he will forward your information about applying for money from CPL. He will be sure to mention our meeting in his report to CAMWS. Ryan Sellers is rotating off the board and would greatly appreciate help and someone to take his place in those responsibilities for the CAMWS Latin Translation Contest.
5. ACL Report- Charles Umiker
Charles was our TCA rep at the ACL Institute in June. He exhorts us to consider going in 2018 to Missoula, MT and the following year to NYC. The new Executive Committee model seems to be working well for their leadership.
6. SCS Report- Chris Craig
Society for Classical Studies is the new name for the APA. This name change reflects a change in philosophy “from gatekeeper to gateway.” SCS wants to be more like CAMWS, and has appointed a “legate” for each state to keep the SCS informed about grassroots classics activities. Chris Craig is that person for our state. He will know more after the group’s first meeting, in Boston in January 2018. If the SCS will give Tennessee classicists money and lend their name in situations where we need leverage, this will be worthwhile. Please stay tuned.
III. New Business
1. Nominating Committee Appointments
President Simone wants to appoint Diana Tomayko, Sandy Hughes, and Steve Tackett to the nominating committee. Motion moved by Reagan Ryder, seconded by Sarah Ellery, and passed unanimously.
2. TCA Distinguished Teaching Committee Appointments
Dan Solomon, Tim Russell, and Reagan Ryder. Motion moved by Sarah Ellery, seconded by Ed Gaffney, and passed unanimously.
3. Donation to National Committee for Latin and Greek
Nancy Howell moves that a $100 donation to the Committee of Latin and Greek. Alice Sanford seconds. Motion passed unanimously.
4. TCA support for the NCL&G Recommendations for the Seal of Biliteracy (attached), After President Simone’s careful explanation, Reagan Ryder moved that the TCA endorse the NCL&G recommendations. Many seconded. Passed unanimously.
1. Be sure to vote for our nominees for TFLTA Officers. Ballots are at booth #1247 in the exhibit hall.
2. TFLTA Mini Conferences Proposals, dates announced next week.
3. TFLTA Workshop/Session Proposals due May 1st
1. TCA Distinguished Teaching Award- Abigail Simone presented in place of committee chair Daniel Solomon. Tim Russell and Ryan Sellers also served on the selection committee.
Reagan Ryder was announced to universal acclamation. President Simone extolled her many virtues through student and coworker testimonials and a genuinely heartfelt speech. Clearly, this award was richly deserved (litotes). Magistra Ryder was presented with two certificates suitable for framing and a small honorarium. Prolonged and enthusiastic applause.
2. Merita Recognition
Maxime plaudimus Susan Martin, who soon retires from UT Knoxville on December 31. Abby Simone gave us an amazing speech and Dr. Martin a laurel pin, so that “though she never rested on her laurels, the laurels may rest on her.” Standing ovation for this beloved mentor, faithful colleague, and relentless champion of our cause. A champagne toast followed. Susan’s gracious response was warmly received.
VI. Banquet Address
"Greeks and Romans on Ancient (and Modern) Education”
Terry L. Papillon
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College,
Professor of Classics, The University of the South
Terry Papillon, Dean at Sewanee since 2014 and one of our newest Tennessee Classicists, used Cicero, Isocrates, Plato, and Quintilian to help us think about the role of reflecting on performance as a pedagogical tool in both ancient and modern contexts. His talk was warmly received, and he was warmly welcomed to his first meeting of the TCA.
Diana Tomayko, Recorder & Chris Craig, Secretary