Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome." Click to visit the national honorary's Web site.
Hillsdale's own chapter of Eta Sigma Phi gives classicists opportunities to come together to bowl, to eat, and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Each fall, the honorary sponsors a picnic at Baw Beese park; each winter, it sponsors Honorama, a bowling challenge that raises money for Habitat; and each Spring, the honorary again comes together to eat food. The honorary encourages students to interact with their classmates and professors outside of class. Moreover, it gives Hillsdale students the chance to compete in Eta Sigma Phi's national translation exams, in which Hillsdale students have done very well the past few years; a number of students have finished within the top three in both the Latin and Greek categories. Perhaps the largest and most active honorary on campus, Eta Sigma Phi has reason to be proud.
For more information on the honorary, contact its faculty advisor, Dr. Garnjobst.
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