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March 10, 2008

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The University of Texas at Tyler

Classics Honor Society Recognizes UT Tyler Students Studying Latin

The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Literature and Languages has started a national honor society to recognize its outstanding students studying Latin, Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

Theta Kappa is the university’s chapter of the Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society, which is a nationally-known Greek honor society that recognizes strong academic ablilites among undergraduate students studying Latin and Greek.

“This chapter gives our students who do excellent work in Latin a chance to be a part of a national group that recognizes excellence in this field,” said Dr. Paul Streufert, UT Tyler assistant professor of literature and languages, who also serves as the chapter’s faculty sponsor. “Currently, the university does not offer Greek, but I hope in the upcoming years we will add it to the Department of Literature and Languages.”

Membership is open to all majors who have taken two or more semester courses in Latin and carry at least a 3.0 GPA.

“Many students who are in the honor society also are in the UT Tyler Latin Club, although you do not have to join the club to be a member of the honor society,” Streufert added.

The honor society was approved by the Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society at its national conference last spring.

For more information or to apply, contact Streufert, 903.565.5823 or pstreufert@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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