We are very fortunate to have a dynamic Classics Advisory Council whose members continue to provide us with essential support and advice. Last year we said goodbye to Anderson Gaither, who had to bow out because of other duties. We welcomed two new members: Distinguished Professor Emerita Susan Martin who agreed to continue to guide us with her wisdom and immense administrative experience; and Alumna Leigh Anne Cutshaw (’14), who as a Latin teacher at Hardin Valley Academy brings a crucial high school perspective. Other members are Chair Vicki Weaver (’94), vice president and HR director at Mountain Commerce Bank, Jennifer Hardy, senior associate registrar at UT, Holly Jackson-Sullivan, development director in the UT College of Arts and Sciences, Stephanie McCarter (’00), Department of Classics at the University of the South, and Kaitlyn Stiles, a doctoral student in Mediterranean archaeology. This year we have added classics student Alanna Heatherly (’19), who will bring an undergraduate student perspective.
Following their strategic advice, we continue to reach out to target audiences. Each fall, we host a welcoming reception for majors and minors, inviting anyone who has taken classics courses in the last two years. We also staff classics booths at on-campus recruiting events such as Explore CAS (the College of Arts and Sciences)for undecided majors and Research Day, organized by the UT Office of Research and Engagement for high school students. As well as hosting Latin Day, throughout the year Professor Chris Craig attends college recruiting fairs in local high schools. At the other end of the spectrum, we provide career advice to our students. In this vein, Theo Kopestonsky again organized a very successful visit by three alumni Latin teachers to our third-semester Latin classes to encourage them to consider a career in high school teaching.