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Amicitiae immortales, mortales inimicitiae de- bent esse—Livy 40.46

Inside this issue:

Robert Ketterer reviews Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia

Last Chance to see Art in Roman Life

Upcoming Lectures and Events at CRMA

A Student and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Mrs. Harness

Students Praise Mr. Burr

Dowling Students Thank Mrs. Campbell

“I have tried to impress upon my students the value of Latin as basic. Maybe it doesn’t answer all the ques- tions, but it provides a tool for the sys- tematic analysis of language by which we attempt to com- municate clearly and convincingly.”

  • Pat Burr, explain-

ing why teaching Latin makes a difference








May 2005

Volume 16, Issue 2


Celebrating Three Magnificent Careers: Pat Burr, Vicki Campbell, and Mary Ann Harness

At the end of this school year, Latin teachers Pat Burr (Bettendorf), Vicki Campbell (Dowling, West Des Moines), and Mary Ann Harness (Valley, West Des Moines) will retire from full-time teaching. All three have been mainstays of AMICI, the Classical Association of Iowa, over the years. Pat was long- time Chair of the Iowa Junior Classical League, and Mary Ann has been high school consul since the early 90’s. Amicitia asked each of them to answer some questions about their love of teaching Latin and some of their ex- periences in 100 combined years of teaching.

When did you begin teaching Latin? Where? When did you land in your current job?

Pat Burr: I began teach- ing Latin in the fall of 1963 in Albia High School, Albia, Iowa. I have been at Betten- dorf High from August of

L to R: Pat Burr, Mary Ann

1965 to June of 2005.

Vicki Campbell: I be- gan teaching Latin and French at Liberty Central High School in Liberty, New York in May 1962. Earlier in the year I had been hired to teach Latin beginning in September 1962. One day the Latin teacher walked into the Prin- cipal's office and informed her that they needed to hire a sub because she was not re- turning on Monday. They asked her for how long and she replied, "I'm not return- ing." Evidently that had been

Harness, Vicki Campbell

a bad year for Latin teachers at this school, and this par- ticular person had been a per- manent sub. One evening I received a phone call from the District Principal asking if I could start that week. I told him I was graduating on Sun- day. He asked me to report on Monday. So on Monday morning my two brothers and Mom took me to Liberty to start my permanent sub job. Liberty was two hours away from my home in Scran- ton, Pennsylvania. I went to

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Governor Vilsack Proclaims 2005 as The Year of Languages

Joining the U.S. Senate and the governors of more than a dozen states, Tom Vilsack, Governor of the state of Iowa, issued a proclama- tion on January 3, 2005, en- dorsing 2005 as The Year of Languages. In his proclama- tion, the governor highlights the value of studying other

languages: language study has been shown to contribute to increased cognitive skills, better academic performance, and greater understanding of other people and cultures.

The Year of Languages is an initiative to advance the concept that every American should develop proficiency

not only in English, but in other languages as well. If your school or organization hasn’t made plans to celebrate the Year of Languages, there is still time. Visit www.actfl.org. To read the full text of Governor Vil- sack’s Proclamation, visit the AMICI website.

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