Student Achievements in Classical Studies, 2016

  • Hannah Forde-Smith, BS University Studies (Mentor John Stevens), is giving an oral presentation at Research and Creative Achievement Week on “Understanding Justice Through the Myth of Perses: Reflections on Hesiod’s Works and Days”
  • Mia Willis, BA MULT: Classical Civilization, is giving an oral presentation at INTERSECTIONS: ARTS AND SCIENCES on “Greco-Roman Paganism in the Architectural Culture of the Southern Levant During the Roman Empire”
  • Jacob Parks gave an oral presentation at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on “Augustus and the Army: Success, Failure and Reform” for which he received travel support from the ECU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Mia Willis is a dual degree student in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and recipient of the 2016 Anthony J. Papalas Scholarship in Classical Studies and the Grover and Jessie Rogers Scholarship in Archeology. Her academic specialty is Augustan age archaeology of the Roman provinces, with a focus on the juxtaposition of Roman paganism and indigenous religion. Her undergraduate thesis on the temple complexes at Baalbek and Gerasa was presented this past February at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Undergraduate Classics Conference. In the fall of 2017, Mia will begin her Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University.

During the summer of 2016, Mia received her archaeological field training through an accredited internship with the Totah Archaeological Project conducted by San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. It was on the B-Square Ranch that she and six other interns spent 4 weeks excavating units within the Great Kiva of the Pointe Pueblo site.