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Student awarded 1st classical languages scholarship

An Austin Peay State University student has been named the first recipient of the Johanna W. Mitchell Award in Classics, a scholarship established to promote the study of the classical Latin and Greek languages and culture.

Robert Lusk, the recipient, is in his third year of Greek studies and second year of Latin. Lusk is a junior majoring in classical languages.

Dr. Tim Winters, associate professor of classical languages at APSU, said Lusk was deserving of the scholarship.
An Austin Peay State University student has been named the first recipient of the Johanna W. Mitchell Award in Classics, a scholarship established to promote the study of the classical Latin and Greek languages and culture.

Robert Lusk, the recipient, is in his third year of Greek studies and second year of Latin. Lusk is a junior majoring in classical languages.

Dr. Tim Winters, associate professor of classical languages at APSU, said Lusk was deserving of the scholarship.

“He is the kind of student faculty dream of,” Winters said. “He comes to class prepared, has read the assignment and thought about it, done the written work and reviewed previous work as necessary. His interest in unflagging.”

The award was founded in memory of Johanna Mitchell, a lifelong lover of the Latin language and culture, Winters said. When Mitchell died, Dr. Jeannie Randall, associate professor of languages and literature and friend of Mitchell, suggested a scholarship be endowed in Mitchell's honor.

Winters said the scholarship will help encourage students to pursue a teaching career in the Latin language.

“Latin is one of the areas in which there is a critical shortage of teachers,” Winters said. “Following the drop-off in the study of Latin during the 1960s and '70s, people began to realize what they had lost. Since then, Latin has grown steadily again, and there is now something of a boom.

“Jobs exist in every state, and we can't produce Latin teachers fast enough to fill the positions,” Winters said.

For more information about the Johanna W. Mitchell Award in Classics or to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact the Office of Alumni and Annual Giving by telephone at (931) 221-7979.

For more information about studying classical languages at APSU, contact Winters by telephone at (931) 221-7118 or by e-mail at winterst@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer