Giving

Make a Difference

The enduring contributions of former students, faculty, and friends live on in our student fellowships. Awards vary each year depending on available resources and student needs. Your donation to our fellowship fund makes a real difference in our programs.

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Venus Pompeiana Project
Venus Pompeiana Project

A gift fund has just been established for the Venus Pompeiana Project (VPP), a collaboration between the University of Missouri-Columbia and Mount Allison University (Canada), launched in 2017 under the auspices of the Pompeii Archaeological Park and led by Prof. Mogetta.

VPP aims to resume study of the Sanctuary of Venus at Pompeii, integrating the results of past fieldwork (most recently between 2004 and 2007) with new targeted excavations in order to answer crucial questions about the building phases and cultural meaning of the temple dedicated to Pompeii’s patron deity. VPP has received funding from the AIA Cotsen Fund, MU Research Council and the Canadian government to carry out the systematic digital survey of the monument and an analysis of its stratigraphy. The focus is on the transition from the Late Samnite period (3rd-2nd century BCE) and the foundation of the Roman colony. The goal is to assess the impact of the Roman conquest on the local religious landscape, charting the spatial transformations of the neighborhood occupied by the precinct through the ages, eventually bringing this important monument to public fruition.

Donors can contribute to support research by MU archaeologists, graduate, and undergraduate students, both at the site and in the off-season, by referencing “Venus Pompeiana Proj – Mogetta” or MoCode F5033 to make sure the donation is accurately recorded in this gift fund.

To learn more about the first three seasons of work at the site: https://www.archaeological.org/interactive-dig/pompeii-italy/

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John Miles Foley Classical Studies Award

This fellowship honors our friend and longtime colleague John Miles Foley, who passed away from complications of cancer on May 3, 2012. Through his pioneering work in the oral traditions of cultures around the world, John made significant contributions to a wide variety of academic disciplines. He influenced countless other scholars through his own publication and teaching, and promoted the work of others through the centers he established and the journal he founded and edited for over 25 years. John's family has asked that memorial donations go to this fund to support graduate education in Classical Studies and related fields. Donation checks can be made out to the University of Missouri, with notice of the John Miles Foley Classical Studies Award, and mailed to the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies, 112 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Walter Miller Fellowship

This fellowship is named for Professor Walter Miller, an archaeologist and first dean of the university's Graduate School (1910-1930). Awarded to students who have been accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Donation checks can be made out to the University of Missouri, with notice of the Walter Miller Fellowship and mailed to the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies, 112 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Gene Lane Memorial Fund

This fellowship is named for Eugene Lane, a distinguished member of the department for more than 34 years. Gene published widely in the fields of ancient religion, archaeology, and philology, and many former students remember him fondly, especially, from his introductory Greek classes. Gene spoke modern Greek fluently and spent a great deal of time in Greece. In his memory, the department has dedicated a special fund to enable graduate students to study in Greece. Donation checks can be made out to the University of Missouri, with notice of the Gene Lane Memorial Fund, and mailed to the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies, 112 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Wakefield Foster Memorial Fund

Wake Foster earned his PhD from the University of Missouri and was just beginning a promising teaching career when he suddenly passed away. He was a brilliant Latinist who specialized in metrics and the oral performance of Latin. In his memory the department has dedicated an undergraduate scholarship fund. Donation checks can be made out to the University of Missouri, with notice of the Wakefield Foster Memorial Fund, and mailed to the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies, 112 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Luitpold and Barbara Wallach Fund

We are delighted to announce a major gift to Department of Classical Studies: a generous bequest from the estate of Charles J. Standish in the amount of $100,000. The donation will establish the "Luitpold and Barbara Wallach Fund." Mr. Standish, a longtime friend of Professor Wallach and her late husband Luitpold, designated the support of faculty research as the fund's primary purpose. It is the largest donation in the long history of the department. Look for further news about research awards generated from the fund and opportunities to grow it further. We are very grateful, and the research fostered by his gift will honor the memory of Mr. Standish.

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