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Friday, August 28, 2015

A Message from our Austrian Fulbright Scholar/TA, Chris Jakits

Chris will be with us until May, helping students with their speaking and writing, helping plan German Club events, and adding to the international character of our department and campus.  Welcome to CSB/SJU, Chris!  Here is Chris'note to us:  

Servus liebe Studentinnen und Studenten,

es freut mich sehr, dass ihr euch dazu entschieden habt, Deutsch zu studieren, insbesondere da es keine einfache Sprache ist. Was es jedoch einfacher macht, sind die vielen Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen Englisch und Deutsch.

Am besten stelle ich mich jedoch einmal vor: Mein Name ist Christoph, ich bin 23 Jahre alt und komme aus einem kleinen Dorf in der Nähe von Wien. Vor vier Jahren habe ich begonnen, Deutsch und Englisch an der Universität Wien zu studieren.

Universität Wien

Ein Jahr habe ich in Birmingham, Großbritannien studiert, wo ich Menschen aus aller Welt kennenlernen durfte. So besuchte mich letztes Jahr meine vietnamesische Freundin Ming Ha in Wien, wo wir eine berühmte Sehenswürdigkeit besuchten. Könnt ihr erraten, welche es war?

Welches berühmte Gebäude steht im Hintergrund? 

Ein anderer Ort, den ich auch besonders gerne besuche, ist der Wiener Prater, berühmt für sein Riesenrad. Man kann dort einen wundervollen Ausblick über Wien genießen, traditionelle Köstlichkeiten wie Langos probieren oder mit seinen Freunden in einer der vielen Attraktionen Spaß haben.

Das Wiener Riesenrad und der Stefansdom

Das war jedoch nur eine kleine Auswahl der Plätze, die man in Wien besuchen sollte.

Ich freue mich auf ein tolles Jahr mit euch!
Liebe Grüße,
Christoph

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thank you to the Fulbright Program and Its Partner, the Austrian-American Educational Commission


Dear Friends of the CSB/SJU German Program,

We are grateful for our partnership with the Fulbright Program and with their partners in Austria, the Austrian-American Educational Commission. These two programs have supported recent grad researchers and up-and-coming teachers for many years. Current students of our program are strongly urged to apply for this opportunity to teach and do research.

Fulbright Scholarship/TAship  Recipients:

1. Joseph Berns 2014
2. Daniel Schmit 2014
3. Alexander Van Loh 2014
4. Joseph Miller 2014
5. Chris Pignato - 2012
6. John Jacobs - 2012
7. Matt Beck - 2009
8. Michael Risch-Jansen - 2009
9. Sam Lauer - 2009
10. Robert Mevissen - 2009
11. Amy Herou - 2009
12. Angela Sigl - 2008
13. Laura Wunsch - 2008 -- 3 consecutive years
14. Ryan Fader - 2007
15. Erik Hendrickson - 2007
16. Mark Bublitz - 2007 -- 2 consecutive years
17. David Lambert - 2007
18. Keith Spinali - 2006 -- 2 consecutive years
19. Josh Wittrock - 2006
20. Lew Grobe - 2006
21. Bennett Frensko - 2006  -- 3 consecutive years
22. Chris Schumacher - 2005
23. Kim Skramstad - 2005
24. Sarah Miller - 2005
25. John Kamman - 2005
26. Brian Schnese - 2004
27. Edward Kasner - 2004
28. Paul Krook - 2003
29. Andy Stern - 2003
30. Gabi Fosado - 2003
31. Paul Zimmel - 2003
32. Jeremy Chinquist - 2003
33. Gretchen Diercks - 2003
34. Chris Schumacher – 2002
35. Sarah Miller - 2002
36. Aaron Voth - 2002
37. Kim Skramstad - 2002
38. Stefan Theimer - 2002
39. Danielle Simpson - 2002
40. John Kamman - 2002
41. mssing info for 1998-2001
42. Joshua Hayes - 1997
43. Margaret Zenk - 1996
44. Christina Briggs - 1994
45. Stacey Gerlach - 1994
46. Julie Watteras - 1994
47. Patrick Seaman - 1994
48. Jennifer Sell - 1993
49. Genia Kolyszko - 1993
50. Gretchen Terhaar - 1992
51. Ray Catudal - 1992
52. Benjamin Johnson - 1992
53. Michael Murray - 1992
54. Eric Andree - 1992
55. Vachel Miller - 1991
56. Daniel Steger - 1991
57. Amy Wesler - 1991
58. Leanne Baumgarten - 1991
59. Kelly Birk - 1991
60. Amy Brunell - 1991
61. Karla Heins - 1990
62. Michella Lang - 1990
63. Helen Langer - 1990
64. Patricia Wagner - 1990
65. Mary Schmidt - 1989
66. Julie Kilkhammer - 1988
67. Ann Leutmer - 1988
68. Kelli Rasmussen - 1987
69. Sandra Toenies - 1987

Information on our two CSB/SJU graduates who are in leadership positions at Fulbright:

Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Executive Director, Fulbright (Austrian-American Educational) Commission


Lonnie Johnson (CSB/SJU German Studies graduate 1974) is the executive director of the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission) in Vienna. During his visit to CSB/SJU in late November, Lonnie gave a talk to members of the Office of Education Abroad, the Center for Global Education, the Global Business Leadership Department and the German Studies Program. In his remarks, Lonnie analyzed the changing nature of study abroad and its ever-increasing importance for American students.   The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries. Dr. Johnson’s research and publications focus on the history of Central Europe and Austria. Dr. Johnson has published books and articles on Austrian and central European history and politics including, Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends; Vienna: The Past in the Present; and Introducing Austria. He received a B.A. from St. John’s University in Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.
   Over the years, dozens of students from the German Studies Program at CSB/SJU have participated in the Austrian and German Fulbright Teaching Assistant Programs for one to three years after graduating from college. We deeply appreciate Lonnie's ongoing support of his undergraduate German Program.



    CSB/SJU Alumnus Daniel Kramer has recently been named the Director of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York City. He is pictured here with his wife, Debra Prager.
     As Director Dan manages the operations of this program, including overseeing the annual competition and screening of applications by IIE-developed panels of academic specialists. Over 9,000 graduating seniors, graduate-level candidates, and young professionals (such as writers, creative and performing artists and journalists) apply to study, conduct research or serve as English Teaching Assistants abroad. Over 1,600 grants are awarded in over 140 countries world-wide.
    Dan graduated from Saint John's and Saint Ben's in 1989 and completed a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University before taking teaching posts at Holy Cross College and Washington and Lee University. He has been recipient of Fulbright and other research awards. “20 years ago I was awarded a Fulbright grant to Germany, and have been involved with the program ever since, serving on the Fellowships Committee as well as the board of the local Fulbright Association chapter. To direct this program two decades later is a real honor and privilege.” Since his Fulbright year abroad, Dan has also led many student groups to Germany, and regards it as his second home.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Adventszeit 2014: German Club Creates Gifts for Friends and Family


Last Sunday, the CSB/SJU German Club hosted the annual gingerbread house night in the McKeown Center. An estimated 20 people attended, and students were able to build their own gingerbread houses using homemade Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Paula Doebel, a local supplied the gingerbread and other necessary supplies, as she has in the past. Students engaged in a friendly atmosphere while building their houses and listening to Christmas music.  Everyone enjoyed being able to take a short study break to de-stress before diving into finals week. The event began at 7:15pm and most students stayed until around 8:30 when they had finished building their houses. After the event, students were able to take their completed houses home with them. The event was an overall success and we continuing this German tradition here at CSB/SJU.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oktoberfest 2014 a Great Success

The German Club was proud to host our fifth annual Oktoberfest in Bro. Willie’s Pub on Saturday, Oct. 18th. As in past years, the event included music, dancing, good food and drink, and games with prizes. Campus DJs did a great job of DJing the event, playing a combination of popular German and Austrian songs, electronic music, and even a small amount of Polka to get people dancing. Food served included hot Brezen and Würstl. Beer was served upstairs, including Paulaner Weißbier, the world-famous wheat beer brewed in Munich. Games included Steinheben, a game where contestants attempt to hold a liter of water with an outstretched arm for as long as possible, a costume contest with prizes for the best dressed Mädel and Bursche, and a guessing game where contestants had to estimate the number of gummy bears in a liter Stein. We had an estimated 200 people attend, and it was all in all a great event!
     Congratulations, German Club Members, on organizing such a fine event.

Students on the Salzburg Semester Program Experience Great Roommates, Travel.


The ten students in the 2014 Salzburg group are settled into their dorm rooms and most have met their roommates (from France, Greece, Pakistan, Kosovo). They sailed through two weeks of intensive German classes and orientation activities, and have been on the regular course schedule since mid-September taking art history, philosophy, the study abroad seminar--and German, natürlich! They’ve also mastered the art of riding city buses, traveling by train, shopping at the beautifully renovated Merkur, cooking pumpkin soup and Putenschnitzel, and wearing Dirndl and Lederhosen. We saw Mozart’s Zauberflaute in the Marionettentheater and were given a tour of the Hohensalzburg Festung (fortress) by a guide who had a key to all the locked doors! Moreover, the group is healthy, arrives on time, and remains cheerful and flexible, even during those early days of unrelenting rain. Ausgezeichnet!
          We visited the most beautiful example of Austrian Baroque at the Melk monastery, stood before the grave of miraculous Saint Walburga in the Eichstätt convent, walked the streets of Eichstätt to see Germany’s largest collection of Baroque buildings, ate dinner in an old castle, marveled at the immensity of Nürnberg’s Altstadt, learned about the Third Reich at the new Documentaton Center at the former NSDAP party rally grounds, and saw the lovely library and monastery church in Metten. And these are just the highlights! The students are soaking up knowledge like sponges, making comparisons, integrating knowledge and experience, and asking probing questions. We’re hoping for more of the same as we finish this first month and look forward to the second.
                Best wishes to all from this very special place, Salzburg group 2014
Contributed by director, Anna Lisa Ohm.

Austin Eighan ('14) Receives International Parliament Scholarship



Austin has been selected to receive a scholarship from the German Federal Parliament to participate in their five-month long International Parliament Scholarship (IPS) starting in March 2015. The participants selected from around the world gather to pursue their political, historical, economic, social and cultural research alongside practical work with members of the German government and attend lectures at Berlin universities. The IPS will give Austin an opportunity to pursue further his research begun for his Honors thesis on the success of middle-size corporations in Germany and supportive policies of the German government as well as social attitudes. Over 100 young students from around the world are chosen for this special program which, since it was founded in 1986, has become more theoretical and more  international in scope.

Congratulations, Austin -- a scholarship well deserved!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rebecca Bilbro Returns from a Year in Eichstätt, Our Program Abroad for German Majors and Minors


   My year abroad in Eichstätt was one of the best experiences of my life. It was definitely different than spending time at CSB/SJU, but I loved it. The most surprising thing about my first week in Eichstätt was how accessible everything was. In Minnesota, you need a car to get around, but in Eichstätt, you can walk almost everywhere in a short amount of time. What you can't walk to is easily reached by one of the many reasonably priced buses. I was also surprised at the amount of cafes and grocery stores within walking distance. Eichstätt is a small town, but I could easily walk to at least five grocery stores and countless cafes and bakeries.
   I was lucky enough to live right next to the Marktplatz, so it was a quick walk to the bakeries and some of the shops. It was a 10 minute walk to the university and about 15 minutes to the main library, but it was a pleasant walk when the weather was nice. I shared my apartment with another international student, but I had my own bedroom. The apartment was a bit small, but it worked for us. Our kitchen didn't have an oven, but there were shared kitchens with ovens on the main floor. Overall, the living situation was quite nice.
    When the semester started, I took lots of German classes. I could have taken classes in English, but I chose to take all of them in German. There were a lot of courses that were specifically for international students, so my teachers were all understanding to the needs of non-native German speakers. I took German literature classes, a class to help with proper German pronunciation, classes to help with reading and comprehension, and even a theater class! Each class was once a week, so I had a lot of free time to work on homework, meet with friends, and enjoy the town. Since my classes were meant to help improve my German, I don't think they were as strenuous as most classes at the university were. I did get homework, but it didn't seem to be as much as what I'd get at CSB/SJU. I can't really compare the classes, though, since I've never taken classes at CSB/SJU that were meant for students who don't speak English as a first language.
   The most helpful person in Eichstätt was the woman in the international office. I did get paired up with a student who had been studying in Eichstätt for years, and while he was helpful, the woman in the international office was able to answer all of my questions about classes, forms to fill out, and more. If you're planning on spending time at the university in Eichstätt, be sure to take advantage of the help the international office offers. They provide quick and helpful answers to any question you may have. You should also take advantage of the activities and excursions put on by AK International (a student-run group for international students). I was able to travel to many places for incredibly low prices: I even got to go to Salzburg for the day for only 10€!
    During my time in Eichstätt, I was able to learn and experience so much. It would be difficult to choose just one good memory out of all of them, but I will never forget spending afternoons in my favorite cafe in the Marktplatz, drinking coffee and talking to new friends.
    Welcome home, Rebecca!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CSB/SJU Grad Leo Riegert Receives Tenure in the German Department at Kenyon College


Professor Riegert joined the Kenyon College community in 2008. He enjoys teaching German language, literature and culture at all levels, and has taught advanced courses with topics such as Love and Madness in German Literature, the representation of the Holocaust, the history of German film, and German women writers.  Congratulations, Leo!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Grant Christian berichtet begeistert aus Deutschland


Grüß Gott!  Ich schreibe von Bad Reichenhall, Deutschland. Diese Woche ist meine dritte und letzte Woche hier. Schade! Ich habe viel Spaß gehabt, und eine andere Perspektiv der deutschen Kultur gelernt. Ich wohne in der Kaserne mit elf anderen Kadetten aus den ganzen USA. Unsere Gruppe arbeitet und trainiert mit der Bundeswehr. Am meistens lehren sie uns, weil sie hochqualifiziert sind, und wir sind erst Studenten. Wir haben so viel gemacht. Klettern, abseilen, MG3 u. G36 (schau im Internet an!) schießen, Pferd reiten, schwimmen, und viel Sport. Und natürlich sprechen und lachen wir viel mit den Soldaten. 


            Die Soldaten sind sehr nett, freundlich, und nicht so anders als wir. Ihr Grund fuers Eintreten ist gleich wie die amerikanische Soldaten. Die haben viel Nationalstolz und wollen ihrem Land dienen. Leider sind die Soldaten nicht so geliebt wie in Amerika. Die Soldaten sagen “es gibt die Erde, dann gibt’s uns.” Aber die sind alle so unglaublich glücklich. Sie mögen wirklich, was sie machen. Der Bundeswehr wird weniger und weniger Soldaten in der Zukunft haben. Das bedeutet, dass jeder Soldat wirklich dienen will. Ich denke, das ist wunderbar. Ich erinnere mich an unsere Konversation über Leute, die für den falschen Grund eintreten. 


Jedenfalls, sollen wir “up-catchen!” wenn ich zurück bin. Ich fliege nach Amerika nächste Mittwoch. Bis dann! 


Liebe Grüße, 


Grant Christian