Monthly Archives: November 2012

Michael Veale wins DAAD scholarship in German

Michael VealeFor the fourth year in a row, ECU’s German program has had a student selected for an Undergraduate Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

This year’s recipient, MICHAEL VEALE, is a junior from Charlotte double majoring in Theatre Arts and German. Thanks to the award, Michael is spending this academic year as a student at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, where he is taking advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities available to him as a resident of a major European city.

To put this achievement in context, ECU’s program in German is 1 of only 5 in the United States to have had an undergraduate receive a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in each of the last four years, and the only program in the entire Southeast to do so. These four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates to pursue their studies in German and other fields of interest at an institution of higher learning in Germany.

In Michael’s case, the German faculty would like to thank the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre and Dance, in particular Prof. John Shearin, Prof. Hector Garza, and Prof. Gregory Funaro. Their support of Michael’s candidacy was unwavering and much appreciated.

German News 11/12/12

This week is International Week at ECU, so I’ve added a flyer from International Affairs highlighting additional activities for students and faculty.

Wednesday, 14 Nov
–WIR KOCHEN ZU MITTAG: 1-2:30 p.m., Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. We will cook lunch with German recipes. Because of space limitations, only regular German Club members and twelve guests can participate. We speak German only. Please send your reservation to, and please honor your time commitment!

Thursday, 15 Nov
–“Taste of Germany”, 5 p.m., West End and Todd Dining Hall. Featuring Mini Brats and Potato Pancakes. Sponsored by Campus Dining. (Please see Intl Week flyer.)


Monday, 19 Nov
–FILM: “Die Fremde”, 6 p.m., Bate 1026, with subtitles (see flyer for more details).

JOB IN AUSTRIA for Students and Recent Grads

FremdsprachenassistentInnen an einer österreichischen Schule

Informationen zum Programm:
Studierende ab dem 4. Studiensemester und AbsolventInnen haben auch im Schuljahr 2013/14 die Gelegenheit, als SprachassistentInnen an einer österreichischen Schule tätig zu sein und dort ihre Muttersprache zu unterrichten.

Einsatzdauer: 1. Oktober bis 31. Mai
Unterrichtsstunden: 13 pro Woche
Verdienst: 1.080,– Dienstvertrag inkl. Kranken- und Sozialversicherung
Details und Bewerbung

Die Sprachassistenz ist die ideale Tätigkeit,
… im Ausland Arbeitserfahrung zu sammeln,
… sich ein Bild von der Schulrealität in einem anderen Land zu machen,
… die eigenen Fremdsprachenkenntnisse zu verbessern und
… interkulturelle Erfahrungen zu sammeln.

Alumni news, Joel Banjo Johnson, BA German Major

Joel Banjo Johnson, 2009 winner of the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award and BA German major, writes:

Greetings from Ramstein Air Base Germany 🙂
Friday night, we hosted the seasoner opener for the NCAA between UCONN and Michigan State. The game aired live on ESPN and ESPN2. It took us 5 months to plan but the event was a success. I definitely had a lot of fun and all the interviews and coverage turned out well. Everyone learned a little about what we do at Ramstein Air Base. The pic is about an hour before Sports Center was going to air live. I’m grateful for these different experiences. I’m completely exhausted afterwards but excited as its going on. Learned a lot about production behind the scenes and programming.

My Major is now deployed so I’ve taken over. I now am the Chief of Public Affairs for the largest wing in the entire Air Force. It’s certainly a challenge but doing well. Hope all is well in Pirate country! 🙂

German Events 11-7-12

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

Here are the events for this week. Please note that there we are showing Das Experiment on Monday (instead of Goethe!) and that LATERNENFEST will be this Saturday at Prof. Jensen’s house (instead of Thursday on campus as originally planned). We hope you can join us.

*MONDAY, 5 November

–FILM: DAS EXPERIMENT (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2001), with subtitles, beginning at 6 p.m. in BATE 1026

A man taking part in a scientific study finds the fine line between play-acting and reality has been blurred beyond recognition in this taut drama. Tarek Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu) is a journalist who is temporarily making ends meet by driving a taxi when he sees an advertisement offering 4,000 marks to people willing to submit to a psychological experiment. Intrigued, Tarek offers to take part in the study and persuades one of his former editors to help him work up a story about his experiences. Recording the events using a special high-tech video camera hidden in his glasses, Tarek arrives for the two-week experiment to discover half of the volunteers will pose as prison guards and the other half will be their prisoners. Before long the behavior of the subjects suggests more than just make-believe…

*SATURDAY, 10 November

–LATERNENFEST, 5-7 p.m. at Prof. Jensen’s house in Greenville. Please RSVP to Prof. Jensen by Thursday evening so we can plan accordingly and so she can send you directions. For more information about this tradition, please see the following invitation:

Hallo alle miteinander & Hi everybody,

Das Deutsch-Programm an der East-Carolina-Universität lädt euch herzlichst zu einem Sankt-Martins-Treffen ein!
The German Program at ECU cordially invites you to an event celebrating St. Martin’s Day, a German cultural tradition.

Deutsche Kinder basteln ihre eigenen Laternen und gehen später singend durch ihre Nachbarschaft.

German children craft their own paper lanterns and then walk through their neighborhood while singing.

Bitte bringt eure eigenen Materialien mit (siehe unten).

Please bring your own supplies (see below for ideas). You will need: strong paper, scissors, glue, and a dowel or tree branch. You can also come without supplies and help a child construct a lantern.

Hier findet ihr einfache Anweisungen um eure Laterne zu basteln.

Here are websites with instructions for constructing your lantern.