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Osterfeuer and Scholarship opportunities

Osterfeuer2014Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

I hope you’ll mark your calendars for two big events in April, the Osterfeuer (13 April) and the Musikabend (25 April). Students in particular are reminded of two deadlines this week, one of them Monday (see “Funding” and “Delta Phi Alpha” below). Let’s all hope spring weather asserts itself soon. Es wird langsam Zeit. Regards, Prof. Smith

THIS WEEK

–Deutschklub
3-4 pm, FLL lounge, Wednesday, 26 March: games, conversation, films, music! [GERM 1001-1002 learners are hosted & mentored by more advanced students]
The FLL Lounge is located in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, third floor Bate.

LOOKING AHEAD

–Sunday, 13 April, 4-7 p.m.: Osterfeuer, River Park North.
Please see the attached flyer and sign up with Prof. Jones (jonessu@ecu.edu) by April 2.

–Friday, 25 April: Musikabend, 6pm-?. Please mark your calendars to join us for an evening of music (Brahms, Bach, …), performed by our students! Details forthcoming.

FUNDING
–Applications for the German Studies Priority Fund and Fleming-Perry Scholarship must be submitted by email to Prof. Smith by 5 p.m. tomorrow, *Monday, 24 March.* Students applying for either or both of these opportunities will receive confirmation of receipt by 9 p.m. Monday (24 March). If an applicant doesn’t receive confirmation of receipt, he or she needs to contact Prof. Smith by 9 a.m. the next morning (Tuesday) at the latest.

Students, you may apply for both awards if you meet the criteria. The application instructions are attached.

DELTA PHI ALPHA (DPA)
–Nominations for DPA, the National German Honor Society, will be accepted until 5 p.m. this Friday, March 28. Faculty will nominate new members, but students, you may nominate yourself for consideration, and we encourage you to do so if you meet the following requirements:

* A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent
* A minimum average of B+ or its equivalent in German courses
* A minimum cumulative average of B- or its equivalent
* Indication of continued interest in the study of German language and literature

If you wish to nominate yourself, or if you have a question about membership, please contact our chapter’s adviser, Prof. Jones, at jonessu@ecu.edu.

NEWS OF INTEREST
What’s a foreign language worth in strictly monetary terms? (Because we all know that fluency in another language is worth far more than money.)

Two Way Immersion Programs

Pitt County Schools is doing a feasibility study on two-way immersion programs to start in 2015-16. In such programs the entire curriculum is taught partially in Spanish and partially in English. Prof. Ann Borisoff who has just completed a dissertation on this subject was featured in an article in The Daily Reflector on March 4, discussing the benefits of such an approach in Pitt County where schools like Belvoir Elementary are 48% Hispanic.
Borisoff said that not only do all the students become bilingual and biliterate, but achievement improves and students develop cross-cultural competence. Data from programs such as the dual immersion program in Greene County have shown that students in such language immersion programs not only learn the standard curriculum despite the language challenges, but actually perform equal or better on grade level tests than their mono-lingual peers. A sample classroom might be an equal mix of native-Spanish and native-English speakers on an alternate day schedule in which the same curriculum is taught exclusively in Spanish one day and in English the next.

German News 2-20-2014. Film: Dresden

Dear friends of ECU’s German program,

Last week marked the 69th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden, a controversial campaign that killed tens of thousands of the city’s inhabitants, decimated historical buildings and works of art, and inspired Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.” (Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden at the time.)

MV5BMTM1NjEwMjI3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQyMjE2MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_This Thursday evening we will show “Dresden,” a made for t.v. miniseries that won the 2006 German Television Award for Best Movie/Mini-Series. “Dresden” is a love story set amidst war, one that gives us an opportunity to learn more about German history as we also learn more German. There will be subtitles and a brief 5-10 minute intermission halfway through the film, so feel free to bring friends and snacks as you require. (At 176 minutes, the film isn’t as long as “Titanic” or “Dr. Zhivago”, but it is slightly longer than “Der Untergang.”) I hope you can join us. — Prof. Smith

THIS WEEK

–German Club
Monday, 17 February
4-5 pm, FLL lounge (just down the corridor from Bate 3324, in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures)
“Hard-core” German language-only discussion about creating distance and intimacy in the German culture.

FILM: “DRESDEN”
Thursday, 20 February
6:00-9:15 p.m., Bate 1016
Questions?: Email Prof. Smith

NEWS and ITEMS OF INTEREST
Ruhiges Gedenken in Dresden

Kein Naziaufmarsch

Vonnegut exhibit in Dresden

JOB

One of our minors from a few years back is working at VS America in Charlotte, and they are advertising a position in sales. The successful candidate must have be able to speak and write German. Interested applicants should apply through this link. Please let one of us German professors know if you are applying.

About VS America
With more than 110 years of company history with numerous pioneering product developments: Each chapter in VS’s success story alludes to its high standards combined with uncompromising focus on quality, and to intensive development work leading in the long term to a strong product range. VS is a powerful performer in Europe and America in the field of complete suppliers. Its broad spectrum of products provides holistic furniture solutions for schools, administration departments, offices and conference areas.

VS America is seeking to fill a full time Inside Sales Account representative fluent in German for the Charlotte, NC location. The ideal candidate will be ambitious, self-directed, creative and have the capacity to discern and solve logistical issues quickly.

The job is fast paced and the duties include:

Comprehensive sales assistance
Preparation of Price Quotes for clients
Order Entry
Shipment Organization
Sales and Marketing Assistance

Students present at Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina Conference

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On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.

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Great Decisions Program Spring 2014

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Now in its eleventh year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted by East Carolina University beginning January 18 and will run through March 8. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the community forum on international affairs will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building.

This year’s program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts. Topics of discussion will include defense technology, Turkey’s challenges, US trade policy, Israel and the US, Islamic awakening, energy independence, China’s foreign policy, and food and climate change.

ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $37 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $19. The cost for attending an individual session is $6.

For additional information, or to register for any or all sessions, visit The Great Decisions Homepage. For questions, contact Dr. James Gehlhar, associate vice chancellor for international affairs.

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Faculty and Staff Awards

StephenFafulasStephen Fafulas (on left with mentor Kirk St. Amant), hired this year as Asst. Prof. of Spanish, graduated from the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy in December. His project was entitled, “Bridging the Gap: Bilingual Education and Community Engagement.”

Suzanne Powell, our Lead Administrative Associate, was recognized as a Treasured Pirate for her leadership in keeping up faculty morale in difficult times.

Dale Knickerbocker, Professor of Spanish, was selected in a search to continue as the Linda McMahon Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures for 2014-16.