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August 27, 2015. German News

Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

A new semester means it’s time again for our weekly email regarding German events on campus. (Our weekly notice is usually sent out every Monday.) This week’s email includes important information about planned events, the Delta Phi Alpha study abroad scholarship, and a new internship opportunity in Germany related to our UNCEP exchange programs in Baden-Württemberg. If you have questions, I hope you’ll contact me. Danke schön! Prof. Jill Twark ( or 252.328.6536)

Please see the flyer for German Club and the list of upcoming “Filmabende” for this semester.

this week
Monday, August 31st: 3:00-4:00 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
(the small brick house called “Bloxton House” located between Mendenhall and Greene Hall — please see building #50 on the ECU campus map. Anyone can join us, no matter what level of German you are in!

This semester we’ll screen the following films (the rooms are TBA, but we’ll tell you soon where they’ll be shown):

1) September 9th 2@ 6pm: Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) by Sandra Nettelbeck, 2001

2) September 30th @ 6pm: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) by Fatih Akin, 2007

3) October 22nd @ 6pm: Lore by Cate Shortland, 2012

4) November 19th @ 6pm: Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin) by Jan Ole Gerster, 2012 with a presentation by Dr. Twark

later in the semester
–SAVE THESE DATES: 26 September and 16 October

1) Spaziergang und Picknick im Wald (Walk and Picknick in the Woods)
Come join the German Club for a walk and picknick on Saturday, September 26th from 2-5pm (location TBA)

2) ECU German Major Alumna Jill Dawkins will speak of her professional career as a lawyer and how studying German has helped her succeed (Friday, October 16)
(location and time TBA)

German 1004 counts toward the German minor, making it all the easier for you to pursue a field of interest (Deutsch!) and get institutional recognition for it.
This change is effective with the fall 2014 semester. Did you start your studies before that? No problem. As a student, you may “choose” a later catalog. If you started ECU in fall 2013, your graduation requirements are dictated by the 2013-2014 catalog, but NOT if you choose a later catalog. That means that any student may take advantage of this curricular change. We just need to make sure the change doesn’t affect your major requirements, which it shouldn’t, and which we can do easily. Want to find out? Please contact the German minors’ advisor, Prof. Susanne Jones, at or Prof. David Smith, German majors’ advisor at
» Here are the requirements

The German major has also been streamlined effective fall 2014. For example, the German history requirement now counts as part of the core. » See here

What does that mean? It means there’s no time like now to complement your course of study with a major in German. And just like I mentioned under “B” above, students that have been here a while can take advantage of this change by “choosing” a later catalog. Please contact me, Prof. David Smith, and let me show you how it’s possible (

Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, has implemented a new Spring / Summer Study Abroad Scholarship to the German Speaking World!
This one-time award is intended for Sophomore & Junior Delta Phi Alpha Members who are planning to study abroad on an accredited program in a German speaking country during the spring / summer semester of the coming year. The recipient must provide evidence that they will be participating in a study abroad program that will begin either in the spring or summer semester. Preference will be given to support students who are attending programs that promote advanced use of the German language.
*Deadline November 15th*
Full details regarding application for this scholarship are available online.

Please note that there are two additional student scholarships for Delta Phi Alpha members. The deadline for those scholarships is in March.

Want more info?: Please contact Prof. Jones at


Contact Dr. Jill Twark, the German Study Abroad Adviser, at for more information!

Postcard from Paris

Dori St. Amant, Nicolas Medevielle and Marylaura Papalas in the Latin Quarter with students from the study abroad program. MLP: We spoke mainly in French throughout the meal. We all had a really nice time, and I was glad to see that the program is doing so well!

Innovation in Digital Humanities in CLAS 4000


Prof. Marylaura Papalas and her students created an interactive digital humanities website, as part of their spring 2015 course, CLAS 4000, Seminar in the Classics, on “Modern Greek Identities.” Prof. Papalas used the “Story Map Journal” application in ArcGIS online by Esri.

It presents an interactive map of Athens, with links and readings related to Amanda Michalopoulou’s 2003 novel, Why I Killed My Best Friend. The website was designed by Prof. Papalas. A majority of the contributions are from Jessica Rassau, who provided all the text. Jessica Rassau, Cameron Gross, and Brittany Cox contributed the voice recordings. Morgan Bridgers and Brianna Shugrue, along with the others, contributed to class discussions of the novel that culminated in the production of this website.

CLAS 4000 Spring 2015

Laura Levi Altstaedter to serve on the CAEP volunteer corps

Professor Laura Levi Altstaedter was nominated by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to represent it as a volunteer with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which appointed her as a Site Visitor. Prof. Levi Altstaedter has served for some time as lead reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The mission of the CAEP and its site visitors is to advance excellence in teacher education by providing evidence-based accreditation to assure the quality of programs and their continuous improvement. It serves more than 900 institutions that offer accredited programs in teacher education.

Students honored by Phi Beta Kappa Chapter of Eastern NC

PhiBetaKappaThe Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa honored five students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the spring recognition ceremony hosted by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Each student had a grade point average in excess of 3.93:

Erin Cottrell (Psychology and Hispanic Studies)
Sara Kurtz (Fine Arts and Hispanic Studies)
MacKenzie Alyn Mull (Hispanic Studies and Elementary Education)
Jessica Rassau (Classical Civilization)
Sara Sipe (Chemistry and German)



(left Sara Sipe, middle Jessie Rassau, right MacKenzie Mull)

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