Category Archives: German News

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.)

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

11/17/2013 News: Visiting Wintergreen School, Summer in Netherlands, Internship

–GERMAN IN MOTION: Visit to Wintergreen Intermediate School to introduce 4th graders to the German tradition of St. Nikolaus. In English
Thursday, 21 November
From Prof. Jensen: In Germany, St. Nikolaus comes on Dec 5, filling children’s boots with candy to be found the following morning. Due to our semester ending before that date, St Nikolaus will come to Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 21. We will show a PowerPoint presentation about diverse winter holidays in Germany to Greenville schoolchildren. While they watch, der Nikolaus fills their shoes in the hallway! If time permits, we teach the children to say “Fröhliche Weihnachten” and make snowflakes. Each classroom needs two student presenters, so the more students volunteer, the more children will smile.

ONE CULTURE POINT FOR STUFFING GIFT BAGGIES ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, from 3-5 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center..
ONE CULTURE POINT FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR SCHOOL VISIT ON THURSDAY, NOV. 21 (unfortunately, we’re not sure about the time yet).
You don’t have to participate on both days.

Please email Birgit Jensen by the end of this coming weekend to register for the school visit. We need to know how many classrooms we can visit. We may be able to do one morning and one afternoon trip.

2014SummerStudyNetherlands***STUDY ABROAD (NETHERLANDS)
ECU is offering a two-week summer program in the Netherlands on alternative energy and sustainability. It would be very easy to combine with a summer study abroad German language program, because of the geographical proximity of the two countries. Students could really benefit from the synergy of the two programs together. Apply through the International House and write a short, 3/4 page essay explaining how it would benefit your future career. See the attached flyer and contact Prof. Twark for more information about how to combine it with study in Germany.

*** INTERNSHIP
Attention rising juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors in business and/or engineering: The Halle Foundation Internship Program, sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce for the Southern U. S., has 15 internships this coming summer for students in Georgia and the Carolinas (See flyer for more info, and contact Prof. Smith if you are planning to apply.)

Liebe DeutschsprachlerInnen,
Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn ihr am Mittwoch, 13. Nov., zu unserem Laternenlaufen kommen könntet. Ich werde versuchen, campus parking permits zu besorgen. Könnt ihr mir bitte schreiben, falls ihr kommen wollt?

Dear ECU German students,
You’re hereby cordially invited to become members of the ECU German Cultural Outreach Committee. Each semester we plan a couple of special events.

This week we are celebrating St. Martin’s Day, which is observed in many European countries. Read more about St. Martin of Tours »»

Join us this coming Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3-6 pm. We will meet in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (located in the Bloxton House, which is sandwiched between the Erwin Building and Greene Residence Hall) to craft our own paper lanterns. You can join us at any time up until 5:30 when we will walk with our lit lanterns across campus. Here is a very brief family video shot in Germany, to show a bit of authentic Laternenlaufen.

To ECU students of German: ONE CULTURE POINT FOR ATTENDING. We will have a variety of items available to make a lantern.
TWO CULTURE POINTS FOR BRINGING IN MATERIALS FOR A LANTERN (vellum, wax or tissue paper, cardboard, decorations, a stick for the handle. See the attached pdf for some ideas on how the lanterns are crafted) or FOR VOLUNTEERING TO BE A HELPER.

Be sure to update your resumé with this activity: Member, ECU German Program Cultural Outreach Committee, 2013-2014.


The second event is our St. Nikolaus outreach to Pitt County Schools. In Germany, St. Nikolaus comes on Dec 5, filling children’s boots with candy to be found the following morning. Due to our semester ending before that date, St Nikolaus will come to Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 21. We will show a PowerPoint presentation about diverse winter holidays in Germany to Greenville schoolchildren. While they watch, der Nikolaus fills their shoes in the hallway! If time permits, we teach the children to say “Fröhliche Weihnachten” and make snowflakes. Each classroom needs two student presenters, so the more students volunteer, the more children will smile.

ONE CULTURE POINT FOR STUFFING GIFT BAGGIES ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, from 3-5 pm in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center..
ONE CULTURE POINT FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR SCHOOL VISIT ON THURSDAY, NOV. 21 (unfortunately, we’re not sure about the time yet).
You don’t have to participate on both days.

Be sure to update your resumé with this activity: Member, ECU German in Motion Committee, 2013-2014.

Please email me (jensenb@ecu.edu) by the end of this coming weekend to register for the school visit. I need to know how many classrooms we can visit. We may be able to do one morning and one afternoon trip.


Thank you and hope to see you soon,
Dr Jensen

October 27, 2013. Spring Awakening. Raleigh Little Theatre. 3pm.


PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PROF. SMITH FOR THIS TRIP as soon as possible so he can get an accurate count of who is going. Email him or call 328-5524.

Details:
We’ll meet at ECU at 12:15 p.m. (exact location forthcoming) and travel by ECU bus to Raleigh Little Theatre.
We’ll be back at ECU by 9 p.m. at latest.
What you’ll need: just $5 per ticket (a savings of $22/ticket) and some money for dinner.*
*Students with financial need should talk to Prof. Smith because there is funding to pay for your ticket.
Why should you attend? Besides earning cultural outreach credit for your German class, you’ll get to see the rock musical version of Frank Wedekind’s “Frühlings Erwachen”, a play focusing on the lives of several teenagers that continues to challenge social mores some 100 years after it was first performed (and censored or banned!). The Broadway musical won 11 Tony awards in 2007. You won’t want to miss this opportunity. Contact Prof. Smith today to sign up for the trip. All students are welcome, so don’t forget to get your roommates and friends interested as well.

ECU faculty and staff may also ride on the bus with us, space permitting, but they will need to purchase their tickets directly from Raleigh Little Theatre as the subventions apply only to students. Please contact Prof. David Smith if you are interested in riding with us. Unfortunately, people not employed by ECU are not allowed to ride the bus because of insurance coverage reasons.

This trip is being sponsored by
ECU’s Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Co-Curricular Collaborations,
ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center,
and
The Raleigh Little Theatre.

October 22, 2013. Jill Twark lecture on “German Rock Goes Global for Social Justice.” 4:30. Bate 1032.

Dr. Jill Twark will present her most recent research on two popular German rock groups, entitled “Die Toten Hosen and Rammstein: German Rock Goes Global for Social Justice” This research was conducted as part of a co-authored chapter for a book project she is co-editing with Axel Hildebrandt entitled “Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture.”
Date: Tuesday, October 22nd
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Place: 1032 Bate