Category Archives: German News

March 23-27, 2015. FLL @ Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Week

Aenia Amin (BA Hispanic Studies)
The Association Between Metabolism and the Expression of Circadian Regulatory Genes (Oral Presentation) 10:15-10:30 MSC Great Room I Biomedical Sciences

Kyle Binaxas (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Russian Studies)
Soviet Animation Before and After Khrushchev’s Thaw: Historical and Critical Analysis (Poster UP 23) 8:15-12:15 MSC Social Room Social Sciences

Kimberly Bostick (BA Hispanic Studies)
Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Food Insecurity in Obese Pediatric Patients (Poster UP 43) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Charles Jauss (BA Hispanic Studies)
Understanding Cultural Self-Efficacy Among Medical Students (Poster UP 35) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Jessica Rassau (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Classical Civilization)
The Training and Decisions of King Leonidas (Oral Presentation) 1:30-1:45 MSC Great Room 2 Social Sciences

Alix Rothbart (Hispanic Studies Minor)
Stress, Burnout and Coping Mechanisms among Health Professionals working in Pediatric Oncology (Poster UP 38) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Sarah Sipe (BA German)
Intensity of Amyloid-beta (A) peptides and the exposure of their hydrophobic residues in forming amyloid plaques (Poster UP 98) 8:15-2:30 MSC Room 221 Biomedical Sciences

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January 21, 2015 News and Study Abroad Deadlines

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

A new semester is upon us and in full swing; with that in mind, our weekly email (in digest form) has resumed. I’ll generally send out the email every Sunday with a listing of upcoming events and opportunities related to German Studies at ECU. (Ausnahmsweise bekommen Sie diese E-mail erst heute.)

Several film showings are listed below; more are on the way, as is a schedule of German Club meetings and events.
Students, if you have ideas for activities or films you would like to help plan, please contact me (Prof. Smith) or another faculty member in German. Our programs exist for and because of you!
Herzliche Grüße
David Smith, Associate Professor of German (

Wednesday, 21 January, 1:00pm-3:00 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library (second floor)
*This fair will feature information about ECU’s offerings, including our Study in Berlin program (please see attachment).

30/31 January
The application deadline for the Summer Study Abroad program in Berlin is Jan. 30th, with the $300 deposit due on Jan. 31st.
Don’t let questions about course credits or possible funding deter you from applying. Contact Prof. Jones ( today to discuss options!
»» Application Link

FILM SCREENINGS (preliminary list)

1. Montag, 2. Februar um 17. 30 Uhr: Das Leben der Anderen (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

2. Donnerstag, 12. Februar um 18 Uhr: Der Untergang (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)

3. Mittwoch, 1. April um 17.30 Uhr: Alles auf Zucker (Dani Levy, 2004)

November 16, 2014 German News

Dear German Studies enthusiasts,

This week is International Education week on campus; I hope you will review the attached information and plan to attend as your schedule permits. German Club is also offering a game day once again (all learner levels are welcome), and we are co-sponsoring a big event on Wednesday that will close out our series on “The Art of Peaceful Revolution: The Berlin Wall and Beyond.” More information is below and attached to this email. With best wishes,
David Smith, Associate Professor

Events This Week

–Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2-3pm
German Club: Game day – all levels welcome!
Lounge in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Third Floor Bate)

–Wednesday, 19 Nov, 5:30pm (Hendrix Theater)
The Art of Peaceful Revolution: Can music/art change the world?
Welcome by Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, ECU and Lecture by Dr. Amy Carr-Richardson, School of Music, ECU: “Compositional Process in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”
Film Screening: Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, (Kerry Candaele, 2013). The acclaimed film follows the Ninth Symphony to cultures around the world, including Germany, China and Chile, telling the story of the music’s impact in countries at critical turning points in history.
Panel Discussion: “Can music change the world? The Arts and People’s Protests.” Scholars from different disciplines in the arts and humanities discuss the role of art in social change.
Info: Dr. Susan Pearce ( or 252.328.2544) or Dr. Susanne Lenné Jones ( or 252.737.2390)

Any students interested in the Study Abroad in Berlin can come to the Study Abroad Fair on Nov. 18th. It’s from 1pm-4pm on the 2nd floor of Joyner library.
If you would like to secure a spot for the Study in Berlin program, please submit your application and a $300 deposit as soon as possible, as spaces are filling.
»» More information and application

Regarding Tuition Fees in Germany

GIVE TO GERMAN. Help support German Studies at ECU by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Donate online

Then click on “Click here to choose the designation(s) for your gift”
In the window that opens, click on the + next to “Foreign Language”, then on “German Studies Priority Fund”.
Enter the amount you wish to donate and your payment information.
The students served by our program thank you for your support.

Other methods of giving

If you would like more information about German at ECU, please contact Dr. David Smith, program chair, at, 252.328.5524.

November 12, 2014. St. Martin’s Festival of Lanterns

Dear students and German enthusiasts,
The celebrations never end, the learning is endless, and culture points beckon!

Now the ECU German Program is getting ready to celebrate St. Martin’s Day, which traditionally is observed on Nov 11. On this day, German children craft their own paper lanterns and then carry them, lit with a candle, through the streets, singing songs that praise St. Martin’s generosity and kindness. We will do the same!

Please join us for our annual Laternenfest on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4pm – onset of darkness and help German-speaking children or your own children create a lantern or craft your very own!

If you would like to join us, drop Dr. Jensen a line at You will receive an acknowledgement of your email, the address to her house (where the event is held this year), and an idea of what kind of materials you can gather to make your “Laterne” stand out! Please indicate in your email whether you can offer a ride or need one. If you would like to add an additional item to your resume (and an extra culture point), let Dr Jensen know whether you would like to serve on the ECU German Culture Outreach Committee. This entails arriving an hour early and helping set up and/or staying a bit longer to aid in clean-up.

Be kind to the event organizers and help us plan: Absolute deadline to respond to Dr Jensen: Monday, Nov. 10, at 8 pm.