- Senior Kendra Beaty has been invited to present her research,"German Television: Really 'German' or Forever an American Reproduction?", at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Ogden, Utah. Kendra spoke on this topic at the North Carolina Research Symposium last November in Greenville. Way to go, Kendra!
- Professors Jill Twark, Birgit Jensen and Susanne Lenné Jones have published their co-authored article on strategies for developing a German Studies program in the U. S.: "Erfolgsstrategien zur Wiederbelebung eines universitären Germanistikstudienganges in den Vereinigten Staaten." Aussiger Beiträge 5 (2011): 23-34.
- Professor David Smith has published an article on a work by J. M. R. Lenz and its relation to Goethe's Werther: "The Role of Einbildungskraft in Lenz's Der Waldbruder: Ein Pendant zu Werthers Leiden." Postscript 27 (2012).
- Congratulations to Chadwick Spence! Chadwick received a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to study for the year at the Universität Konstanz. Chadwick is the third ECU German student to receive this prestigious award in the last three years!
- Thanks in part to ECU's Rivers Scholarship, SIX of our students are currently studying in Germany for the year, in cities such as Heidelberg, Leipzig, Mannheim and Tübingen. Several more will join them in the spring. Will you be next?
- Several of our students have applied for study abroad grants with the help of our faculty and more will apply in January. We're pressing our thumbs for you!
- Ashley Hooper has received a 2010 DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to study for two semesters at the Universität Leipzig. Congratulations, Ashley; we are proud of you! Ashley is the second ECU German student to receive the highly competitive award valued at around $12,000. Derek Swart (see below) received the Scholarship last year and is currently in his second semester at the Universität Konstanz. For more information, click here--DAAD--or contact one of our faculty in German.
- Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Sean! Sean Fleming has been offered and accepted a position in the management trainee program with Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. Sean's application began during a tour of Bosch's facility in New Bern that Prof. Smith arranged as part of a Business German course last fall. Sean will begin work after graduation and will leave for Germany in July for 13 months' training in Munich and Berlin. Good job, Sean!
- T. J. Doe and Mark Preslar began their internships in Germany in March--T. J. with Inwent GmbH and Mark with BASF. T. J. and Mark are the first two students to take advantage of our relatively new exchange with the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim. Through that program, students study for a semester at the Duale Hochschule and then complete a semester-long, usually paid! internship with a German corporation. For more information on this program, please contact Prof. Smith.
- Patricia Musileck and Stefan Haus have been chosen to receive a 2010 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award from ECU's Office of Undergraduate Research. Both Patricia and Stefan are students in Prof. Jensen's German 4700 course. With the help of other German majors, Stefan and Patricia will be studying how one German university city (Tübingen) and one US-American city (Greenville, NC) address energy and environmental challenges while also serving their constituencies. After examining the diverse cultural, economic, and policy-driven promotion of sustainability, Patricia and Stefan will initiate an exchange of knowledge between both municipalities and academic institutions.
- Derek Swart has just completed his first semester at the Universität Konstanz as a 2009-2010 DAAD Undergraduate Scholar. Derek was one of only 60 students from North America to receive this prestigious award, which provides students a monthly stipend while they pursue their studies in Germany.
- Patricia Musileck has been named Student Representative to Dean White's Advisory Council. Patricia will represent the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures during the spring 2010 term.