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Adam Toth Defends Dissertation on Orientalist Writings of Franz Kafka

On 28 February 2017, Adam Toth successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in German under the direction of Drs. Bettina Brandt and Daniel Purdy. Adam's dissertation, titled "Kafka’s Mei Lanfangs: Race Theory, Performativity, and the Undoing of German Orientalisms," analyzed Orientalist writings of Franz Kafka as deconstructions of 19th-century German race theory.

Anna Bahnfleth Selected as Departmental Marshal for 2016 Spring Commencement

Congratulations go to Anna Bahnfleth, who will graduate in May with a German major and International Studies minor, for being chosen as our departmental marshal due to her superior academic performance and citizenship. Ms. Bahnfleth perfected her German especially during a study-abroad semester at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg. Her future plans include graduate study in German/English translation.

Bettina Brandt wins two fellowships for 2016-17

Bettina Brandt wins two fellowships for 2016-17

Bettina Brandt

Dr. Bettina Brandt has won both a Fellowship from the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in
the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), and also a Martin Miller and Hannah-Norbert Miller Fellowship for Exile Studies
from the University of London for next year. Both of these residential fellowships are for her research project currently entitled: "With Love from Vienna: Contextualizing the Daily Life and Fate of Elderly Jews in Vienna after the 'Anschluss'."

Burrowes Building (Department Home) Rededicated

Burrowes Building has been home to Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures since it first opened in 1939 -- except for the last two years, when a major renovation was undertaken. Spring 2016 was our first semester semester of operating in the renovated Burrowes, and the return of classes to our seminar rooms (see photo). April 16 brought a rededication of the building with remarks by Dean Susan Welch (photo), President Eric Barron, Provost Nick Jones, and other dignitaries, followed by tours of the new facilities, including of the German/Slavic Seminar Room with displays of graduate and faculty research.

More on the Burrowes Bldg. renovation and rededication...

Department Announces 2015-2016 Awards for German and Russian Majors

The following students have been selected for special honors this year:

GERMAN AWARDEES

Department Marshal

Anna Bahnfleth

Lucretia Simmons Award for Outstanding German Major 

Joseph Vais

Stanley R. Townsend Award for Outstanding German Major 

Rowan Crisp

SLAVIC AWARDEES

Julianne and David Vaughan Scholarship for Russian Study

Brian Zdancewicz, Robert Voorhees, Stuart McLaughlin

Joseph Paternost Award in Russian in the College of the Liberal Arts

Vance Holthenrichs 

Sigmund S. Birkenmayer Memorial Award 

Katrina Hartman

William and Anna Naydan Award for Excellence in Ukrainian Studies

Daniel Kiefer

Congratulations to all these students, and to this year's inductees into Delta Phi Alpa German Honor Society and the Dobro Slovo Honor Society!

Devin McCoy and Alexa Beil Win Fulbrights to Teach in Germany

German major Devin McCoy and German minor Alexa Beil will both be spending the next academic year ('16-'17) in Germany, having been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships. The Fulbright ETA programs "place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers, helping teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S." Congratulations and best wishes, Devin and Alexa!

Event series to promote, strengthen relationship between Penn State and Ukraine

A series of lectures and performances, hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of both Ukrainian independence and the University's partnership with Ukraine in 2016 and 2017.

Titled "Ukraine: A Celebration of Nation," the series will include lectures, roundtables, readings and performances from Ukrainian scholars, artists and writers from the United States, Ukraine and several other countries. A full schedule can be found on the series website.

The first event took place on Sept. 14, when Solomiya Ivakhiv, a violin and viola professor at the University of Connecticut, performed "Ukraine — Journey to Freedom: A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano." The recital and an accompanying masterclass were co-sponsored by the Penn State School of Music and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature in the College of Liberal Arts.

On Oct. 25, Sergiy Zibtsev, laureate of the GCI/UNEP/OCHA Green Star Award and head of the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center at the Institute of Forestry and Landscape-Park Management, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, will deliver a lecture, "The Risk of Catastrophic Fire in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine," from 2-3 p.m. in 118 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

On Oct. 28, Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and director at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, will give a distinguished lecture, "What's Past is Prologue: The Ukraine Crisis in the Historical Perspective," from 4-5 p.m.

The series culmination will be a performance by DakhaBrakha, a world music quartet from Kyiv, at 7:30 p.m. on April 4, 2017, in Schwab Auditorium.

The celebration is thanks in large part to the generosity of real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob of State College. Their  relationship with Penn State dates back to 1992, when the Woskobs established the Ukrainian Agricultural Exchange Program, enabling collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and partners in Ukraine.

Since then, the Woskobs have made multiple contributions to Penn State, including the Woskob New Century Fund and the Woskob International Research in Agriculture Scholar Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Woskob Family Endowment in Ukrainian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

Gerhard F. Strasser receives the Emeritus Distinction Award from the College of the Liberal Arts

Read more here: http://german.la.psu.edu/newsevents/Strasserposter-1.pdf

German and Slavic Co-Hosts Poetry Without Borders 2016

Presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, "Poetry Without Borders" was held at 6 p.m. on November 8 in Foster Auditorium.

"Poetry Without Borders" is an annual, student-run literature reading forum where students and faculty present poetry from different languages and cultures to the audience.

Moderated this year by Ines Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science, a total of 30 participants took turns reciting their chosen poems — in the poem’s original language — in front of a crowd. A variety of Slavic and Germanic languages were among the selections.

In the background of each reading, a PowerPoint was presented showing the poem in the original language alongside an English translation for the audience to interpret the poem.

Some participants recited poems written by published poets, while John Henry Riccardi recited a poem he wrote himself in German titled "Arbeit."

German Certificate Available at Behrend Campus

The 15-credit German Studies Certificate offered at Penn State Behrend is designed for students who wish to specialize in interdisciplinary German Studies by acquiring advanced German language skills and taking courses in culture, film, history, literature, music, or politics of the German-speaking countries. In-depth knowledge of the German-speaking countries prepares students for a global workforce and careers in international business, engineering, finance, politics, or the sciences. Those interested in the certificate may contact Dr. Eva Kuttenberg, Associate Professor of German (euk1@psu.edu).

German Day 2017 set for 5 April at the HUB

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State University will be hosting middle school and high school German students at University Park for German Day 2017. It will be a fun-filled day of German language activities, including a poster and movie competition, a spelling bee, poetry recitation, German trivia game, and presentation of a one-act play by fifth-semester PSU students. Students will also have the opportunity to practice their German (and earn prizes!), learn more about studying German at Penn State, visit a German language or culture class, and get a tour of campus.

 

The event is co-sponsored by the School for Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for Language Studies, the Program in Linguistics, and AFS-USA.

For further information, visit the event website. http://sites.psu.edu/germanday/

German Professor Emeritus Gerhard Strasser featured on an episode of Codebreaker

Dr. Gerhard F. Strasser's internationally recognized expertise in cryptography brought him a transatlantic telephone call from NPR Marketplace. NPR conducted a 31-minute interview at the end of November 2016, which was edited and inserted as a feature in the  Marketplace Codebreaker series:  On Dec. 21, 2016, it was turned into a kind of dialogue on Vergennes' method.  Broadcast Episode No. 6, "Cryptography," can be accessed at http://features.marketplace.org/codes . 

GSLL Salutes its May Graduates!

17 of our undergraduate majors received their Bachelor's degrees at the Penn State May commencement. We congratulate our:

GERMAN MAJORSRUSSIAN MAJORS
Anna Blyth Katrina Hartman
Ian Cameron Daniel Kiefer
Jacob Cordell Maria Kravets
Jack DiMidio Robert Vorhees
Kendra Hepler Brian Zdancewicz
Justin Kilner
John Kozorra
Megan Krause
Hannah Lasure
Mark Milutonovic
Kelly Morrow
Olivia Raub

 

Congratulations also go to three graduate students who received their Ph.D.s in May: Katherine Anderson; Liese Sippel; and Adam Toth.

GSLL to Celebrate 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence and 25 years of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University

 

The Woskob Family Foundation, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence and 25 years of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA on Tuesday April 4, 2017. The event will also mark 25 years of cooperation in Forestry and Agricultural Sciences with the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (NULES) in Kyiv, Ukraine.  The Rector and representatives of NULES will be in attendance at the daylong series of events.

 

The schedule for the day includes the following:

v  At 3:00PM there will be a book launching of Helen Woskob’s memoirs Freedom and Beyond: My Journey from Ukraine to a New Life in America as well as Professor Michael Naydan’s novel about the city of Lviv Seven Signs of the Lion at the Hintz Alumni Center on the Penn State University Park campus. Actor Michael Bernosky will provide dramatic readings from both books.

v  At 4:00PM Dr. Markian Dobczansky (PhD in history from Stanford University and Jacyk Fellow at the University of Toronto) will present a lecture “The Legacy of Soviet State-Building: A Historical Primer on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict” at the Hintz Alumni Center.

v  At 5:00PM Dean Susan Welch of the College of Liberal Arts and Dean Richard Roush of the College of Agricultural Sciences will open the reception at the Hintz Alumni Center.

v  At 5:15PM to 7:00PM a reception sponsored by the Woskob Family of State College at the Hintz Alumni Center in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence as well as a commemoration of 25 years of Ukrainian studies in Liberal Arts and Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. There will also be an exhibit of woodcarvings by Ukrainian artist Serhiy Karpenko during the reception. 

v  At 7:30PM the Ukrainian world music group DakhaBrakha (pictured at right) will perform in Schwab Auditorium. The performance is sponsored by The Woskob Family Foundation at Penn State.

 

Dr. Markian Dobczansky studied Soviet, East European, and Imperial Russian history at Stanford University. The topic of his dissertation was “From Soviet Heartland to Ukrainian Borderland: Searching for Identity in Kharkiv, 1943-2004.” His academic interests include Soviet history, nationalism, Russian-Ukrainian relations, and urban history.

 

DakhaBraka is a world-renowned group from Ukraine whose music is described as “ethnochaos.” They create a world of unexpected music at the intersection of folklore and theater. Using traditional music from various regions of Ukraine as a starting point, the quartet incorporates rhythms from around the planet to create a bright, fierce, and unforgettable sound. For information on tickets call 814-863-0255 or go to cpa.psu.edu or http://cpa.psu.edu/news/dakhabrakha-infuse-controlled-rhythmic-chaos-april-4 for additional information.

 

Serhiy Karpenko is a Ukrainian artist who was born in the town of Koziatyn in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine. Originally educated as a physical education teacher, he has been a woodcarver since 1993. He has exhibited throughout Ukraine and the US. His woodcarvings are known for extraordinary detailed and refined technique as well as for the presentation of traditional Ukrainian historical themes in the unique bas-relief wood medium. 

Ines Martin wins SLRF graduate student travel award

Ines Martin has won a SLRF Graduate Student Travel Award for her presentation "Auditory input enhancement facilitates the long‐term retention of L2 grammatical structures", which she presented at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) in Atlanta, GA, on November 1, 2015.

Katherine Anderson defends dissertation on contemporary authors who adopt German as their literary language

On 15 March, Katherine Anderson successfully defended her dissertation for the German Ph.D., "Foreign Writing Agency: Maria Cecilia Barbetta & Abbas Khider Rewriting Identity after Trauma in German as a Foreign Language." Ms. Anderson compares the two authors on the basis of the traumatic events that underlie their writing, and of their working through trauma through the adoption of German as a language and through the use of a variety of distancing techniques. Congratulations, Kate!

Katja Stuckatz and Ashley Roccamo Win Awards at the Graduate Exhibition.

Congratulations to Katja Stuckatz and Ashley Roccamo for earning awards in the Arts and Humanities division of the 2014 Graduate Exhibition. Katja won first place for "A Contribution to Modern World Poetry: Ernst Jandl and the International Avant-Garde." Ashley took second place for "Comparing the Effectiveness of Pronunciation Training in Elementary and Intermediate German Classrooms."
Katja Stuckatz and Ashley Roccamo Win Awards at the Graduate Exhibition.

Katja Stuckatz and her award-winning poster

Congratulations to Katja Stuckatz and Ashley Roccamo for earning awards in the Arts and Humanities division of the 2014 Graduate Exhibition. Katja won first place for "A Contribution to Modern World Poetry: Ernst Jandl and the International Avant-Garde." Ashley took second place for "Comparing the Effectiveness of Pronunciation Training in Elementary and Intermediate German Classrooms." Katja and Ashley will graduate from Penn State with Ph.D. degrees in German in May.

Laura Brown Named College Student Marshal for Liberal Arts

Laura Brown has been named the Student Marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts.
Laura Brown Named College Student Marshal for Liberal Arts

Laura Brown, College Marshal for Liberal Arts

Congratulations to Laura Brown, who is the 2014 College of the Liberal Arts College Marshal. Laura is a Schreyer Honors student with a double major in Russian and Music.  She is also graduating with a master's degree in Musicology. Laura began studying Russian in her freshman year at Penn State and is now fluent in the language.  Her academic interests combine her love for Russian language and culture with her specialization in musicology.  In her honors thesis she assesses the early musical formation of the composer Sergei Prokofiev within the context of Russian musical pedagogy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

At Penn State, Laura received the Evan Pugh Senior Scholar Award, the Brewster and Presser Awards from the School of Music, and an Alumni Association scholarship from the College of Arts and Architecture. She won the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2012.

In addition to her academic achievements, Laura served as president of the Penn State Association of Students of Russian.   She was also vice-president of the Penn State Percussion Club and has performed actively in various musical ensembles both on campus and in wider Central Pennsylvania.

Laura has presented papers at various conferences, including an international symposium in St. Petersburg, Russia, devoted to the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In the fall she will enter the Ph.D. program in Musicology at Yale University.

Liese Sippel Defends Dissertation on Peer Interaction and Correction in the Language Classroom

On 5 December 2016, Liese Sippel successfully defended her dissertation for the Ph.D. in German under the direction of Dr. Richard Page. Liese's dissertation, titled "The effects of peer interaction, form-focused instruction, and peer corrective feedback on the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary in L2 German." investigated the effectiveness of peer interaction and peer corrective feedback in third-semester German language classrooms.

Liese Sippel Wins Graduate Student Teaching Award

Lieselotte Sippel has won the 2017 Denise Haunani Solomon Teaching Award for Graduate Students. She has proven to be a highly effective teacher at all levels of German language, from 1st through 5th semester and beyond. Learners praise her organization, helpfulness, and clever tricks for memorization such as color-coding the genders of nouns. Many name her as the best professor they have had at Penn State.

Congratulations, Liese!

Mallory Bubar and Jordan Kuhns featured in new Goethe Institut video!

GSLL graduate student Mallory Bubar and undergraduate student Jordan Kuhns are featured in a new promotional video from the Goethe Institut in Dresden, where they spent two weeks taking German language courses in June 2015. Check out the video by going to the Goethe Institut website (http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/ort/dre/enindex.htm) and click on the link "Video: Learning German in Dresden" or you can also see the video on youtube: https://youtu.be/Dc8_Ub6phqo. Mallory is interviewed around 2:00 into the video; look for Jordan around 1:10 into the video!

Mallory Bubar (German Ph.D.) Awarded the Milton B. Dolinger Fellowship in World War II Era Studies

Mallory Bubar has been awarded the Milton B. Dolinger Fellowship in World War II Era Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Fellowship will allow Mallory to work full-time on her dissertation, which is focused on representations of children in Holocaust literature and archives. Congratulations, Mallory!

Michael Putnam Named Outstanding New Associate Professor

Michael Putnam Named Outstanding New Associate Professor

Michael Putnam

Michael Putnam has been named the Outstanding New Associate Professor in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. The Outstanding New Associate Professor Award honors a full-time faculty member promoted to associate professor in recent years. Professor Putnam earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He came to Penn State in 2010 after spending one year as a postdoc at the University of Michigan, one year as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State, and three years as an assistant professor at Carson-Newman College.

His research seeks to gain further insight into the general cognitive architecture underlying the language faculty. He has authored or co-authored two monographs, more than twenty articles in refereed journals, and over a dozen book chapters. He has also edited or co-edited five books. His second monograph, The Structural Design of Language, co-authored with Thomas Stroik, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.  His research program investigates bilingualism across the lifespan, and explores global varieties of German in contact with other languages and societies. This research, conducted often in collaboration with other scholars and his graduate students, incorporates experimental, formal, and functional methods, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of bilingual cognition and grammar. From a linguistic perspective, the majority of his research focuses on the structure and meaning of language and the connection between these two sub-components of grammar.

New Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees with School of International Affairs

Penn State undergraduate students majoring in German or Russian can now earn a master's degree in International Affairs with only one additional year of study beyond their bachelor's through the integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degree program offered by the School of International Affairs (SIA) and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State. Those interested should write to for further information.

New Internships for German Majors Summer '17

1. Summer 2017 Libra Internship Program, which has international placements, as well as domestic locations.

The Libra Internship Program offers a paid opportunity for undergraduate students to intern with the Libra Group and its' 30 subsidiaries in locations, including with Lomar Shipping in Bremen. Internship roles are available in finance, marketing, social responsibility, accounting, human resources, policy & government affairs, communications, hotel operations, culinary and more.

Some of the program features include:

*Paid Placement – All interns are placed on the local payroll. Libra will directly book and pay for flight/train(s) to and from orientation, the hotel for orientation week and the flight/train(s) to and from each internship location.

*Mentor and Buddy Program – A senior executive (mentor) and a junior colleague (buddy) are assigned to interns to provide guidance on navigating through the internship, local area and personal career track.

*Training – To enhance employability and professional development, Libra offers ongoing group and one-on-one training through workshops, coaching and mentorship.

Requirements:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Currently enrolled undergraduate student
• Fluency in English
• Minimum Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 (USA) or equivalent
• Must be available for mandatory program dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017

For further details, please review the website at http://www.librainternship.com. You will be able to search for all available vacancies based on focus area of internship and location.

 

2. HR Marketing/Recruiting Global Internship (Summer 2017)

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. To support our HR department at our headquarters in Mainz, Germany (approx. 20 minutes from Frankfurt) we are looking for an intern beginning in June 2017 for at least 3 to 4 months. The intern will support the application process for the Heinrich J. Klein Foundation 2017 Scholarship, handled by SCHOTT AG. The objective of the Foundation is to sponsor international exchange by granting scholarships to students for a stay abroad.

Apply online at http://bit.ly/2eRuvnY 

 

Nick Henry Wins Award at the Graduate Exhibition

Nick Henry won second prize at the 30th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition in the Arts and Humanities Division for his poster "The Offline and Online Effects of Processing Instruction: An Investigation of case-markings in L2 German."

Ph.D. alumna Juliane Schicker appointed Assistant Professor of German at Carleton College

Dr. Juliane Schicker, who earned her Ph.D. in German at Penn State with a thesis (advised by Bettina Brandt [German] and Charles Youmans [Music]) on the Conductor Kurt Masur and the reception of Gustav Mahler in the former East Germany, was appointed as an Assistant Professor of German (tenure-track) at Carleton College, Minnesota at the end of February, 2016. Congratulations, Juliane!

Proficiency Exam in Russian to be given September 28 and November 2

The Proficiency Examination in Russian, which can give successful candidates from 4 to 12 credits on their transcripts and fulfill part or all of their language requirement (if any), will be administered on 28 September and 02 November from 10:00-12:00 in 235 Burrowes Bldg. on the University Park campus. For more details, please contact <ixm12@psu.edu>.

Samuel Frederick Awarded Fellowship with the Center for Humanities and Information

Samuel Frederick has been awarded a Center for Humanities and Information Faculty Fellowship for Spring 2016. His project is titled "A Poetics of Collecting: The Redemption of Things in German Realism and Modernism." Professor Frederick's first book was Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter (Northwestern University Press, 2012), and he has written articles on Oswald Egger, Friedrich von Blanckenburg, Kleist and Walser, Oskar Fischinger, Gerhard Meier, Jeremias Gotthelf, and the Quay Brothers. Professor Frederick will be one of six faculty fellows with the Center for Humanities and Information in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. The CHI Faculty Fellows program is sponsored by the Center, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the University Libraries. This program supports faculty research in the humanities leading toward major projects such as a significant publication or a grant proposal.

Samuel Frederick Promoted to Associate Professor

Samuel Frederick Promoted to Associate Professor

Samuel Frederick

Dr. Samuel Frederick has received tenure and been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of German. Congratulations, Sam!

Dr. Frederick has written on various topics in German literature from the Early Modern period to the present with a primary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the Swiss and Austrian traditions. His areas of expertise include narratology and the history of the novel; philosophical approaches to literature and film; thing theory; lyric poetry; experimental fiction; international modernism; and the narrative prose of Biedermeier and Poetic Realism. In his teaching and research he aims to bring together close reading with rigorous theoretical and philosophical inquiry.

Students from 10 High Schools Participate in Penn State German Day

Students from 10 High Schools Participate in Penn State German Day

German Day at Penn State

Approximately 300 students from 10 high schools participated in Penn State German Day at the University Park campus on April 2. The students visited classes, had campus tours, recited poetry, played a trivia game, and took part in spelling bees, poster and movie competitions. The winners of the competitions are listed below.

Overall

  1. Emmaus High School
  2. Tri Valley High School
  3. State College Area High School

 

Poster Level 1

1. 

Justin Ziegmont

Tri Valley

2.

Megan Maschetti

MMI Prep

3.

Megan Hoover

Manheim Central

3.

Ashleigh Bowman & Bricelyn Webber   

Indiana

Poster Level 2

1. 

Jared Wangel, Maddie Stann

Emmaus

2. 

Brianne Blankenbiller, Ashlie Miller, Courtney Weise  

Oley Valley

3. 

Kathryn Sherry, Gabrielle Quandel

Tri Valley

Poster Level 3

1. 

Robert Bishop, Maddie Ordiway, Aife Ni Chochlain  

Emmaus

2. 

Caitlin Chiaretti, Benjamin Hinkel, Jacob Hylton

Tri Valley

3. 

Anna Thoet

Emmaus

Film Level 1

1. 

Wendy Hader, Maddisyn Horn, Elise Laudenslager   

Tri Valley

2.

Michael Monte, Blake Speicher

Emmaus

3.

Lauren Makara, Athena Nakrosis

Indiana

Film Level 3

1. 

Austin Sansig, Zoie Reitz, Mason Lindenmuth, Ricky Boleen, Sabrina Bundy, Dakota Gauglianone, Olivia Stine, Alyssa Buesink

Brockway

2. 

Hunter Snyder, Zacheriah Wise, Bryce McNally, Dan Opozda, Jaden Buchanen

Tri Valley

3. 

Grant Spohn, Joe Cook, Jason Herrington

Indiana

Film Level 3

1. 

John Woltornist, Jarred Ring, Matthew Jonston, Ryan Bilder

Emmaus

2. 

Alison Kelly, Elizabeth Holland, Madeline Ahnert, Claudia Knutelsky, Brooke Feco, Semhar Mengisteab, Ruthie Strauss, Kelly Beck

State College

3.

Jessi Dean, Cory Leitzel, Jared Kehler

Tri Valley

Spelling Level 1, Group 1

1. 

Brooke Brumbach   

Emmaus

1.

Brianna Mora

Emmaus

3. 

Phillip Christensen

State College

Spelling Level 1, Group 2

1. 

Hannah Koehler  

Emmaus

2.

Emily Vital

Manheim Central

3.

Ian Bowler

Emmaus

Spelling Level 2, Group 1

1. 

Sarah Moyer

MMI Prep

2.

Nick Burke

Emmaus

3. 

Matt Gottshall   

Antietam

Spelling Level 2, Group 2

1. 

Vincent Liu  

State College

2. 

Colton Fox

Tri Valley

3. 

Devon Faul

MMI Prep

Spelling Level 3, Group 1

1. 

Ryan Bilger

Emmaus

2.

Trevor Heisler   

Tri Valley

3.

Erika Polka

State College

Spelling Level 3, Group 2

1. 

Kevin Wilcox

Emmaus

2.

Aife Ni Chochlain

Emmaus

3.

Brandon Williams   

Manheim Central

Poetry Level 1, Group 1

1. 

Cathryn Seibert   

Emmaus

2.

Sam Sessock

MMI Prep

3.

Alena Smith

Emmaus

Poetry Level 1, Group 2

1. 

Lillian Raus

Indiana

2.

Garrett Kost

MMI Prep

3.

Elijah Zacherl    

Indiana

Poetry Level 2, Group 1

1. 

Alexia Drynda

Antietam

2.

Jeannie Drago

State College

3.

Skyla Gunning    

Tri Valley

Poetry Level 2, Group 2

1.  

Zach Kalp

State College

2.

Gabrielle Quandel    

Tri Valley

3.

Ben Gittleman

MMI Prep

Poetry Level 3, Group 1

1.  

Eric Kabitzke

MMI Prep

2.

Ruthie Strauss   

State College

3.

Kevin Wilcox

Emmaus

Poetry Level 3, Group 2

1.  

Jared Kehler

Tri Valley

2.

Benjamin Hinkel    

Tri Valley

3.

Connor Winslow

Central Mountain

Trivia Game

1.  

Oley Valley

2.

Emmaus

3.

Manheim Central


Successful Placement of 7 Penn State Doctoral Students in German Tenure-Track Jobs since 2011

Congratulations to the following former Penn State German Ph.D. students who have obtained tenure-track jobs since 2011:

  • Yasemin Mohammed (University of Iowa)
  • Janice McGregor (Kansas State University)
  • Imke Brust (Haverford College)
  • Joshua Brown (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
  • Beate Brunow (Wofford College)
  • Jameson Bell (Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Juliana Schicker (Carleton College)

Summer Internships Available in Pforzheim, Germany

The German program announces a new summer 2017 internship possibility for this summer in Pforzheim, Germany, for students who have completed four semesters or more of German and who also have a background in either business or engineering. This program may be of special interest to Engineering and Business students who are also minoring or majoring in German. Students will receive 3 credits of German language (GER X99) and 6 credits of GER 495. Some or all of these credits may be applied toward a German major or minor depending upon what courses students have or have not already taken.

Further information can be found at the Global Programs website. Interested students should also contact .

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages welcomes three new faculty members in 2014-2015. Sabine Doran is Associate Professor of German and joins us from the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests are 20th and 21st century literature, film studies and visual culture. 

Jens Guettel is Associate Professor of History and German. His research and teaching focuses on modern European history, German expansionism and labor history.

Yelena Zotova is Instructor of Russian. Her primary interests are in linguistics and second language acquisition.

Vadim Astrakhan Concert at the Russian Tea Hour

Vadim Astrakhan Concert at the Russian Tea Hour

Vadim Astrakhan performs under the image of Ostrosky

Since he arrived in the US as a Russian immigrant in 1991, Vadim Astrakhan has been honing his skills in translating the works of singer-songwriter Vladimir Ostrosky into English and performing them. On April 1st, he entertained the Russian Tea Hour with a multimedia performance of Ostrosky that was equal parts entertainment and education, mostly in English, but ending with some of Ostrosky's original Russian lyrics.

Zertifikat Deutsch examination administered to German majors at Penn State

On March 18, two examiners from the Goethe Institute in New York, Steffi Krause and Andrea Pfeil, visited the University Park campus to administer the Zertifikat Deutsch exam to seven German majors and one German graduate student. (Four of the test-takers are shown at right completing the listening portion of the exam.) The ZD exam, which tests all four skills in German, is recognized everywhere in the world as a certification of German skills, and is a foundational document for employment with a German company or university study.