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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...

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.

Department Announces 2015-2016 Awards for German and Russian Majors

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


Department Marshal

Anna Bahnfleth

Lucretia Simmons Award for Outstanding German Major 

Joseph Vais

Stanley R. Townsend Award for Outstanding German Major 

Rowan Crisp


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!

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.

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!

Devin McCoy and Alexa Beil Win Fulbrights to Teach in Germany

German major Devin McCoy and German minor Alexa Beil will be spending next academic year ('16-'17) in Germany, both having been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships. Congratulations, Devin and Alexa!

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!

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 ( and click on the link "Video: Learning German in Dresden" or you can also see the video on youtube: Mallory is interviewed around 2:00 into the video; look for Jordan around 1:10 into the video!

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.

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."