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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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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