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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 (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!

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."

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.