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German Major Marta Millar on her internship for Eucor and the University of Freiburg

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German Major Marta Millar on her internship for Eucor and the University of Freiburg

Marta Millar (triple major in German, History, and International Politics) is completing an internship at the German Consulate in New York City during the summer of 2018. She reflects on her experience:

"Interning in the liaison office for the University of Freiburg and Eucor has been a truly wonderful experience, and I have learned a lot through the many opportunities I have been exposed to while here at the German consulate general in New York. I have enjoyed using and improving my German skills in the work environment, as well as reconnecting with Uni-Freiburg, where I previously studied abroad. My work here has included promoting areas of research focus at Eucor such as precision medicine through event organization, and alumni development for Uni-Freiburg here in the United States. It was exciting to have the chance to get to know many Freiburg alumni, and even meet with and interview several impressive alumni for spotlights on Uni-Freiburg’s website. Most of all, I have enjoyed the up-close experience of fostering German-American relations and discovering the multitude of organizations here in the United States that focus on furthering this transatlantic partnership, because it has made me realize how many doors studying German has opened up in my future.”

Bradley Morabito receives a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship for 2018-2019

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Bradley Morabito receives a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship for 2018-2019

Bradley Morabito, who will graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in German, History, and International Politics, as well as a master’s degree in international affairs, has received a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship for Young Professionals. He will take classes and complete an internship while living in Germany for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations, Brad!

 

 

2018 Student Marshal Neil Shook Neil Shook receives a USTA Teaching Assistantship to Austria

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2018 Student Marshal Neil Shook Neil Shook receives a USTA Teaching Assistantship to Austria

Neil Shook, who will graduate in May 2018 with a double major in Math and German and a minor in Linguistics, has received a USTA Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Weiz, Austria, starting in Fall 2018. Neil will also serve as the Departmental Marshal for the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at May graduation. Congratulations, Neil!

 

Undergraduate Maria Badanova Co-Translates Book with GSLL Professor Michael Naydan

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Undergraduate Maria Badanova Co-Translates Book with GSLL Professor Michael Naydan

Maria Badanova, a sophomore majoring in psychology and president of GLOBE, an honors special living option which seeks to form a close knit community of globally minded individuals, has teamed up with Michael Naydan, Professor of Russian, to translate the complete writings on Africa by the Russian poet Nikolai Gumilev. The result, Nikolai Gumilev's Africa, has recently appeared with Glagoslav Press.

Badanova says of her experience: "I am very grateful to Dr. Naydan for giving me the opportunity to work on this translation. I appreciated his giving me the freedom to work through the texts independently, and I felt that all of my comments and corrections were valued. It was also fascinating to see what goes into the publishing of a book, and I got to follow the process every step of the way, while also networking with professionals from Glagoslav Publications. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better summer - mine was filled with adventure as I followed Gumilev to the farthest corners of 19th-century Africa."

Lawrence Glatz (1995 Ph.D.) Celebrates 21 Years as German Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Lawrence Glatz (1995 Ph.D.) Celebrates 21 Years as German Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dr. Lawrence Glatz is entering his 21st year at MSU Denver – 5 as Assistant, 5 as Associate, und 10 as Full Professor of German.

The program he made out his MA/PHD years at Penn State, together with an exchange year at the University of Kiel and 14 months DAAD at the University of Hamburg and Free University of Berlin, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, prepared him well for teaching, research, and service in a small undergraduate program.

Dr. Glatz reports having taught 19 different courses at 24 credits or 4/4 yearly, and having enjoyed seeing the many German minors and majors do well at MSU-Denver and beyond.

Dr. Glatz was also selected to be a 2007-08 Fulbright Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Siegen.

Here's wishing you many more years of success with German, Larry!

Graduate Amanda Thoet Makes Good Use of Her German

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Graduate Amanda Thoet Makes Good Use of Her German

Amanda Thoet has been using her German a lot since graduating from Penn State in May 2015 with a minor in German. She just finished her first year of her Master’s program at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to attending Georgetown, Amanda completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Leipzig, Germany and also spent summer 2016 as a speechwriting intern at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. During summer 2017, Amanda is interning at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Denver, Colorado and is also participating in a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) study trip on refugee integration in Germany. She will return to University Park on 22 September to take part in the Career Booster Day sponsored by the Goethe Institute.

 

Alumna Lori Feathers (B. A. Russian 1990) Proves There Are Still Bookstores in the US

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Alumna Lori Feathers (B. A. Russian 1990) Proves There Are Still Bookstores in the US

Lori Feathers is book buyer and co-owner of Interabang Books, in independent bookstore opening July 1 in Dallas, Texas.  http://interabangbooks.com/

Since graduating from Penn State, Lori’s career path has taken unanticipated and exciting twists and turns, most of which were precipitated by her study of Russian.

Lori earned joint law and masters degrees in international relations at American University in 1993 after which she took a position at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  At Commerce, she traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union (spending time in 13 of the 15 former Soviet republics) as a member of various delegations working on US trade and investment issues in the region.  After four years at Commerce, Lori was hired as an international oil and gas attorney for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and moved to Dallas. While at ARCO Lori negotiated with Rosneft, Lukoil, and the Georgian State Oil Company on billion-dollar oil exploration and infrastructure deals, earning lots of frequent flier miles meeting with officials in Moscow and Tbilisi. When ARCO was acquired by British Petroleum in 2000, Lori joined the Dallas law firm of Haynes and Boone as an international attorney.  Then in 2005, she was hired by independent oil and gas producer, Pioneer Natural Resources, as the Associate General Counsel for International Business. 

It was a love of Russian literature that drew Lori to study Russian at Penn State, a passion that has remained steadfast throughout her career. In recent years, she has spent much of her free time reading contemporary literature and writing reviews for publication, including many articles on works translated from Russian, Ukrainian, and other East European languages. These pursuits led to an invitation to participate as one of nine judges for the annual Best Translated Book Award and being elected by her peers to serve on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle.  So, it seemed a natural progression to take her love of literature and enthusiasm for sharing literary discoveries to the next level—owning an independent bookstore. Lori retired from law practice earlier this year to devote herself full time to literary pursuits such as making Interabang Books the best independent bookstore in the country. Twitter: @LoriFeathers

Russian major Emily Kohlman interns for US and Czech news providers

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Russian major Emily Kohlman interns for US and Czech news providers

With the help of enhancement funds from GSLL, Emily Kohlman was Calkins Scholar and journalism intern at the Beaver County Times in Beaver County, PA in the summer of 2015. She produced videos and interviewed a celebrity (Samantha Bee) who came to town to talk to Beaver County politicians and voters prior to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  She also  reported at the Republican National Convention. Her stories from the Convention were circulated throughout the U.S. (from papers in Kansas to the Centre Daily Times in State College).

This past fall, Emily interned with the U.S. correspondent for Czech Television during the U.S. presidential election, learning about the dynamics of media in both the United States and in the Czech Republic. Emily's picture was taken at Czech Television's headquarters in Prague, where she went during a 2016 spring break trip to the Czech Republic with her honors world media systems class.

1999 Graduate Janel Galvanek Finds a Career at Berghof Foundation

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1999 Graduate Janel Galvanek Finds a Career at Berghof Foundation

After graduation from Penn State with a BA in German, Janel Galvanek received an MA in Germanistik from Georgetown University and then worked briefly at the Holocaust Museum in DC as a German-English translator and then at the German Historical Institute as an editor. But Europe was calling and she left in 2003 for Tirol, Austria where she had a Fulbright teaching scholarship for two years. She then returned to university and earned a Master’s degree in 2008 from the University of Hamburg in "Peace Research and Security Policy."

Since 2009, Janel has worked for the Berghof Foundation, a conflict transformation and peacebuilding institute, with a lot of different projects – both research and practical – all over the world in the contexts of conflict or post-conflict countries. Right now all of Janel's projects are in Africa and she travels there extensively. You can read her Berghof bio and also her most recent research report on Liberia. When not traveling for work, Janel resides in Berlin.

Janel thinks quite frequently of the role that her German major played in her life and work. And now that we have renewed contact with her, we will be thinking of Janel quite frequently as well!

'16 Graduate Devin McCoy begins her Fulbright year teaching in Germany

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'16 Graduate Devin McCoy begins her Fulbright year teaching in Germany

Devin McCoy has begun her teaching duties in English at the Hermann-Allmers-Schule in Hagen im Bremischen. She will be looking for volunteer opportunities to support Syrian refugees in Germany, and also studying her options for pursuing a masters degree studying Applied Linguistics in Germany or France in the following year.