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Nicole McInteer successfully defends her dissertation for the German Ph.D.

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Nicole McInteer successfully defends her dissertation for the German Ph.D.

Nicole McInteer, Associate Dean for Admissions at Wake Forest University, successfully defended her dissertation titled: "Writing the Edge of Empire: Joseph Roth's Galicia" on October 10 2016. The dissertation compares Roth's famous novel Radetzkymarsch with other ethnographic and historical writings on the Austrian province of Galicia, such as the Kronprinzenwerk and works by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Karl Emil Franzos.

Congratulations, Niki!

Joe Embler (B. A. in Russian 1983)

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Joe Embler (B. A. in Russian 1983)

 

Alumnus Joe Embler has certainly been making good use of his language skills in the real world!

Upon graduating he served in the Marines from 1983 - 2002. In the Marines he flew helicopters and was also a Foreign Area Officer - he went to the Defense Language Institute from 1990-1991 for more Russian language training, and then to the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany from 1991-1992.

Joe was a translator in the Pentagon at the Washington - Moscow Direct Communications Link from 1992-1995. Then, after more flying he went back to Garmisch in 1998 - and retired from the Marines from there in 2002. After working as a Dept of Defense civilian in Garmisch from 2003-2010, he is now back at the Defense Language Institute, working as a program manager in the Afghanistan - Pakistan 'Hands' program - coordinating distance learning for Dari and Pashto language training primarily (and learning a little Dari in the process).

Charlie Smith (Russian B. A. 2015)

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Charlie Smith (Russian B. A. 2015)

Charlie Smith is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Russian modernist and post-modernist literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, after having graduated from Penn State with a double major in both English literature and Russian language and literature. His primary area of interest involves writers such as Yuri Olesha, Daniil Kharms, and Vladimir Mayakovsky, as well as later Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian authors, including Venedikt Yerofeev and Viktor Pelevin. He is also interested in the Acmeist movement in Russian Silver-Age poetry, and specifically in the works of Nikolai Gumilev. 

Research of Lara Schwarz (German Ph.D. candidate) in the news

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Research of Lara Schwarz (German Ph.D. candidate) in the news

The research of German Ph.D. candidate Lara Schwarz recently made headline news in the Mankato Free Press of south-central Minnesota. The article, titled "Grad Student delves into the German of New Ulm," describes Schwarz's interviews with local residents to determine the varieties of German once spoken there.

Stuart McLaughlin

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Stuart McLaughlin

Stu McLaughlin (shown here in Astana, Kazakhstan with Moldir Kulamkadyr, a 2016 year Penn State graduate) is a senior at Penn State with a major in Russian and minors in Spanish and Arabic. His linguistic interests led him to begin studying Russian in addition to his Spanish and Arabic classes. After a year spent studying Russian at Penn State, Stu spent the summer of his sophomore year enrolled in advanced language courses in Saint Petersburg; his study was supported by the FLAS fellowship.  Since then he has been an active member of the Penn State Association of Students in Russian, as well as a teaching assistant for beginner to intermediate level Russian courses. His aspirations for an international career in translation include working as a professional interpreter for dignitaries and Foreign Service work in U.S. Embassies with a specialization in Eastern European and Central Eurasian language and culture. In 2016 Stu received another FLAS fellowship and spent the summer at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, studying Russian, Kazakh, and translation theory. This fall, Stu will be continuing his studies at Penn State and begin adapting his linguistic skills towards a career in professional translation and interpretation.

Joseph Nakpil (B. A. in Russian 2015)

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Joseph Nakpil (B. A. in Russian 2015)

Joseph Nakpil (class of 2015) finished his undergraduate degree with a double major in Comparative Literature and Russian.He studied abroad several times (including to the Republic of Georgia and the Czech Republic), and studied many languages (including Chinese and Turkish), but eventually found Russian to be his mainstay. He is currently pursuing his PhD at The University of Southern California in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Rebecca Zadowicz

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Rebecca Zadowicz

Rebecca Zadowicz graduated with her Ph.D. in German Literature and Culture in 2010. She now puts the research and writing skills she developed while completing her Ph.D. to good use as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown (RUS/MUSIC) was College Marshal in 2014 and is now pursuing a PhD at Yale.
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Laura Brown

Laura Brown was College of the Liberal Arts College Marshal in 2014. She double majored in Russian and Music, which allowed her to combine her love for Russian language and culture with her specialization in musicology.  She is currently a PhD student in Musicology at Yale University.

Kyle Snowberger

Kyle Snowberger (GER/AERSP) receives a summer internship in Germany.
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Kyle Snowberger

Kyle Snowberger graduated in May 2016 with a double major in German and Aerospace Engineering. He now works at Beechcraft Defense Company LLC, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation in Wichita Kansas, as an "Advanced Design Engineer- goverment business," which means that he gets to use creative thinking and engineering tact to conceptualize and design products. In Summer 2014 he completed a paid internship with the Manitowoc Company in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He also received additional funding from the Career Enrichment Network in the College of Liberal Arts to help offset tuition costs related to the internship. When asked why he has chosen to major in German alongside Engineering, he points to the following article from the Washington Post:  We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

Joshua Brown

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Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown graduated with his Ph.D. in German Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2011. He is now an assistant professor of German at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. His research focuses (amongst other things) on Pennsylvania German and issues of language maintenance and shift. In 2014 he was named a Teacher of Excellence by the German Embassy, AATG and Goethe Institute. See his personal website: http://www.joshuarbrown.com/