Weekly Email for German 101-231 – 8. April 2019

Dear all,

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) has established a photo contest with the pertinent hashtag #BeyondBordersBeyondYourself.  Submit your photos by April 28 and win a round-trip airfare to Germany.

Tomorrow is this semester’s last opportunity to relax and take in some German at “Yoga with Iris”.

Please click here to see the list of German classes for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. If you have questions, please contact one of the German Undergraduate Peer Mentors or contact Mary (mkrasan@umich.edu) and or Kalli (kallimz@umich.edu) during their office hours.

  • If you were to take classes like German 102 or 231 (Spring) or German 230 or 232 (Summer), you can also apply for scholarship opportunities.

Mark your calendars: on Tue 4/16 at 8pm, you will be able to hear the students from German 336 (German in Song) perform Songs of Hamburg.

Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!

If you are still looking for a job for the summer, ICPSR is still seeking summer help with front-end web, social media, and user support. Click the link for details of the ICPSR position and whom to contact. I would suggest sending an email describing your relevant skills, and attaching your cv.

Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:

  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info AND Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • German 336 (German in Song) Performance: “Hamburger Schule und Schiffe”: April 16 – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Conversation/Free-Writing hour, Kaffeestunde, and Deutschtisch – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • German Club “Stammtisch” April 10 – German Club
  • German Peer Mentorship Program 2019/2020: Apply by April 18 – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • “Transit” showing at the Michigan Theater – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Talk on German and Vietnamese Refugees: April 12 – Local Events & Opportunities
  • Talk by German Socialist politician on “The Threat of Fascism”: April 15 – Local Events & Opportunities
  • Accelerated Master’s Program in Transcultural Studies (Monday, April 15; Application Deadline) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • DAAD Photo Contest (deadline 4/28) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Things you could ask an Academic Advisor – Miscellaneous
  • Supergeil video – Miscellaneous

Schokoladenstunde (with games!): Tuesdays 5-6 and Wednesdays 11-12, in the Language Resource Center in North Quad.

  • Schokoladenstunde will take place in the comfy seating area between the two computer classrooms in the Language Resource Center. There will be some German chocolate there :)  All students at all levels are welcome to come and chat and play games in German (e.g. Tabu etc.). Schokoladenstunde will be facilitated on Tuesdays by Mary Gell, and on Wednesdays by Silvia Grzeskowiak.
  • If you ask Silvia/Mary to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Conversation and Free-Writing Hour: Fridays 11-12, 3117 MLB

  • Informal conversation and free-writing activities. Open to all levels of students.
  • Conducted by Shubhangi Dabak (dabaks@umich.edu) – contact her for more info!
  • If you ask Shubhangi to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Max Kade Kaffeestunde (Tuesdays 9-10 pm) & Deutschtisch (Sundays 7-8 pm)

  • Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place Tuesdays 9-10 pm in the Said Lounge on the Residential Side of North Quad – but please check this page for occasional updates!
    • The Said Lounge is in the residential portion of North Quad, which is only open to residents ==> when you go, please email Jon (jonjan@umich.edu), so that someone can come to the front door and let you in. You can also just knock on the door of the residential portion and tell a residence staff member that you are there for the Max Kade House event, and you will be let in.
  • Deutschtisch in the North Quad dining hall: Sundays 7-8 pm.
    • You will need a meal plan or Entrée Plus to enter, or you can purchase a meal at the door (note that this is not cheap) – but you may also be allowed to come in just to talk and not eat, if you say at the door that you are there for the Max Kade event.
    • The group has yellow signs with “Max Kade Deutschtisch” to identify where they are sitting.
    • For questions, contact Jon (jonjan@umich.edu).
  • German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events. You can make up “A&P” points in 101-232 by attending Max Kade Deutschtisch or Kaffeestunde [NOT Spazierstunde!]. Just ask Jon to email your instructor that you were there!

German Lab in Alcove B in the Language Resource Center in North Quad is open Mon-Thu 1-4 pm.

  • The German Lab is open Monday-Thursday 1-4 every week. It’s in Alcove B in the LRC (ground level of North Quad, Room 1500).
  • Go to the German Lab for any kind of help (except we can’t proofread your essays for you): if you need help with homework or a test review sheet (we can proofread your test essays for German 101-231), if you need grammar topics explained or reviewed or need more practice, if you just want to speak some German for fun and/or for your AMD etc. If you have time in the afternoons from 1-4, do your homework in the LRC! Then if you get stuck on something, you can just stop by the German Lab alcove so we can get you unstuck.
  • Click here for more info!

LRC Conversation Partner Site

Go to this page to sign up or find a conversation partner. Please notify the LRC if you notice problems (e.g. outdated records etc.). Don’t be shy: the more people sign up, the better the site will work!

RC Coffee Hour: Mondays 4-5, Greene Lounge, East Quad

  • All are welcome to come to this German conversation hour!
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • A German Stammtisch meets once a week, usually on Thursdays at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak or another bar near Main Street. Join the email list to stay up-to-date on where and when the group will meet.
  • There’s also a facebook page: look for “German Table / Stammtisch”
  • Alternatively, contact Andy Kasten at apkindland@yahoo.de for the current location and for more information. Wherever the Stammtisch meets, he’ll be wearing a VfB Stuttgart soccer jersey — Debitel on the front, Bordon #5 on the back. It’s white with a red collar and stripes.
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

German Club – “Stammtisch (Wednesday, April 10; 7-8 p.m., Michigan League Underground)

Questions/Comments: email Parker Hill (pbhill@umich.edu)

Email germaneboard@umich.edu to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich for updates!

Please note that by attending German Club meetings, you can make up “A&P” points in German 101-232. Just ask one of the German Club officers to email your instructor (or write a note) saying you were there!

Faculty Advisors Mary Rodena-Krasan & Kalli Federhofer

  • Contact our two faculty advisors, Mary or Kalli, for advice on study abroad, internships abroad, a German major/minor, upper-level German courses, career opportunities in German, study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities, etc. They have frequent office hours in Fall/Winter, as follows:
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128; mkrasan@umich.edu):
    • Her office hours in the Winter term are:
      T,TH 11-4 p.m.
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422; kallimz@umich.edu):
    • His next office hours will take place on these days:
      Monday, April 8: 10-11:30, 1:30-3 p.m.,
      Tuesday, April 9: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, April 10: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, April 11: 10-12:30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Friday, April 12: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor: germanadvising@umich.edu
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: germanmentors@umich.edu. Their expertise includes:

  • Current classes and potential courses
  • Study abroad, internship, and traveling in Germany
  • Academic requirements (major/minor, LSA language requirement) and combination (engineering, pre-health, etc.)
  • Max Kade House
  • Departmental scholarships/fellowships
  • On- and off-campus German opportunities (German Club, German Day, etc.)
  • Career/job search
  • Getting involved – enhancing your undergraduate experience with the German Department

This page will only include entries in this category when there is a job/internship etc. aimed at German students at all levels. To see more internship and job opportunities, scroll through Kalli’s blog, addressed to all upper-level German students

There are two German Department facebook groups:

  • “German Advising at University of Michigan” [Read news here!]
    • Join this group to see much of the information you see in this email, as well as other relevant info, in the form of individual announcement posts.
  • “German Program at University of Michigan – Vorwärts Blau!” [Post things here!]
    • You are encouraged to join this group to in order to read and post interesting/fun items related to German language and culture. If you have trouble joining the group or posting something, please email Hartmut!

AND there is a German Department facebook page. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/umichGerman/

You can find weekly updates similar to this email but with lots more content on this blog.

We also encourage you to join us on our LinkedIn site: ‘University of Michigan German Department’

You can also follow us on Twitter: @umichGerman

Conversation Partner Options: Various options for finding conversation partners are listed on this page.

Things you could ask an Academic Advisor

The quote below comes from an article in the University Record a few years ago, about UofM partnering with IBM to work on an interactive computer program that would emulate some of the functions of an academic advisor. It provides a nice sample of things you could ask a real academic advisor at any time:

Students might tell the system their preferences and receive course recommendations that advance them toward their degree. They could define broad career goals and get a good list of electives. They could hear an estimate of how many homework hours their class load might require, or be directed to extracurriculars that might help them land the kind of job they’re after.

Supergeil video

Click the link to watch a provocatively entertaining musical supermarket commercial.

If you like watching this guy dance, you could also check out this rather rudely titled video with the same performer.