Weekly Email for German 101-231 – 16. Februar 2020

Dear all,
 
The German Department will host its annual German Day on Friday, February 21.  If you would like to volunteer, please register by Wednesday, February 19.
 
The German Club will be having a special Stammtisch on Thursday, February 20th in the Michigan Union Tap Room @ 6-8 pm where you can practice oral exam-style questions (especially relevant for GERMAN 101 and 102 students!) and have more structured topics of discussion auf Deutsch.
 
The Language Resource Center will need volunteers to help transcribe testimonials of Holocaust survivors on Saturday, February 22.  If you would like to help out, please register by Monday, February 17.
 
If you would like to nominate a professor for the annual Golden Apple Award, you can do so by Monday, February 24.
 
This email also contains a summer internship posting in Student Life for Bard College in Berlin, which asks you to apply by Sunday, March 1.
 
Departmental scholarships exist for summer internships in a German-speaking country, for participating at a Goethe Institut language program in Germany, and for attending the Middlebury German Summer Language School.
 
If you like to practice your German conversation skills, you may want to attend “Schokoladenstunde” or the two events (“Kaffeestunde” and “Deutschtisch“) in the Max Kade House.
 
All German majors who receive financial aid at the University of Michigan are strongly encouraged to apply for the Walter & Florence E. Aupperle Scholarship, which pays an additional $2,000 for each year that you are still enrolled here at Michigan. Here are some instructions on how to apply for the Aupperle Scholarship.
 
Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:
  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Kaffeestunde, and Deutschtisch – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info AND Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • Things you could ask an Academic Advisor – Miscellaneous
  • Supergeil video – Miscellaneous

Schokoladenstunde (with games!): Mondays 5:15-6:15 p.m. (with Silvia Grzeskowiak), and Wednesdays 11-12 (with Mary Gell) 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 Mondays by Silvia Grzeskowiak, and on Wednesdays by Mary Gell.
  • If you ask Silvia or Mary 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 (Thursdays 9-10 pm) & Deutschtisch (Sundays 6-7 pm)

  • Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place Thursdays 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 Reid (gordreid@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 6-7 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 Reid (gordreid@umich.edu).
  • German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events. You can make up “A&P Tally” points in 101-232 by attending Max Kade Deutschtisch or Kaffeestunde. Just ask Reid 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 (Thursday, February 20, 6-8 p.m., Michigan Union Tap Room)
 
Check out the German Club Website!
 
Questions/Comments: email Paul (pauljc@umich.edu) or Drue (druefro@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 are:
      TTH 11-12:30, 1:30-4 p.m.
      (on Tuesday, February 18, no office hours from 11-12 p.m.)
      and by appointment
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422; kallimz@umich.edu):
    • His office hours this week are:
      Monday, February 17: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-3 p.m.,
      Tuesday, February 18: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, February 19: 9:30-11:30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, February 20: 10-12:30 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Friday, February 21: 9:30-11:30, 3-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor: germanadvising@umich.edu
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here
  • …and you can contact Kalli via text message (734-277-7341) or via Facebook (Kalli Federhofer)

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.

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!

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.