- We are hoping to organize a regular virtual conversation hour for the summer. Kalli and I will announce the times for this in our Sp/Su emails.
- German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Max Kade Kaffeestunde & Deutschtisch, the Conversation and Free-Writing Hour, and German Club events will resume in the Fall.
- If you are looking for German films/series to watch, you may find the Telescope Film website useful.
Promote German! If you’ve enjoyed your German courses here, please tell your friends about them! Encourage your friends here to think about taking German 101. Encourage your younger friends and relatives back home to take German classes at your high school. Email your high school German teachers and tell them about your experiences in college, or offer to visit your high school to encourage students to take German there or in college!
Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on virtual internships, workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!
May is National Mental Health Month. Click here for an article on the importance of mental health self-care, “now more than ever.” Resources mentioned in this article are more for faculty and staff, but the CAPS website includes lots of resources and info for students.
The CGIS application portal for studying during Winter 2021 in Tübingen is already open. The application deadline is September 15.
While the clubs are closed, you can still dance the weekend away! Join the “biggest virtual club in the world” with livestreaming from #UnitedWeStream. You will find links to many clubs in Germany. Here is an NPR article: Clubbing In The Time Of COVID-19: Berlin Clubs Are Closed, So DJs Are Livestreaming.
The Course Guide for Fall 2020 courses is online. Here is the list of German dept. classes offered in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. Please note that even if you already know your plans for German language classes, the list also includes a wide variety of interesting courses in English. If you have questions please contact our advisors, Mary and Kalli. Mary and Kalli will continue to be available for virtual meetings. You may also still be able to schedule virtual meetings with our Peer Advisors. See also the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section below.
Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:
- Conversation Opportunities – Conversation Hours, German Lab
- Virtual International Summer Internships and Funding for them – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
- Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
- Advising Info – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
- Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
- International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
- Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students – Miscellaneous
- Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID” – Miscellaneous
- Telescope: Find German Films and Series – Miscellaneous
- Pre-Order UofM-themed face covers from the M Den – Miscellaneous
Virtual German Conversation Hour
- We are hoping to be able to offer this weekly over the summer. Kalli and I will send out more info in our Spring/Summer emails when we have it.
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!
Ann Arbor Stammtisch
- We assume Stammtisch is on hiatus for now. Please let us know if you have information about virtual meetings of the Stammtisch, so we can include it here!
- 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 Mechthild Heerde-Olind at email@example.com for the current location and for more information.
- 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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich for updates!
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.
- Mary and Kalli will advise you remotely. Email them or see the info below to find out whether/when they are available to advise you in Spring/Summer.
- Mary Rodena-Krasan (email@example.com):
- Mary’s Zoom Link for Office Hours: https://zoom.us/j/
- Mary’s Zoom Link for Office Hours: https://zoom.us/j/
- Karl-Georg Federhofer (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Kalli’s Zoom Link for Office Hours: https://zoom.us/j/
- To reach either advisor: email@example.com
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- Winter 2021 Term in Tübingen (Tuesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
- Virtual International Summer Internships: The International Center has compiled a database of education abroad providers that are offering virtual international internships during the summer. Many of these virtual internships have flexible start dates and durations, and some give you the opportunity to receive credit. If you have questions about these virtual internships, you can schedule an appointment with the International Center or email email@example.com.
- Funding up to $5,000 for virtual internships is available through the LSA Opportunity Hub
- Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2021/2022: Virtual Information Session (Wednesday, May 6; 12-1 p.m.)
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2021-2022 (Friday, August 28; University of Michigan Campus Application Deadline)
- Metropolitan Studies in Berlin – Winter 2021 (Tuesday, September 15; Application Deadline)
- LSA Internship Funding Page
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!
Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID”
- If you are looking for ways to structure studying under these new circumstances, here is some great advice for adjusting your study habits. VIELEN Dank to the German Club’s Paul Chamberlain for finding this. It is full of excellent advice. I am a big fan of the “Pomodoro method” for focussed “mono-tasking.”
Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students
- LSA Technology has created this Teaching and Learning Remotely Student Resources page.
- BlueCorps is providing face-to-face virtual office hours for students Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm. Students can drop in by clicking on this link. BlueCorps is also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telescope: Find German Films and Series
Check the Telescope website for info on German films and series worth watching, including trailers and details on where they are available online.
Pre-Order UofM-themed face covers from the M Den
- Here is the M Den’s pre-order page for the UofM-themed face covers. They are not cheap (3 for $25) and won’t ship until June, but part of the proceeds will go to a COVID fund.