GREAL Alumni Newsletter - May 2013

May 2013
Volume 13, Issue 2


Dear Alumni and Friends, Our students continue to gamer recognition and success. This year we have begun to concentrate efforts on establishing better contacts between our alumni and current students, especially graduating seniors. We hope to see some of you on campus in the not too distant future! Have a good summer.

-- Margaret Ziolkowski GREAL Chair


Cradle of Fulbrights: Brian Cash (Interior Design, German Minor) was awarded a Fulbright Award to each German in Germany 2013-2014. He joins a growing group of GREAL ulbright awardees. Brian studied in Rosenheim 2011-2012.

Max Kade Again Supports Study Abroad: For the fourth year running, Miami German major and minors on the Intensive German Summer Program will receive awards to help offset travel expenses from the Max Kade Foundation, New York. The Max Kade Foundation supports German studies in higher education across the United States.

Provost's Scholar: David Wang, a Chinese minor graduating this May, was the winner of rovost's Academic Achievement award, announced Fall 2012.

Japanese Consul Visits Miami: The Consul General of Japan in Detroit, Mr. Kuninori Matsuda, visited the apanese Program and gave a talk on the Ohio-Japanese relationships, April 5th.

Boren Award Winner: German minor Kayla Orta has been selected to receive a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship. This scholarship will support her study in South Korea this summer and fall.

Russian Essay Winner: Eric Cioffi won an Honorable Mention, Non-Heritage Leamer, Second Level, in the Fourteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.


A new co-major, Critical and Classical Languages, will allow Miami students to pursue advanced level study of Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, and Russian, to complement study in one other language as a major.


Succeeding Miriam Seidel, who coordinated Miami's Intensive German Summer Program stay in Jena with enthusiasm and grace for ten years, is Uwe Baum. We thank Miriam for her long-standing commitment to our students and her tireless efforts on our behalf. We recently heard from Beate Schroter, who initiated the contact with Jena in the 1990s


Sometime on January 23, 2013, the one-millionth student entered the Interactive Language Resource Center (formerly the Language Lab) to use the facility. On February 15th, Director Dan Meyers welcomed visitors to a reception celebrating the monumental achievement.


Tanja Diickers, Berlin author and guest faculty at Dartmouth, visited GREAL in April, attending a class taught by Dr. Mariana Ivanova and reading from her award-winning novel, Hausers Zimmer, and from her poetry (in German and in English) to an appreciative audience of over 50 Miami students and faculty on a warm, sunny aftemoon. See photo at lower left.


Oliver Zoellner has been accepted for study in Munich for 2013-14. Miami regularly sends students to the Wayne State Junior Year in Munich program. Dr. Jeep serves on the JYM Executive Advisory Committee.


Trevor Cook, East Asian Language/ Culture (China concentration) and Intemational Studies Major, was a recipient of a Freeman Award for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). Trevor is currently studying with CET Intensive Chinese Language Program in Beijing. He also won a Benjamin A. Gilman Intemational Scholarship to support his study with the program. He will retum to Miami next fall to finish his degree at Miami. Japanese majors Alexandra Algava and Lyric Goins, and Intemational Studies major and Japanese minor MaryEllen Reider studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Spring 2013. MaryEllen's mother, Prof. Noriko Reider (seep. 4), visited her there.


The Chinese Program thanks Pi-hua Lin (GREAL); Ying Liu, Li Yang, and Yaoyao Wu (all Confucius Institute) for their service, as they retum home. On a bright note, we have already hired one of their replacements. She is Su Liu. The participants of the Miami Tianjin Summer Program may remember her fondly. In fact, it was their unsolicited enthusiastic recommendations that led to Miss Liu's hiring


Ellen Brayer (Russian, 2013) received a Foreign Language Area Studies grant and will begin her MA in Russian Studies at University of Wisconsin in the fall

Sarah Field (Arabic, 2012) is at the Heritage Foundation (Washington, DC).

Alexandra Winters (Chinese minor, 2012), has joined the master's program of social work at Ohio University. The program focuses on clinical social work with a specific concentration on rural communities.

Ben Collings (Arabic, 2011) is attending USD.

Jonathan Dreeze (REES, 2011) is pursuing a PhD degree in History at OSU, having passed his MA exam.

Harrison King (REES, 2011), now completing his Fulbright teaching fellowship in Azerbaijan, was shortlisted for a Rhodes Scholarship last year; he has been accepted into the graduate program in Comparative History at the Central European University in Budapest.

Greg Ormiston (Russian, 2011) has passed his M.A. exams in Slavic Languages and Literature at Ohio State and is continuing in the Ph.D. program

Taylor White (Russian, 2011) will be receiving his MA in Slavic from Ohio State this spnng.

Chrstine Zielke (German & Chinese, 2011) is in the Peace Corps work in Botswania.

Elizabeth Garrett (German, 2010) is in the University of Michigan Graduate School of Information Program (M.A.).

Matt Rust (German, 2010) is Global Service Specialist at Mettler-Toledo International, with frequent assignments in Switzerland.

Amy Peterson (German, 2009) is a Sales Representative for Berlitz Nederland (Amsterdam).

Carly Peselnick (East Asian Language/ Culture major with China concentration, 2008), started a new career with the Department of Defense after completing her M.A. degree in Chinese at osu.

Heather Miller Martin (German, 2008) is currently living in London, where she is Enterprise Account Executive for Pervasive Software.

Dusty Wilmes (Russian 2006) has passed his Ph.D. exams and is beginning to write his Ph.D. dissertation in Slavic at OSU.

Jen Black (German, 2002) is an Account Executive with MetLife in Broadview Heights, OH.

Ria Kawashima Nieboer (Russian, 1996) graduated with Masters in Social Work in June 2011, and is currently working as a mental health- substance abuse therapist at PathwaysMI in Holland, MI.

Jon Valentine (German, 1995) is Georgia's State Foreign Language Coordinator, after teaching German for seven years.

Jeffrey Holbrock (German, 1994) is pursuing graduate work in International Political Economy of Resource at the Colorado School of Mines.

Virginia Cooper (German, 1994) is a free-lance translator in San Francisco.

Nicolette Utsinger (German, 1989) is Principal at Nobel Leaming Communities, Las Vegas)

Lisa Ross Richardson (German, 1984) serves as the World Language Department Chair at Avon (Indiana) High School, where she has taught German for 25 years.

Richard and Kathy Flaig (German, 1965) recently visited the Department with a donation of five boxes of German books for our Lee Miller (one of Richard's professors) Reading Room. Following graduation, Richard spent the winter semester studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Todd Cesaratto, VAP, has accepted a two-year visiting position at the University of Arkansas/ Fayettville. We wish him, Roswitha, visiting instructor, and their expected daughter all the best.

Vitaly Chernetsky taught Spring Semester in Luxembourg, and led a study tour that was part of a first-ever Russian literature course at MUDEC in spring 2013. He has accepted the offer of an Associate Professorship of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas but will be glad to remain of as much help as he can, from his new position, to the colleagues and to the current and former students at Miami. The Ukrainian-language version of his book, Mapping Postcommunist Cultures, was published in April 2013. We wish him well in his new home.

Mariana lvanova, Visiting Assistant Professor, has accepted the Department's offer of a position as Assistant Professor of German, starting Fall 2013.

John M. Jeep, GREAL Chief Departmental Advisor and Director and Advisor, Linguistics, chaired our successful search for a new assistant professor of German. Jeep, who taught a sprint course for first generation students, is serving on a PhD Committee in Educational Leadership. The German Capstone again culminated in a video conference with German students at the University of Hildesheim.

Noriko Reider is on a research leave in Japan, traveling various historical and religious places such as Mt. Hiei (headquarter of Japanese Tendai sect of Buddhism) and Mt. Koya (Headquarter I'd Japanese Shingon sect of Buddhism); also visited a Japanese language class taught by an author of the textbook we use at Miami. This is in addition to visits to various libraries to collect rare materials for research (seep. 2).

Lalita Satyal offered a new course on Bollywood Film, a first at Maimi, Spring 2013.

Liang Shi conducts the 6th Miami Summer Intensive Chinese Program in Tianjin this summer.

Benjamin Sutcliffe continues work on a co-authored monograph on the contemporary Russian author Liudmila Ulitskaia.

Nicole Thesz returns in the Fall from a sabbatical leave.

Former Colleagues

Ruth H. Sanders attended this year's GREAL A wards ceremony, generously signing copies of her book, German: Biography of a Language (Oxford UP) and her edited anthology German Stories for our German Studies graduates.

Peter Carels continues teaching and performing on his many drums.