GREAL Alumni Newsletter - December 2013

December 2013


Dear Alumni and Friends, An increasing number of our majors and minors in all of our languages are choosing to study abroad not only during the summer, but for the fall or spring semester. We miss our excellent students when they are away, but welcome this trend for the opportunity it provides them to develop their linguistic and cultural expertise.  We hope that you too have interesting travels in your future. Happy holidays!

-- Margaret Ziolkowski GREAL Chair


GREAL as Cradle of Fulbrights: Brian Cash (Interior Design, German Minor) is in Berlin, Germany, for the academic year on a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Award.

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

Provost's Scholar: Nikki Dustheimer, a German minor, received one of only a dozen Provost's cademic Achievement award, announced Fall 2013.

Campus Visit: German major Alumna Erin Munsie brought her Kentucky German high school students to campus in October. They visited a GER 202 class of Dr. Ganeva and met with students.

Moses Mendelssohn Foundation (Dessau) Hosts Miami Program: The Moses Mendelssohn Stiftung again generously hosted the Intensive erman Summer Program for a rich week of activities, including a trip to eipzig, a private reception at a Dessau Museum, and a visit to the Dessau heater. Director Angelika Storz welcomed the group to an opening reception in the historic Bauhaus edifice housing the Foundation.

Chinese Study Abroad Continues: Chinese, once again, successfully conducted an intensive summer program in ianjin (China) in 2013.

Chinese Minor Wins Scholarship: Taylor Myers (International Studies/Environmental Studies major, Chinese inor) has been selected as a recipient for a Spring 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman international Scholarship.


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 former instructor Beate Schroter , who initiated the contact with Jena in the 1990s.


Tanja Diickers, Berlin author and former guest faculty at Dartmouth, having visited GREAL in April (photo at left), met with Dr. Jeep's Intensive German Summer Program near her home in Berlin in June. Ms. Dikkers shared with us her experiences growing up in the former East Germany, and now living in a dynamic neighborhood in Prenzlauer Berg, where over 70 authors/artists reside and/or work within a small, thriving area.


Miranda Couch has been accepted for study in Munich for the Spring 2014 semester. Miami regularly sends students to the Wayne State Junior Year in Munich program. Matthew Armelli returns early in 2014 from his Fall Semester there. Dr. Jeep serves on the JYM Executive Advisory Committee.


Miami's Beta Chapter of the National German Honorary for Higher Education, Delta Phi Alpha, founded in 1935, inducted four new members: Clark Daugherty, Danyelle Barton, Miranda Couch, and Oliver Zoellner. We congratulate the students on their outstanding academic accomplishments!


Megan Dincher (German, 2013 ) is teaching in Providence, RI.

Elizabeth Hartman (German, 2013) is working for Deloitte in Chicago.

Colin Sexton (German, 2013) moved to Denver, Colorado and is now an Associate Claims Specialist with Nationwide Insurance. He loves seeing the Rocky Mountains everyday.

Kaitlin Burke (East Asian, 2012) returned to campus for a visit after her year teaching English in Erdenet, Orkhon aimag (Mongolia).

Kristen Brand (German, 2011) started a Masters program in International Relations at the Free University, Humboldt University and the University of Potsdam and is working on the side at a marketing startup company in Berlin.

Adam Chambers (REEES, 2011) has joined the Air Force and been assigned to take a Cryptologic Linguist job.

Benjamin Collings (Arabic, 2011), Political Science Major, began his MA at University of San Diego this fall.

Iya Dombrowskaya (Japanese, 2011) is working on an MA in teaching Japanese and Russian at The Ohio St. U.

Cristina Rue (German, 2011) is working in public relations and international consulting in Washington, DC.

Amy Newman (Intensive German Summer, 2010) currently works in Germany for SKN Sinter Metals.

Laura Bolling (Japanese & German, 2007), who earned an M.A. from The Ohio St. U. and worked for a Japanese company, is back to Miami University where she works at Graduate Admission.

Adam Cook (Japanese, 2007) married at Bodh Gaya, India, and currently lives in Chicago where he is working for a Japanese company.

Lauren Matthews Turbeville (German, 2006), is now Business Analyst at Buchanan & Edwards

Kelly Armstrong Turner (German, 2003), lives in Chicago, and work as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Let us and your former peers know what you are doing, and please include your year of graduation. Send your news to:

Miami German is now likeable - on Facebook!: /GermanMiamiOH


Mila Ganeva is presenting a paper, "Fashion in Times of War," at a conference of the German Historical Institute in London in December.

Mariana Ivanova, Assistant Professor, gave birth to her second child.

John M. Jeep, again taught a sprint course for first generation students. The German Capstone continued the tradition of a video conference with German students at the University of Hildesheim. Intensive German Summer (est. 1974) continues.

Noriko T. Reider published an article, "Tsuchigumo soshi": The Emergence of a ShapeShifting Killer Female Spider. Asian Ethnology 72. 1 (2013): 55-83. She presented on the supernatural at a conference in Kyoto during Thanksgiving break.

Lalita Saytal has joined Miami's Asian/Asian American Studies (AAA) Committee as an affiliate member.

Liang Shi conducts the 7th Miami Summer Intensive Chinese Program in Tianjin this summer. (Seep. 2!)

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

Nicole Thesz is completing a book manuscript on the German Nobel-prize winning author Giinter Grass.


Lolita Holmes retires at the end of this calendar year. Her contributions to our Department are deeply appreciated. Her cheery nature and efficient running of the office helped make all of our work better. GREAL wishes Lolita well.


Peter Carels continues teaching and performing on his many drums. He was seen with President Obama in Eden Park in the Fall of 2012.

Edward E. V. Plater has been observed at various breakfast locations in the Cincinnati area on Saturday mornings.

Ruth H. Sanders attended last 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.

David Siebenhar is a regular participant in the Departmental Uptown lunch group.

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