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Dear German Department Alums,
Please let us know how you are and what you are up to. If you have a minute to spare, drop a line, and an up-to-date photo if you have one, to our Academic Department Coordinator. With your permission, she will add your message to other alumni submissions on this site.
Our warmest greetings to all of you,
The German Department faculty.
August 31, 2014: Fundraiser for scholarship fund honoring the memory of German Studies major Rob Cooke '06
Visit the Robert A Cooke Memorial Scholarship website for more information.
August 29, 2013: Congratulations are due to several of our former majors:
Jenna Troop (’13) has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship: she will be spending the academic year 2012/13 in Germany teaching English.
Sam Huneke (’11) will be entering the PhD program in History at Stanford Universityin the fall of 2013.
Jae Chang (‘05) will be returning to graduate school in the fall—this time to follow Prof. Rogowski’s advice and to pursue something more concrete. Having completed an MA and advanced to candidacy in Comparative Literature at UCLA in 2009, Jae hopes to gain practical knowledge and experience for a new career during the next two years in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies Program.
April 18, 2012 - Sam Huneke'11 publications in two prestrigous German periodicals
Samuel Clowes Huneke ’11 has written papers that are expected to appear in two esteemed German studies periodicals, in which he explores a long-overlooked chapter in the history of the gay community.
“It’s really amazing,” said Ute T. Brandes, the Georges Lurcy Professor of German and Huneke’s senior thesis advisor. "While not totally unheard of, it is quite unusual for someone to have an article published in a scholarly journal before he or she has even applied to graduate school," she said.
September 17, 2010 - Noelle Noyes'02 pursuing a dual-degree and motherhood!
During my post-bac training at Mt. Holyoke College, I became involved in biomechanics research with Dr. Gary Gillis. This experience led me to apply to dual-degree DVM/PhD programs (similar to MD/PhD). These programs allow students to obtain both their PhD and DVM in a shortened 7-year time period and provide stipend and tuition benefits; they are ideal for combining clinical and research interests. I was accepted into the Colorado State University DVM/PhD program (one of four schools in the US that have an integrated program) and enrolled this fall. My first year will be spent rotating through various labs with the goal of choosing an advisor for my PhD project. I am also attending graduate and veterinary school classes.
On a personal note, my husband Darren Reaume ('02) and I had our first child, Camber Noyes Reaume, on July 30th 2009 (see attached pictures -- in her first Amherst sweatshirt!)
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Suzanne Hulick ‘09 has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for Germany for the academic year 2009-2010. Congratulations, Suzanne!
Suzanne is also the recipient of this year’s German Consulate General Prize for Academic Achievement (for the best essay written in a German course)
Sam Huneke '11 has been awarded one of the DAAD's Undergraduate Scholarships to study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany for the academic year 2009-2010. Congratulations, Sam!
The German Department is pleased to announce that all three recipients of the College’s three-year Kellogg Fellowship, while not technically majors, have significant ties with our program and Porter House:
Paul Nielsen '09 will be the Kellogg Fellow in Germany, focusing on foreign relations.
Octavia Foarta '09 and Bogdan State '09 will be Kellogg Fellows in the United States.
"I wanted to let you know that I was accepted to the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and will begin in the fall! I am so delighted to have this opportunity." Sarah can be contacted at email@example.com.
After working as a corporate finance paralegal in Frankfurt, Germany, and New York, New York, Justin has moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to study law at the University of Michigan. He currently sits on a fellowship board that funds public service work by students of the law school. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was a TA in Amherst in 82/83 - I was Gabi Stiegenroth then - a long time ago! I was able to return to Amherst this summer (2007) for a 3-hour visit and met with a good friend from Amherst, David Kropf, class of '85, who also was Best Man at my wedding in 1989. I finished my studies at the University of Göttingen in 1986, and have been working as an elementary schoolteacher since 1988. Now I live in Braunschweig with my husband and my twins Jens and Malte, who are 14 years old. I believe I was one of the very first residents of the German Suite in Coolidge, and I have wonderful memories of my time in Amherst. I would love to hear from students of that time. My email address is kaufmann-bs@T-Online.de.
Since her year as teaching assistant in 2004-05 Sabine has completed her Diplomarbeit and now lives and works in Munich, where she started a job with a PR agency. She would be happy to hear from former students and can be best reached by email: email@example.com
I'm working as a receptionist at a clinic for adolescents with eating disorders in Portland, OR. It's lovely to see rain again after two very arid years in South Dakota, where I was teaching 7th and 8th grade at a reservation school. I'm enjoying the Northwest very much. In addition to much reading, hiking, and cooking, I've joined a monthly Frauengruppe here, and it's wonderful to be speaking German again.
Diana, who was a teaching assistant in 2002-03, is currently working on her Master's thesis in German literature at the University of Cologne, Germany (topic: The function of the narrator in Juli Zeh's Spieltrieb). After her final exams in November '07, including English Linguistics and Slavic Studies, she will carry out a short film project - a stop-motion animation - that is already in planning. Since Diana is pursuing a career as a freelance writer/filmmaker she is hoping to receive funding for a movie script she is about to finish. Another film project that she will be involved in as assistant editor will start at the beginning of '08 (possibly in L.A.). Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great news! Greg received a Fulbright Fellowship for 2007-08 to pursue his studies in German Baroque Literature at the University of Göttingen. After his return he will enter an American PhD program in German Studies. Please contact him at email@example.com if you are planning to go to Göttingen.
Juan Carlos Morales now lives in Miami Beach, FL, and is a 13-year veteran of the high school German classroom. He was recently selected as the SCOLT (Southern Conference On Language Teaching) Language Teacher of the Year and is one of five national finalists for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. He began his study of German at Amherst and after spending his junior year in Tübingen (the last of a generation!), he majored in German and European Studies. Juan, who has been a teacher in MDCPS for thirteen years, began his career at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High School from 1993-6 and then continued at Miami Palmetto Sr. High School in 1997. Juan currently teaches German 1-AP, and is a member of the College Board's World Languages Best Practices Committee and the AP German Development Committee. He was also a successful teacher of Japanese for 11 years (which he learned as a past Amherst Doshisha Fellow) and continues to teach the language, as well as ESOL, at Miami Dade College as an adjunct. He is the current president of the AFTJ (Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese) and president-elect of the FATG (Florida Association of Teachers of German), as well as a member of the FFLA Board. In his free time, Juan .... doesn't have any free time! All thanks go to Frau Schütz, Frau Brandes and Herrn White for the excellent German they taught him all those years ago. And yes, he still remembers Hanni van Heiden and the Wattwagen! Juan would love to hear from his classmates and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradley has been working towards his masters degree in Philosophy at Tufts, where he is also a Teaching Assistant during the semesters. It is a rigorous program and most people take more than two years to finish. But he hopes to complete it by the end of the sumer and is planning to apply to PhD programs in Philosophy in the Fall as his interests have shifted decisively to Philosophy. In addition to moral and political philosophy, his intended area of focus will be the history of philosophy, in particular on Nietzsche (and perhaps Wittgenstein). He recently gave a presentation to his fellow graduate students on Nietzsche's idea of the Eternal Recurrence, and how it relates to other aspects of his philosophy. He is looking forward to catching up the next time he is in Amherst. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Jae is approaching her second quarter at UCLA and looking at her options for the next quarter and the summer. She is excited to be presenting on Kleist's "On the Marionette Theater" and Freud's "The Uncanny" at a conference hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University entitled "In the Flesh: Revisiting the Body in German Literature, Film & Culture" on April 21-22, 2007. She would love hear from any of her classmates and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth lives with her husband and two children (Phillip, 7, and Fiona, 4) near Rosenheim, just south of Munich. She still enjoys her job with the German software company SAP, where she works in the Usability area. She is considering a return to Amherst for her 20th year class reunion which takes place from June 1-3, 2007. She would love to hear from any of her classmates who are also thinking of coming, please feel free to email her at email@example.com
Alicia is in her final semesters of a PhD program in German Literature at Yale where she is writing a dissertation on the historical dramas of Schiller, Kleist and Grillparzer.After graduating from Amherst in 1998 with a double major in German and WAGS, Alicia lived in Los Angeles for two years and worked for the Teach for American Program as a 3rd grade bilingual Spanish teacher. Perhaps the most exciting part of doctoral life is her return to Amherst as a Five College Fellow for the 2005-2006 academic year. Working with former faculty mentors such as Professors Brandes and Rogowski and reacquainting herself with the Five College area has been particularly wonderful. During the Fall term, she participated in the seminar on the Age of Goethe, taught by Ute Brandes, a course which she took almost 10 years ago! She has also put her Master's Degree in African American Studies to practical use in the seminar on Race and Representation in German and European Cinema.
Alicia can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon graduating from Amherst, Noelle was the recipient of a Bundeskanzler Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation--a very distinguished honor for a young scholar. Noelle completed her Master's thesis at the University of Osnabrueck, and it was published in October 2006 in a book entitled "In Garbsen angekommen. Zuwanderung und Integration vom Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges bis in die Gegenwart." She worked for a while in Boston as a strategic consultant for Mercator Partners before moving back to Amherst. With her eventual admission to veterinary school in mind, she currently attends a special program for post-baccalaureates at Mt. Holyoke College, while also interning at local animal hospitals and working in a research lab. On a personal note she is getting married on New Year's Eve 2006! The lucky groom is Darren Reaume'02 who works as the assistant Dean of Admissions at Amherst.
If you are in the area pop by at "Judie's" where Noelle also works as a hostess, she'd be very happy to see you there!
You can contact Noelle at email@example.com
Michael lives in Vienna, works there as an artist, and exhibits internationally. Look him up at www.michaelhuey.com . He has been showing at Galerie Lisa Ruyter in Vienna, and one of his larger works is currently on view at Newman Popiashvili Gallery at 504 W., 22nd St. in New York. Next February, he will have a second solo exhibit in Vienna. He also publishes articles on art and art history; one on Josef Hoffmann (Wiener Werkstaette) just appeared in the current exhibition catalogue at the Neue Galerie New York .
After teaching in Austria for five years -- most recently at the University of Vienna and Vienna International School -- Justin Snider '99 has relocated to Asia and now teaches English at the United World College in Hong Kong. He'd love to meet up with Amherst folks living near or passing through Hong Kong, and he can be reached by email via his school's website.