Past Events & News

April 1015    Student Excursion to the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Habsburg Exhibit

Submitted by Lisa Ohm


Elizabeth Shelerud, Charlotte Waterhouse, Sarah Wachter and Beth Richmond

Over sixty students, faculty members and staff from CSB/SJU had the opportunity to see the special exhibit, "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces form Vienna's Imperial Collections" on April 19th. This spring's Austrian Studies Newsletter described the selection of art treasures from Austria's National Museum of Art History in Vienna "utterly breathtaking."  

One of the students called the 100 objects in the exhibit "exquisite," a word he admittedly seldom uses.

The Habsburgs were great collectors of art and sculptures, especially from parts of France, Spain and the Netherlands, which were at one time provinces in the extensive Habsburg Empire, which lasted for 600 years. Chronologically arranged, the exhibit gives visitors a sense of the Habsburg Empire from the Middle Ages to its end in 1918. Among the treasures are Greek and Roman antiquities, paintings, decorative pieces, court costumes, armor, and horse-drawn carriages and sleds.

Students from Sarah Bavelli's Art History course; students from the 2014 and 2015 Austria Study Abroad Groups and their directors, Lisa Ohm and Jim Read and Director of the Center for Global Education, Joe Rogers; students from German courses; and students seeking a worthwhile learning experience filled the buses. MIA encourages student groups with free entry and free guides. Participants exchanged views on the exhibit at the nearby Black Forest Inn over a buffet lunch of Wurst, Sauerkraut, Kartoffelsalad, Maultasche, and "Sachertorte" for dessert. Transportation and lunch were supported by the Art Department and the Office of Education Abroad.


L-R: Jack Paal, Will Ornburg, Tori Kubinski, Jon Vogel, Andrew Sweere


Sarah Bavelli's art students at the Black Forest Inn.

Photos by Julia Eckart '17.

New publication by Wendy Sterba

Congratulations to Wendy Sterba, Professor of German Studies, on the publication of her new book, Reel Photos: Balancing Art and Truth in Contemporary Film, by Rowman and Littlefield. "In her book, Sterba provides an innovative approach to cinema studies by examining the function of the photograph in movies rather than the role of film photography as art."

Her book is now available in the SJU Bookstore.

SJU alum publishes short stories influenced by his experiences at CSB/SJU

Dana R. Hicks (History '14) has recently published a collection of short stories under the pen name, D.R.L. Hicks. His eBook is titled, Lost Upon the Isle of Serenity: A Collection of Adventures. According to Dana, his stories "are the product of the wonderful undergraduate academic environment" at CSB/SJU. His collection is available for iBooks, Google Play, Nook, and Kindle. The ISBN is 9781634617321. 

Dana participated in the 2012 study abroad program in Austria and also learned German at CSB/SJU. He is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in history at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He hopes to continue writing fiction as well as publishing academic works in his chosen field of history. He's off to a good start, and we wish him the best of luck!

"Ted Cruz, Cicero, and the classics"

After their McCarthy Center presentation on Dec. 5, Assistant professor of Classics, Jason Schlude, and three of his students, Sarah Evans, Hunter Huntoon and Michael Macken, have had an opinion piece published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Star Tribune. The piece can be read at this link.

Ned Dubin, Professor Emeritus of French, receives literary award

The Modern Language Association of America has announced that it will award its tenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Translation of a Literary Work to Nathaniel E. Dubin, translator of The Fabliaux, published by Liveright. Read more...

Congratulations to German major and SJU alum, Austin Eighan '14


Austin Eighan '14 has been selected to receive a scholarship from the German Federal Parliament to participate in their five-month long International Parliament Scholarship (IPS) starting in March 2015. The participants selected from around the world gather to pursue their political, historical, economic, social and cultural research alongside practical work with members of the German government and attend lectures at Berlin universities. The IPS will give Austin an opportunity to further pursue the research he began for his Honors thesis on the success of middle-size corporations in Germany and supportive policies of the German government as well as social attitudes. Over 100 young students from around the world are chosen for this special program, founded in 1986.

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Cook, Professor Emerita of Classics

After 25 years of teaching Latin, Greek and history at CSB/SJU, Dr. Margaret Cook retired at the end of the 2014 spring semester. Margaret was honored at a party in the Founder's Room at SJU on May 8.

Congratulations and happy gardening to Margaret!


Margaret's Greek and Latin Students


Margaret gives her speech

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Japanese National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to Alexander Baxa '14 and Samantha Muldoon '14, who were recently inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society, College Chapter. The JNHS-CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. Alex and Sam are students of Ms. Masami Limpert's JAPN 312 class.


Samantha Muldoon '14


Alexander Baxa '14

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Congratulations to the following language scholarship recipients for 2014-2015:

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Gaida
Scholarship for French
for CSB French majors

S. Margretta Nathe
Scholarship for German
for CSB German majors


Samantha Cox '15


Karen Mize '16

Photo by Julia Eckhart '17

Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German Studies
for CSB/SJU German majors


Grant Christian '15


Melania Meyer '15

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Steve Pignato '15

Scholarship opportunities are available for CSB/SJU students in Chinese, French, and German. Read more...

German minor composes score for campus theater production

CSB German minor, Rachel Boerner '15, has composed original underscoring music for the Theater Department's upcoming production of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Writes Adam Houghton, associate professor of Theater, "Her music is beautiful and emotionally moving as it supports the story we tell." The play performs April 3-5 and April 10-12 at 7:30 pm and April 6 at 2 pm in the BAC Gorecki Theater.

Rachel will be participating in the Salzburg study abroad program next fall, directed by Dr. Lisa Ohm, professor of German.

 

Fulbright TA teaches local elementary school students about Austria

 

Martin Spendlhofer, Fulbright TA for German Studies at CSB/SJU, paid a visit to the Albany Elementary School on February 6, 2014. Dressed in authentic Lederhosen, Martin introduced students to his home country of Austria. Students also learned a bit of the German language and participated in a traditional Austrian dance.

To learn more about Martin's experiences at CSB/SJU and his travels around the U.S., read his post at the German Studies News blog.

 

Thursday Forum Presentation by Anna Lisa Ohm and Austin Eighan

 

Professor Anna Lisa Ohm and German major, Austin Eighan, '15, delivered a presentation on current issues in Germany on January 30 in the upper level of Gorecki at CSB. The title of the talk was "Update on Germany: Shifting Priorities and Overcoming Crises" and was presented as part of the Spring Thursday Forum 2014 series. The abstract of their presentation follows:

With globalization, the traditional postwar Atlantic Alliance between the U.S. and Germany is crumbling, the Holocaust narrative, which dominated the public discourse in the postwar period, is being disrupted by a greater willingness on the part of Germans to speak openly about their own victimization in the Third Reich, and, although the West made huge investments in the former East Germany since unification in 1989, Germany remains Europe's most economically powerful and relatively most politically stable nation. Germany's place is demonstrated in part by the re-election of Angela Merkel's party in September 2013 and her third term as chancellor. Despite the somewhat shaken Euro, the European Union continues to expand, fueled in part by Germany's strong leadership role.

Ohm was one of a group of fourteen U.S. university German professors who were guests in July of the education and culture section of the German Foreign Office. Senior Austin Eighan, German and Political Science major, spent last year at the University of Munich and is writing his thesis on the cultural-historical context of Germany's social economy and its ability to overcome crises.

Stage Fright - Multi-lingual Halloween Open Mic Event
October 31, 2013

 

About 50 CSB/SJU students attended or participated in a fun, multi-lingual open-mic event at CSB on the night of Halloween. Any piece (song, reading or poem) performed in any language was welcomed. Refreshments and costume judging topped off the evening. 

To see more photos, click on this link.