Past Events & News

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.