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Changing With the Times

With the pandemic, flexibility and change became our watchwords. Class projects had to be adapted to fit the new normal… in that spirit, FREN312 created publicity videos using Zoom, instead of conducting an in-person project, as originally planned. Here are the results! For our class, creativity and innovation also became watchwords! Qu’en pensez-vous?

Vitamines énergétiques: https://youtu.be/bd4uEnA7AMg
Bic Bigoudi Miraculeux: https://youtu.be/pMP0DzkTmdo
Bonnes Vues: https://youtu.be/wmWbED0uIxw
Cascade: https://youtu.be/_rWTxy-JqEA


Language Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following student recipients of our annual language scholarships:

Ashley Dalbec '21
Gaida Family Scholarship for French


Valerie Doze '21
S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German

Channa Kaslow '22 and Max Ditzler '21 (photos pending)
Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German

Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need. Learn more here.


Japanese Studies welcomes exchange students from Bunkyo Gakuin University

On February 3rd Monday, we welcomed 10 short term exchange students from Bunkyo Gakuin University and just said our good byes at the farewell dinner on 19th Wednesday.

BGU has been a collaborative partner of CSB/SJU for nearly 30 years and is the host institution for the CSB/SJU study abroad program in Japan. The BGU students joined various courses including our Japanese language classes, Japanese languages labs, and Japanese Corner. Our CSB/SJU students in language classes had the opportunity to not only speak with native speakers but also develop a great friendship. Thank you, Bunkyo students, and we look forward to see you next year again!

Information on Bunkyo Gakuin University: https://www.u-bunkyo.ac.jp/en/


Japanese New Year Celebration

Eight CSB/SJU students of Japanese along with instructor, Masami Limpert, attended and volunteered at the Japanese New Year Celebration organized by the Japan America Society of Minnesota on January 26th in St. Paul. This “Shinnenkai” is an annual event which endeavors to bring Japanese style New Year traditions to Minnesota. Guests were able to participate in cultural exchange, meet others from Japanese-related organizations like JASM, and enjoy new things in a fun environment with performances, delicious food, and other interesting activities.

 

Our Japanese program booth hosted a craft activity in which guests made a paper Ema--a Japanese wooden plaque used to make wishes, and decorated it with an Origami rat (2020 is year of the rat).

Photos by Masami Limpert.

Check out these video projects from fall semester's FREN 352!


Deux Chefs Un Monde - Omar Mora and Jake Debes

Guillotiné - Emma Murphy, Sidney Christopherson, and Sara Wall 

Le Café - Tessa Weir and Julia Carlone


Making Crepes

On Dec. 5, FREN352A students prepared crêpes with various toppings to accompany the screening of their final video projects and to thank the help of Joshua Akkerman, Instructional Technology Specialist; Annie Larson, Access Services Associate – Circulation/ILL; and Molly Ewing, Humanities Librarian.


French students learn to digitize class projects

On Tuesday, November 19th, students of FREN352 had class in the Creative Lab of Clemens Library to work on their final video projects for the class. Projects range from historical documentaries to cooking shows!


Local chefs visit class on French cuisine

On November 7th, Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visited Prof. Ana Conboy's FREN352: “Bon app! La Culture gastronomique francophone » and shared insights on Creole cuisine, their own background in cooking and… of course, shared a couple of treats with students ! Beignets and Jambalaya! As the French would say, “Miam miam!” (we thank Jayne Byrne and the Nutrition department for allowing us to use their Food Safety Lab).


Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visit FREN 352.


German major, Amanda Bjerke '20, receives Future Language Educator award

Congratulations to Amanda Bjerke for receiving the Future Language Educator award, given by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). The award was given based on merit and interest in teaching world languages. Those who were selected for the award have demonstrated in their respective world language field their passion and intent for becoming an educator of world language and further the teaching of language and culture to future generations.

Amanda is working to teach German and English as a second language in the secondary setting. She recently applied for a Fulbright to teach English in Germany within the next year. Regardless of the outcome, she plans to pursue a teaching position in Minnesota following graduation. She would like to also pursue graduate work in World Language Pedagogy, German, or Linguistics and eventually one day, a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education. Says Amanda, "It is my belief that our students should have the opportunity to learn about cultures that differ from their own and learning the language of that culture is one of the most authentic ways to do so, as language and culture are intensely intertwined."


Oktoberfest!

 
Students of German celebrate Oktoberfest in the Great Hall, SJU on October 25.


German Studies Program receives grant for German Fußballfest 2019 at CSB/SJU

A group of CSBSJU students from Dr. Kurt Hollender's German classes visited Allianz Field, the new home of Minnesota United Football Club, on Sept. 7th. Students, Prof. Hollender, and Fulbright TA Matthias Milchrahm toured the stadium, the newest in Major League Soccer whose design includes elements from the stadiums of the German soccer clubs FC Bayern München and FC Saint Pauli. They went on to watch the soccer game between MN United and CF Pachuca (Mexico) and cheer on the United to victory! The visit was funded through the generous support of a Netzwerk Deutsch "Deutsch macht Spaß" grant funded by the German government and administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).


Congratulations to German minor, Valerie Doze '21, for receiving a Jackson Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellowship is one of three that funds the pursuit of summer internships – including leadership and professional development – working toward civic engagement and the common good in the non-profit and government sectors.

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