Languages and Cultures

Student and Faculty Successes

Valerie Doze ’21
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, Germany (2022-2023)
  • Declined - Congress-Bundestag Exchange Scholarship (2022-2023)
  • Declined - Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2020-2022)
  • Truman Scholarship, North Dakota (2020-2021)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2020-2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2020)
  • Jackson Fellowship (Summer 2019)
Sara Hoppe ’24
  • The Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Studies Scholarship (2022-2023)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2022-2023)
  • 2nd Place - Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society 2021 National Essay Contest
  • 2nd Place - Swiss Consulate Chicago Friedrich Dürrenmatt 2021 Essay Contest, Midwest Division
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Channa Kalsow ’22
  • Declined - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2022-2023)
  • The Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Studies Scholarship (2020-2022)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2021-2022)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2021)
  • CSB and SJU Undergraduate Research Summer Collaborative Grant Student Recipient, “Using Advances in the Visual Display of Information to Enhance Grammar and Vocabulary Instruction” (Summer 2020)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (2017-2018)
Leo Braun ’22
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2022)
CSB and SJU German Section
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington D.C. Campus Weeks Grant (2021)
  • CSB and SJU Department of Languages and Cultures Summer Research Mini Grant (Summer 2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Chapter Grant (2020-2021)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) FL-A-CH Mini Grant (2020)
  • Goethe-Institut Poster Exhibition Märchenwelt (2020)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Deutsch macht Spaß Grant (2019)
Dr. Kurt Hollender
  • CSB and SJU Undergraduate Research Summer Micro Grant (Summer 2022)
  • CSB and SJU Integrations Curriculum Micro Grant (2021)
  • CSB and SJU Benedictine Institute Benedictine Raven Mini-Grant (2021)
  • CSB and SJU Undergraduate Research Summer Collaborative Grant Faculty Recipient, “Using Advances in the Visual Display of Information to Enhance Grammar and Vocabulary Instruction” (Summer 2020)
  • Sonderprogramm zur Förderung von Deutsch in USA Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington D.C. Grant to attend the AATG Curriculum Seminar for College Faculty (October 2019)
  • Mellon Foundation, Becoming Community Travel Grant (2019)
  • Mellon Foundation, Becoming Community Practitioner Certificate (2019)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2018)
  • DAAD Study Grant, Freie Universität Berlin (2017)
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Hamburg (2006-2007)
William Lee ’22
  • ROTC German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (2022)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Oliver Peterson ’22
  • Goethe-Institut Chicago Ehrenurkunde Most Improved German Award (2022)
  • CSB and SJU Undergraduate Research Summer Collaborative Grant Student Recipient, “Advancing the Lower-Level German Curriculum with a Literacies-Based Approach” (Summer 2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Amanda Bjerke ’20
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2020-2022)
  • The National 2020 Future K-12 German Teacher Award from The National German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha (2020)
  • Future Language Educator Award, Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC) (2020)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2018-2020)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Mit Deutsch in die Zukunft Leipzig Summer Seminar Grant (Summer 2019)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
Max Ditzler ’21
  • Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2021-2022)
  • The Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Studies Scholarship (2019-2021)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (2016-2017)
Julia Petron ’20
  • Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2020-2022)
  • Declined- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2020-2021)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2018-2020)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2020)
  • DAAD Summer Language Grant, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) (Summer 2019)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
  • German Summer Internship Program, Klinikum Augsburg Hospital, Augsburg (Summer 2018)
Kathryn Weinmann ’20
  • Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2020-2022)
Florian Bundschuh, M.A.
  • Fulbright Austria Teaching Assistant at CSB and SJU (2020-2021)
Joshua Bashore, ’23
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
John Engh ’22
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Megan Handelin ’21
  • Goethe-Institut Chicago Ehrenurkunde Most Improved German Award (2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2020)
Seth Jackson ’21
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
  • Declined, Alternate- Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2021-2022)
Dr. Brooke Kreitinger '01
  • CSB and SJU Undergraduate Research Summer Collaborative Grant Faculty Recipient, “Advancing the Lower-Level German Curriculum with a Literacies-Based Approach” (Summer 2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
  • German Embassy “Wunderbar Together” Campus Weeks Grant (2019)
  • Excellence in Advising Award for New Advisors, awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018)
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (2017)
  • German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award (2016) 
  • German Embassy “Germany Meets the U.S.” Campus Weeks Grant (2016)
  • German Embassy “25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall” Campus Weeks Grant Recipient (2014)
  • Fulbright Summer Seminar for American Faculty of German Studies, University of Tübingen, Germany (2013) 
  • DAAD Research Grant, University of Trier, Germany (2010-2011)
  • Graduate School Scholarship, Georgetown University, (2005 - 2012)
  • Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2001-2003) 
Michael Murray ’23
  • Goethe-Institut Chicago Ehrenurkunde Most Improved German Award (2021)
Megan Radermacher ’23
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Perrin Thompson ’23
  • Goethe-Institut Chicago Ehrenurkunde Most Improved German Award (2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Sydney Richter ’23
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Jena Schroepfer ’21
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2021)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Alyssa Wilson ’21
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2021)
Ilyse Putz ’20
  • CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences PhD. Scholarship - Universität Düsseldorf, Universität Köln, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne, and Forschungszentrum Jülich (2020-present)
  • Declined- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2020-2021)
  • The Sister Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German (2018-2020)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2018)
  • Internship WETSCAPES-Projekt, Universität Greifswald (Summer 2018)
Brittany Elsen ’09
  • Minnesota American Association of Teachers of German (MNAATG) Minnesota German Educator of the Year Award, New Prague High School (2019-2020)
Allison McGraw ’19
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2019-2020)
Nathan Libra, ’18
  • Declined - Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2019-2020)
Matthias Milchrahm
  • Fulbright Austria Teaching Assistant at CSB and SJU (2019-2020)
Danica Simonet ’19
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2019-2020)
  • Declined- Fulbright Austria and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian Secondary Schools (2019-2020)
  • Upper Midwest Emmy Student Production Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Upper Midwest Chapter for "Bayt Jadeed: Seeking Home" (2019, co-producer and co-director)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2019)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
  • Finalist– Truman Scholarship, Minnesota (2019)
  • The Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Studies Scholarship (2018-2019)
  • Brandl Scholarship, Jubilee USA Network, D.C. (Summer 2018)
  • Jackson Scholarship, New American Services, St. Paul (Summer 2017)
Jessica Thwaites ’19
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, Austria (2019-2020)
Benjamin Gjerde ’21
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2020)
Emmerich Sack, M.A.
  • Honorary Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2020)
  • Minnesota American Association of Teachers of German (MNAATG) Minnesota German Educator of the Year Award, Saint John’s Preparatory School (2014-2015)
Katharina Huetthaler
  • Fulbright Austria Teaching Assistant at CSB and SJU (2018-2019)
Michael Schocker ’19
  • The Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Studies Scholarship (2018-2019)
  • Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Membership (2019)
Sebastian Braunsberger
  • Fulbright Austria Teaching Assistant at CSB and SJU (2017-2018)
Matt Beck ’09
  • Minnesota American Association of Teachers of German (MNAATG) Minnesota German Educator of the Year Award, Saint John’s Preparatory School (2016-2017)
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany (2009-2010)
Dr. Wendy Sterba
  • DAAD Study Grant, Universität Passau (1985-86)
  • DAAD Study Grant, Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich (1975-76)

For an archive of more student and faculty achievements, visit Fr. Mark Thamert's German blog