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guage and culture, and each student received a certificate from the national organization. Congratulations, new members of the German National Honor Society! We then recognized individual students who received special awards this past year at the University of Kansas. The Office of Study Abroad awarded Scott Friesen the Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Study Abroad Scholarship in the amount of $20,000 for academic year 2014-15. Scott will be studying German and Environmental Science at the University of Bonn. This scholarship is designed to provide funding to deserving, degree-seeking students to study in Germany. It was the Collins’ wish to provide dedicated students with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of Germany, its people and culture, while studying for a semester or year at a German institution of higher education. We are very proud to count among our majors and minors two students who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa embraces the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Mitchell Pruett, who is majoring in German Studies and Psychology and minoring in Business (and who will graduate in May 2015), was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. Thomas Morrison, who has earned a double major in Philosophy and Anthropology in addition to his minor in German Studies, was elected to membership not only in Phi Beta Kappa but also in Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—an honor reserved for students in the top 10% of their class. Congratulations, Mitchell and Thomas! Mr. Jim Morrison, Coordinator of the German Business Language Program and Interim Director of the Max Kade Center, handed out certificates to students who passed the GoetheZertifikat B2, an internationally recognized exam requiring advanced skills in German: Joyce Bohling, German Studies minor and English/Creative Writing major; Robert Healey, who is earning a degree in Architectural Engineering; Joshua McMullen; and Thomas Morrison. Congratulations, Joyce, Robert, Joshua, and Thomas! This year the department created Professional Development Awards for exceptional German Studies majors and minors. The awards, $250 or $500, help students pursue educational opportunities such as study abroad, research projects, conference presentations, internships, and service programs. Recipients are selected based on their academic record and the extent to which the educational opportunity will enrich their academic experience. Three undergraduates received awards this year. Two are using the award to support their studies this spring at the University of Regensburg: Sara Anderson, German Studies and Global & International Studies major, and Ryan Jackowski, German Studies major. John McGuire, a German Studies and International Business major, plans to take advanced coursework in German this summer at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Congratulations, Sara, Ryan, and John!


We then congratulated two students who graduated in December 2013: •

Eliza Bowman majored in German Studies and Linguistics. This fall, she will begin graduate study in Linguistics at the University of Montana, where she has been offered a teaching assistantship.

Zachary Hader completed a German Studies major and pursued his abiding interest in languages by taking several courses in Russian.

Several of you are graduating in May and August: •

Joyce Bohling, German Studies minor and English/Creative Writing major, wrote a thesis entitled “Grown-Up Girls: Essay for a ‘Post-Feminist’ Generation” and completed an honors pro-seminar for Honors in English/Creative Writing. She has earned Highest Distinction in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for being in the top 2% of her class.

Laura Bondank, German Studies minor and History major, will begin law school this fall at Michigan State College of Law.

Morgan Kilgore has minors in German Studies and Public Policy in the U.S. as well as a major in Global & International Studies. He will graduate with honors from the Global and International Studies Program. Morgan has received a full scholarship to attend the University of Kansas School of Law.

Thomas Morrison, in addition to a minor in German Studies and majors in Philosophy and Anthropology, has earned certification from KU’s Global Awareness Program (GAP). Next year he will attend the University of Chicago to study philosophy in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, after which he plans to pursue a doctorate in philosophy.

Jordan Pittz has completed a German Studies major.

Hannah Wise is a German Studies minor and Journalism major. She has received the School of Journalism Award, given to an outstanding May graduate who exemplifies the high quality of students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She also

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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas, Spring 2014 (ed. by Prof. William Keel)