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Office of the Chancellor

November 21, 2013 City of Eutin Mayor Klaus-Dieter Schulz Friends of Lawrence in Kansas e.V. Martin Vollertsen, Chair Dear Friends of Lawrence in Eutin: On behalf of the entire University community, I am pleased to congratulate you on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the partnership between Eutin, Germany, and our city, Lawrence, Kansas. We also note that it was fifty years ago that the Department of Germanic Languages at KU established a summer language institute in Eutin for our students learning German. Following Professor Helmut Huelsbergen’s initial visit to Eutin in 1964, nearly 800 KU undergraduates and graduate students in German have participated in that program. The University is most grateful for the friendship, hospitality and generosity extended by the citizens of Eutin to our students. With the signing of the sister-city agreement in 1989, Lawrence and Eutin have continued to build on that relationship by instituting exchange visits between the high schools in our two communities. Since that time, both cities have hosted over two hundred students for an extended period of study and cultural activities during the annual exchange visits. More recently, KU students have begun to participate in professional internships with businesses in Eutin while at the same time Lawrence has hosted a number of young professionals from Eutin in a variety of commercial endeavors. Just three years ago our sister-city friendship brought out our true character. When the Eutin Summer Opera Festival needed assistance, the KU School of Music provided student musicians and even a full opera production of Hänsel und Gretel to enhance this outstanding cultural tradition in Eutin. Under the leadership of Dean Robert Walzel, our students continue to offer their musical talents to the summer festival and gain invaluable experience as future professional musicians. As the most famous son of Kansas, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, envisioned in creating Sister Cities International, Lawrence and Eutin have built educational and cultural bonds which in turn have led to enduring personal friendships. May you continue to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation for many years to come. Sincerely,

Bernadette Gray-Little Chancellor

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