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Current Students

Maggie Donegan is a student in the CUNY Baccalaureate program, with dual concentrations in German and Advertising. In Spring 2011 she received a Hidalgo Fellowship. She is currently Vice President of Development for Red Barn Films, and plans to graduate in 2012.

 

 

 

Aleksandr Itskovich double majoring in German and Chemistry, began studying the language in 2010. Zipping through two intensive grammar courses, Aleks (with the help of a Max Kade grant) spent the summer of 2011 in Kassel where he spent four weeks trying, in vain, to pronounce the difference between "wurde" and würde". He has also taken a course on the Deutsche Novelle, where he read the works of literary giants such as Kafka and Goethe, a course on translation, conducted an independent study on the works of Rainer Maria Rilke.



Benjamin Ruisch is a German and Psychology double major and Thomas Hunter Honors Scholar. He has spent two summers studying German in Kassel through the support of the German Department and the Max Kade Foundation, and won the German Department's annual essay prize in 2012. Following graduation, he intends to apply for DAAD Scholarship to conduct independent research in Germany before going onto a PhD program in Social Psychology.

 

Alumni

 

Robert Bloom (HC 2010) majored in German and served as the German Club treasurer from 2007-2009. He spent a year in North-Rhine Westphalia on a Fullbright English Teaching Assistantship. Robert received the Department's Anna Mosher Prize for 2009 and studied at the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe on a scholarship from the state of Baden-Württemberg. He will begin studying for an M.A. in German at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012.

 

 

 

Angineh Djadvadghazaryans (HC 2010) graduated with a German major and a Psychology minor. She is now pursuing a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Hunter, Angineh received the German Department's annual essay prize and the Ottendorfer Major Award, and passed the Goethe Institut C1 exam. She has also won the Barbara Lang Scholarship Award, and a Piper Fellowship from Washington University.

 

 

Christopher Iverson (HC 2010) majored in English, with a double minor in German and Philosophy. He is currently enrolled in an interdisciplinary master's program at New York University, focusing on German and English Literature. Chris received the German Department's Ottendorfer Minor Prize as well as the Ernst Hoffman Memorial Award, with which he studied in Kassel, Germany during the Summer of 2009. He served as the treasurer of Hunter's German Club during 2009-2010, and passed the Goethe Institut B1 exam in 2010. He uses his experience learning German while tutoring ESL students at NYU, and completed a Lipper Internship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. He recently wrote an essay on "Rubble Films on the European and American Screen."

 

 

Katherine Maller (HC 2012) graduated with a double major in English (Creative Writing) and German from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. In 2010, she received a Max Kade grant from the German Department to study for a month in Kassel. She also interned with New York based publishing house W.W. Norton & Company, where she read and evaluated manuscripts, including a few in German. She wrote her honors thesis on Doron Rabinovici's Andernorts and recieved the department's Offendorfer Major Award. She passed the Goethe Institut's C1 exam and was a Salutatorian in the class of 2012. Katharine works at Vogue Knitting.

 

 

German major Brian Oxendine (HC 2012) served as German Club Treasurer and as the Department's peer tutor during 2010-2011. He won the Department's annual essay contest in the Spring of 2011 and studied in Kassel, Germany that summer. After interning at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Lower Manhattan, Brian accepted a full-time job there. He has passed the Goethe Institut's C1 exam, and will begin graduate study in German at the University of Maryland in 2012.

 

 

 

Marlene Raza (HC 2012) combined her German major with a major in Spanish-English Translation & Interpretation. She is also interested in German-English Translation, and has worked as a translator with the Audubon Society. Marlene was chosen for a paid summer internship in the New York office of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), helping to coordinate their Young Ambassador program. In the future, she hopes to work in a place where she can embrace her love of Spanish and German at the same time - perhaps the DAAD branch in Mexico City, Little Germany in Puerto Montt, Chile, or in the tourist industry in Ibiza and Mallorca. Marlene won the German
Deparmtment's Anna Mosher Prize in 2012.

 

 

                                                                                                                                           
Noelle Rettig was a Salutatorian in Hunter's Class of 2011. She majored in German and minored in English. She wrote her honors thesis on Franz Kafka, and received the Department's Ottendorfer Major Prize. She considers Berlin her second home, having lived there from 2005-2007 and studied for a semester at Humboldt University. Noelle will begin a Ph.D program in German at Georgetown University in 2012.

 

 

 

On a scholarship from the German-American Academic Exchange Service, Kevin Vincent (HC2011, German & Urban Planning) spent three semesters at Hamburg's HafenCity Universität, during which he conducted a comparative study of the politics of transportation in the US and Germany since WWII. He also worked during this time at the Institut für Verkehrsplanung at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, and is writing an article on reducing the C02 emissions in urban areas. Kevin was an officer of Hunter's German Club during 2008-2009.

 

Sarah Wolf (HC 2009) majored in Sociology and minored in German. She worked at the German Book Office in New York before becoming an editorial assistant at Princeton University Press. Sarah spent a year in Magdeburg, Germany as a participant in the Congress Bundestag Exchange for Young Professionals. While at Hunter, she received the Ottendorfer Minor Prize.

 

 

 

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