Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX to celebrate 12th annual German Day

March 24th, 2017

On March 31, 2017, the StFX Modern Languages Department and the German Society will celebrate the 12th annual German Day from 3-6 p.m. in Desmond Hall. Students, faculty, and members of the broader StFX community will be joined by special guests to share, discuss, and appreciate the German experience.

Special guests will include Peter Finger, Head of Culture & Communication at the German Embassy in Ottawa; Suzanne Rix, Honorary Consul of Germany for Nova Scotia; Bernhard Gueller, Music Director at Symphony Nova Scotia; and Mark Leeming, Coordinator at StFX Student Success Centre.

“This year, we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the impact that Germany—its culture, people, products, and ideas—have on our lives here in Antigonish, and the lives of others around the world,” says German Society president Liam Elbourne.

During the event, addresses will be given by Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Vice-President and Provost at StFX; Daniel Guhl, German Society vice-president and DAAD Young Ambassador; and Liam Elbourne, German Society president. Students from the German 100 and 200 classes will present their class work and share their German experiences over several short presentations. Professor Ronald Charles, Daryl Nichol, and Travis MacDonald will perform Bach, and awards will be presented to German students for outstanding achievement.

Students say they are looking forward to the event.

“This is the third German Day I will be attending, and I am looking forward to all of the presentations,” says German Society executive member Alexis van den Hoogen.

“Experiencing German in university has been wonderful. From eating schnitzel and Haribo, to walking around Berlin and Stuttgart, I have experienced so much, but there is still so much to see and learn. I hope to experience even more on March 31.”   

“My experience with German has led me to the country on three separate occasions,” Mr. Guhl says. “It has opened many doors in both my professional and personal life. I try to share my experience with the country and traditions as much as I can. German Day gives only a snippet of what the country, language and culture has to offer.”

German Society executive member and German 100 student Jenna Kennedy says her trip to Stuttgart was one of the highlights of her university experience.

“I was able to apply what I was learning in class to a real-world setting. By visiting German businesses such as Porsche and Mercedes Benz, I fully understand the importance of the German language in the business world.”

German 100 student Maggie Mugford says she is looking forward to experiencing her first German Day at StFX. “I am excited because I heard so much about it,” she says.


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