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Congratulations to graduating seniors in German and Russian Studies!

Congratulations to all graduating students in German and Russian Studies! We thank you for your excellent work and wish you all the best for the future!

Russian Studies Fulbright recipients

Graduating Russian major Alex Resnick and graduating Russian minor Benjamin Chen have received Fulbright Fellowships to teach English in Moldova and in Tomsk (Russia), respectively, in 2018-19. Graduating Russian major Briana Comuniello, winner of a 2018 American Council of Teachers of Russian Scholar Laureate Award, is a Fulbright alternate. Congratulations, Alex, Benjamin, and Briana!

2018 Awards in German Studies

Congratulations to this year's winners of endowed awards in German Studies:

  • Charlotte Crinnin—Ewald Scholarship
  • Giorgi Gogilashvili and Michael Krawec—Ursula H. Africa Endowment Award
  • Matthew Dagele and Bethany Maloney—Keith Nintzel Award for Excellence and Commitment in German Studies
Binghamton students and faculty at the NY Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition (4/21)

Nancy Tittler, Marina Zalesski, and students from the Russian Studies program traveled to West Point to participate in the New York Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition. Three students participated: Jacob Sandman (second year), Ran Zhuo and Damien Kolnierowicz (first year). Jacob Sandman took second place at the second-year level, and Ran Zhuo took first place at the first-year level. All three greatly improved their Russian through long hours of preparation in poetry recitation, speaking and reading. Congratulations, Jacob, Ran, and Damien!

Congratulations to Kirsten Chernick!

Russian Major Kirsten Chernick ('17) has accepted a graduate assistantship to pursue an MA in Russian at Boston College beginning in Fall 2017. Congratulations! And best wishes to Kirsten as she continues to pursue academic excellence in Russian Studies!

Congratulations to Nicholas Michalski!

Congratulations to Nicholas Michalski for getting a summer internship at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. Nicholas will be working in the digital assets department in summer, 2017.

Congratulations to Alexander Resnick!

Alexander Resnick was selected for the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence at Binghamton University! This highly competitive award recognizes three excellent third-year BU students for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, service, and international experience.

Alex has also been selected as a USAP Student Ambassador to Expo 2017, an international sustainability fair, held this summer in Kazakhstan. For two months, he will work at the American pavilion, using his Russian language and probably soaking up some Kazakh as well. Congratulations, Alex!

Student work

Student presentation on Bertolt Brecht's theater
On Monday, December 5, Katie Zwerger presented her research on Brecht's epic theater. The multimedia presentation, titled "Real Innovations Attack the Roots," offered a look into the world of the famous German playwright Bertolt Brecht, specifically during the years of the Weimar Republic, examining some of Bertolt Brecht's most pivotal works from the 1920s–1930s, including The Threepenny Opera, The Mother, Man Equals Man, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In analyzing these texts, the presentation explored how Brecht and his collective of cowriters, composers, and designers broke boundaries and transformed the theatre. The talk was followed by a lively discussion.
Summer in St. Petersburg

Benjamin Chen ('18), who spent the summer in St. Petersburg, had this to say about his experience: "But most of all, I was excited of the change I saw in myself. After six weeks, I improved myself as a person in so many ways imaginable. Now I speak better Russian, I am more confident, and I have a better sense of my goals and values. It is truly amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith."
Hannah Lundeen ('16) described her time in St. Petersburg in this way: "Being able to spend the summer in St. Petersburg was the perfect way to complete my Russian major, and I cannot wait to go back." Read more about Benjamin's and Hannah's experiences here.

2016 Honors Theses in German and Russian Studies

Congratulations to Ben Fox, Michael Kosowski, and Franz Lino for completing their honors theses in German or Russian Studies:

  • Ben Fox, "The People United: How the Mutiny in Kiel Created an Uprising for Peace"
  • Michael Kosowski: "Reconciling the Theories: the Origins of Yiddish and the Ashkenazim"
  • Franz Lino: "Race & Class in Late Capitalism: A Theory of Racial Performativity"

Congrats to Ben, Michael, and Franz for the excellent work!

Alumni news

Congratulations to David Keptsi ('18)!

David Keptsi ('18) will begin a paid research institute at the Cato Institute under Andrei Illarionov, "who was the former economic advisor to Vladmir Putin until he fled the country in 2006 due to his critique of Putin's authoritarianism." David wrote that, "On the application to this position, I wrote at length about my knowledge of Russian history and geopolitics as well as the influence that the book Crime and Punishment has had on my views. I do not think I would have gotten this position if I did not pursue a minor in Russian Studies."

Congratulations to Nina DePalma!

In May, 2017 Nina DePalma ('13) completed a graduate certificate in Russian Translation at American University.  Congratulations and best wishes in your career!

Congratulations to Andrei Shubin!

Andrei Shubin, IMP Russian major ('15), has received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to teach English in Russia. Congratulations, Andrei!

Congratulations to Sean Flaherty ('14)!

Russian Major Sean Flaherty ('14) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship! In August '16 Sean began a ten-month stay in Kyrgyzstan. He worked in Jalal-Abad at the university, teaching English to college students and volunteering at an agricultural organization called ACDI/VOCA in Osh. Go find that on a map! Congratulations Sean!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Austin and Adina Blaszkowsky ('14)!

Elizabeth Austin ('14) began an MA in Russian Studies at the University of Virginia in fall 2015. Adina Blaszkowsky, BA in Russian Studies ('14), has been accepted to the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for an MA in Elementary Education. She is a former TA for Russ 101-102 and participated in the First Annual BU Conference on Foreign Language Teaching in fall 2013.

David E. Wellbery ('69) at BUGSC
German Studies major Ben Fox in conversation with the 2015 BUGSC keynote speaker David Wellbery ('69).
David Wellbery (Harpur College '69) gave the keynote lecture on "The Tragic in Goethe's Faust." The Larry Wells Memorial Lecture is given annually to honor Professor Larry Wells, who taught in the German Studies Program from 1970 to 1998. The lecture series is made possible by support from the Wells Family, Doris Braun ('83), the Binghamton Alumni Association and the Harpur College Dean's Office. More information here.
 
Doris Braun ('83) at BUGSC
Alumna Doris Braun ('83) with Professor Rosmarie Morewedge.Alumna Doris Braun ('83) with Professor Rosmarie Morewedge, who directs the Binghamton exchange programs with the University of Graz in Austria and the University of Leipzig in Germany. Ms. Braun's generosity helps make BUGSC possible.

Last Updated: 8/13/18