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Re: “It's official: German studies program at UALR kaput

I am currently a German Major at UALR. I'm also president of the German Club and a member of the German National Honor Society. I love my program and my professor. I'm saddened to be losing both. However, the most appalling thing is the lack of respect that the administration has shown us students. I was interviewed at the beginning of the school year about the issue and that's how I found out. The school has yet to send me an official notice. I can't believe how much love and effort has been put into this major and this is the result. I want my degree. I am determined to get it. I want my education in German to go further. I want to be bilingual. Something that I love is being ripped away. I feel like the administration is pissing on me. They say budgets this budgets that, we've got to cut. But the numbers aren't adding up. Our program is flourishing. Their decision will cause the students and ultimately the school as a whole to suffer. Quite frankly, I'm disgusted. I better be given a way to finish my degree.

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Posted by griffithsc on 10/03/2012 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Sprechen sie Deutsch? Am UALR, nein. UPDATE

Last year, I began Dr. Wagner's intensive German course with no previous knowledge of the language and no intention of becoming a major or a minor. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with German. I decided to declare a major before the end of the first semester and continued intensive for the rest of the year. Over the summer, I went with Dr. Wagner to Berlin and then studied in Düsseldorf for four weeks before traveling in Germany for two weeks on my own. I may be young, but that does not depreciate the fact that this summer was the most beautiful and enriching of my life thus far. However, I am far from being done with German. Now, I am president of the German Club and am continuing to take classes with Dr. Wagner. I plan to study abroad in either Germany or Austria for a year in the future. Most importantly though, I want to share my experiences with other students at UALR. I want them to learn what I have learned. I want to spread the appreciation for German culture and language. Overall, I want to promote cultural awareness. I believe that all of those things greatly benefit our university, which hosts students from all over the world and is incredibly diverse. Moreover, I think that continuing to host German speaking students is imperative, considering the position of Germany in the current global economic situation.

How could we even consider hosting German speaking students without offering to our own students an in depth education in German? The very idea seems very disrespectful to me. I fear that this is exactly what is being considered by the university.

I was informed by a staff member from the Forum that the university is considering discontinuing the German Studies major as well as Dr. Wagner's position. I believe that this is a mistake. I am aware that I will be able to finish my degree, but I would like for other students to have the option of studying German too. Dr. Wagner is crucial in this aspect. I have worked and traveled with her firsthand and have found her to be incredibly zealous. She truly cares about her students and their education, and I really enjoyed spending time with her abroad. Having a native speaker as a teacher and as a traveling companion has been such a pleasure. I can't imagine continuing without her. She puts so much effort into this program and our success.

I myself have also put forth much effort into the German Studies Program. As president of the German Club, a German major, and a member of the German Honor Society, I have treated this program as my own. You can often find me at events, such as the Student Organization Fair held on Wednesday, enthusiastically engaging with students, recruiting them into our program, and basically sharing my love for German. If this program is terminated, I will consider it a personal failure, a personal loss. I intend to fight for my program, not just for my sake, but for the sake of other students and for the university as well.

I hope that you can see the importance of the German Studies Program to myself, other students and the university as a whole. Please support me in keeping this program alive.

Posted by griffithsc on 10/02/2012 at 7:29 PM


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