Year of Germany will feature events such as Oktoberfest, a hotdog eating contest, a Holocaust memorial, and the first annual Reinhardt Cup. Professor Dana Hall, Year of Germany Co-Chair, assigned her Principles of Marketing class, BUS 302, to initiate the set up of the year’s activities. She feels that having students run the Year of Germany activities will get more students involved.
Hall is very excited about this year’s prospects and the chance for students to explore German history and culture. “Our founder Captain Reinhardt was of German descent and this was the impetus for selecting Germany as the focus for 2013-2014,” Hall stated. “Germany is known as a land of poets, musicians and thinkers who have made significant contributions, from Bach and Beethoven to Martin Luther, who launched the Protestant Reformation. There is so much to learn about this fascinating country, and it will be impossible to cover everything in a year. This year, we’re actively involving students in the planning and execution of events and activities, and these students have introduced fresh thinking and great new ideas.”
One fresh and new idea from students included the idea for a non-alcoholic Oktoberfest. Reinhardt’s Oktoberfest will be held on October 17th. Students will be able to learn about the history and culture of Oktoberfest while enjoying root beer and drinking games. The Oktoberfest committee is still in the planning process. Most likely food and drink will be provided through Sodexo, but the group is attempting to incorporate an authentic German deli from Ball Ground, Georgia.
The main goal of the Year of Germany is to educate students about the history of Germany as well as students’ own history. Reinhardt’s library has free access to ancestry.com for students and faculty. Students are encouraged to research their family tree and discover their heritage. The hotdog eating contest during Oktoberfest will require entrants to fill out a family tree to enter. Students can visit the library to fill out a family tree and enter the hotdog eating contest. While students do not have to participate in the hotdog eating contest once a family tree has been filled out, students wanting to enter the contest must fill out a family tree dating back three or four generations.
The Holocaust Memorial will be held in the Glass House the same week as the infamous Night of Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht. The memorial event will feature a history of the Holocaust and the overall history of Germany.
Year of Germany Co-Chair Melissa Doyle is excited for the upcoming festivities and hopes that both students and faculty will participate. “Our committee this year has members from many schools and departments that have never been represented in the Year Of programs. We can better explore the diversity of a nation by diversifying the program, and everyone benefits. My hope is that professors will begin to incorporate the Year Of into their courses, adding lectures or assignments as relevant to their discipline. The activities are going to be more interactive and have greater appeal for everyone.”
Students can look forward to more information on these events.
Candice Bailey, News Editor