German Day 2005

Fifth Annual German Day: "Verdeutsch dich!"

March 2, 2005
9:30-2:00 pm
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Campus


Thanks to the ca. 700 (!) students and teachers who participated, and thanks especially to the organizer, Karin Baumgartner, German Day was once again a great success! See the winners here!

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November 22, 2004

Dear friends:

German Day is having its 5th anniversary! Please join us for this milestone on March 2, 2005 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on March 2, 2005 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

I am proud to report that German Day has grown to the largest German gathering in the state of North Carolina! Last year, 488 students and 18 teachers from 21 schools attended. Judges came from UNCG, Appalachian State University, Guilford College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the larger Triad community. Such a success would not have been possible without your students’ enthusiasm and creativity and your hard work during the year. As every year, I am looking forward to seeing old familiar faces and meeting new members to our German community.

This year, the competitions are Spelling Bee (level I and II students), the Verb Bee (advanced students levels III, IV, V), the Poetry/Declamation Contest, the Skits Contest, the Singing Contest, the Poster Contest, and the T-shirt Logo Contest. As usual the day will culminate with the "Einstein Bowle," for your students to show off their knowledge of German trivia. And as always, all contests will carry prizes for the best performance.

Each school may participate in all eight activities. Yet, owing to time constraints, we must limit the number of participants in the various activities. Teachers are invited to select two students per class for the spelling bees, and the verb bee, and one team per class for the song contest. Select one poster and one T-shirt design per class for submission. The poetry contest specifies two students per school per category, and the skit contest can accommodate two skits per school. The "Einstein Bowle" accommodates two teams per school. The schedule of activities will be available online, and you will be able to verify that your students’ chosen activities do not overlap. You are again invited to bring all of your students to campus to help cheer on their classmates.

The rules and regulations of the various contests may be found below. If you have problems downloading the documents, please contact me and I’d be happy to send you a copy by post.

The motto of the 5th annual German Day is “Verdeutsch dich,” a play on the web site “Germanizer” (www.germanizer.com). This is a fun web site to attract students to the language since it allows students to “Germanize themselves” with a few fun video games. Feel free to play with the concept of “becoming German” in your design of posters and T-shirts. The “Germanizer” motto must also be incorporated into the skits. All skits will be entitled “Verdeutsch dich!” (may be used literally or figuratively).

Each participating teacher is asked to contribute 25 questions to the "Einstein Bowle." Categories are History, Culture, Famous People, Geography, and "Wildcard." Please send your questions to the person specified on the web site who will edit out repeat questions, and organize/collate the questions into categories and difficulty level. The deadline for submission is February 11, 2005. Please remember that your contribution to “Einstein Bowle” is crucial for us to continue to offer this contest.

The spring meeting of NC/AATG will take place at the end of February at the SCOLT conference in Charlotte. Unfortunately, this is too late for the members to vote on a T-shirt logo since it takes about 7-10 days to print the T-shirts. At our last meeting, the NC/AATG board has agreed on a one-time exception to the T-shirt contest judging rules. Please submit your T-shirt logo designs by February 5, 2005. We will scan the entries and the NC/AATG board will vote on the T-shirts electronically. Please remind your students that they should use just one color (black) in their drawings and that intricate details usually cannot be reproduced. If you are good with a scanner, please consider sending me the T-shirt logos electronically (baumgartner@uncg.edu). Again, we cannot consider late submissions. You will be able to preview the winning logo on this web site. T-shirts bearing the chosen logo will be for sale on German Day for $ 8.00 (red and yellow) and $ 9.00 (black) per person. Due to logistics, t-shirts must be pre-ordered by February 20, 2005 (mail, e-mail, or phone to: Karin Baumgartner, Department of German, Russian, and Japanese, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402; fax to 336-334-5885).

The registration deadline for German Day is February 18, 2005. Later registration may be accepted if space is available. At the time of registration, student registration fees are due ($ 3.00 per student). Registration forms can be downloaded below. After your registration has been received, you will be sent a confirmation by e-mail or fax with parking instructions.

German Day will take place in the student union on the UNCG campus. Students may buy lunch in the cafeteria, or bring a bag lunch and eat in one of the lounges or outside. Teachers and chaperones are invited to join the faculty of the German Department at UNCG for a faculty luncheon. The lunch will be informal and allow teachers to drop in and out as need arises. Every year we enjoy meeting all of you, and many of you enjoy meeting familiar and new colleagues.

Please feel free to contact me at baumgartner@uncg.edu or 336-334-5427 (office) for more information, or consult this site for updates. We look forward to seeing all of you on March 2, 2005.

Sincerely,

Dr. Karin Baumgartner
Assistant Professor German
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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