German Day 2009

Ninth Annual German Day: "Grüner geht's nicht"

March 5, 2009
9:30-3:00 pm
UNC Chapel Hill


Lydia Harrop, 12th grade German student of Gabriele
Verhoeven at Franklin Academy HS, Wake Forest, NC.


Dear Colleagues!

We had an enormously productive chapter meeting this last weekend and Tin and I were able to collect excellent suggestions from teachers who plan on bringing their students to Chapel Hill for German Day 2009.

We are writing you to inform you of a few updates:

1) German Day T-Shirt Design: NCAATG members voted this past weekend and the winner of this year's German Day T-Shirt Design Contest is Lydia Harrop, a 12th grade student of German at Franklin Academy of Wake Forest, NC. See the design here. Congratulations to her and her teacher Gabriele Verhoeven! In case you've not placed your school's order for a German Day yet, be sure to do so no later than this week (for more on on German Day registration deadlines see below)!

2) Revised Karaoke Rules: Interest in the new Karaoke event has been tremendous. For this reason, we must alter the rules accordingly: Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. A sign-up sheet will be located outside of the Cabaret on the first floor of the Student Union. Each school is currently limited to 5 entries. But in the event that there are more entries than allowable time slots, this limit will be reduced to ensure each school has a chance to participate. Each entry will have a total of 2 attempts to perform the song of their choice. If in the first 20-seconds of the first attempt performers "goof" up, they will be given a chance to start anew. After the first 20-second, performers will not be allowed to start again.

3) Lunch Guidelines: The Student Union at noon is a very busy place and because of the high traffic, Tin and I recommend German Day students avoid using the dining halls and dining services on campus (the alloted 60 minute lunch is too brief for any student to purchase and eat lunch in a dining hall.) For this reason, we highly recommend German Day students either to bring their own brown-bag lunch or register for the catered boxed lunches. Be sure that your school's registration for German Day is marked accordingly.

4) Roaming about Campus: As all but one activity for German Day will take place inside the Student Union, it is unlikely that students will have a chance to roam throughout Chapel Hill. This year's new Schnitzeljagd will allow students to wander about the Quad south of Old Well, but this event has staff members stationed throughout campus to guide students back to the Union. Maps and directions with be provided for all participants of the Schnitzeljagd. The Student Union will be also staffed with crowd control.

5) Parking Reservations and Bus Directions: On Monday February 16, Richard Langston MUST receive by email reservations for parking permits for the on-campus parking lot located just east of the Student Union. Those who fail to make reservations must secure their own parking in municipal lots (see the German Day website for links to Chapel Hill lots). Directions for school busses are included under the German Day directions link. Please note that large school busses must park in the vicinity of the Dean Dome. Mini-vans can receive parking permits for the on-campus NC-54 Lot.

6) German Day Registrations: The official deadline for signing your school up for German Day is Monday, February 16. In order to provide teachers a bit extra time with planning, we are extending the deadline to this Friday, February 20, 2009.

We look forward to see you next month!


Tin and Dick



Print the registration form here (pdf).
Extended Registration Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2009.



See contests here.
See winners here.



Find the 2009 schedule here (pdf).


Map and Directions

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Carolina Union

German Day 2009 will take place entirely at the Carolina Student Union. It is located at:

Frank Porter Graham Student Union (Carolina Union)
218 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Please use this address in order to plot a course using online driving map generators like GoogleMaps or Mapquest.

School busses should drop students off at the South Road entrance to the Student Union. Although not yet confirmed as of early January, bus drivers will most likely have to park their vehicles during the duration of German Day in the vicinity of the Dean Smith Center (Use this address to map out this location: 300 Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514).

Important: Those traveling to Chapel Hill by car will need to arrange in advance to have a parking spot reserved. Drivers must make parking reservations with Dr. Richard Langston no later than Monday, February 16, 2008. Reservations will be made for the UNC on-campus "Highway 54 Lot" located 0.4 miles east of the Student Union. Those who fail to reserve a parking spot by February 16 will need to find parking at Chapel Hill municipal lots (a full day parking in the Wallace Deck costs $6).

Please print out the directions below. They will take you to the "Highway 54" lot. Bus drivers, please notice additional line of directions for dropping off students at the Student Union. 

Print detailed directions (and check-in info) here.



Check-In will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first, ground-level floor of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union (also known as the Carolina Union). Enter from the main South Street entrance and turn immediately right. Directions for cars and busses (see driving directions) explain how to park and walk to or drop students off at the South Street entrance.

Anyone parking elsewhere (for example in municipal lots north of the Carolina Union) will have to walk across campus to the Carolina Union. Be mindful that the Carolina Union is comprised of two buildings; the Multipurpose Room is located in the bottom floor of the new addition and those entering the Carolina Union through the older larger building will need to walk downstairs and over to the new addition. For a map of the Carolina Union, look here.



Dick Langston, Associate Professor of German
Tin Wegel, Lecturer of German
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
CB 3160 Dey Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-966-1642
Fax: 919-962-3708



Dear German Students and Parents! Dear German Teachers! Dear School Administrators!

It is our great pleasure to be co-hosts for the annual German Day in 2009. This year's German Day will take place for the very first time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Tarheels!

German Day will take place on the very same day it day last year, the first Thursday in March, 2009. Activities will begin at 9:30 am in order to ensure that all participants arrive safely and on time. The final awards event will conclude at 3:00 pm so everyone can get home at a reasonable hour.

*Activities*: As with every German Day, this year will be full of familiar competitions as well as a new activity for everyone! Familiar activities that students should look forward to include:

  1. the Spelling Bee (level I and II students) – up to 5 students per school;
  2. the Verb Bee (advanced students in levels III and higher) – up to 5 students per school;
  3. the Poetry Recitation Contest (with a separate section for heritage learners*) – up to 8 students per school (2 each in levels I, II & III, plus 2 heritage);
  4. the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest – up to 6 students per school (2 each in 3 levels);
  5. the Skit Contest – up to 2 teams per school;
  6. the Singing Contest – up to 4 performances per school (2 in each level);
  7. the Kultur-Pokal Contest, level I (questions in English for German I and II) – up to 3 teams per school
  8. the Kultur-Pokal Contest, level II (questions in German for German III+ and heritage learners*) – up to 3 teams per school;
  9. the Poster Contest – up to 5 entries per school;
  10. the Art Contests – up to 10 entries per school (5 each in 2D art and photography); and
  11. the T-Shirt Logo Contest – up to 5 entries per school.

New this year will be a campus-wide Schnitzeljagd, in which any and every student can participate without preparation prior to German Day. German Karaoke will also be a new activity. Descriptions and rules will be outlined on the Competitions webpage.

(In case you're not sure, "heritage learners" are those students who speak German at home, or students who have been to full-time German school, in Europe or a Deutsche Schule elsewhere.)

For the Spelling Bee and Verb Bee Contests we will use only words in the textbooks Komm mit! and Deutsch aktuell. We’ve provided a list of verbs for the Verb Bee. For the Kultur-Pokal we will compile questions contained in the textbooks Komm mit!, Deutsch aktuell, and Kaleidoskop and solicit no less than 5 questions from each school participating.

As always, all contests have prizes for the best performance.

*Scheduling Restraints*: Each school may participate in all activities, though scheduling constraints will force you and your students to choose some specific activities for each student. Please see the tentative schedule to help you plan and make sure not to cross-schedule students! Of course, you are welcome to bring along students who are not competing to cheer on their classmates!

*Theme*: The motto of the this year’s German Day has an environmental twist, "Deutsch, grüner geht's nicht," which means that students participating in skits, posters, and the t-shirt design contest must incorporate the theme into their work. The motto will be part of the extemporaneous speaking prompt, as well.

*Deadlines*: Registration forms are due no later than Monday, February 16, 2009. Receipt of all registrations will be acknowledged via email. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please mail your registration and fees to us in a timely fashion.

Fees*: Required Registration = $4.00; optional t- shirt = $8.00; optional Lunch = $8.00. In other words, $20 gets students everything they need: t-shirt, lunch, and the registration fee. Teachers and judges who are AATG members get lunch free of charge and are not charged a registration fee. Teachers and judges who are not AATG members get lunch free of charge but are asked to pay an adult registration fee of $9. As with student t-shirts, adult t-shirts cost $8 a piece. (Go to the AATG website to become a member.)

*Procedures*: German Day is as fun as it is crazy! This year we will help our very generous judges pay further attention to accuracy, fairness, and clarity.

Likewise, we will ensure that t-shirt orders are filled and delivered so that everyone receives what they ordered on German Day.

Every year German Day is a learning process for both former and future hosts. We at Chapel Hill hope to make German Day 2009 just as successful as it has been in years past. If you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

We look forward to an amazing German Day in Chapel Hill!

Warm regards,

Dick Langston, Associate Professor of German
Tin Wegel, Lecturer of German
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
CB 3160 Dey Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599