After graduation, Harrison Todd, a German and international business double major, is moving to Greenville, South Carolina, for a job with BMW. Working at BMW covers everything Todd wants in a career, and he got this role through focus and taking advantage of opportunities.
Don’t forget that next Tuesday, March 29th is the 6th annual German-American Business Summit!
Find all the details, sponsors, and events throughout the day on the 6th German American Business Summit website.
Welcome: Morgan Koerner, Chair of the German and Russian Studies program
Introduction: Knudt Flor, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Industry Engagement and Professor of the Practice at CofC.
Panel Discussion: Soft Skills, Global Impacts: Communication and Intercultural Competence in German-American Industry. Moderator: Professor Stephen Della Lana, Senior Instructor of German and Director of the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany Program
Jamila Anderson, Communications Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Vans
Bertina Brase, German-American Recruitment Specialist with Q-Works Group.
Daniel Schlegel, Vice President of Customer Service, KION North America
J. Kevin Smith, CFO at Eugen Wexler US Plastics Inc.
Coffee and Networking Break
Introduction: Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Dean, School of Sciences and Math
Keynote Address: “Resilience and Flexibility in the Supply Chain in a Volatile Market “given by Oliver Haase, Senior Vice President for Purchasing and Supplier Network Americas, BMW.
Job Fair in TD Arena
Networking Reception in the President’s Garden, 6 Glebe Street
Congratulations to the graduates this semester – everyone is so proud of all of your impressive accomplishments and all your hard work. Despite a global pandemic and all the additional challenges of teaching during the past 20+ months, you completed your degree! You did it! A special thank you to the M.Ed. in Languages Executive Committee: Dr. Shawn Morrison, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater, and Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez for their unwavering support and collaboration. Thank you so much to all who contributed to the newsletter and many thanks to Katie Agile, the Graduate Assistant for our program, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.
Students, alumni, and friends: if you have news or updates to contribute or if you’d like to be profiled in the next issue, please let Director Emily Beck know (email@example.com). She would love to hear from you!
Be transported by tasting wines from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Chile, and Argentina. Tickets are $40 per person and include a $10 donation to benefit CofC’s Study Abroad Program. Tickets will not be sold at the door. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
We hope to see you there!
Check out this outstanding article in the College TODAY about Foreign Language Education alumna, Martina Abbriano ’19.
“A talented individual with a love for languages, Abbriano knows Italian, Spanish, English and Sicilian fluently and has a strong base of Vietnamese and Ancient Greek. It’s clear the Italian native has a passion for foreign languages, which she decided to put to use when she began thinking about a career. She earned undergraduate degrees in foreign language education and Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2019, where she also minored in linguistics and Ancient Greek.”
“Since graduating two years ago, Abbriano has put those skills to use as a foreign language teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she teaches Spanish.”
“Her passion for languages and her journey as an immigrant having to learn a new language in a new country has led her back to CofC to help the next generation of English-language-learners as they begin their lives in the United States. Abbriano is now a graduate student at CofC taking an English as a Second Language (ESOL) course to earn ESOL certification, which is available online.”
The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) recently recognized LACS-Spanish double major Leasette León with its Outstanding Student Award for having the highest cumulative GPA in the program, a testament to the first-generation student’s dedication to excel in college.
Excerpt from the College TODAY, “Since the last German-American Business Summit (GABS) in February of 2020 a lot has happened at the College of Charleston, and we’re not just talking about the pandemic. Last fall, the College began offering its first-ever major in engineering – systems engineering – with some of the 200-plus German companies in the Palmetto state helping to design the curriculum.
Not surprisingly, those two topics will be front and center at the fifth annual conference on Feb. 4, 2021, held virtually from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CofC’s German program; the School of Languages Cultures, and World Affairs; the Career Center; and the School of Business will put on the summit in partnership with The Citadel and Trident Technical College.
“This year we are pivoting to a virtual event and are looking forward to the chance to cast a wider net in terms of audience participants, as well as panelists, who will join us from locations throughout the U.S. and in Germany,” says Morgan Koerner, the chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies who founded the event.”
Read the full article CofC to Host Virtual German-American Business Summit.
They’re hoping to be able to produce regular newsletters to share information about the ESOL and Spanish graduate programs twice yearly. If you have news or updates to contribute, please let them know! You may contact
Emily S. Beck, Ph.D.
Director, M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL and Spanish)
Director, ESOL Certificate Program
They would also like to thank all who contributed to the newsletter and a special thanks to the graduate assistant, Tolly Stewart, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.