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"do Deutsch" Olympiad & "do Deutsch" Campus Week at UT

With the support of the German Embassy in Washington, "do Deutsch" Campus Weeks were held at 44 colleges and universities across the United States in Fall 2011, and UT was one of the institutions that had been invited to participate (http://www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/ ). We are proud to report that UT's "do Deutsch" German Campus Week did receive special attention on the website of the Germany Information Center, and that we are prominently featured in their "Campus Weeks Gallery".

Starting August 29, 2011, UT Knoxville students could enter the "Do Deutsch!" Olympiad, a pentad of creativity contests based upon the theme "German(y) in your Life." Entries for the categories Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Poem/Song, and Speech were accepted in English, Deutsch (German), or a mixture of both. These creativity competitions were facilitated through BlackBoard, and the entire campus was invited to participate (www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/olympiad). In Early October, the entire campus community was invited to vote in order to select the local winners. Campus winners were revealed during "Do Deutsch!" Week, October 10–14 (www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/week), and the winner in each of the five categories did move up to the national competition for a chance to win a trip to Berlin. The German Embassy determines the national winners who will be announced in Spring 2012.

UT's "do Deutsch" Campus Week was scheduled from Oct. 10 – 14, 2011, and activities and events included a Career Fair, an Outdoor Film Festival, a Theatre Production, Outdoor Games, a Dog Show, Lectures, Presentations, special radio programming on WUOT and WUTK, an Oktoberfest, and much, much more. A full schedule of events is posted at http://www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/week/schedule.shtml. Special guests who came to visit during UT's "do Deutsch" Campus Week included Dr. Hans-Ulrich von Schroeter, Deputy Director of the German Information Center, German Embassy in Washington, Dr. Frank Raddatz, chief editor of the German theatre magazine THEATER DER ZEIT, and Petra Schuermann, editor-in-chief of German World.

"do Deutsch" at UT (http://www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/ ) was made possible through a generous grant that Professor Stefanie Ohnesorg, associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, had received from the German Embassy in Washington, and through a UT Ready for the World Award. In addition a large number of departments and campus units, as well as several off-campus businesses supported "do Deutsch" at UT. For a full list of supporters see http://www.dodeutsch.utk.edu/resources/support.shtml

A "do Deutsch" Campus Week at UT would not have been possible without the support of many individuals -- faculty, lecturers, staff, and students alike-- from across the entire campus community, and it would have been impossible to plan, organize, and staff many of the "do Deutsch" events without the dedication, tireless efforts, and countless hours of service of the lecturers and graduate students in the German Program at UT.

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