January Term Abroad
Professor Hommel's JanTerms abroad
JanTerm 2012: CHEM/MLGR 398 – The Art, Science &
Culture of Brewing in Europe
JanTerm 2012 was team-taught by Prof. Brian Gilbert from the Chemistry department and Prof. Gudrun Hommel from Modern Languages. The itinerary took our group of six female and four male students to Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, and Kloster Andechs in Germany as well as Brussels, Leuven, Ghent, Bruges, and other locations in Belgium. We visited a wide variety of breweries, spent a day at VBL in Berlin, toured the BMW plant in Munich, and much more.
JanTerm 2003: Business and Culture in Germany and Austria
In January of 2003, this course was team-taught by Prof. Gudrun Hommel, Modern Languages Department, and Prof. Michelle Nelson, Business.
Prof. Nelson and Prof. Hommel spent three weeks with a group of Linfield students studying German and/or International Business exploring business practices, customs, and culture in Germany and Austria. This included visits to the Ditsch Pretzel Factory in Mainz, the world famous Bösendorfer piano manufacturer in Austria, a trip to Germany's oldest university in Heidelberg and some of Munich's famous sites. In Bavaria, the group toured the Ayinger Brewery, the Audi factory, and Neuschwanstein.
JanTerm 2001: MLGR101: Introduction to German in Mainz, Germany
In January 2001, Prof. Hommel taught a beginning German course, MLG 101, in her hometown of Mainz, Germany. Fifteen Linfield students spent nearly four weeks in this lovely town, introducing themselves not only to the German language, but also to a lot of "Western Culture".The students went on daily outings where they practiced the language they had learned in class.
The "Western Culture" component included Gutenberg Museum; hands-on printing in the Gutenberg Print Shop; attedance at a classical concert; a tour of the Mainzer Dom (cathedral), not long after students had had the chance to attend a Catholic mass in the cathedral; a guided tour of the Kupferberg Sektkellerei, a local sparkling wine producer; a walking-tour of Roman sites in Mainz; a trip along the Rhine to the Marksburg, a well-preserved medieval castle; an overnight in the youth hostel in Burg Stahleck, a castle that overlooks the Rhine; side trips, by some students, to Berlin, München, and Heidelberg.