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Professor Gombocz

Wins Doyle Award. ................

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Mirzayan in

NY Times

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Perú Trip. ...............................

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MLL Students Inducted into

Honor Societies. ....................

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Turner President of

SD World Language

Association............................

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Facebook.com/USDModernLanguages

A

s many of you must have

heard, our colleague,

Professor Emeritus of German

Werner Kitzler, Ph.D., passed

away Oct. 29, 2015.

Werner joined USD in

the mid seventies. During

his tenure of thirty-five years, he tirelessly

promoted German culture and German

studies across the curriculum, and in

the state of South Dakota. Generations

of teachers of German in our state and

region remember him as an energetic

and dedicated professor who shared his

updated knowledge of German culture

with enthusiasm. Students, colleagues,

and many friends on campus and in

the Vermillion community particularly

appreciated his familiarity with Bavaria.

As an excellent recruiter, he brought many

over-achieving students to our program.

His impressive record of extracurricular

activities includes the organization of

successful interim study tours to Central

Europe, the invitation of international

guest speakers to our campus, the

organization of movie nights, the initiation

of a partnership with the city of Ratingen

in the state of North Rhine –Westphalia,

as well as the contribution to the academic

exchange programs with the Universities

of Jena and Oldenburg. As a scholar, he

served as the editor of

Schatzkammer der

deutschen Sprache, Literatur und Kultur

,

a fine interdisciplinary journal in our

field. As an expert in German-American

studies, he initiated and edited the

Deutschschreibende Autoren in Amerika

, a

series that published fine pieces of fiction

written by German-speaking authors in

the Americas. The recognitions in honor

of Werner’s achievements included the

Federal Crosses of Merit bestowed by

the Austrian and German governments,

respectively.

As a very generous man with a superb

sense of humor and unparalleled skills of

story-telling, Werner hosted many social

occasions in his home for students and

colleagues of German. Our condolences go

to his wife Janice, his daughter Susanna,

his son David, and his grandchildren. We

will remember him as a valued colleague

and scholar, a respected member of the

community, and a friend.

MLL Honors Professor

Emeritus Werner Kitzler

Alumni Happenings. ...........

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