Delta Phi Alpha - German Honor Society
The national German Honorary Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. Chapter Iota Tau at Central Michigan University offers membership to students at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester who have met the qualifications. Each prospective member must be at least a sophomore in standing, have the equivalent of two years of college German; be or have been enrolled in a German course beyond German 202; have an overall grade point average of at least 2.7; and have a grade point average of 3.3 in German. Once initiated, the students are recognized, lifetime members of the Society.
Advisor: Professor Janet D. Lein
A conversation hour is available each week for students to practice speaking the language in an unstructured environment. CMU students who have studied abroad and the three exchange students for the year from Germany plan together to provide stimulating conversational opportunities. This is a chance to find out about "everyday culture" and get to know others interested in learning German.
The German club meets twice a month and offers academic and social programs for all those interested in German language and culture. In the past, the club has had programs on Fraktur (old German script), German business opportunities, German board games, Deciphering German Codes during WW II, Deutsche Weihnachten, and German opera and new films. There always is a picnic, a banquet, and a night of cooking German foods. The club has also sponsored field trips to Detroit (Detroit Art Museum, Holocaust museum), Calvin College (theater productions in German), Frankenmuth, and Shipshewana (Amish and Mennonite museum and private families). Frequently, German-speaking natives present a program talking about their experiences in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and sharing artifacts and family heirlooms with the students.
Advisor: Dr. Daniela Richter
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