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After Lewis & Clark


Matthew Weidner, ’04

After graduation in 2004, Matthew worked in Bemidji, Minnesota, at Concordia Language Villages’ German Camp (Waldsee) as a senior “Betreuer” (camp counselor). He enjoyed working with the young people there who were enthusiastic about learning German. After returning to Portland, he successfully applied for a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Austria and taught in two high schools in Vienna. He is now working for TriMet LIFT as a Transit Technology and Scheduling Manager and will start a Masters Program in Urban and Region Planning at Portland State University fall 2010.

Greg BaerGreg Baer, ’85

When I graduated from Lewis and Clark, all I wanted to do was go back to Munich, where I had spent the best year of my life (so far) on the LC Munich Program. After a year of working in Portland, I won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to return to Munich and teach English. There I discovered a love of teaching (which I had previously scorned, especially when anyone had asked, “What are you going to do with a double major in English and German? Teach?”). My new-found interest in teaching led me to apply for graduate school in German so that I could become a German professor. I attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning an M.A. and a PhD in German Languages and Literatures and spending two years in Berlin in the process. Since 1996 I have taught German at Carthage College in Wisconsin. Since 1999, I have also been the director of Carthage’s Honors Program.

During my LC days in Munich, I discovered the author Jurek Becker. My interest in Becker has continued, and my scholarly pursuits mostly relate to Becker and literature about the Holocaust and East Germany. I also teach courses and have given scholarly presentations on foreign language teaching methodology. One of my additional interests is architecture and how German architects, like those who worked at the Bauhaus, have changed our perceptions of the world around us. I regularly take Carthage students on architectural walking tours of Chicago and I’ve taught courses on architecture.

Garth WeddingGarth Virgin, ’87

I am still living in Munich where I completed my study of medicine. I worked for a few years in a private practice specialized in treating HIV/AIDS patients and then went into the “industry,” i.e. joined a biotech company. The last of 7 years with “Serono” I was responsible for Research & Development in Germany. A year ago I switched to a smaller biotech company developing vaccines against smallpox, measles and HIV — which brings me back to where my true interests are.

The most important information about my private life is that I got married July 8th - marking our 10 year anniversary. Since 5 years the German government allows the “registration of same-sex couples” (“Eingetragene Partnerschaften”), so we decided to take the plunge and make the commitment! It was a great party.

Becky HolzRebecca Holz, ’00

I participated on the Year of Study in Munich program my junior year in 1998-99. Upon graduating from LC, I was lucky to be offered a summer job on campus designing the program’s Website. With no prior knowledge of html or graphic design, I was given free reign to learn and create. Ironically, while I spent that summer fretting about what direction to take with my degree in German Studies, LC provided me with the technical skills that have carried me through my professional life.

At the end of August 2000, the Website was running and I decided that before I could sell myself to potential employers as a speaker of German, I was going to have to perfect my language ability. A few weeks later I arrived in Munich and moved in with a family as an au pair. It was miserable and I was relieved when the stint as a live-in servant was over after six months, but the experience was invaluable. Besides having to maneuver through a full spectrum of social situations, I was fully immersed in the culture, and by the end I finally felt that my German was fluent.

I lived in Munich for five years after college. My first real job was at a publishing house working on commercial Webpages. From there I was hired at the Technical University of Munich to update and translate sections of their Website. In the final two years I worked for a small publishing house creating exhibitor guides for international trade shows, and I loved it! Meanwhile, I lived in various districts of Munich, travelled to Italy every time I had the chance, and became very accustomed to Bayerisch, though I was never able to speak it.

I now live and work in Washington, D.C. I do both Web and print publishing for a financials association two blocks from the White House. Although I rarely use German at work, I still feel surrounded by German speakers and German enthusiasts. And I’m still the Webmistress for the Munich Program Website.

Niels MarquadtNiels Marquardt, ’75

I graduated as a German Major in 1975, having spent the 73-74 year at the LC Program in Munich. During that year, I discovered not only Germany but (during vacation travels) France and, for the first time, the developing world (Morocco). I acquired a taste for the French language, which I pursued after graduation by enrolling at Thunderbird, in Arizona, also to learn about international business. My studies concerned Africa, so I dropped out to join the Peace Corps, in Zaire and Rwanda in Central Africa. There I learned French, and also some African languages (though not fluently), and began a lifelong association with Africa. After the Peace Corps, I returned to finish at Thunderbird, where I met my future wife, Judi.

I then entered the foreign service, in 1980, and married Judi in 1981 on the way to my first assignment in Bangkok. I also learned to speak Thai before going there. Yes, LC sent a program to Thailand during our assignment there and I had the pleasure of going by train to the Surin Elephant Round-up in 1982 with my former professor Dinah Dodds, who was leading the LC program. Together we discovered how uncomfortable it is to ride on elephants.

After Bangkok, we went to Brazzaville, Congo, then back to Washington where our first two daughters were born in 1985 and 1987. Then back to Bangkok again, 1987-90, before an assignment in Paris from 1990-1994, during which we had two more daughters. After a year at the National War College, we went in 1995 to Bonn, Germany where I headed the Economic Section. Yes, it took me 15 years in the foreign service to get an assignment using my German. (I did economic work in all these assignments, promoting trade and investment and working with US business.)

Then back to Washington for six years doing “personnel work”, including the final three running a huge recruitment drive called the “Diplomatic Readiness Initiative” which was one of the hallmark accomplishments of Colin Powell’s tenure as Secretary of State. That experience launched me into an Ambassadorship, two actually, as I am serving concurrently as Chief of Mission in Cameroon and nearby, Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea. We love life back in Africa, where one daughter graduated from high school and two others are still enrolled. We will leave Yaounde in 2007 and hope to remain in Africa.

Colleen BerrettaColleen Berretta, ’03

Colleen was a 2001-2002 participant in the Munich Program and graduated in 2003. After graduation she spent two years teaching English at a high school in Osaka, Japan, through the JET program. She is doing graduate work at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in German and International Policy Studies.

Meghan HyltonMegan Hylton, ’98

An overseas program can change a person’s life. I just never thought it would change mine! I knew I wanted to participate in one of Lewis & Clark’s progams when I applied, but I never imagined I would end up living abroad. It took over 20 people to convince me to go on the Year of Study in Munich program. Now, no one can convince me to come back!

I atttended the Year of Study in Munich in 1996-97. I could go on and on about all the great things I learned and experienced in Germany. Fact is, it was so influential, that I decided to move back to Munich after graduating in 1998. I worked as Administrative Coordinator for the Year of Study in Munich Program here in Munich for the last eight years. I continued to further my education parallel to working for LC and recently graduated with a Master’s (Magister Artium) in Education and Psychology.

I’m happy to have been able to work within my field of study for the past eight years and I look forward to a new career here in Munich.

Anne LongAnne Long, ’05

I graduated with a double major in German Studies and International Affairs in 2005 and spent the year after graduation teaching English in Vienna on a Fulbright teaching assistantship. I had a marvelous time, especially on all of my travels. I spent a lot of time in the Alps and was actually able to make it all the way to Kenya for three weeks! I enjoyed Vienna a great deal, as you can see in this photo. It was truly a wonderful experience.

I had been accepted to teach in the Teach for America program, but when I received the teaching Fulbright Teach for America deferred my acceptance for one year. When I came back to the United States I spent the summer training in Houston, which was intense, but it definitely helped prepare me for teaching. I am currently living in Gallup, New Mexico teaching first grade and I absolutely love it.

Because I do not have my teaching license yet, I am required to take classes at the University and will have my license within two years. If I choose to stay three years, I will end up with a master’s in elementary education. That is currently my plan. As well, I always look forward to return travels to Germany.

Beau BarnesBeau Barnes, ’06

I graduated from LC in 2006 with a double major in International Affairs and Foreign Languages, after having spent 2004-05 in Munich. Having studied Spanish, German, and Politics, I knew I wanted to do something in the international political world, so at the end of my senior year I applied for a program in Berlin called the “Internationales-Parlaments-Praktikum”. A few months later, and after a rather stressful interview with several German officials, I was accepted into the program.

I then went to Berlin, where I started my work as a Praktikant in the office of a member of Parliament from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). I hope to use my studies in International Affairs and German at LC and focus on foreign policy issues such as the German relationship with NATO, the EU, and their historic, important and often complicated relationship with the U.S.

Amber TagteAmber Tatge, ’04

My time studying in Munich led me inadvertently to my ideal career. After a year in Germany, I knew I wanted more experiences living abroad. I applied for a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Austria and away I went to spend a year teaching English to high school, junior high, and even preschool students. This experience opened my eyes to my love of teaching and soon after I returned to the U.S. I began exploring careers in education. I am now attending San Jose State University to receive a Teaching Credential in Elementary Education.

The year in Munich still affects my life in many ways. I still work as a part-time translator for an online Munich-based real estate company, which helps me make a few Euros here and there to put me through school. Recently I was recruited to be assistant organizer for a local German meet-up group in San Jose. And I even ended up dating another program Alum, Olin Laster, after meeting him on the program.

Overall, I got more than I ever could have asked for out of my year in Munich.

Anna BellersenAnna Bellersen, ’03

I began studying German at LC after participating in an exchange program in Germany in high school. I was attracted by the college’s small classes and its dedication to study abroad, which was evident in both the number of opportunities provided and the willingness of professors to assist students in creating schedules that allowed them to study overseas. Through contacts I made while studying on the LC program in Munich, I began working at Waldsee, the German village at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. After finishing my BA in German Studies, I received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Bregenz, Austria where I taught English for two years. I also taught adult education classes and tutored local students. During that time, I developed an appreciation for the differences in dialects and cultures of the various German-speaking regions. I moved back to Seattle in 2006 and now work for Saga School, a German immersion preschool and kindergarten. In addition to using the German skills I honed at LC, I rely on the cultural sensitivity and international experience I gained while studying in Munich and working in Bregenz to guide my students at the Saga School and the villagers at Waldsee. My long term plan is to finish an MAT and begin teaching high school German, with the intent to facilitate exchange programs for high school students.

Maggie MeierMaggie Heiman Meier, ’87

It has been almost twenty years, since I graduated from Lewis & Clark, and I still have very fond memories of my time there, especially my year in the Munich program. After graduation, I spent six years living, working, and studying in Germany. I returned to the United States with a little extra luggage - a German husband. We settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I worked at Sun Microsystems, designing and managing Websites, among other things. Andreas was at Stanford University, where he did his residency in general surgery. Max (actually Maximilian) was born in October 1994, and Sophia arrived in May of 2000 just before we moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Andreas was working as a fellow in pediatric surgery, while I took care of the little ones. After Andreas completed his fellowship in 2002, we moved to Hershey, PA. We still live in Chocolatetown, but the kids are not so little anymore! Max is in 5th grade and Sophia is in 1st. Now, I am looking forward to starting a new career. I am beginning as a guest teacher, and hope to teach German in the near future. This is a picture of the kids and me Christmas 2005 at my mother-in-law’s house in Altötting, Germany.

Anne Drabkin '01Anne Drabkin ’01

After spending an amazing year in Munich and graduating from LC, I returned to Germany and moved to Kiel, a small city near Denmark. I started medical school there, which was no linguistic challenge after spending a year at LMU. The 6-year medical program offered solid theoretical and practical training and encouraged medical awareness on an international level. Because of this, I was able to complete clinical rotations in Tanzania, India, England and the US- amazing opportunities for the reisegeil LC graduate. I’m now applying to residency programs back in the states. My year in Munich was a blast and it provided me with the linguistic confidence and cultural know-how to hit the ground running when I returned for medical school.

Christopher Schulze ’99

Christopher Schulze My curiosity about Germany started in high school when I first began studying the language. In 1994 I spent 7 weeks with AFS in the former GDR. After this experience, I knew that part of my college experience would include a study abroad. At Lewis & Clark I was part of the awesome group that went to Munich in ’97-’98. I still remember that year as one of the best I’ve ever enjoyed! After graduating LC, I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year teaching in Lüneburg, Germany. That year, too, was amazing. I spoke almost no English, and the friends I met that year I still count as some of my closest. Upon returning to the States, I moved to beautiful Eastern Oregon where I am now teaching sixth grade. While German is not one of the core classes I teach, I do get to share stories and teach German once a week. The wanderlust that Germany awakened in me is still alive and well. I’ve been back to Germany several times since my Fulbright year. In 2006 I traveled by train from Beirut to Bremen with a friend I met in Germany. It was an amazing trip that had its roots in my first adventure twelve years earlier in Eastern Germany.

Chris Jensen '01Chris Jensen ’01

After graduation in 2001, I served on a Fulbright Fellowship Fellowship as a teaching assistant in a Gymnasium in Dortmund, Germany. During that year, I met hundreds of students and exchange teachers, coached and played for a German baseball team, traveled extensively, and participated in a government-sponsored, week-long event celebrating the Fulbright program’s 50 year anniversary.

Following my year in Germany, I returned to Minnesota where I worked as a professional, residential painter for three years. I worked eight months a year and traveled four months a year to places in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central America.

In 2005, I entered law school at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, MN. During school I have worked for several state agencies and the United States Attorney’s Office. I have also been fortunate enough to help victims served by Hurricane Katrina Legal Relief and to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon graduation, I am hoping to work as a judicial law clerk in the Twin Cities.

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