Department of Languages

Fall 2020 Reflections: German Professional Society Hosts Online Discussion Panel

With Spring Semester 2021 now underway, it is exciting to reflect on some of the ways the Department of Languages students, faculty and alumni have been navigating these unusual times. Fall Semester 2020 brought with it many unique experiences and ways to stay engaged and make connections. In our “Fall 2020 Reflections” posts, we are excited to take a look at specific events, opportunities and accomplishments that we saw last semester and which set the stage for even more exciting opportunities this Spring and beyond.


The virtual business panel was hosted via Zoom. Photo courtesy of Johannes Schmidt

The German Professional Society organized an alumni business panel on Thursday, October 22nd. This online panel discussion was held in lieu of the regular annual German Professional Conference.

Moderated by GPS President James Bradham (Mechanical Engineering), the panel welcomed alumni Alexia (Andrews) Herberg (German and Political Science), Adidas Herzogenaurach; Anne (Murken ) Meyer (German and International Business), Hochschule Bremen; Brian Wright (German and Mechanical Engineering),  BMW, Greer, SC; Austin Jordan (German and International Business ) Bosch-Rexroth,  Simpsonville, SC; Matthew Allen (German and Physics), German-American Chamber of Commerce, New York

The event provided current students of German and others an opportunity to learn from our alumni about transitioning into the workplace, opportunities available with language skills and a chance to network with our former students now living and working in the US and abroad.