October 26, 2017

Fun, games, food, dancing and prizes: Strolling Oktoberfest to help celebrate German Week Oct. 26 at Eastern Michigan University

German Consul General to speak on transatlantic relations Oct. 27 in Student Center

YPSILANTI – The German Section of the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University is holding a "Strolling Oktoberfest" from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the McKenny Hall Ballroom.

The Oktoberfest, part of the annual German Week celebration at EMU, will bring together area high school students and teachers of German, guests, donors, EMU students of German, and the EMU community to celebrate the German heritage.

There will be a grand prize awarded to a student of a round-trip flight to Germany, sponsored by German Machine Tool of America of Saline.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of interactive and informational booths that will quiz you on German-related topics, including the language, cities, study abroad, elections, fairy tales, doing business in Germany and local volunteer activities.

Around 4:45 p.m., a variety of special German foods will be served. The event will also include German polka music and dancing.

The week’s educational activities continue on Friday, Oct. 27, when the Honorable German Consul General, Dr. Herbert Quelle, will speak on “Transatlantic Relations after the German Elections” from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the EMU Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

German Week is a part of the vibrant academic and social community of international students at Eastern Michigan University, spotlighted by this year’s #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, a comprehensive effort to communicate the University’s support of international students, faculty and staff. The effort ties in with the national movement among colleges and universities in the United States to ensure international students and scholars know they are welcome and will find a friendly and supportive environment.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

Contact Geoff Larcom, glarcom@emich.edu, 734.487.4401

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