German Club


Are you interested in joining an organization that fosters learning and growth while meeting new people and socializing at the same time?  Then you are encouraged to participate in Shippensburg University’s German Club.  The German Club is a student run organization with the primary goal of supporting interest in the German language, history, and culture.  No prior knowledge of the language is required to join, but if you do speak German, you will find many club members on different levels to practice and converse with in an informal setting.  The club consists of monthly meetings, movie nights, and other German cultural events that are organized by club members.  During past semesters, the German Club has participated in cultural fairs, taken trips to Washington DC for cultural events, and hosted celebrations for Easter, Christmas, and Oktoberfest.  

Anyone with an interest in German is encouraged to join our organization, as we host a multitude of fun events celebrating German history, culture, language, and even literature, and we are always open to new ideas from students.  The club is a great way to reinforce learning of the language in the classroom and to interact with other students.  On behalf of the Shippensburg University German Club officers, we wish you all the best this semester and hope to see you at our club events.

German Club 2016 Summary

Over the last year the German Club has had a few events that allowed Shippensburg University students to experience German culture. The first event in 2016 was to celebrate the ending of Fasching, the months leading up to Fat Tuesday. The event allowed students to enjoy traditional German donuts and play Apfels zu Apfels (Apples to Apples) to enhance their foreign language skill. Towards the end of the spring semester, students had to chance to travel to the authentic Bavarian restaurant in Chambersburg called Schmankerl Stube. During the fall semester, the new officers had an event to watch the first part of the film, Generation War. It allowed students to gather background information on the events that occurred during World War II and eventually be able to attend Dr. Wildermuth’s lecture on the film and the culture during that era. The current officers have been coming up with a lot of ideas for the 2017-year and are excited to welcome new members to attend events. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact the German Club president McKenzie Horn at 

Spring 2017 Events with tentative dates and times

Date & Time: February 28th at 6:30PM
Location: TBD
Activities: make authentic German donuts and hopefully play a German board game that enhances language skills

Lunch Day with a Hike
Date & Time: March 25th at 10:00AM
Location: Either Schmankerl Stube (Hagerstown) or Döner Bistro(Frederick)
Activities: enjoy a nice lunch and then go on a hike around the restaurant of choice, lunch will take place rain or shine
*transportation will be provided*

(Potential Raindate) Hike
Date & Time: April 8th at 12:00PM

Movie Night
Date & Time: April 20th at 7:00PM
Location: Rowland Hall, Room TBD
Film: Either “Der Geilste Tag” or “Look Who’s Back”


Fall 2016

For information about the club, please go to:

Keep a look out this coming fall for the following dates and reminders:
-German Club events/meetings
-Extra credit opportunities for class (ex: Konversationstunde)
-German minor events (ex: Stammtisch)"

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Summer 2016


German Club members Curtis Rabe, Andrew Monninger, Andrew Stader, and Paula Bauder traveled to Germany and Austria with the Shippensburg University Madrigal Singers last month. During their time, they visted many popular sites such as Heidelberg, Rotenburg ob der Tauber, Salzburg, and Neuschwanstein. When they weren’t exploring the towns, castles, and enjoying the local food, they attended the Madrigal Singers’ concerts along with crowds from each of the cities where concerts were held. Paula and Curtis, both members of the Madrigal Singers, had the opportunity to share their music with the German citizens and experience singing in historic, beautiful churches (like the church from The Sound of Music!). When asked what their favorite part of the trip was, the travelers mentioned experiencing the difference in landscape from northern and southern Germany, being able to be immersed with the German society, and having the opportunity to practice German nonstop!


Marisa in Germany!!

Marisa Rhoads (Treasurer of the Club) has spent this past spring and summer semester in Berlin! She has seen and experienced so many things! She has travelled all around Europe during her time abroad! Read below to hear about her once in a life time experience in Berlin! Here is what she had to say:

"For the last 6 months, I've been living in one of the most amazing cities in Europe! Berlin isn't necessarily beautiful like other cities such as Barcelona, Paris, or Budapest, but this city has so much to offer. Germans always say, "Germany isnt Berlin, and Berlin isn't Germany". You won't find a traditional German culture here in Berlin, as the city is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. I've come to love Berlin as a second home and I would totally recommend anyone to visit this city! Whatever your hobbies or interests are, there is a niche for you in Berlin.  

During the week, I would attend classes at Freie Universität. After school, I would go into the city and visit museums or go to the German cinema. On Thursdays, I would go to the international food market where vendors from around the world come together to offer their best dishes. On the weekends, my friends and I would go clubbing at infamous clubs such as Watergate or Tresor. If trance or techno isn't appealing to you, there are karaoke bars, jazz clubs, rap clubs - anything you could ever want, can be found in Berlin. Clubs in Berlin open on Fridays and don't close their doors until Monday mornings. On the weekends the public transportation runs all night, which is very different from other European cities (most stop by early morning). On Sundays, everywhere else in Germany, the shops are closed, but in Berlin I would visit Mauerpark. A market with live music and the most amazing food vendors from all over the city. Berliners come here to rent stands and sell their products and "yard sale" their belongings.

Over my past 6 months, I've had to opportunity live in various neighborhoods in Berlin. Berlin is a huge city - 4 times the size of Paris with 12 districts. The most popular among young Berliners is Kreuzberg. Kreuzberg, like most of Berlin, is covered with graffiti. As an American, graffiti is usually perceived as a negative, but in Berlin it is praised as art. The atmosphere in Berlin is unlike any other city I've visited. If I could describe Berlin in a few words I would say its underground, punk, progressive, and dark.
I absolutely loved living in Berlin. I lived there for 6 months and could discover a new place everyday. I'm going to miss the city so much, but I plan to move back to Berlin after graduation.



Marisa in Germany


2010 Fall Semester   

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  The German Club enjoyed an outing to Washington D.C. on the 12th of November and had lunch in the sunshine at the Cafe Berlin .  

Apple Festival

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The German Club held its fundraiser at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville in  September.

 International Soccer Tournament  

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Professor Paul Unruh organized an International Soccer Tournament among the language clubs. Here is the action...and the German Club won!!!!!!!


2010 Spring Semester   

Thursday, January 28- German Club Meeting  

Wednesday, February 3- Stammtisch in Shippensburg
Thursday, February 11 - German Club Meeting
Thursday, February 18 - Filmabend

Wednesday, March 3 - Stammtisch
Thursday, March 18 - German Club Meeting & Officer Elections
Thursday, March 25 - Filmabend

Thursday, April 1 - Easter
Wednesday, April 7 - Stammtisch
Thursday, April 15 - German Club Meeting
Thursday, April 22 - Filmabend
Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25- Modern Language Conference
*Additional details about Easter and the Modern Language
Conference will be provided at a later date.

German Club Meetings
- begin at 4:00pm in 117 Rowland Hall
Stammtisch - begins at 7:00pm at Marketcross Pub in Shippensburg
Filmabend - begins at 6:00pm at 701 Bard Townhouses

*Additional Club Events will be announced at a later date!


2009 Events

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The German Club enjoyed a bowling outing in the 2009 Spring

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Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall in D.C. 

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A fun evening and a fine dinner at the Schmankerlstube in Hagerstown in November.

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Here is the 2009 Christmas Party!  Note how Dr. Grewling contributed to the cookie baking.

German Easter Fest / Egg Hunt and Film Night

Here are some photos for the grand finale of the 2009 Spring semester for the German Club.

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Movie Night

At the end of March, the German Club had a movie evening where all had a good time!

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The German Club enjoyed bowling early in March and invited members of other clubs to join the fun!

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D.C. Trip

In February 2009, the German Club went to Washington D.C. to see the Holocaust Museum and had lunch at the Old Europe Restaurant.  

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Past Activities

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 On Saturday, Nov.22, we went to a German restaurant in Hagerstown, the “Schmankerlstube”.

The restaurant is run by a “real” Bavarian and features authentic German cuisine (and beer, for those of you old enough for that). More information can be found at

Multilingual Soccer Tournament: 

Thursday, Oct.16. It ended with a tie between the German-Spanish and the French-Spanish teams (8:8).

Trip to Washington DC for a concert of Max Raabe und das Palastorchester at the Lisner Auditorium on Oct.14.

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The action is palpable in these shots taken by Dr. Grewling, adviser of the German Club!

Sat., Oct.18: Oktoberfest hosted by the German Club.