Congratulations to our seven senior majors, all of whom were inducted into the German Honors Society, Delta Phi Alpha. We could not be more proud of these terrific students.
Nick Evans graduated magna cum laude with a double major in German Studies and Psychology and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. His thesis, entitled Vom Atom zum Windrad: Martin Heidegger, Hans Jonas und die deutsche Energiewende, earned him honors in German. For his thesis research in Psychology he received the Sigma Xi award. For his accomplishments in German he received the 2014 Bremer Award.
Nick has received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to fund research on sustainable behavior and behavioral change. This fall, he will be headed to Berlin to work as a research assistant at Ecologic, a think tank that specializes in environmental policy both in the EU and in Germany.
Drew Gustavson graduated with a major in German Studies. His thesis was entitled Ansätze zum Widerstand in Theaterstücken: Ein Vergleich zwischen Bertolt Brecht und Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A varsity swimmer who was active in the religious community throughout his time here, Drew will serve as the campus director for Campus Outreach at Davidson College next year.
Sarah Hamilton graduated magna cum laude with a double major in German Studies and Psychology and a concentration in International Studies. Like Nick, Sarah was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She wrote her thesis on Holocaust-Unterricht und Vergangenheitsbewältigung in den Nachkriegsgenerationen. A gifted German pedagogue, who served as an assistant teacher throughout her time at Davidson, Sarah will change gears next year and work as an executive team leader at Target.
Tatum Pottenger graduated cum laude with a double major in German Studies and Religion. The title of her thesis was Der Wiederaufbau einer Identität: Heilung und Friede in der Wiedererrichtung der Dresdner Frauenkirche. Building on her successful teaching career as a German AT, Tatum will join Teach for America and work in Eastern North Carolina.
Chris Trennepohl graduated cum laude with a double major in German Studies and Physics. His thesis on Die Ethik der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Bertolt Brecht's Leben des Galilei earned him honors in German. Next year, Chris will be working as a lab technician and getting his EMT license while studying for the MCAT. He also plans to train for a marathon and join a local brass ensemble.
Graham Whittington graduated cum laude with a double major in German Studies and History. An honors scholar in History, Graham received an Abernethy grant to conduct research in Berlin on black markets in the city from 1945 to 1949. His German thesis focuses on the same time period and is entitled, Trümmerkinder spielen und sterben: Darstellungen der Jugend in Deutschland im Jahre Null und Irgendwo in Berlin.
For the next two years, Graham will be working as a paralegal for Womble Carlyle in their Uptown Charlotte office before thinking in earnest about law school. Graham made the cut for Charlotte's mixed club team, so he will be continuing his club sport-level athletic career in the city.
Katie Wilkes graduated with a double major in German Studies and English. She will spend the next year as a Fellow in the Instructional Technology Group at Davidson College.