For its fifth anniversary, more than 80 of our students participated in the 2018 AIB Charity Weekend!
After the students got involved in five volunteering projects during the Big Event Charity Day on Saturday, the Bonn Marathon on Sunday complemented this eventful weekend for our students from Texas A&M University, Loyola Marymount University and Penn State University.
Big Event / Charity Day – April 14
In the spirit of its Texan original more than 400 students from universities in Texas, California and Pennsylvania have engaged in numerous charity projects since 2014, doing good for the people of Bonn, their home abroad. Cleaning, gardening, helping the elderly or even contributing to local refugee support initiatives – our students have given back to the local community on various occasions. This year, the students swarmed out to volunteer at the Zentrallager Sachspenden, the Grüne Spielstadt, the Haus am Redoutenpark, the voluntary fire brigade Bonn-Mitte and the Nature Island Pennenfeld!
Bonn Marathon / Charity Run – April 15
Perfect conditions invited more than 10.000 people from all over the world to participate in the Bonn Marathon run on sunday. Seven AIB relay teams and eight half-marathon runners contributed to a fantastic atmosphere fueled by thousands of spectators who came out for support and cheered for the runners. Aside from all the fun and in the light of the marathon as a part of the AIB Charity Weekend the students were also able to collect a considerable amount of donations for the Marol Academy in South Sudan.
Follow this link for a General Anzeiger Bonn-article covering our students in action during the Charity Weekend: http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/bonn/bad-godesberg/Junge-Amerikaner-zeigen-Einsatz-in-Bad-Godesberg-article3830524.html
Translated version here!
Prof. Glenn Gebhard, long-time friend and partner of AIB as well as Professor for Film Production at the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, will give a lecture about the genesis of documentary film at the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies of the University of Bonn.
Join Prof. Gebhard on Tuesday, April 17 at the University of Bonn for a journey through the history of documentary film and its related challenges!
Further information: https://www.nas.uni-bonn.de/Events/gebhard-17-april-2018.pdf
On Tuesday and Wednesday five of our bravest LMU Science Students, along with their Professor Lambert Doezema, took care of trees at the Annaberger farm in the deceivingly sunny 23°F (-5°C) cold. The annual project is a cooperation with the Bio-Station Rhein/Erft, who planted the 110 fruit trees in the area eleven years ago. The apple, pear, and plum trees have since then added to the pre-existing fauna of the farm, to transform it into an aesthetically pleasing and ecologically valuable alley. Because the bordering fields are grazed by horses, and their fencing is nearing the trees, it was necessary to protect the trunks from feeding animals. For the fifth time now the Sparkasse Köln/Bonn have financially supported the Bio-Station with a realization of one of their sustainable-countryside-projects – this time by paying for the new fences. During the two days, the students raked together decaying plant-matter from around the trees, before then digging up the old wooden-posts. In their place came step by step the new chestnut picket-fence. In conclusion, the combination of physical work, sunshine, and actively supporting the environment made the cold feel less biting.
The students’ hard work even made it into the newspaper (translation below):
Caring for fruit-trees with American help
Five American students help the employees of the Bio-station on the fields of the Annaberger farm. (Article by Leif Kubik; Translated by Bryce Carr)
Friesdorf: “This is the coldest day that I have ever experienced in my entire life”, exclaimed Victoria Onyike through the jittering cold and with a courageous smile on her lips. The thermometer read minus five degrees Celsius on the Annaberger fields, despite the gleaming sunshine on Wednesday morning; something which sounds halfway normal to a central-European, made for an annoying challenge for the Bio-Chem students of southern California. Onyike and four of her fellow students are taking a semester long course called “Scientific Tools for Sustainability” at the Academy for International Education (AIB).
The Biology station Bonn/Rhein-Erft planted 110 fruit trees around the Annaberger farm eleven years ago. The apple, pear, and plum trees have since then added to the pre-existing fauna of the farm, to transform it into an aesthetically pleasing and ecologically valuable alley. “With the help of the American exchange students, we have placed a form of shield around 30 trees to protect them from grazing, and to protect the tree population for the long-term”, explained the head of the station Christian Chmela. Because the bordering fields will be grazed by horses, and their fencing is nearing the trees, it was necessary for the workers to protect the trunks from feeding animals. Whether it be the work itself or the financing of the project, Chmela and his team can always rely on their well-functioning network. In the near future, the fencing will be replaced with a more aesthetically appealing wooden picket-fence, which will be payed for by a donation from the Sparkasse KölnBonn. This is now the fifth time that the bank has supported the Bio-Station with a realization of one of their sustainable-countryside-projects. “This year we are donating a total of 2710€ for the new fencing plan”, explains the marketing director of the bank Beatrix Richartz.
With the many different types of work at the Bio-Station, the team will always able to fall back on the man-power of the AIB: “The five students and Professor Lambert Doezema from the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles are here in Bonn for half of the year”, explained the program director of the academy, Nick Manderscheid.
A few minutes after starting to work, neither Onyike nor her four fellow students were cold: the students then raked together decaying plant-matter from around the trees, before then digging up the old wooden-posts. In their place came step by step the new chestnut picket-fence.
From last Thursday, Weiberfastnacht, until Tuesday, Veilchendienstag, Bonn and the Rhineland went wild. Karneval, or the “Fifth Season” replaced everyday life, showing stereotypically grumpy Germans singing and dancing on the street in silly costumes. Traditionally, parades with lavishly and colorfully decorated wagons as well as brass bands and dancers take place in every quarter of the cities and towns. Participants throw candy when people yell “Kamelle!” celebrating the time before Lent.
Our students from California, Penn State, and Texas kicked off the season on Weiberfastnacht at AIB and watched the parade in Bonn-Beuel, filling their Kamelle-bags to the top while enjoying the cold but very sunny weather.
On Sunday some of AIB’s students even joined one of the most popular parades of the region, supporting and celebrating with patients of the Therapy Center Bonn-Beuel.
Celebrations peaked on Rosemonday, some of our students went to Cologne for the big parade while others stayed in Bonn to witness the local parade through the city center and the beautiful Altstadt. They even attracted Bonn's biggest newspaper, the General Anzeiger, who covered our student's day in the middle of Karneval with a special article:
With today being Ash Wednesday, Karneval is over, and a very different time of year starts.
However: Nach dem Karneval ist vor dem Karneval! (=After Karneval season is before the next Karneval season!)
So please reminisce and enjoy a few impressions of AIB's Karneval 2018 below:
Last week our Texas A&M Visualization program went on a bonding trip to the beautiful cities of Bad Kreuznach, Bad Münster, and Mainz.
The excursion started with a tour at the Museum for Puppetry Art in Bad Kreuznach. We learned about the history of puppetry and how it has been used throughout the centuries to entertain and educate audiences.
In the evening we joined the rest of our class for a lecture by Professor Dahlhausen. The lecture prompted a discussion about how perceptions vary between different people, and how we all have different creative processes. Professor Dahlhausen gave us the challenge of taking small mirrors outside and incorporating them into our own creative photographs.
After the lecture and activity, we ended the day by going to Kurpfälzer Amtshof - a restaurant inside of an 800 year old building. We spent the rest of the night in Ebernburg Castle overlooking the town of Bad Münster.
On our second day, we traveled to Mainz to take a tour of the Gutenburg Museum. We were able to see how the Gutenburg press was used for printing, and the various processes that went into creating Gutenburg bibles. After our tour, the group participated in a small workshop to learn how to create our own prints and use an old press.
Suzanne Ctvrtlik - Texas A&M VIZ 2018