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The paintings, by US-American artist Robert Schiffhauer, are part of his "Torchbearers" series that honors, he says, “those who light our way towards just societies that build up institutions for racial equality, freedom of speech, human rights, healthy environments and wise use of resources of land and sea.” The exhibit includes portraits of luminaries from US history such as Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Europeans who publicly opposed anti-Semitism and genocide in the 20th century, many of whom lost their lives because of their writings and actions.
Opening night with the artist: Friday July 10th, 2015 at 5pm (R.S.V.P)
On display from July 11th until August 6th, 2015 Wednesday-Friday: 4pm-7pm Saturday: 1pm-5pm Sunday: 11am-3pm and by appointment.
Kreuzung an St.Helena Bornheimstr. 130
Great Atmosphere, great game!
Last night students and staff enjoyed the friendly match at Cologne stadium and cheered for both teams. Congratulations, U.S. Boys, you played the better soccer tonight!
As part of AIB's traditional „Charity Weekend“, thirty AIB students, instructors and staff participated in the traditional „AIB Charity Run“ (Bonn Marathon), on April 19, 2015, in order to collect donations for a good cause: the Marol Academy in South Sudan – and to finish the ominous 26 miles through Bonn's inner city.
Under sunny skies and cheered on by thousands of supporters on the sides of the streets, seven relay teams and one full marathon-runner finished their runs in great times and enjoyed their success at AIB's after-run party over some carb-heavy foods and other refreshments.
It was a great event for the students, AIB and Marol Academy, and a tradition that will certainly be held up in 2016!
Over 70 students from three different universities participated in the second International Big Event in Bonn, including 37 Aggies. Engaging in the Big Event with not only other Aggies, but also students from Loyola Marymount University in California, students from Penn State University in Pennsylvania, and German student workers was an incredibly special experience for the Aggies who were involved. The chance to give back to a new community in the Aggie style has uniquely enriched these students’ semester abroad.
On Saturday, April 18th, ten groups of students headed from out into their new community alongside German AIB student workers and American university faculty to thank the Bonners for their hospitality. The ten projects ranged from trash clean up and painting to yard work and gardening.
One project had a personal note for professor Arthur Gross-Schaefer from Loyola Marymount University. A tree was planted in a Jewish cemetery in the nearby city of Königswinter. The project involved not only the manual labor of basic landscaping care for the cemetery, but also a coming together of the students to hear Jewish prayers and hold a time of reflection. Rabbi Gross-Schaefer had the chance to share some Jewish traditions with his students, including giving them the opportunity to participate in the practice of leaving small stones on grave sites as a gesture of remembrance for the deceased. It was a powerful moment for the students and a unique educational opportunity for the faculty. The LMU students who participated on that project were excited to have started a tradition of their own: taking an oath to visit their tree anytime they return to the Rhineland.
Another culturally significant project involved cleaning up the grounds of the Bonner Godesburg, an ancient fortress in Bonn. Students there tidied the grounds around the tower with gloves and trash bags. One Aggie on that project expressed “finding a sense of accomplishment in a full bag” and an appreciation for working on such a project with students from the other universities. In a sentiment that sums up this semester abroad, the students also very much enjoyed the majesty of the ancient tower and the magnificent view from the top.
All of the students who served on a project team were more than happy to have given back to the community they have been living in for the past three months. But, it was especially impactful for the A&M students. Moments like the Big Event are what make Aggies proud to be Aggies, and sharing this tradition with a new community in a new country has made these Aggies very proud indeed.