German Studies  


Herzlich willkommen beim Aquinas Deutschklub



2013-2014 Officers:
Amanda Ratajczak
Vice President Mary VerDuin
Secretary Kascha Sanor
Treasurer Samuel Clemmensen
Student Senate Representative Rebecca Mantei
Our Events

Fall Semester 2014

Spring Semester 2015


  • Presentations from Study Abroad Alumni (Tübingen, Lüneburg,
    and Mayen)


  • Celebration of the German Oktoberfest    
  • Celebration of German-American Heritage Month
  • Celebration of German Reunification Day
  • Initiation Ceremony for new Delta Phi Alpha Members
    (German National Honor Society) 


  • Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall


  • Celebration of St. Nikolaus Day
  • Visit to the Chicago Christkindlmarket
  • Exam Cram


  • Presentations from Study Abroad Alumni (Tübingen, Lüneburg,
    and Mayen)

January through March

  • Community Engagement Opportunities:
    - Volunteer at the Chiaroscuro International Film Festival (UICA in Grand Rapids)


  • Karneval


  • Oster- und Frühlingsfest (Spring Fest)
  • Exam Cram

Enjoying the festivities at the annual Oktoberfest in Grand Rapids are German majors Stephanie Bott, Casey Nagelkirk, and Emily McAfee – all dressed in original Dirndls they acquired while studying for a semester at the University Tübingen in Germany.

Since 1982, the Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids has organized an annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Calder, with a beer tent, German music, dancing, authentic German food, wine and games for young and old.
German Majors at Oktoberfest
Prost! German Majors at Oktoberfest

O’zapft is! (Bavarian expression for “it’s tapped”) and Prost! (German for “cheers”).

Learn essential German words and expressions for Oktoberfest – from Bayern to Wiesn – and find out about the history, traditions and customs of the world’s largest fair.

Every year, the city of Munich hosts Oktoberfest, which boasts a long tradition. It first took place in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Bavaria. To celebrate the royal wedding, a horse race was held in an open space which is now called the Theresienwiese, named after the bride Princess Therese.