German Success Stories

  • Matt Mayforth (’12) spent two years in Braunau am Inn, Austria, as an English Teaching Assistant scholarship through the 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is the largest American international exchange program and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition offers opportunities for students and young professionals to teach in elementary and secondary schools worldwide, and to undertake international graduate study and advanced research. As a student, Mayforth studied abroad at Muskingum’s partner universities in both Passau, Germany, and Toledo, Spain. On campus, Mayforth was involved in the German Club and Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. In addition, he was a resident of the university’s German House, where he was able to actively engage with both German- and Spanish-speaking students who had travelled to Muskingum from abroad. He now teaches German at West Lake high school in Westlake, OH.
  • Karen DeBaldo (’13) received the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship while at Muskingum, the highest honor granted by Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. DeBaldo, a German and education major, was the second student at Muskingum to earn the Church scholarship, which is granted to only one student in the United States. During her career at Muskingum, DeBaldo amassed a long list of academic achievements and honors.  In April, she was selected to present a paper at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. In 2010, DeBaldo received Muskingum's Mary E. Sharp Award for Excellence in German.  In 2011, she was inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, as well as Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society dedicated to excellence in all academic pursuits. In 2013, DeBaldo received a scholarship to attend the Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference in Columbus, where she attended conferences related to her interest in teaching German.  In both 2010 and 2012, she studied at Passau University in Germany, in both a semester-long program and a summer language immersion program. At Muskingum, DeBaldo was involved in the German Club and the university’s Phi Sigma Iota chapter.  In addition, she was a resident of the university’s German House and was actively engaged with both German- and Spanish-speaking students who have travelled to Muskingum from abroad. She now teaches German at Hoover high school in North Canton, OH.
  • David Pitre ('13) is a Software Engineer at SYSTEMA GmbH (Passau, Germany)
  • Ryan Bobst ('07) earned a Master's of Education in College Student Personnel in Higher Education at Ohio University-Athens. In his two-year graduate program he opted for an emphasis on International Education, becoming involved with Study Abroad, International Admissions, and International Student Services. Ryan now works for the University of San Diego School of Law as an Assistant Director for Graduate and International Programs.  He majored in International Affairs and German at Muskingum. He was a participant in the German Club and worked as a Student Assistant for the Coordinator of International Student Services.
  • Jennica Magers (‘06) graduated from Bowling Green State University with a MA in German. She spent her first year as a graduate student in Salzburg, Austria, as a student teacher. Jennica was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2008-2009 in Vienna, Austria. While at Muskingum, Jennica majored in German and International Affairs. She spent a year at Passau University, Germany in 2004-5.
  • Nandin Ganbold ('05) graduated summa cum laude in Business, International Business, Economics and German. She studied in Germany at the University of Deggendorf (2003-2004). Nandin also completed an internship in the Quality Management department of Medtronic Sofamor Danek Deggendorf GmbH, a German division of a company headquartered in Memphis, TN that makes spinal implants. Nandin lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • David Hurtuk (’03), was German, International Business, Business and Economics major, and serves currently as Senior Vice President at TriState Capital Bank in the northeast Ohio.
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