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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #11
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #11
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Spring 2020 #11-Lockdown Edition

 April 6, 2020

Thank You, Luxembourg Co-Editor Sarah Sax

A Page From My Very Long Chapter
Sarah Sax
As Dean Leterre mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have had the privilege of working on MUDEC’s 50th Anniversary book for the past year and a half. This project has been one of the most exciting, frustrating, surprising, and fulfilling projects that I’ve ever worked on, and if you told me that I would be working on it up until the Quarantine of 2020, I would’ve been shocked. 

I first became involved in this project when I was abroad in Fall 2018. Carli Williams, Coordinator at the time, had posted several independent study opportunities. I took an interest in one of these: Graphic Designer for the 50th Anniversary book. However, as I was onboarded to the project, it quickly became clear that my help was needed elsewhere before we could even begin dreaming about book designs. 

I began by conducting research, organizing content, and reading through past anniversary brochures for inspiration and guidance. At one point, Carli suggested that I should interview people, an idea that was slightly daunting considering the fact that I had no interest in being a journalist. During the 50th Anniversary celebration week, a group of fellow students and I walked around with little recorders in hand asking for interviews. Once I got comfortable with it, it was a lot of fun, and talking to alumni, and hearing their stories is ultimately what made me fall in love with MUDEC. One of my favorite memories that week was getting to know people from the original class of 1968 at the Oktoberfest celebration. There was also the time I skipped school (oops), to go to The Chocolate House with a group of past Coordinators, and the time I infiltrated the class reunions in the Grund to get interviews; I guess I didn’t look like a MUDEC alumnus from the 70s because I got a lot of weird looks.  

Besides this one gloriously chaotic week, some of my other fond memories from that semester include interviewing François Carbon at the neighboring Université du Luxembourg, transcribing interviews in airports, and chatting with Annette Tomarken via Skype for an hour. 

Before I left for the semester, I told Dean Leterre that I was interested in continuing my work on the book after I left. I was already deeply invested in the project, and I wanted to see it to fruition. He loved the idea, and it only took several months to cut through all the red tape before I was hired as a student worker, continuing my work on the opposite side of the Atlantic.

Since then, I have continued interviewing, transcribing, editing, writing, organizing and revising the book. I’ve pestered more people than I can count via email and social media, truly embracing my role as a journalist. Despite technical errors, time differences, unpredictable delays, and so much more, I’m proud to say that this book is finally complete, and *fingers-crossed* being printed as you read this. 

For everyone that helped make this book a possibility - thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all of the MUDEC community members that have shared their stories and photos. I hope everyone enjoys the book, but regardless, I had a blast working on it. Thanks for being patient, and happy (belated) 50th!
  • MUDEC Faculty Profile- Tom Jeitz
  • MUDEC Profs in Action 
    • MUDEC Internship Profile- Hunter Friel
    • Thank You, Luxembourg-Chapter 2: A Peek Into the Past
    • The Corona Column
    • Travel (Home) Misadventure

    MUDEC Faculty Profile:

    Meet Tom Jeitz

    Tom Jeitz

    1. Tell us a little bit about about yourself. Where did you go to college and what did you study? Did you study abroad, if so, where (or where is your favorite place to go)?

    I am a Luxembourgish citizen and so I had my education up to high school included here in the Grand Duchy. My family is originally from Esch / Alzette, and so I attended the school institutions there. Kindergarten in the early “swinging” sixties, elementary school up to the threshold of the seventies. My high school experience also took place in Esch, in the “Lycée de Garçons” where I decided to specialize in languages. After my graduation I worked for three years in private business, but then a bulb lit up in my brain: Tom, you can do more! I enrolled at the “Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg” which was quite severe and cost many efforts, today we have the “University of Luxembourg.” Then I went to Trier in Germany, a city you certainly know from a trip with MUDEC. I had there a happy and satisfying time and left this faculty with a Masters in German (major) and French (minor) language and literature.  

    2. How did you end up working for Miami?

    I started to work in Luxembourgish elementary schools as a substitute teacher, waiting for a job at a high school. Afterwards, I worked in various such colleges for more or less twenty-five years.

    In July 2013, I got the opportunity to come to work at MUDEC. An interview with Dean Thierry Leterre and the assistant Dean Raymond Manes, and, without being too narcissistic, I got from the Dean an email in the afternoon of the same day that I was “ hired.” I certainly do not regret that, even at fifty-five you can learn a lot. By the way, we are learning during our whole lives.

    3. What are you looking forward to the most this semester with remote teaching?

    Every school has an atmosphere of its own and I would lie to you and to myself when pretending that remote teaching is able to match the presence of students. A class community with its interaction is by far more valuable than any remote teaching. But fortunately we are living in an IT area, so we can fix a little bit the physical absence. But it is an unhappy compensation, the French call that a “faute de mieux,” nothing better is available. I repeat: We are lucky that Corona did not strike forty years earlier. But better times will come.

    4. What inspires you?

    For the moment I am very much inspired by the perspective that the COVID–19 will be defeated sooner or later. There would be no mountains or plains if there were no valleys. I am generally inspired by good perspectives. In 2013 MUDEC was a perspective for me and I have not been disappointed. The day when I shall enter the Château in Differdange and I shall see “physical” students is also an inspiration.

    5. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

    A month ago a person, who is not an acquaintance of mine, said to me: “You are looking like a professor!”

    6. What do/did you want to be when you grow/grew up?

    As my height is today 6‘ 6” ( = 198 centimeters) I grew up quite a lot and I had much time to think about it. I never wanted to be a fireman or a locomotive driver which is common for my generation. In elementary school you were a cowboy or an Indian, I was a cowboy. In high school I sometimes dreamt to be a well-known writer or even a mathematician. In puberty most people have the need to feel recognized. Today I am more modest, but nevertheless tall.

    MUDEC Profs in Action

    Management professors Anthony Smith-Meyer and Michael Schweiger have gotten creative during the lockdown and have turned their podcast into a Videocast!

    Semester 2 Episode: 8 Environment, Social & Governance in the Age of Corona. Now what?.


    MUDEC Internship Profile:

    Meet Hunter Friel

    Hunter Friel

    MUDEC junior Hunter Friel majors in Mechanical Engineering. Friel was born in Old Lyme, Conneticut.

    1. Tell us a little bit about your internship in Luxembourg: where you interned, the location of your internship, what you did when you were there. Has your internship changed in any way since returning to the United States?

    The internship that I was lucky enough to be a part of was with ArcelorMittal, a steel manufacturing corporation. It was located in one of their headquarter offices in Esch, the second-largest city in Luxembourg. Thankfully, the train ride there and back was quick and painless. When I was working, I would review the English of technical documents that were to be published. This includes marketing advertisements, engineering reports, and technical reviews. I had to ask my boss about the differences between British and American English everyday (What is a car park? You mean garage?).

    2. Why did you want to intern with this company?

    Originally, I wanted to intern with ArcelorMittal because they are known as the world's leading company in the production of steel. After being introduced to my supervisor, Franck Pichoff, I quickly realized how incredible of a work environment this would be. The people were the kindest, the work was extremely interesting, and I have never felt more welcomed.

    3. Why did you want to intern while abroad?

    Abroad, I did not have the option to take my mechanical engineering classes. I worked hard to get ahead in my major classes so that I could be a part of MUDEC this semester. The ability to intern at such an illustrious company was extremely valuable. I was able to take this semester to focus on my professional development.

    4. Why did you choose to study abroad with MUDEC and what are you looking forward to now that you are back in the U.S.?

    I chose to study abroad with MUDEC because I know that I will never again have the opportunity to tour Europe for 4 months after I join the workforce (it was a great 7 weeks, thanks Corona). As I return to the States, I am most excited for the basic things: Hot Cheetos, a mirror in my bathroom, and being government-quarantined. 

    5. What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you? 

    During a trip to Switzerland, paragliding with my friends, we witnessed a poor student nose dive into the cement below. Most people say that the worst thing that can happen in Europe is being pick-pocketed (shoutout Tory). Personally, I think that emergency dental work takes the prize. Putting this aside, this semester has been one that I will never forget thanks to MUDEC staff, ArcelorMittal, and my close friends.

    Thank You, Luxembourg-Chapter 2:

    A Peek Into the Past

    John Dolibois in the Center's Library-1971
    Over the coming weeks, we are going to serialize excerpts from each chapter of the Thank You, Luxembourg 50th Anniversary Book. Today, Chapter 2.
    "In 1968, the center first opened its doors at the Centre Settegast with the catchphrase “junior year abroad.” The experience of two world wars and the dramatic social upheaval in the 1960's convinced many that global peace and understanding should be advanced through study abroad. The small building had been donated for use by the Luxembourg government during the academic year, and they enthusiastically welcomed the American university to their country. The first class consisted of 35 year-long students, traveling to Luxembourg by boat and receiving an integra- tion course while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The class bonded over a train ride from Ohio to New York City, where they then took an ocean liner for five days to Southampton. They proceeded to go on an orientation program, touring England, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Rhine Valley, Switzerland, Munich, and Paris. This program was intended to show the students how big the world was."

    Miami University President Paul Pearson and his wife meeting Vice President Bush in Luxembourg in 1984
    Travel Section Banner

    The Corona Column

    Welcome to the Corona Column, the section of the MUDEC Méinden that features students' independent travel throughout the semester. This week, we will be traveling to various basements, homes and quarantined places around the United States because of, well, Corona.
    Connor Manley enjoying a donut Connor Manley giving a thumb's up to his donut
    Catherine Wegman's dog supporting everyone during quarantine

    Travel (Home) Misadventures

    After students' first few weekends of independent travel, a few epic blunders are bound to happen. Although never expected and never wanted, we welcome them here. Next up, and continuing the tradition, is a MUDEC student who embarked to the United States, and later on, decided to make a special version of the show "Chopped."
    Corona and cats and... people eating cat food?
    After this MUDEC student headed to the United States and faced quarantine-- social distancing has him eating some... interesting cuisine. 
    Meet Alex King and his cat, Jackson, and join them for this week's episode of:
    My Version of "Chopped" Quarantine Edition:
    "I have hit a new quarantine low today. I have always been curious about what my cat's food tasted like, so, under a bet from my brother, I decided to give it a try. It tasted...interesting, to say the least. It was almost like chewing uncooked spaghetti with a hint of heavily artificial fish and chicken. I'd give it a solid 4/10 on a good day. At least Jackson, my cat seems to like it."
    Alex King and his cat Jackson
    Odds and Ends
    Birthdays This Week 
    Have a Corona-tastic birthday! Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!
    Morgan Geisheimer (Wednesday April 8)
    Morgan Geisheimer
    This Week's Schedule

    Monday-Thursday: Online Classes

    Friday: Good Friday
    Château & Administrative Hours
    Aerial view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

    Administrative Hours

    Monday-Friday: 8:00-12:00

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