German Exchange Student Gives IWU Students an “Education on the Go”
February 7, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- As vivid yellow signs with the names of major German cities on
them appeared across Illinois Wesleyan's campus, it may have seemed as if the University
had found a new location.
However, the signs are actually part of a project called “All Roads Lead to Germany.”
IWU German exchange student Sebastian Schoebel and the German Studies Department placed
the bright signs in an effort to attract more students to the German studies program.
Twenty-three-year-old Schoebel, a native of Dresden, Germany, has energetically worked
with IWU German studies students to put this project, a first at Illinois Wesleyan,
“As soon as I got the idea, I immediately set out and did it,” said Schoebel, a modern
history and American studies student who modeled the placards after common German
street signs. “These signs were important to me because I think every student should
know more about Germany. It is the biggest economical engine in Europe and has a rich
Recruiting the help of Associate Professor of German Julie Prandi and her students,
the signs were finished in a matter of days. “Each student had to research a major
German city and then come up with interesting facts or important events that took
place in the city,” said Schoebel.
Each sign lists the name of a major German city such as Berlin or Dresden and the
approximate distance between Bloomington and the city. The signs also feature one
historically significant piece of information about German history, a concept that
Schoebel refers to as “education on the go.”
“In just seconds, anyone can learn an important fact about Germany just by walking
to class,” said Schoebel.
After receiving positive reactions from many IWU professors, Schoebel can only hope
that this project will bring students a little closer to Germany. Although Germany
is “half a world away” he hopes that one day soon when professors greet their classes,
their students will comfortably respond with the words “Guten Tag” (Good day).
Contact: Taylar Kuzniar (309) 556-3181