master of teaching
Keeping students awake behind their screens over the past two and a half years has not been easy. Katharina Hartinger , lecturer in economics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, has succeeded. The 29-year-old has now been honored by the European Economic Association and can now call herself European champion in teaching. How did she do it? The magic word is communication. Hartinger, who lives in Munich , has created opportunities to keep in touch with her students outside of seminars. “Teaconomics” for example, a play on words between tea and business. On Friday afternoons, she would meet up with interested people via Zoom to have a cup of tea and chat.
What sets Hartinger apart: she is approachable for her students. By sharing what went wrong with her own research projects or what funny things she witnessed at a conference, she wants to take away their fear of science. Her protégés thanked her with statements for her application portfolio. Very personal statements, Hartinger says, about the confidence she gave them and the fun they had in their courses. “I can’t read all the statements in a row because I get too emotional.” For many lecturers, it’s an open secret at universities, teaching is considered a chore. Not so for Hartinger: “I burn to teach people something because I love the moment when they understand things they never thought possible.”
Pilot of the pedals
The classical pianist Bernhard Siegel , who works part-time as a Lufthansa pilot, presents himself as a chamber musician in his home town of Gilching. Together with the violinist Martina Trumpp from Tübingen and the cellist Nicola Pfeffer from Zurich, he will play on Friday, September 23, from 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is free. The selection of works deviates from the much-used standard: piano trios by Sibelius and Ravel, plus two movements from Shostakovich’s only cello sonata and two pieces for violin and piano by Aram Khatchaturian and Eugène Ysaÿe.
servants of the church
Cardinal Reinhard Marx ordains six men as deacons on September 24, 9 a.m. in the Liebfrauendom. A deacon, Greek for servant, is dedicated to serving people, caring for the needy, the sick, and the elderly. His duties include pastoral care in hospitals, retirement homes and prisons, he also performs liturgical duties at baptisms, weddings and funerals and assists the priests in celebrating the Eucharist. The requirement is four years of extra-occupational training, which includes a degree in theology and practical content.
A total of 295 permanent deacons will be active in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising from next Saturday. New additions are Oskar Ehehalt , 54, previously Head of Marketing and Sales, and David Neu , 37, high school teacher. They will work full-time as deacons. Volker Nickel , 51, Caritas employee, Andreas Scherrer , 40, historian, Christian Schmidl , 51, personal secretary to the episcopal vicar, and Andreas Wachter , 40, social worker, will work part-time.
Advocate of the Turban
Jelena Enzmann was only 33 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to undergo chemotherapy and her hair was falling out. Wearing a wig was out of the question for Enzmann. She felt disguised with it. So she decided to wear headscarves. But finding a suitable cloth wasn’t that easy: “I quickly realized that the selection wasn’t very large and that it didn’t meet my requirements.” Sometimes the size wasn’t right, sometimes the fabric was uncomfortable or the price was too high.
So she had towels made for her by a seamstress. In oncology, patients asked her about her beautiful turbans. During her therapy she founded “Alive collective”, a fashion label for headgear. She sells hats, headbands and turbans that are handcrafted in Germany. Today, four years later, Enzmann is considered cured. With her story, the 37-year-old (pictured with her daughter) wants to encourage other sick women: “The big idea behind ‘Alive collective’ is that the taboo topic of cancer is literally brought into society.” No woman should have the feeling of having to hole up because she has no hair, but should be proud of what she is currently doing. This not only affects those who are suffering from cancer, but also those with alopecia areata, i.e. circular hair loss. “I want to encourage women to go out, have fun with fashion, and feel beautiful,” says Enzmann. Your hats should make this step easier.
Expert of the pens
The next Munich comic festival will take place in June 2023, as the organizers have already announced. Also that it is taking place at a new location: in the rooms of the Munich City Library in HP8 (Hans-Preißinger-Strasse 8). The exhibition with works by Frank Schmolke now gives a foretaste of this. The Munich-born draftsman will show pictures from his taxi driver story “Nights in Paradise” and the Fitzek thriller “Der Augensammler”. At the vernissage on Thursday, September 22, Schmolke will come to talk to Heiner Lünstedt at 7 p.m. He will then sign.