Singing, Teaching His Way into Their Hearts

Singing, Teaching His Way into Their Hearts

Anthony Kersting

Date published: Jan. 6, 2016

Last spring, Anthony Kersting, BA ’15, became UD’s 39th Fulbright recipient. He began his one-year English Teaching Assistantship in Germany this fall. Just before Christmas, a local Dresden, Germany, newspaper published an interview with Kersting, which he passed along to his former German teachers at UD, Associate Professor Ivan Eidt, Ph.D., and Affiliate Assistant Professor Laura M. Eidt, Ph.D.

“For those of you who know Anthony, he is a great singer,” said Ivan Eidt. “He apparently sang a solo of ‘Maria durch ein Dornwald ging,’ which he first learned in our German classes at  UD, for the local church, which prompted the interview.”

While at UD, Kersting, a physics major with a German concentration, completed research in observational astronomy, in which he investigated dwarf nova ASASSN-14cv, and participated in lyric theater and Collegium Cantorum. Physics professors Sally Hicks, Ph.D., and Rich Olenick, Ph.D., interested him in physics and astronomy, and Hicks encouraged him to apply for a Fulbright Award.

“The front page article goes on to describe what a wonderful teacher he is (skills he learned in my wife's foreign language pedagogy class),” said Ivan Eidt, “and how much the students and teachers there love him. In a passage that makes us particularly proud, they praise his very good German.”

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