NEW ULM - Diane Germann, of Minneapolis, has been named the 2012 Hans Joohs Cultural Exchange participant from New Ulm to Ulm, Germany.
Germann earned her college degrees in international business and marketing at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She graduated last December.
She previously completed internships in Austria and Germany for marketing, as well as some translation work.
She learned about the program through family and decided that she met requirements for participation. She was also interested in the program because her father grew up in New Ulm. Her grandfather, George Germann, practiced optometry in New Ulm.
"I have some good memories of being in New Ulm," said Germann.
Germann will depart for Germany on April 27. As part of the program, she's slated to work a marketing job for Ulrich Medical.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the dialect [of the people in Ulm,]" said Germann, "Each place is different, and they each have small variations on words. It's really interesting to learn."
She's looking forward to visiting and exploring the small towns of Germany, which she was unable to do during her last trip there.
Because she has never lived with a host family, that experience will make the trip more interesting.
"It should be a real learning experience," said Germann.
The Hans Joohs Cultural Exchange program is offered through the Sister Cities organizations locally and in Ulm/Neu Ulm in Germany. It is named after Hans Joohs, the former Ulm city official who was instrumental in developing the Sister Cities relationship with New Ulm after World War II.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)