Michelle Facos – Academic Dean & Program Director, GGE Summer School
Dr. Michelle Facos is Professor of Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington. A graduate of Hamilton College, she worked for several years as a paralegal at Debevoise & Plimpton and White & Case before resuming her studies in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where she received her Ph.D. Dr. Facos served as both graduate and undergraduate advisor at Case Western Reserve University, where she was selected for an Eli Lilly Fellowship. This intensive year of pedagogical training led her to develop best practices for effective and inspiring teaching, a topic on which she has lectured in Sweden and the U.S. At IU, she has taught an Intensive Freshman Seminar – a three-week program offered the August of freshman year to better prepare students for their college career. For two decades she has regularly participated in faculty development workshops and collaborated closely with IU’s Campus Instructional Consulting to develop programs for Graduate Assistant Instructors; her classroom has been singled out as a model of pedagogical excellence that other professors may visit. The mother of a twenty-something daughter, she is deeply committed to preparing young people in a stimulating, exciting, and realistic way for the challenges that lie ahead. In her free time, Dr. Facos enjoys downhill skiing, traveling, and rowing in her boat (Indiana University Faculty Profile: Dr. Michelle Facos IU Profile
Sabine Wieber – Associate Dean & Director of Residential Life, GGE Summer School
Dr. Sabine Wieber lectures in History of Art at the University of Glasgow (UG), Scotland. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has lived in Canada and the U.S. before taking up her appointment at Glasgow in 2010. Dr. Wieber’s research focuses on nineteenth-century Austrian and German art, architecture, and design, and she has curated exhibitions on the subject. She is deeply committed to innovative teaching practices and has developed a number of new undergraduate and postgraduate programs at UG. In her current role as Learning & Teaching Convenor, she has overseen the implementation of innovative pedagogies. Dr. Wieber has previously run a summer school at UG for American post-graduate students and continues to be actively involved in this annual event as both a teacher and facilitator. Throughout her career as an art historian, Dr. Wieber has been dedicated to her students and she takes great pride in helping them realie their academic and professional aspirations. In her free time, Dr. Wieber is an avid knitter and enjoys hiking with her dogs, yoga, and swimming (UG Profile: Dr. Sabine Wieber UG Profile
Christin Klaus – Administrative Assistant, GGE Summer School
Ms. Klaus is a native of a small town near Erfurt, Germany and has studied both business and art history at the universities of Arezzo and Siena in Italy and at Greifswald University in Germany. She has worked at museums in Wurzburg, Dresden, and Greifswald and holds a M.A. from Greifswald University and wrote a book on the contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter. For the past five years she has been an administrator at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), where she has arranged numerous workshops and conferences and been responsible for recreational programming for fellows. Ms. Klaus is deeply engaged in many aspects of the Greifswald community and is the initiator of numerous, exciting public initiatives, most recently Segelkino (Sail Cinema), a summer program where films are shown on a boat sail in the museum harbor. If there is anyone who has exciting ideas of what to do in and around Greifswald and can make it happen, it is Ms. Klaus! In her free time, Ms. Klaus enjoys hiking and traveling.
Ariana Harris – Residential Advisor (RA)
Hi, my name is Ariana Harris. I am 19 years old and from Connecticut, though I spent my early childhood in Virginia and I am now living in Boston. I am a science and language enthusiast, and enjoy performing in plays, musicals, and concerts. In my downtime, I like going on walks or hikes, reading and writing books, camping, drawing, watching movies, and traveling. This year I am serving with an AmeriCorps program called City Year Boston where I work in a 4th grade classroom, supporting children with their attendance, behavior, and ELA coursework. I’m looking forward to 2017 and all the experiences I will enjoy, including college and GGE Summer School!
Morgan Lane – Residental Advisor (RA)
I’m a GGE alum from Derbyshire in the United Kingdom, and look forward to being one of your RA’s in 2017. I have studied German for 4 years, and plan to move to Germany to study Biochemistry. I have been a member of the Army Cadet Force for 5 years and have achieved a senior rank. My time in the cadet force has been a great experience, both physically and mentally, and provided me with fundamental skills and values that have contributed a lot to who I am today. I enjoy hiking and camping and also contributing to my community through volunteer work. As a 2016 GGE student, I know just how fun and rewarding the summer school is; I look forward to using my experience to make GGE 2017 as enjoyable an experience as it was for me!
Melanie Nehrkorn– Residential Advisor (RA)
Melanie Nehrkorn is a dancer and sound engineer out of Washington, DC. Previously, she was field engineer for Kiewit Construction Company working in light rail transit, and she has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She was raised in a German speaking household, but has since forgotten everything and looks forward to relearning this summer. Her interests include hiking, cycling, rock climbing, swimming, salsa dancing, and knitting.
Jack Arnold – Resident Advisor (RA)
My name is Jack and, like Morgan, I’m a GGE’16 alum. Originally from Silicon Valley, I’m currently a freshman at Pomona College near Los Angeles, CA.