Former STASI Prisoner of Communist East Germany Shares Story with Students

Mario and Daniela

Mario Röllig and CPCC German Instructor Daniela Weinert

On Tuesday, April 26 seventy interested students listened to the presentation of the former Stasi Prisoner Mario Röllig at the Levine Campus. Mario grew up in the German Democratic Republic in the sixties. After he fell in love with a West German politician, the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) took notice of the gay 19-year-old East German and demanded that he become an informer. He refused and the Stasi subjected him to massive pressure. After trying to flee the country he was imprisoned in the Stasi Prison Hohenschönhausen in Berlin. Mr. Röllig shared his first-hand account of the GDR dictatorship, incarceration and human rights violations during the Cold War.

Mr. Röllig has made it his life’s mission to draw attention to the crimes of the GDR dictatorship to continue fighting Human Rights Abuse everywhere. Today Mr. Röllig gives tours and lectures at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial Museum, the site of his torture. Currently he is the CLAS Eyewitness in Residence at UNC Charlotte.

The event was organized by Levine Campus director Catalina Ramirez and German Discipline Chair Daniela Weinert whom Mario promised to stop by in fall 2017 to show a new documentary about his life.



CPCC German Club Interest Meeting

Do you know Charlotte is named after a German queen? Do you know Charlotte is home to almost 300 German companies? German Flag

Are you interested in learning more about Charlotte’s German heritage and its economic ties to Germany? Join us on Wednesday, December 2, at 10:30 a.m. in Levine Technology Building, Room 1140 for our first German Club meeting.

Everyone interested is welcome to join! Enrollment in a German class is not required.

Free German food will be provided.

To learn more about CPCC’s German Club, please contact President Cory Logsdon, Vice President Larissa Schiel or Daniela Weinert at 704.330.6044.


CPCC German Students Honored at Fundraiser Event

On Friday, Sept. 19, CPCC’s German students were honored at the German Language and Culture Foundation’s fundraiser event “Rock the Foundation” at the Old Mecklenburg Brewery. The event celebrated students from the greater Charlotte area who attended a month-long study abroad trip to

German Scholarships

(l. to r.) Daniela Weinert, Cheyenne Jarrell, Fredric Hoeffler, Madison Kaiser, Nadine Russell

Heidelberg, Germany, this June. The foundation is giving away yearly $ 100,000 in scholarships for students to study in a German speaking country.

Ceremony for German Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

On March 3, CPCC students Margaret Dugger, Frederic Hoeffler, Cheyenne Jarrell and Madison Kaiser were named the 2015 German Language & Culture Foundation Scholarship recipients. Each student will receive a $2,000 2015 German Scholarship Winnersscholarship will pay for their study abroad trip to Germany this June.

The gift to the college reinforces the GLCF’s commitment to supporting projects that help create long-term friendships and promote a better understanding between the people of German-speaking countries and the Charlotte metro region. Charlotte is a mecca for German-based business operations; the Queen City’s German companies employ more than 15,000 people across the region.

At the ceremony the students received congratulations from the president of the German Language and Culture Foundation, Brigitte Hartenstein and sponsors from the companies K&L Gates, Weima, ParkerPoe, and Leser LLC.

Join Us for a Sustainable Energy Event!

What steps has Germany taken to emerge as the world’s first major renewable energy economy? And how can the U.S. use Germany as a best practices model? To answer these questions and more, CPCC will host Brigitte Hartenstein, CFO of STEAG Energy Services, a German company located in Kings Mountain, N.C.

During her presentation, Ms. Hartenstein will discuss:
  • how Germany has been able to transition to renewable energy so quickly.
  • the future of sustainable energy in the U.S.
WHEN: Nov. 11, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Levine Campus Auditorium, CPCC Levine Campus, Matthews, N.C.
The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

CPCC Partners with German Chamber

CPCC signed an articulation agreement on April 17 with IHK-Karlsruhe, a German regional chamber of industry and commerce, making CPCC the first U.S. community college to offer IHK-certified job-training programs. Starting in August,

Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele (left) and Dr. Tony Zeiss

Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele (left) and Dr. Tony Zeiss

CPCC students will be able to earn IHK-endorsed certificates in five programs, making them more attractive to German companies in the Charlotte region.

To read more about this exciting new partnership, please click here.
To read the local media coverage, please click on any of the links below.
Charlotte Business Journal (Ken Elkins)
Charlotte Observer (Eli Portillo)
WBTV (Melissa Hankins)
WCNC (Rad Berkey)
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Go Global!

Go Global!

Go Global!

2012 is the year to Go Global with CPCC!  Go Global Study Abroad Club is currently offering study abroad programs to China, Costa Rica, France, Germany and more.  Studying abroad is a great opportunity for students to develop cross-cultural skills, boost language skills, gain a sense of independence, gain work skills, see new places, give back and make connections around the world. Fundraising, scholarships and financial aid may be available for students who participate. All majors are welcome.

Go Global meetings are held every first and third Thursday of the month.

The next meeting will be held:
When: Thursday, Feb. 16; 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Central Campus, Overcash Building, Room 307

For more information, please visit or visit the International Learning office located on Central Campus, Overcash Building, Room 303 or call 704.330.6167.

Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC