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RUB Alumni Newsletter | October 2017

Dear Alumni,
here are the latest news from the RUB and the RUB Alumni!
In this newsletter, you can find information and links on the following topics:

1) 2018 desk calendar – spend the year with “Little University Life”
2) Sensational titan arum flower in the RUB Botanical Gardens
3) Guided tours of the campus for RUB Alumni
4) Building works – on the home straight in the I Block
5) The rattling campus
6) Entrepreneurial spirit and transfer at the RUB
7) 500 years of the Reformation
8) Call for papers on digitalisation and internet research
9) Invitation to the 18th Academic Anniversary in the Audimax on 10 November
10) Graduates’ parties at the RUB
11) From 18 October: Lecture series, “On our way to the post-truth era?”
12) Sports activities for Alumni and employees of the ETIT Faculty
13) Looking for law internships abroad!
14) Ten years of the RUB graduates’ survey
15) Dates, parties, events


1) 2018 desk calendar – spend the year with “Little University Life”

The RUB UNISHOP has created an unusual calendar: the monthly pictures show old-familiar places on the RUB campus, populated with miniature figures lovingly and amusingly positioned by photographer Sabine Werfel – “Das kleine Unileben” (“Little University Life”). The calendar is in A4 portrait format and can be stood up (on your desk, for example).
We will be happy to send you a copy free of charge – as long as supplies last. To order, please send an email with your postal address to alumni@rub.de.


2) Sensational titan arum flower in the RUB Botanical Gardens

At the beginning of September a rare natural act began to unfold at the RUB Botanical Gardens: one of the most unusual plants in the world, the titan arum (amorphophallus titanum), blossomed for the first time in the history of the Botanical Gardens.
The giant flower opened up on the afternoon of 10 September. Despite the unpleasant odour – akin to the smell of decomposition – generated by the titan arum in order to attract pollinating insects, about 6000 visitors were not able to resist coming to see the spectacular event.
For more information and photos

You can find a time-lapse video of the titan arum flower blooming here on YouTube.


3) Guided tours of the campus for RUB Alumni

Would you like to return to your old haunt, the RUB campus? Experience how the main area of the university has changed over the last few decades and what planning ideas are in place to promote flexible research structures, modern teaching and effective services with a view to construction. We will take you around the RUB campus and report on the architecture and history of the Ruhr University, and projects and visions of campus development.
Learn at first hand how students study – and live! – on the RUB campus today. The guided tours are free of charge for you. You can coordinate dates, duration, content focal points and the number of participants individually.
For more information


4) Building works – on the home straight in the I Block

The I Block on the RUB campus is the place where the comprehensive restoration of the campus began years ago. Now, the newly constructed buildings IA and IB are taking shape: it is now not only the completed facades of the two new faculty buildings that are finished, but also the basic structure of the Center for Interface-Dominated High Performance Materials [Zentrum für Grenzflächendominierte Höchstleistungswerkstoffe, ZGH].
The interior construction is currently at full pace in all three buildings.
For more information and photos


5) The rattling campus

It is THE noise that generations of students and alumni associate with the RUB: the rattling of the paving tiles on the RUB campus. Sometimes the tiles even break, but repair and replacement is guaranteed: the RUB Building Management and Operation team are there to take care of it.
Read more here


6) Entrepreneurial spirit and transfer at the RUB

The new Department of Transfer und Entrepreneurship in the RUB Administration aims to reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit at the Ruhr University and create an environment in which science, business, teaching and urban society can get closer to each other. The idea is to create a milieu surrounding the university that promotes innovation. To this end, Head of Department Marc Seelbach is looking for cooperation partners in the region: innovative companies or, more precisely, their employees.
For more information


7) 500 years of the Reformation

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is being celebrated in Germany and other countries in 2017. Even though the Reformation movement took place over decades, 31 October 1517 is seen as the day it started. On this day, it is said, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses against the church’s dealing in indulgencies and the corruption of church offices. The movement led not only to a reformation of the Catholic Church, as the original intention was, but also to the division of Western Christianity. But it also had an effect far beyond the sphere of the Church, influencing business, politics, law, art, language and social affairs.
In a new series in the RUB news portal, researchers cast a personal look at the Reformation and Martin Luther – and dare to make predictions for the future.
For the “500 Years of the Reformation” series


8) Call for papers on digitalisation and internet research

How is digital change influencing society? The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), based in Bochum, has set up three funding lines for research in this field: scientists who are researching the social, political and economic consequences of digital change can apply to the CAIS for sponsoring as of now. Applicants can send in their applications at any time up to twelve months in advance.
For more information


9) Invitation to the 18th Academic Anniversary in the Audimax on 10 November

Prof. Axel Schölmerich, Rector of the Ruhr-Universität, invites you to the Academic Anniversary in the RUB Audimax. Alumni are also warmly invited to attend!
The programme of events will provide insight into imminent university policy challenges and also numerous awards: The Chairman of the University Council, Jürgen Schlegel, will receive a lifetime service award as he retires. The Rector’s Office will be awarding the Lore Agnes Prize for Equality and an honorary doctorate to Roland A. Fischer. Furthermore the RUB, as every year, will be honouring the best graduates from all faculties.
The Academic Anniversary will take place on 10 November in the RUB Audimax from 11 am onwards.
For more information on the programme of events


10) Graduates’ parties at the RUB

There are graduates’ parties at all faculties and many facilities at the RUB that celebrate the achievements of those who have graduated and earned their doctorates.

We have put together some dates for you:


19 October (Thursday): Master of Education/Staatsexamen Lehramt Graduates' Party
The Professional School of Education (PSE) warmly invites you to its graduates’ party on 19 October. The ceremonial act will begin at 6.30 pm in the RUB Audimax. The PSE will be conferring degrees on its graduates and awarding the "Förderpreis Lehrerausbildung Ruhr 2017" [2017 Ruhr Teacher Training Sponsorship Prize].
For more information and to sign up

3 November (Friday): Psychology Faculty Graduates’ Party
In the RUB Audimax at 4 pm. For more information please contact the Faculty Dean’s Office, email: Dekanat11@rub.de.

17 November (Friday): Economics Faculty Graduates’ Party
The RUB Economics Faculty, BOWI – Vereinigung Bochumer Wirtschaftswissenschaftler e.V. [The Association of Bochum Economists] and Fachschaftsinitiative Wirtschaftswissenschaft [economics students' group initiative] invite you to their graduates’ party with a sparkling wine reception to follow. All former faculty members are also warmly welcome.
The party will take place in the RUB Audimax on 17 November 2017 starting at 4 pm.
For further information

24 November (Friday): Graduation Ceremony and Academic Anniversary of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Faculty of Construction and Environmental Engineering invites you to its Academic Anniversary in the RUB Audimax on 24 November starting at 4.30 pm.
For more information please contact the Faculty Dean’s Office; email: dekanat-bi@rub.de.

13 December (Wednesday): Faculty of History Graduates’ Party
At 6 pm in the RUB Event Centre (below the Mensa). For more information please send an email to Frau Schröder, the contact for this year’s party, at christina.schroeder@rub.de.

15 December (Friday): Graduates’ Party and poster exhibition of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be honouring its graduates in the RUB Event Centre (below the Mensa) at a party on 15 December at 3 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Dean’s Office; email: chemie-dekanat@rub.de.


11) From 18 October: Lecture series, “On our way to the post-truth era?”

The Alumni association SOPRA und the Corporate Communications Department invite you to a lecture series for Alumni at the Blue Square: Since the Brexit referendum and the 2016 presidential election, the term “post-truth” has become widespread and the German “postfaktisch” was even named “Word of the Year” by the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (German Language Association) in the same year. So are we living in a post-truth era?
The talks given by the Alumni take place at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre, each on a Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm.
For more information


12) Sports activities for Alumni and employees of the ETIT Faculty

The Faculty of Electronic Engineering and Information Technology invites its Alumni and employees to take part in sports together: park sports/cross-training offers an individual opportunity to build up wide-ranging and general fitness. Every Thursday at 4.30 pm; the meeting point is the info point in Building ID, Level 04.
For more information


13) Looking for law internships abroad!

The RUB Law Faculty International Centre (Zentrum für Internationales, ZfI) is looking for law internships abroad for its most qualified students.
If you are a fully qualified lawyer and are looking for interns, using the ZfI has many benefits for you: the ZfI can make contact with the students and will help you with any questions and formalities during the application process.
If you are interested, please contact Herr Gräfe at the ZfI


14) Ten years of the RUB graduates’ survey

The tenth RUB graduates’ survey is starting in October. Participants in the graduates’ survey make a direct contribution to improving the quality of study for future generations because the results of the survey are taken into account in teaching reports, which form the basis of concrete target agreements between the Rector’s Office and the Faculties. Feedback from former students is also helpful for the creation of new courses.
This year’s survey is directed at all graduates who completed a course at the RUB in the 2015/16 Winter Semester or the 2016 Summer Semester. If you completed your course in one of these semesters, you will receive an invitation to the survey from the Rector in October. We look forward to your participation!
For detailed information on the RUB graduates’ survey


15) Dates, parties, events

9 October (Monday): John F. Kennedy – A President between Myth and Reality [Ein Präsident zwischen Mythos und Wirklichkeiten]
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on 22 November 1963, the world held its breath for a very long moment. Similarly to Barack Obama nearly half a century later, hope for a better and safer world had lain on Kennedy’s shoulders. In his lecture, Bochum historian Prof. Michael Wala topicalises the significance of Kennedy and asks questions about the JFK myth.
The lecture will take place at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 9 October at 6 pm.
For more information

From 12 October: Hörsaal City – Climate change at the door [Klimawandel vor der Tür]
This semester’s public series of lectures by the Rector’s Office “Hörsaal City“ is on climate change: what does it mean for plants and animals? How do you communicate the consequences to children who will have to deal with it?
Hörsaal City has a total of 12 lectures, the first of which begins at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 12 October at 6 pm.
For more information

14 October (Saturday): Public CAIS forum – Media in a crisis of confidence?
The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) invites you to a public dialogue on the theme of "Medien in der Vertrauenskrise? Journalismus in der digitalisierten Welt“ [“Media in a crisis of confidence? Journalism in the digitised world"]. Anyone who is interested can talk to representatives from business and the media profession.
The event will take place at the Bochum Jahrhunderthaus (Alleestraße 80) on 14 October at 6 pm.
For further information

18 October (Wednesday): Academic ceremonial act to celebrate the 75th birthday of Emeritus Prof. Heinrich Reinhardt
The Chair for Canon Law at the RUB Catholic Theological Faculty cordially invites you to a ceremonial act on the occasion of the 75th birthday of Emeritus Prof. Heinrich J. F. Reinhardt. The celebration begins in Beckmanns Hof to the south of the RUB campus at 2 pm. Faculty Alumni are also welcome to attend – please sign up by 13 October by sending an email to kirchenrecht@rub.de!
For more information

18 October to 13 December (Wednesdays): Kontaktstudium “The Alien and the Familiar”
The RUB Catholic Theological Faculty’s “Kontaktstudium” [“Contact Studies”] has been in existence for 50 years! In this Winter Semester the guiding theme of the course is “The Alien and the Familiar: Encounter – Integration – Conflict” [“Das Fremde und das Eigene: Begegnung – Integration – Konflikt“]. On the occasion of the anniversary there are two special events in which the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, Annette Schavan and the renowned sociologist and social philosopher Prof. Hans Joas will be speaking.
The special events can be attended free of charge. Anyone who is interested who would like to participate in the entire lecture series for the purposes of further education will be asked to pay 45 euros.
For more information on the individual lectures and to sign up

2 November (Thursday): Alumni reunion in the USA, Cambridge, MA
On the occasion of the career fair “Career Day Germany” at the MIT Central Campus on 3 November, the New York liaison office of the UA Ruhr is inviting all alumni from the three biggest Ruhr universities (Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen) and the Ruhr Fellowship Alumni to a reunion on the evening before. Location: Area Four Pizzeria @Kendall Square, 500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. Time: 2 November, 7 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact the UA Ruhr liaison office in New York by sending an email to office@uaruhr.org

8 to 29 November. Seminar series, "From university to self-employment"
The RUB Worldfactory invites you to a four-day seminar at which experienced speakers will talk on the basics for starting up a business. RUB Alumni members can take part free of charge, but please sign up in advance!
For more information and to sign up

8 November to 30 December: Exhibition, “(De)Signs of change”
The Lotmann Institute and the RUB University Library (UB) present the exhibition “(De)Signs of change – from the revolutionary to the post-post-Soviet sphere” [“Zeichn(n)en vom Wandel – vom revolutionären zum post-postsowjetischen Raum”] on the UB staircase. Report-style drawings by Russian artist Viktoria Lomasko portraying current protest movements in Russia will be on display.
Anyone who is interested is warmly invited to come to the opening: on the first floor of the UB, in Room 09, on 8 November at 6 pm.
For more information

10 November (Friday): 18th Academic Anniversary in the Audimax
Prof. Axel Schölmerich, Rector of the Ruhr-Universität, invites you to the Academic Anniversary in the RUB Audimax. Alumni are also warmly invited to come!
The party will take place on 10 November in the RUB Audimax from 11 am onwards.
For more information

5 December (Tuesday): Ceremonial act to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation
The Protestant Theological Faculty and The Chair for Practical Theology, Prof. Isolde Karle, invite you to a ceremonial act to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Faculty Alumni are also most welcome to attend!
15 academics from the universitas community will share their personal and academic thought impulses about the effects of the Reformation in short, three-minute statements. The evening will be accompanied by the RUB Orchestra, Choir and Brass Ensemble, with Arno Hartmann on the organ.
The ceremonial act will take place in the RUB Audimax on 5 December at 6.15 pm. Please sign up by 17 November by sending an email to PrakTheol-Karle@rub.de!
For more information

11 December (Monday): Panel discussion, “Are You Europe?” [“Bist Du Europa?”]
To conclude the Erasmus anniversary year (30 years of educational exchange in the EU), the RUB International Office and the University Communications Department invite you to a panel discussion on identities in Europe: Bochumer, German or European? What identity do we have in what situations?
The event will take place at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 11 December at 6 pm: come along and have your say!
For more information

21 December (Thursday): Christmas singing
Festive music at the Blue Square: concert signer Dora Pavlikova invites all guests to partake in Christmas song. The singing will take place at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 21 December at 6 pm.
For more information

13 and 14 January (Saturday and Sunday): New Year’s concerts in the RUB Audimax
The RUB Symphonic Brass Orchestra invites you to its New Year’s concerts , “Exotisch sinfonisch” [“Exotic Symphonic”] conducted by Uwe Kaysler. The concert on Saturday, 13 January begins at 7 pm; the concert on Sunday, 14 January two hours earlier at 5 pm.
For more information

Save the date: Networking meeting, “Religious Scientists in their work” on 20 January 2018
If you have graduated in Religious Studies, you will not necessarily embark on a university career. Many graduates work in occupational fields that are not or not directly related to university such as speakers, advisers, journalists, teachers or self-employed.
In order to offer a platform to people in this situation, there will be a networking meeting in Bonn on 20 January 2018. Alumni with a degree in theology are cordially invited!
For more information
If you have any questions, Dr Radermacher from the RUB Center for Religious Studies (CERES) will be happy to help.

Save the date: RUB Teachers‘ Day on 24 February 2018
The RUB Professional School of Education (PSE) invites you to an attractive training day for teachers and student teachers from schools in the region on 24 February 2018 for the first time.
The “RUB Teachers’ Day” is a mutual training offer from the RUB faculties for teachers from the region and offers numerous theme and subject-orientated individual events. The aim of the day is to provide specialist and didactical further training for teachers, promote occupation-related communication and maintain the participant network.
Your contact for this event, which will be taking place every two years in the future, is Dr Mattiesson, email christiane.mattiesson@rub.de.
You will find more information here soon.

Until 25 March 2018: Exhibition at “Situation Kunst”:  Radical Changes
“Situation Kunst” is showing photos and films that document and illustrate the structural change in the Ruhr from the 1960s until today at the Museum unter Tage. How are dramatic radical changes and quiet transformations reflected in photographic media? Numerous associations are revealed that go far beyond what is visible in the pictures, especially when comparing the many works on display at the exhibition, including works from Holtappel, Becher and Serra.
For information on the exhibition and the accompanying programme


There are always events on at the Blue Square – Get a feel for the university – right in the centre of town!


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