Dr. Michaela Grobbel, Assistant Professor of German at SSU, received the 2008 Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award at an awards ceremony in August.
Grobbel is currently the only full-time professor of German at Sonoma State and teaches all levels of the German language. She recently remodeled the entire program at SSU after the courses at Georgetown University, which currently employs 11 professors in the program.
She is responsible for organizing and directing the SSU Language Festival, and bringing university students to high schools in Vallejo, Livermore, Pleasanton and Palo Alto to teach a German lesson to students. The presentations were designed not only to test and practice the SSU student's knowledge of the language, but to excite more interest in it from high school students.
Grobbel also worked tirelessly to arrange a visit from the German National Youth Orchestra, accompanied by the Consul General of Germany. This visit was part of an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.