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May 12, 2004


    OSWEGO -- Entering for the first time ever, SUNY Oswego's German program took second prize in Mount Holyoke College's recent 27th annual German Theater Festival and Competition.

    Oswego was the only state school in a prestigious 15-member field involving private institutions from throughout the Northeast, said Dr. John Lalande, chair of Oswego's department of modern languages.

    "I'm so proud of our students!" beamed Ana Djukic-Cocks, an assistant professor of German at Oswego.

    While her students -- Steven White, Sarah Griffin, Chris Solan, Marie Vargo and Melissa Sierson -- starred on stage, Djukic-Cocks worked as sound technician for their production of Friedrich Duerrenmatt's "Besuch der Alten Dame."

    "Two weeks of hard work, especially toward the end of the semester, were all well worth it," Lalande said.

    Djukic-Cocks added, "We are especially grateful to Mark Cole of the theatre department. He helped us so much."

    The festival, organized by the German Studies Department at Mount Holyoke, is also sponsored by the Goethe Institute, the German Consulate in Boston and the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York City. Entrants may come from schools and colleges from the elementary level and up.

    Oswego's plans for next year are already under way. "This year's performance will be a hard 'act' to follow," Lalande quipped.

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Student from Oswego's achieving Theatrefest team

GOOD PLAY -- SUNY Oswego's German program recently took second prize in Mount Holyoke College's 27th annual German Theater Festival and Competition. Among those involved were, from left, students Christopher Solan, Marie Vargo and Steve White; Ana Djukic-Cocks, assistant professor of German and play director; and Mark Cole, professor and chair of theatre, who provided advice during the development of the

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