Susanne Winkler '05
B.A., Economics; Dresden, Germany
Susanne Winkler was inducted into Phi Society and Phi Beta Kappa and served as president of Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics honorary). She held a Heritage Scholarship, was a Park National Bank Scholar and a Joan Robinson Scholar. Winkler served as an research intern to the president of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, as a Cephus L. Stephens Summer Intern, and as a member of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program. She tutored in the modern languages department and was a teaching assistant in the economics department. Named to Who's Who, Winkler also was president of the Denison Gymnastics Club and served as an interviewer in the admissions office and as a peer adviser for international students. She currently holds a perfect 4. grade point average.
"Susanne, today we are taking the unprecedented step of announcing a student's grade point average to everybody in earshot. That is because your average currently stands at a perfect 4.0. But that is only part of the story of your academic prowess. Your transcript also reveals something else that calls for the use of the word "unprecedented": You have earned more A-pluses than anyone in recent memory at Denison. There are two interesting points to make about this accomplishment: first, Denison professors don't give A-pluses very often; second, Denison does not count these pluses in a student's grade point average. Were that the case, your g.p.a. would stand at an astonishing 4.16.
"A member of Phi Beta Kappa - no surprise there - and Economics major, and a native of Dresden, Germany, you have taken a long-term interest in international monetary policy. You are known to put an amazing amount of energy into your intellectual interests. Your honors project focuses on the impact of the European Central Bank's monetary policy on the unemployment rates of each of the member countries of the European Union, the work of what your advisor calls an "exceptional scholar." She adds: "When you meet Susi, you will know that she has the talent, the curiosity, and the openness to make a difference in the policy world she wants to enter. One of these days she may be the Condoleezza Rice of Germany."
"In addition to your academic achievements you have excelled outside the classroom as President of the economics honorary, Senior Interviewer for the admissions office, June Orientation staff member for two years, President of the Denison Gymnastics Program, economics teaching assistant, and German tutor.
"Susanne, we admire and celebrate these stellar accomplishments during your time at Denison, and we are extremely proud to call ourselves your alma mater."