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I am a native of Austria and have always enjoyed getting to know other cultures. My first experience with other cultures was in my home. I grew up with an Austrian father and a German-Romanian mother and grand-mother. So while I spoke Viennese dialect with my friends, at home I listened to the Schwabish dialect or spoke high German.

Later I went for a summer to Switzerland to work in the gardens of a private hospital (La Lignere) near Geneva and boost my French language studies in highschool. Eventually I went to France to complete my BA. The school is situated in France near the magnificent mountain called the Saleve, overlooking the beautiful city of Geneva.

English is actually my third language, but it has become the language of my profession. So if you wonder about my accent you now know the secret: it is Austrian.

I am married with Sylvie and have three sons and three daughters.

So if you want to have fun with me, better put on your hiking boots, because I do a lot of my creative thinking and reflecting while hiking. I also enjoy the arts, watercolor, gardening and I read passionately. But you may actually have a hard time catching me at home because I travel quite a bit. Working for the leadership department means that I visit regional groups or teach in an off-campus setting. But you can always reach me by email. And if you invite me to your Regional Group, let's have time for at least one walk in your city or at your meeting place, or better yet, let's take time to go into the mountains in your neighborhood.




Erich Baumgartner Ph.D., Bell Hall #173, Berrien Springs, MI   49104-0114, baumgart@andrews.edu, 1-269-471-2523
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