Las Cruces Sister Cities


News and Exchanges

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  • 23 May 2015 2:32 PM | Jodi Richardson

    Members of the New Mexico State University Choir will travel to our German Sister City, Nienburg-Wasser May 23-26, 2015 offering several concert performances.  The students will be home hosted by "Friends of Las Cruces"

  • 16 Apr 2015 7:47 PM | Jodi Richardson
    Centennial High School sophomore Lucari is looking forward to spending his junior year of high school in Nienburg, September 3, 2015 to June 22, 2016. 

    Lucari will be hosted by the family of his German exchange partner,  Simon who was in Las Cruces in October 2014.

    Albert-Schweitzer-Schule principal Dr. Ralf Weghöft welcomes the exchange which is being facilitated by “Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities Affiliation” and its German counterpart, “Freundeskreis Las Cruces-Nienburg”.  Several coordinators and facilitators are offering their assistance in Germany: Thomas Volkhausen from Albert-Schweitzer-Schule who, together with his colleague Robert Kerlin, brought a group of 16 Albert-Schweitzer-Schule students to Las Cruces and Centennial High School this past October; Hedda Freese, chairperson of the “Freundeskreis Las Cruces-Nienburg” who is also a teacher at “Integrierte Gesamtschule Nienburg”; Conny Kramer from the Cultural Office, City of Nienburg. On the American side, Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities founding member Ingrid Luchini is coordinating preparations for this school year abroad.

    Lucari has enjoyed speaking German since he was a young child. As a ninth grader, he started taking formal German lessons in Oklahoma State University’s GermanOnline program where he is currently on level 3. He says: “My family and I hosted German exchange students several times, three of whom are from Nienburg. I had been thinking for quite some time about being an exchange student myself. This most recent hosting experience opened my eyes to the great value of study abroad and strengthened my resolve to spend the 2015/16 school year at Albert-Schweitzer-Schule in Nienburg.”
  • 14 Dec 2014 9:26 PM | Jodi Richardson

    Etwas Neues Winter 2014.pdf

    From Stephan Helgeson, Honorary Consul for Germany in New Mexico

  • 10 Dec 2014 11:54 AM | Jodi Richardson

    The Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities Affiliation is mourning the passing of one of their founding members, Catherine (Cathy) Smith.

    Beside her family, folk dancing and history, Cathy loved the German language and culture.  As a child, she spent several years in Germany when her father worked in that country. She was a faithful member of the Las Cruces “Freunde der deutschen Sprache” (Friends of the German Language) for 25 years.  Cathy and John, her husband, were actively involved in Mayfield High School’s German Club when their three children studied German in the Modern Language Department. They could always be counted upon to help with activities, such as the annual Mayfield German Comedy Night and the “Deutsches Fest”. Cathy liked to accompany the students and their teacher to the annual German Weekend in the Sacramento Mountains and continued to do so long after the children had graduated. Cathy was also a substitute teacher with the Las Cruces Public Schools and especially enjoyed subbing in German classes.

    The Smith children went to Nienburg on the GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) student exchange in 1987, 1989 and 1993, and the family hosted students from Nienburg many times. 

    In 1993, Cathy became a founding member of the “Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities Affiliation” and later was the organization’s secretary until her illness did not allow her to do that task any longer. 

    In 2003, Cathy's and John's daughter married a young man from Nienburg. They currently live Bonn where their two children where born.

    “Cathy, wir vermissen dich sehr! Ruhe in Frieden.”             (Cathy, we miss you very much!  Rest in peace.)

  • 30 Oct 2014 2:51 PM | Jodi Richardson

    It is more than 20 years that Las Cruces and Nienburg/Germany ‎have maintained close ties as sister cities, establishing a most fruitful connection aimed at bringing together the best of two 'worlds'.

    This bridge between the 'old world' of Germany and the 'New World' of the U.S. does, however, rest on a foundation built by a student exchange between a Las Cruces high school and Albert-Schweitzer-Schule/Germany started in 1987. It is safe to say that this decades-old tradition of connecting both worlds which both cities have cherished rests on the young shoulders of teenagers from New Mexico and Germany who are highly motivated to delve into new cultural waters.

    From October 12 till October 30, this bridge saw a rejuvenation of its foundation when under the auspices of CHS principal Mr. Michael Montoya and within the framework of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP),  16 students aged 15 to 16 paid CHS a visit. Thanks to the meticulous planning and the well-orchestrated organization carried out by  Centennial High School's German program, the 11 female students and five male students from the Northern German city of Nienburg ‎stayed with Las Cruces host families while attending classes at CHS. 

    The students, who were accompanied by their teachers Mr. Robert Kerlin and Mr. Thomas Volkhausen‎, were also offered the chance to visit some of New Mexico's landmarks and sights as they also attended Las Cruces' City Council meeting on Oct. 20 and convened with the Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities Foundation. In so doing, the students along with their American counterparts were striving to maintain close ties between Nienburg and Las Cruces, learn from each other's culture and thus add to the foundation of the bridge between the U.S. and Germany well into the future.

    For more information, please contact ‎ Mr. Thomas Volkhausen at

    Albert Schweitzer Schule

    Post Card from ASS-S 2014.pdf
  • 29 Oct 2014 2:46 PM | Jodi Richardson
    Doña Ana Community College will welcome students and advisers this week from a technological post-secondary school in Lerdo, Durango, Mexico with tours, classes and a meeting with the Las Cruces City Council to help strengthen the long-standing cultural exchange, according to a DACC news release.

    Twenty students and five faculty and staff from Centro de Bachillerato Technológico Industrial y de Servicios Número 4 (CBTis 4) of Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico, will arrive Wednesday for six days of activities designed to foster understanding of cultures. Students and staff will stay with volunteer families in the Mesilla Valley. Next spring, students, faculty and staff from DACC will visit CBTis 4 and tour the Lerdo area to complete the yearly exchange.

    The guests will visit Gadsden High School to assist students who are studying Spanish on Thursday. Official welcoming ceremonies will also be at the Doña Ana Student Resource (DASR) Commons Area of the East Mesa Campus, featuring comments from Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, DACC President Renay Scott and other dignitaries that evening.

    Over the next four days, the visitors will attend classes, tour local destinations, travel to Albuquerque to tour the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and attend the Las Cruces City Council meeting in Las Cruces Council Chambers at 1 p.m. on Monday. The council is expected to recognize the students as part of the Sister Cities program between Lerdo and Las Cruces.

    This exchange has developed over the past 32 years, the news release stated. The relationship between the two schools precedes the designation of Lerdo as a sister city of the City of Las Cruces by seven years.

    Located 550 miles south of Las Cruces, Ciudad Lerdo has several similarities to the City of the Crosses, according to the news release. Both have agriculture as a major industry and both include festivals celebrating agricultural products including wine. Lerdo sits near the Nazas River which has been compared to the Rio Grande that runs through the Mesilla Valley.

  • 09 Aug 2014 2:56 PM | Jodi Richardson

    Tenth-grader Kathrin from Albert-Schweitzer-Schule (school) in Nienburg/Germany is spending three months in Las Cruces within the framework of the Las Cruces-Nienburg Sister Cities Affiliation.  She arrived on August 5, 2014. She is hosted by a local family whose connections with our organization go back to its very beginnings. Kathrin is attending Centennial High School, Las Cruces’ newest high school, together with one of her host brothers, also a tenth-grader.  Her goals are improving her English language skills, making new friends and getting to know everyday culture as well as some interesting sites  of New Mexico.  Kathrin says:” Everything seems so big to me here: Centennial High School has so many more students from 9th through 12th, grade than my German academic high school from 5th through 12th grade. The pick-ups here look enormous; stores like Walmart seem gigantic.  The  people here are very friendly and open. I’m getting more and more used to understanding and speaking English all day long.”

    Kathrin bearing gifts for her host brothers

  • 10 Jun 2014 4:56 PM | Jodi Richardson
    Mark you calendar now, for our first Annual Oktoberfest,  Saturday, October 4th, and don't miss out on all the fun and excitement as we celebrate our German Partnership.  Volunteer today to work a shift at either our Bratwurst or Membership Information Booth.  Contact Oktoberfest Committee Volunteer Coordinator Til Zimmerman 575 522-1935 for more information and check "EVENTS" for planning meetings

    2014 Oktoberfest Volunteer Schedule

  • 09 Jun 2014 10:54 AM | Jodi Richardson
    With this new format, general public can learn about and even join our organization,  stay informed of organization news and activities and even register for events. Additionally, active members can communicate with other members and post stories, pictures and videos of their Sister Cities experiences for either public or private view.

    We invite our members to help us make this new means of communication easy and effective by navigating around the site and posting your comments and suggestions here.  Please note, only members who have logged in can leave a comment or start a new post,  So if you are having trouble, check your email for your log in details.

    And thank you for your support!

  • 01 Mar 2014 4:05 PM | Jodi Richardson

    English Language and Journalism Student, Rike Schockenhoff of Nienburg spends 10 weeks working with the City of Las Cruces and CLC TV  Take a look at the outcome  here

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