Archives from Months November, 2011

It’s movie time!

There is a really nice little movie theater inside

There is a really nice little movie theater inside

Those gray autumn days getting you down? Just go to the movies!
For example, I recently went to Filmladen. For over 30 years, this art-house cinema has operated at Goethestraße, in the heart of Kassel’s Vorderer Westen (district of Kassel).

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The Logistics department organizes more than material supply

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Henning Heyn

Henning Heyn

SMA employees are known for their energy and creativity, and that extends to their free time as well. While some might fall into the routine of eating lunch in the cafeteria or at snack bar every day, our colleagues in the Logistics department enjoy an occasional break in the fresh air.

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Zumba: The only requirement is to have a good time

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Silvia Missing

Silvia Missing

Zumba is a colloquial Spanish word that basically means “moving fast and having fun.” In the 1990s, fitness instructor and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez combined dance and fitness with a Latin beat, and Zumba was born.
The Zumba wave came to the United States in 2001 and has since spread around the world. Germany is no exception. It seems that everywhere you look, people in bright, colorful tops and pants are happily dancing away to loud music.

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Fit on the job: Work-Life Balance Day at SMA

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Ernst Kaiser

Ernst Kaiser

Versuchs mal mit Gemütlichkeit!” sang the employee chorus known as SMAcapella, kicking off the inaugural SMA Work-Life Balance Day on November 3, 2011. (English-speaking Disney fans will recognize the catchy tune as “Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities!” sung by a laid-back sloth bear in “The Jungle Book.”) With its focus on reconciling work, private life and health, this year’s version of the annual Health Day drew some 1,000 participants. As at the 2010 SMA Health Night, the program lasted into the night so that all SMA employees, and particularly the shift workers, could attend. In keeping with the theme, this year’s event included sessions tailored to children, spouses, and life partners. This helped create the especially upbeat mood and friendly atmosphere that characterized the Work-Life Balance Day.

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Napkins? Green!

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ecofriendly napkin

While walking through the cafeteria recently, a sign caught my attention: All of our napkins, coffee cups and bread roll bags are now organic and biodegradable. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? I immediately asked a colleague for more information about it.
About 180,000 napkins and 30,000 paper bags are used every year at SMA. Who would have thought? That’s quite a lot for things we should try to use as little as possible.

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Pierre-Pascal Urbon’s Statement on Financial Results January to September 2011

Pierre-Pascal Urbon comments on our Quarterly Financial Report January to September 2011. He gives background information regarding the market development and expected results for the current fiscal year 2011.

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Ultimate Frisbee – SMA Internship in Kassel

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While I was searching for an internship in Kassel, I landed at SMA Solar Technology AG quite by accident last year. However, this was a real stroke of luck. I always had to fight for the attention of my supervisor since he was constantly on the go through all the buildings and also frequently across several continents. But for this I was completely integrated into the project work and I never had the impression of being “just” an intern. My tasks were exciting and required that I assume responsibility for them. Here’s a little glimpse.

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Stress Management

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Maren Müller

Maren Müller

Everybody experiences stress.
Students and apprentices, homemakers and parents, office workers and sales representatives – all of us sometimes get stressed out.
But what exactly do we mean by stress? What causes it? And what can we do about it?

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Moin, moin in Hamburg!

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Katrin Sirringhaus

Katrin Sirringhaus

It is Friday, October 7, 2011, 7:20 a.m.. Fourteen trembling people are clutching their now lukewarm cups of coffee from a familiar bakery chain and waiting for the last stragglers.
At 7:39 a.m., the long-awaited and comfortably climate-controlled (which is not necessarily a given, as I have heard) ICE heading toward Hamburg finally arrived. The pleasant peace and quiet, which reigned here in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the train station, tempted a few people, including me, to close their eyes for a little while.

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In the Breath of Time: Kasseler Musiktage (Kassel Music Days) 2011

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Ständehaus

The first weekend in October marked the start of this year’s Kasseler Musiktage. During the festival, many young musicians from around the world demonstrate their skill. They offer fresh interpretations of major works in unusual concert formats, often in combination with literary readings.

Eager to see for myself, I decided to attend Forum I: Hören – Sinnen – Erleben (Listen – Ponder – Experience). The event was held at the newly renovated Ständehaus, quite an impressive building. The program included sonatas by Beethoven, Bach and Ravel, along with readings from Heinrich von Kleist. Even with very little knowledge of these classics, I looked forward to the evening.

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