Birgit Deymann

3060H Jenkins Nanovic Hall

  1. If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?
    My favorite is Marion Blackberry at Oink’s in New Buffalo. The rich, fruity flavor always brings a smile to my face and the name as well, since Marion (the German version of Marian) is my goddaughter’s name.
  2. If you were a YouTube star, what would you be famous for?
    Probably perennial gardening or baking rye-sourdough bread – a hobby I started about ten years ago. I’m still using the same (refreshed) homemade sourdough starter today.
  3. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
    My husband and I are adventurous foodies. We have eaten squid, sea urchin (once is enough), alligator, escargot, frog legs, antelope, and more. All of this got topped when we visited friends in Ecuador and had to try the local delicacy cuy asado – roasted Guinea pig. We passed on the Chontacuros, though (roasted beetle larvae).
  4. What is something you would like to learn or do in your life?
    Traveling extensively, seeing the world, and meeting many interesting people are high on my bucket list. 
  5. Choosing anyone in the world, who would you like to have as a dinner guest and why?
    I would like to meet some authors of the books I read to learn firsthand about their backgrounds, lifes, and motivations.


I was born and raised in Sankt Augustin, Germany, a town of 55,000 near Cologne. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Cologne, I worked as an investment advisor for high-net-worth clients in the private wealth department of a large German bank. When my fiance, now my husband of 25 years, asked if I would like to live in the US for a couple of years, I was super excited and said yes to the US and him. Well, more than 20 years later, we are at home in Indiana.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, digging in my yard, smelling the roses, cooking with my husband and kids, summer days at Lake Michigan, skiing with my family, listening to audiobooks (which can be enjoyed while digging in the yard), visiting with friends and meeting new people, and admiring nature – the colorful leaves in fall, a beautiful sunrise, trees swaying in the wind, ripples of sunlight reflecting off the water, flowers glowing in the light. It’s a beautiful world; let’s take care of it.