VMU Alumni Days: Warm Reunions and All That Jazz

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On November 8–22, Vytautas Magnus University will invite all of its past graduates to the fourth annual Alumni Days. The VMU Alumni will be able to reunite with the faculty and department communities, take part in special events and reminisce about their studies here. The theme of celebrations this year is Life in the Key of Jazz.

Traditionally, crowds of VMU graduates return to their alma mater in November to celebrate together with their former professors and coursemates, as well as to discover the changes at the university and become a part of its daily life again, at least for a short while.

"The graduate’s career is somewhat a reflection of the university – we always see his success as part of VMU’s success. This day is an opportunity to rejoice over our achievements and to share some thoughts on what should be changed at the university. The graduate’s point of view is very important to us – he knows perfectly well what the university was, is and could be like", Prof. Zigmas Lydeka, VMU Rector, spoke about the significance of the coming event.

The head of the university was particularly pleased that the meetings of the alumni and the VMU community will take place at separate faculties: "Since the number of VMU graduates is very large, we think it would be best for them to strengthen the ties with university by returning to their faculty or department – there will be no pretense or pomposity in a smaller and closer community, it will all be honest", VMU Rector explained.

A well-established tradition will be followed this year – the VMU Jazz Connections festival, held since 2008, is a part of the Alumni Days once again, offering university graduates an opportunity to spend the evening with fine wine and jazz in a cozy environment.

The festival, which will once again feature internationally famous artists from around the world, will take place on November 10–12. Audiences will hear musicians, who are always on the lookout for new ways of expression, performing lots of original free jazz. As usual, VMU alumni will receive invitations which will allow them to take part in the festival’s event taking place on the evening of the day of their meeting with the faculty or department community. More information about the jazz festival is available here.

VMU Alumni Days Events at Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Arts

On Friday, November 11, at 5 p.m., a meeting between alumni of the faculty (classes of 2001, 2002 and 2003 are especially welcome) will take place at the new building of the Faculty of Arts (Vytauto pr. 71). The alumni will be able to talk to former course-mates and lecturers, share memories, find out the latest news about the university and renew connections. They will also be able to take part in a creative evening held by Romualdas Požerskis, VMU professor and prominent photographer. More information available at the Faculty of Arts.

Faculty of Economics and Management

On Friday, November 11, the faculty’s graduates are invited to participate in festive events at the VMU central building (S. Daukanto g. 28, Room 404). Assoc. Prof. Nina Klebanskaja’s lecture on the marketing of family relations will kick things off. Afterwards, a banquet and discussions of lecturers and other alumni will follow (at the 4th floor lobby of the central building at S. Daukanto g. 28–404). More information available at the Faculty of Economics and Management.

Faculty of Humanities

Dept. of English Philology

On Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m., the VMU Dept. of English Philology (DEP) (K. Donelaičio g. 52, Room 618), will mark the traditional alumni reunion day Back to DEP. As the weather gets cold and windy, the department invites the alumni to come back for a reunion at their alma mater and mark this beautiful ocassion together. Alumni may bring their family members. More information available at the Dept. of English Philology.

Dept. of German and French Philology

On Thursday, November 10, at 6 p.m., the students of the Dept. of German and French Philology will premiere the stage production of the play The Metamorphosis (based on the novella by Franz Kafka) at the VMU art gallery 101 (Laisvės al. 53). Stage manager: dr. Antje Johanning (VMU), the language of the event is German. After the play, organizers will invite audience to stay for an informal evening. The stage production is a part of the project KafkART. Tarpmedialūs susitikimai. More information is provided by the department and organizers of KafkART.

Faculty of Informatics

On Thursday, November 10, from 1 p.m., practical seminars "Alumni – studentams" (Alumni – for the Students) will be held at the Kaunas High-Tech & IT Park (Breslaujos g. 3B). After the seminars, the alumni are invited to visit the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Informatics (Vileikos g. 8, Room 409), where they will have a chance to talk to the university community and have some coffee or tea. More information available at the Faculty of Informatics and its departments.

Faculty of Law

On Friday, November 11, at 5 p.m., the alumni of the Faculty of Law are invited to the meeting with the faculty’s community at the restaurant 55 Laipsniai (hotel Kaunas, Laisvės al. 79). More information provided at the departments of the Faculty of Law.

Music Academy

On Tuesday, November 22, at 2 p.m., roundtable discussion Music and Current Affairs of Higher Education (Muzika ir aukštojo mokslo realijos) will take place at the Great Hall of the Music Academy (V. Čepinskio g. 5). Discussion will be moderated by Assoc. Prof. Saulius Gerulis, Prof. Vaiva Zuzevičiūtė, Assoc. Prof. Zita Bružaitė. Participants will include alumni, heads of departments, scholars. Papers will be read by Gabrielius Alekna (USA) and Rita Novikaitė (Austria). More information available at the Music Academy.

Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy

On Tuesday, November 8, at 8 p.m., the BA, MA, PhD students of the faculty, as well as its alumni, lecturers and employees are all invited to the night organized by the faculty community for the first time at the club Siena (Laisvės al. 93). The attending public will be offered fun contests, great prize and a warm, honest atmosphere. Price – LTL 10 (money is collected by a representative of the course). Tickets to this event, organized by the FPSD volunteers, can also be acquired in the lobby of the faculty (Gedimino g. 44) on November 2–4. More information available on Facebook.

On Wednesday, November 9, at 4.30 p.m., the faculty will hold the discussion Human Rights in Lithuania, which will be attended by the lawyer and political figure, the Lithuanian Vice Minister of Justice Tomas Vaitkevičius and member of the Commission for Judge Selection Henrikas Mickevičius. The latter is a standing expert at the Council of Europe, ESBO, United Nations and other intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations. Aside from participation in other international projects, he also regularly prepares and holds seminars for the judges, prosecutors, lawyers and non-governmental organizations’ representatives of Georgia, Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. More information available at the Dean’s Office of the faculty.

On Friday, November 11, at 6 p.m., the Dept. of Public Communications invites its alumni to meet with the professors at the new space for the students in the former café place at the VMU central building (S. Daukanto g. 28). A discussion over coffee or tea, entitled The Myths and Metaphors of Communication (in Lithuanian) will be held. Discussion will be attended by Prof. Auksė Balčytienė, Mykolas Drunga and other department lecturers and alumni. More information available at the Dept. of Public Communications.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Departments of Psychology

On Friday, November 11, at 5 p.m., the VMU Psychology Alumni Club invites the alumni to take part in prof. Roy Kern’s seminar Me+You=Team? at K. Donelaičio g. 52, Room 521. After a short lecture, some practical activities and a discussion over coffee will take place. Free invites to the VMU Jazz Connections festival will be handed out during the get-together. Before the event, the process of registration via e-mail (vdu.paklubas@gmail.com) until November 4 is necessary by indicating one’s first and last name and whether or not translation to Lithuanian will be required.

Dept. of Sociology

On Saturday, November 12, at 4 p.m., the alumni of VMU Sociology Dept. (K. Donelaičio g. 52–309) are invited to get together for a cup of tea at the department and to take part in an activity entitled Sociology as Way of Life.

Dept. of Social Work

On Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., the VMU Small Hall (S. Daukanto g. 28) will host the conference Mokomosios Socialinio Darbo Praktikos Procesas: Etika ir Bendradarbiavimas (in Lithuanian). At 4 to 6.30 p.m., the alumni of the Social Work Dept. and its community will get together at the VMU Institute of Social Welfare (K. Donelaičio g. 52, Room 408).

Dept. of Educology

On Monday, November 21, at 3 p.m., the VMU Dept. of Educology invites the alumni to the public lecture by prof. Vytautas Černius – VMU Honorary Professor, USA Professor Emeritus, long-time lecturer and scholar at Vytautas Magnus University. On November 18, the Ministry of Education and Science will award Mr Černius with a lifetime achievement prize for his work in social sciences and the humanities.

More information provided at the departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Faculty of Natural Sciences will not hold any events for Alumni Days. There is currently no information available about any Alumni Days events at Faculty of Catholic Theology.

More information about the Alumni Days is available at www.vdu.lt/alumni and VMU faculties and departments.

You are welcome to view last year’s video report on Alumni Days (in Lithuanian) by Lukas Motiejūnas (l.motiejunas@vkt.vdu.lt.

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