Introductory Week to Kick Off With a Bang
On the last week of August, VMU will organize the traditional Introductory Week: a series of introductory and entertaining events for the university‘s freshmen and the rest of the community. Some of the events will be held in English and will be dedicated to the international students as well.
On the first day, 25 August, 6 p.m., at Vero Cafe @ VDU (28 S. Daukanto Str.), the VMU Student Representative Office’s structure will be introduced, as well as its president, main activities, events, and freshman camp Subalansuotas Fuksas.
On 26 August, 1.30 p.m., a lecture/discussion with Assoc. Prof. J. D. Mininger will be held at the 1st floor lobby of VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto Str.). Mininger’s research priorities include social and political theory, comparative studies of modern European literature, theory of aesthetics, psychoanalysis, and lyrical poetry.
The next day, on 6 p.m., a movie night with Assoc. Prof. Jaq Greenspon will be organized at the VMU Great Hall’s lobby. Like most of the events mentioned in the article, the film’s introduction and discussion will be held in English. Greenspon teaches script writing, creative writing and other subjects at VMU. He has amassed a wealth of experience as a writer, editor, publisher, reviewer, and screenwriter.
One of the most anticipated events of the week is the traditional VMU Introduction Party, which will kick off the academic year with a bang at Ryšių Kiemelis 837 (20 Rotušės Square) on 29 August, 6 p.m. As usual, this free-of-charge mega-concert will pack in lots of fun and surprises. Performers include Linas Adomaitis, Neteisėtai Padaryti, and others.
Festivities will culminate on the 1st of September. Students will be invited to the Holy Mass in the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica (1 Vilniaus Street) on 11 a.m., which will be followed by community members’ gatherings in the faculties on 1 p.m. and a meeting of the entire VMU community beside the Monument of Vytautas Magnus (96 Laisvės Avenue) on 2 p.m. The celebrating procession, joined by the Kaunas Wind Instrument Orchestra, will move to the VMU Great Hall, where the launch of the academic year will end with the freshmen’s oath, the VMU Rector’s speech, and a huge VMU cake.
In addition to these events, where the entire VMU community and the international students are welcome, the International Office will also organize a series of activities exclusively for the foreigners studying at VMU. The traditional Orientation Days will be organized from 25 August until 1 September and offer tours, important practical details about studies, trips to Trakai and Vilnius, etc.