In 2005 a group of enthusiastic English philology students, encouraged by Dr. Jolanta Lėgaudaitė, initiated the English Club. Members of this organization meet every week; their activities include the following: organizing events and theme parties, watching and discussing films, and writing and reading poetry. During the Christmas season, the club organizes fundraising events and the donations go to the animal care association “Lessie”. In 2008 the club issued their first newspaper. In 2010 they staged “Romeo and Juliet”, which received great recognition. In February of 2012 they issued a newspaper infused with the spirit of Valentine’s Day and later celebrated the occasion watching the movie “Shakespeare in Love”. Secondary school students have visited the English Club a number of times during the events organised for these students; this is how they gained a better understanding about the university and the activities organized by various student clubs. In 2015, with the help of Lina Bradauskaitė and Natalija Gulei as well as first year students, the organization became more active.
VMU HISTORY ASSOCIATION
The goal of the History Association is to promote interest in Lithuanian and world history and to raise students’ historical awareness. Our activities include organizing public lectures, initiating discussions in an informal atmosphere, and running film viewings. The association accentuates the fostering of citizenship as well as historians’ active participation in social life and the engagement of society in both: its own history and world history. The association organizes yearly conferences for history students. It also plans trips to become familiar with interesting and important places. In 2015 members of this association went to Belarus, in 2014 – to Tallinn, in 2013 – to Gdansk, in 2012 – to Daugavpils, and in 2011 – to Warsaw. Excursions in Lithuania also attracted attention, for example, trips to the Lithuanian Bank or to the 9th Fort Museum. What is more, members of this association individually take part in various projects and in the implementation of ideas. They also participate in events which celebrate historical dates important to Lithuania.
LEONARDO DA VINCI ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLUB
Did you know that Italy is not only home for pizza and spaghetti? Yes! If you want to know how stereotypes and myths are created and broken, we invite you to join the Leonardo da Vinci Italian Language and Culture Club. This organization unites Italian language students and all members of VMU community (and not only them!), who are interested in the Italian language, culture, customs and traditions. The activities of the club are versatile and engaging: Italian language lessons for beginners, preparation of Italian dishes, various events dedicated to building up awareness about this country (the commemoration of dates important to Italy, film viewings, and literature readings). All of this provides the participants with excellent opportunities to communicate with Italian students and teachers, to broaden their general outlook and to get to know the Pearl of Southern Europe as much as possible.
FRENCH CULTURE CLUB
The French Culture Club unites students who are interested in French culture (language, history, films, music, traditions, and literature). It was founded in June 2013. The meetings, which take place once every two weeks, are open not only to the members of the club, but to everyone who is interested. During the meetings we give presentations, invite lecturers and guests from abroad, watch and analyse films, develop language skills, discuss, and play educational games. Moreover, members of the club have a chance to meet with exchange students from the French-speaking countries. It gives a great opportunity to spend your time meaningfully and increase your knowledge about French culture. At some events, only French is spoken, but members of the club are always willing to help those who do not know the language. Thus, participants can practice speaking skills and, at the same time, can get closer to a culture which, although foreign, is very appealing. The organization also has a Facebook page where one can find links to webpages designed to study the language independently and to broaden one’s cultural awareness. Members of the club share various interesting things, pictures, headlines or new French words.
JAPANESE CLUB “HASHI”
Origins of the Japanese Club “Hashi” can be traced back to as far back as 1998. Still, the official birthday of the club – known as the Kaunas Japanese club at the time – is the 5th of September 2000. The start of this club is associated with the students’ desire to find out more about the Land of the Rising Sun, its customs, traditions and culture. Until 2005, the club organised events that were first of all oriented towards its own members: they shared secrets of the Japanese cuisine, the Zen philosophy, celebrated traditional Japanese holidays, practiced the subtle art of making ikebana, baptised freshmen and even danced at an “actual” Japanese wedding. 2005 was the revival year in the history of the club, as a group of followers decided to introduce the club to the public. The Japanese Club “Hashi” is a public non-governmental organisation which is always open to new members and ideas! You are welcome to join us!