Nearly one hundred EHU alums came together at the Ў Gallery in Minsk for EHU's second annual alumni reunion. Alums reunited with former classmates and lecturers, mingled with each other, and learned about the benefits of alumni networking. The event was the largest EHU alumni meeting to-date and part of EHU's efforts to promote alumni engagement and connections.
“It is important that EHU, despite being a university-in-exile, was able to organize the alumni meeting in Belarus. This demonstrates that the majority of former students use the knowledge received from our alma mater here in our homeland," said Illa Zaranok (MA European Studies 2010). " I hope such events push us towards closer communication with one another, to widen and develop our post-student community.” Zaranok currently serves as editor at Horki.info.
The event opened with greetings from the deans of the undergraduate and graduate schools, Ryhor Miniankou and Alla Sokolova. They encouraged alumni to stay in touch with each other and the University. EHU Rector Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov addressed alums by a live video link and emphasized that alums can contribute to the success of the University.
Alumni were encouraged to begin forming alumni clubs and to help future students enjoy the opportunities they had by contributing to EHU's Alumni Scholarship Fund. A charitable auction of artwork by EHU students and faculty was held to benefit the Fund. The artwork was exhibited during EHU's Artes Liberales project.
EHU Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrei Khrapavitski and alumna Olga Romanenko explained how to create a local alumni club. Currently, such clubs are being initiated in Minsk, Vitebsk, Vilnius, and on the East Coast of the United States. Alums interested in launching a local club should write to alumni @ ehu.lt for information and support.
The next major EHU alumni meeting will take place July 28-29 in Vilnius and will present, among other things, an opportunity for EHU alums to mingle with nearly 100 alumni of Yale University (USA).