For the first time in EHU’s history, the EHU community has selected an alum to receive the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Aliaksandra Ihnatovich has been voted most Distinguished Alumna by the EHU community for 2013 and was presented with the Award during EHU's Second Annual Alumni Homecoming in Vilnius.
“Aliaksandra manages to do everything she takes on and do it to the end. She puts her heart in everything she does and does it in a very colorful way,“ said Almira Ousmanova, head of EHU's Media Department who taught Ihnatovich when she was a student.
“EHU is a family and being here is the most important part of my life. I am very grateful for this award, and it is a sign that the university is developing,” said Ihnatovich upon accepting the award.
The winner was honored with a plaque and a picture that will be displayed on campus.
Ihnatovich is a journalist and a civic activist. She leads EHU's LitPro project, has authored a number of scholarly publications, has curated several film festivals, including ToKino and Lithuanian/Soviet Cinema: Reconstruction, and is involved in other public activities. She is an alum of EHU's undergraduate Mass Media and Journalism program (BA, 2010) and graduate Visual and Cultural Studies program (MA, 2012) and was named both the best undergraduate and best graduate student in her class. Ihnatovich currently lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In total, thirteen alumni were nominated for the award by the EHU community. The nominations were reviewed and a short list was selected by the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee composed of EHU's rector and vice-rectors, the president of the Student Union, and three randomly selected donors to EHU's Alumni Scholarship Fund.