As far back as 1972 there has been a relationship between Kent State University and Siauliai University in Lithuania. Siauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania.
The Lithuanian program at Kent provides essential resources to students. There is a Lithuanian Fellowship Fund, which provides scholarships to qualifying students as well as a three week Summer Research program in Lithuanian research. The participating students are compensated for their work.
Dr. Vidas Lauruska, rector of Siauliai University, Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio and Kent State President Lester A. Lefton
Thousands of catalogues books, periodicals and archival items are housed in the Lithuanian Collection of the Kent State Library. It is one of the largest Lithuanian collections outside of Lithuania itself.
James K. Bracken, Dean of the Kent State University Libraries and Dr. Viktoras Stankus, vice president of Lithuanian Community Inc., Cleveland Chapter
On June 9, 2011, culminating years of work spearheaded by Dr. Viktoras Stankus, Kent Lithuanian Program President, an historic agreement was signed by the President of Kent State University, Lestor A. Lefton and Vidas Lauruska, rector (Lithuanian equivalent to president) of Siauliai University.
Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Rector of Siauliai University
Lestor A. Lefton, President of Kent State University
By signing the document, (a memorandum of understanding), a new partnership was created that will focus on exchange opportunities and potential joint research projects.
Dr. Stasys Tumenas, Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Mrs Regina Lauruskiene, Ingrida Bublys, Lestor A. Lefton, Dr. Viktoras Stankus, honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan and
Dr. Timothy Moerland
Mrs Regina Lauruskiene and Diane M. Ruppelt
Ingrida Bublys, honorary general consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ohio presented a traditional sash to Kent State President Lester A. Lefton.
It was an important day for two prestigious universities and the students and communities that they serve.
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