Today like yesterday I went to the cultural connection training session at the university. The warm up included each of us leading exercises from the most significant physical actions that we did in the summer. I chose pull-ups and dips.
Then from last week survey we identified many reasons why people are feeling part of the university community and many reasons - why they are not. One of the main positives was the sense of common purpose and the negative - strong hierarchy. Then we categorized all of them into broader areas and next week we will start to devise an action plan about creating an activity that fosters our strengths and diminishes the weaknesses. I actually think this list we made today is a perfect sample of statistical data that the university could look into more seriously about what matters to the people from their community and how to go forward.
I also submitted a letter of intent for participating at the organ festival in Rokiskis next year. The plan is to play our organ duet.
After lunch @laputis and I went to the cafe near our church and had some coffee and desert after which we had our Unda Maris organ studio rehearsal. 10 or even more people where present. Not all of them had time to play but @laputis asked each of them a question if they consider themselves a part of the university community and to explain the reasoning behind yes or no. This survey was supposed to be my homework from last week but I forgot about it.
Then @laputis and I went to the cinema to see the French comedy "French Wedding 2". It was hillarious and displayed many cultural stereotipes the French have about immigrants and vice versa. Finished the day by watching "Bones" on TV about an investigation of the death of an astronaut who got minced by an airplane propeller. Oh, and I read a bit of David Sedaris' diary before sleep. It makes me wonder how he notices such remarkable things in his day...
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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