Dr. Taškūnas at his graduation
with his children Simon, Vince,
Millie and Anne (left to right).
Photo - courtesy Sunday Tasmanian
Vince Taškūnas, the current
President of the Lithuanian
LSS also acts as the Lithuanian catalyst for academic research at the University of Tasmania. Five graduate theses dealing with Lithuania and the Lithuanians have been completed so far. Two others are in progress now. The Society has introduced an annual Lithuanian Honours scholarship worth AU$5,000 which is awarded to the best Honours candidate writing a dissertation on a Lithuanian topic, each year.
LSS was started by Algimantas Taškūnas, who was an administrator at the University of Tasmania for 25 years and was editor of the magazine "Baltic News", receiving the OAM for services to the university and the Baltic Community. After retiring at the age of 65, he started working on a Ph.D., on the subject of developing a framework for Lithuanian studies in Australian universities, including a model for the adoption, or non-adoption, of low demand language courses in higher education. He was awarded his doctorate in 2003 and stated: "The best way to find time for study is to retire"!
The current LSS President is Vincas Taškūnas B.A.(Tas).
For enquiries: LSS, P0 Box 777, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006, Australia, e-mail A.Taskunas@utas.edu.au