Would you like to plunge into the world of Marvel and remember how it all began?

You can join us on Sunday, May 19th, to watch the “Capitan America: The First Avenger (2011)" movie, and spend a good time with us and make new friends as well. Tea and snacks are waiting for you.

When: On Sunday, May 19th, at 6 p.m.
Where: 10th floor of "Parus"

P.S. If you are not living in" Парус", but want to join us — just write to contact person: Oybek Mamazakirov. 

Dear students!

The main May holiday – Victory Day, May 9 – is coming. This day is a symbol of the end of the Great Patriotic War (in English — the Eastern Front of World War II). It is the important reminder of the hard times in the past.

Since 1945 solemn events have been held throughout Russia: parades, laying wreaths and flowers on the graves of soldiers and around the eternal flame, fireworks. This is a way for the descendants to pay tribute to those people who sacrificed their lives to ensure peace in the world and the freedom of future generations.

One of the most important events of Victory Day is the procession of the “Bessmertny Polk” (Immortal Regiment) which appeared in Tomsk and then spread throughout Russia. Everyone has the right to bring a photo of their relative to the procession as well as describe relative’s story of life and participation in the war (not only in act of war but also in the rear).

We share with you the programme made by TSU for this year’s Victory Day. There are also festive events all over the city including Novosobornaya Square and Lagerny Sad. At 22:45 in Lagerny Sad you can watch a huge firework.

«Krasnaya gorka» holiday will take place on the May, 5, from 2 pm to 4 pm in front of the dormitory "Parus". 

 

This is a spring holiday with mass celebrations, songs, dances, the opportunity to have fun and relax, as well as to learn a lot about the Siberian traditions and culture. On the shores of the Mavlukeevsky lake, several sites devoted to Russian traditional culture and the Easter traditions of the Russian old-timers of the Tomsk province and all of Siberia will work at once. 

 

«Derevenskoye molochko» is the sponsor of the holiday. 

 

Don't miss a chance to join us!

Dear friends!

 
April is over and it means that we all are waiting for the May holidays. And the first one is today – May 1 – Labour Day. Usually on this day across Russia peaceful processions of workers and students are organized. All people leave their houses to share the joy of the start of the warmest spring month with others. 

We wish you happy spring holidays and kindly remind that the university departments are closed from May 1st to May 5th. See you on Monday!

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