NUS Geography Majors Tea 2020
Inspiring Geographers Return to Their Alma Mater

Mr Alexius Yeo ('10) and Mr Sarabjeet Singh ('11) were special guests at the NUS Geography Majors Tea 2020 on 14 February to talk to students about their career achievements and to inspire them to follow their dreams. 

Just days before the event, Mr Singh had visited the Istana with his family where Singapore President Mdm Halimah Yacob (Law '78) presented him a gift for being a nominee of The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2019. As President of the Young Sikh Association in Singapore, Mr Singh was recognised for his Association’s work at building bridges between people of different ethnic groups in the community.

Mr Yeo's dream when he was a student was to plant more fruit trees and vegetables in Singapore, and that is exactly what he did upon commencement. He is now a permaculture practitioner and educator, and also the founder of Project 33, a project aimed at encouraging community gardeners to give away a third of their harvest. 

Around 50 students and faculty members attended the event, and over refreshments, asked the alumni further questions about their careers. Mr Singh summed up the event perfectly when he called it a “sweet and fruitful homecoming”.

Submitted by Associate Professor Chang Tou Chuang ('90)
NUS Alumni Melbourne Chapter Chinese New Year Celebrations
83 alumni in Melbourne gathered with their partners and children to celebrate the year of metal rat at I Love Dumplings Restaurant.

Dr Edna Yeo (Science '93), Chairperson of the Chapter, began the evening with a welcome address. During the event, a special award from NUS Alumni Relations was presented to Dr Ang Woo Sin (Dentistry '68) by Dr Yeo, in appreciation of his invaluable contributions as former Chairperson of the Chapter from 2016 to 2018. Dr Ang’s wife, Dr (Mrs) Ang Kuan Mee (Dentistry '68), was also presented with a bouquet of flowers for her contributions to the Chapter.

One of the Chapter's committee member, Mr Roland Tan (Engineering '00), gave a brief talk on the upcoming NUS Day of Service in September, and called for suggestions on how the Chapter can give back to the community on this meaningful day. 

In addition to a sumptuous dinner and catching up with old friends and making new ones, guests were serenaded with wonderful performances by Mr Raymond Wong (Building & Estate Management '81), Ms Violet Seet (Accounting '89) and her husband Mr Richard Seet (Engineering '87), Ms Juliet Koh (Education '73) and her husband Mr Alain Romary, Dr Quek Seng Lian (Medicine '65), Mr Raymond Wong (Building and Estate Management '81), Mr Arul Earnest (Arts '97) and Mr Yang Li (Architecture '97), Mr Shannon Tan (Arts '55) and his wife Mrs Zenaida Tan, and Mr Peter Koh (Science '87).

Submitted by Ms Surila R Chandra (Arts '92) Secretary, NUS Alumni Melbourne Chapter
Kent Ridge Hall 40th Anniversary Carnival: Krisneyland
Kent Ridge Hall (KRH) celebrated its 40th Anniversary on 11 January in a jubilant fashion with a celebratory carnival graced by the Hall’s Founding Master Dr Lee Soo Ann (Arts '60). Residents and alumni came together for a fun-filled day and had an opportunity to interact with Dr Lee to understand how hall life was like 40 years ago.

Alumni were excited to come back to KRH, and for some, the present location was new to them as the Hall only relocated here in 2002. Many alumni also brought their families along and it was heartwarming to see them share their hall experiences with their young children. Photographs of the old KRH building are displayed in a mini gallery called 'Memory Walk'. Alumni from Kent Ridge Dance and Rockers also took time off their busy schedule to rehearse and perform at the celebration. 

The first ever Kent Ridge Hall mascot was unveiled during the celebration and it was definitely one of the main highlights of the event. This was a project undertaken by KRH’s 40th Junior Common Room Committee Public Relations Director, Mr Howe Lee. The wolf symbolises how Kent Ridgeans stick together through thick and thin, like a pack of wolves. As the saying goes "Once a Kent Ridgean, Always a Kent Ridgean".

“Initially, undertaking the task of creating a mascot for Kent Ridge Hall was a daunting one, there were so many considerations about what the mascot should represent. After many months of meticulous planning, I managed to narrow down the selections and asked residents and alumni to poll for what best represents them. Looking back, I am very grateful for this opportunity that allowed me to work with my Kent Ridge Family to create something so historic for the hall”, said Mr Lee.

Submitted by Ms Bernice Wan Jia Yi (KRH resident)
NUS Alumni Shanghai Chapter Celebrated 30th Anniversary of Sino-Singapore Diplomatic Relations
The NUS Alumni Shanghai Chapter was invited to attend the annual Open House and Charity Fair of Singapore Consulate General in Shanghai on 11 January. Dr Geng Jing (Public Policy '11), Chairperson of the Chapter attended the event with about 50 alumni.

This year's event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore. Jointly sponsored by Singapore Consulate General in Shanghai, SingCham Shanghai and Singapore Global Network, the event was also attended by Singapore's Ambassador to China Mr Lui Tuck Yew and Singapore's Consul General in Shanghai Mr Loh Tuck Wai (Arts and Social Sciences '93).

The funds raised from the Charity Fair will be used to help the financially needy in Pengshui County, Chongqing City. Members of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in China and alumni from the Nanyang Technological University Singapore also participated in the event.
"NUS Wonderful Night" - New Year Party
A joyful "NUS Wonderful Night" New Year party was held in Shanghai on the evening of 28 December 2019. Over 120 NUS alumni from East China attended the event and came dressed in "the most in", "the most fashionable" and "the most ingenious" costumes.

The event was jointly held by the NUS Alumni Shanghai Chapter and the NUS Business School East China Alumni Association. Leaders and representatives from Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association, NUS Business School, Global Contact Singapore, and the Shanghai Branch of Singapore Chamber of Commerce in China were also present.

Chairperson of the NUS Alumni Shanghai Chapter Dr Geng Jing (Public Policy '11) and President of the NUS Business School East China Alumni Association Mr Zhang Runbin (Business '03), during their welcome addresses, shared with attendees the achievements of NUS alumni in the past year and their hope that alumni will embrace lifelong learning and make continuous progress in the new year!

The event was also attended by NUS Vice Provost Professor Susanna Leong (Law '89) who shared with attendees on the latest development at the University.  
BEMA Hosted Durian Party at Net-Zero Energy Building at NUS
The Building and Estate Management Alumni (BEMA) Executive Committee hosted a networking session with the staff of NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) on 18 December 2019. It was an early Christmas gathering but not with the typical treat to turkey and log cake. The king of fruits was the highlight on the dining table, supplemented with an assortments of local kuehs, lychees and fresh coconut juice for variety.

The food was good, the company was better. For many, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and lecturers, many of whom they have not seen for years – and what better place to gather than at Singapore's first net-zero energy building, SDE4! Attendees indulged in Mao Shan Wang durians at the Open Plaza on the third level. It was al fresco dining at its best with casual dreamy lighting and the occasional night breeze.

"We continue to maintain a strong link between the alumni and the School, through networking sessions such as this and other fund-raising efforts to support the BEMA Bursary for needy students, the setting up of the SDE Development Fund and support for the SDE 50th Anniversary the year before,” shared Dr Teo Ho Pin (Building '85), President of BEMA.

Submitted by Ms Ong Yen Peng (Design and Environment '02)
NUS Alumni Manila Chapter Christmas Gathering 2019
The new NUS Manila Chapter held its first-ever Christmas Gathering on 7 December 2019 at the Cerveseria (Spanish) Restaurant in Makati City, Metropolitan Manila. The event was well attended with 45 alumni from nine faculties and schools (Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Law, Public Policy, Medicine, Science, Design and Environment, and Public Health).

The event began with a presentation by the Chapter's Chairperson Mr Richard Tan (Public Policy '13), who also updated on the Chapter's recent activities and proposed quarterly events for 2020. During his presentation, Mr Tan shared his vision to create a dynamic Chapter by providing opportunities for active involvement of alumni.

Attendees were also treated to a presentation prepared by the Chapter's Treasurer Ms Carissa Caparra (Business '13) on the official launch of the Chapter on 28 August 2019 and the Chapter’s participation in the NUS Day of Service on 7 September 2019.
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