Issue 119 | Oct-Dec 2019

A Fiesta on the Green

This year’s Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day featured a diverse and exciting programme that catered to all.

University Town (UTown) Green was transformed into a sea of smiling faces as alumni and their families, students and staff turned out for the annual Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day (KRAFD) on 17 August. More than 4,000 guests thronged the campus to reconnect with their alma mater, as well as with old friends.

The highlight of the evening was a mesmerising performance by singer and actress Ms Joanna Dong (Arts and Social Sciences ’04). Between jazzy renditions of Liàn Qǔ 1990 and We Are Young, Ms Dong spoke fondly of her days as an NUS undergraduate. She also interacted with guests at the NUS Centre For the Arts booth after her show. 

The NUS Alumni Indian Ensemble, NUS Dance Synergy, NUS Silat, NUS Chinese Society Geyao and Imprompt-3 alumni also treated the guests to lively performances. The stage shows closed on a high note with an appearance by Bunz (Arts and Social Sciences ’14) and other members of the cast from the musical web series So Bright 2.

Various technologies championed at NUS were also showcased at the event, such as robotics and Virtual Reality demonstrations by NUS Engineering and the NUSmart Shuttle autonomous vehicle. In his speech, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85) elaborated on the University’s smart campus aspirations — for example, drones doing deliveries, robots patrolling the grounds and apps for real-time bus arrival timings.

As stars appeared in the darkening sky, guests settled down on the Green to watch Smallfoot, an animated film — a perfect ending for the day. 
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