18 January 2013 (Friday)
NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
NUS Business School Global Alumni Network Office (GANO)
There was an animated buzz at NUS Guild House as alumni from BBA and BAcc Class of 1972 gathered for their second formal reunion dinner since graduation.
While some had met informally over the years and others joined the 25th anniversary reunion 15 year prior, for many, this was the first get-together in 40 years. So there was plenty to catch up on.
The Class had been based at Bukit Timah campus back when NUS was known as the University of Singapore, and those present at the beginning of the evening were taken on a quick tour, stopping for a group photo on the steps of the new Mochtar Riady Building before moving upstairs to view the Wall of History photo gallery. Here alumna Ambassador Mary Seet-Cheng even found a photo of herself on a study tour of Japan, Hong Kong and Taipei in 1972. This caused great excitement in the group and a further search for familiar faces.
Before the dinner, Professor Chng Chee Kiong, Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, took to the stage to congratulate the Class and thank all for making a gift towards the Business School Undergraduate Bursary Fund. Lively conversation accompanied the three-course meal as alumni told old stories and remembered old classmates. Ang Lian Hua had brought along a photo of the 25th anniversary reunion, which helped spark further memories and tales. Reminiscing and the revival of old friendships continued until it was time, reluctantly, to call it a night.
“I remember our lessons in the tin huts at Bukit Timah campus. It could get really hot in there, and when it rained, we couldn’t hear the lectures at all, or sometimes even get to them for the floods!”
“It’s good to be here, and just to be healthy.”
Wee Beng Geok
“It’s difficult to recognize everyone after so long, especially the guys.”
Ang Lian Hua
“It’s been 15 years since our last formal reunion but some of us have had informal ones on and off through the years.”