Date: 29 April 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Movenpick Heritage Hotel at Sentosa
Organiser: Global Alumni Network Office
There is one special night in the year that NUS Business School Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) looks forward to, and that is the annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner. This is the occasion when we get to recognise and thank our alumni for the many ways they have given back to the School over the year through their tireless involvement, time and skills.
Starting on a high
Energy was high and the air abuzz with the sound of merriment as Business School alumni gathered at the beautiful Movenpick Heritage Hotel at Sentosa on 29 April 2014 for the celebration dinner. Picking up on the energetic vibe, Dean Prof Bernard Yeung thanked everyone for their invaluable contributions and acknowledged the roles of the three alumni associations as well as the Bizad Club and GANO for helping to forge a strong NUS community.
Keeping the party atmosphere going
The emcee for the evening involved alumni in a host of fun activities including an elimination bingo competition and a ‘Guess the Song’ contest, which had people on their feet and running for the stage to deliver their winning answers. Party balloons were the centrepiece for another game, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. Of course, there had to be a dance or two thrown in for good measure.
GANO’s heartfelt show of appreciation
As a thank-you gesture, GANO put together an appreciation video that recapped the year’s events and highlighted all the wonderful contributions and the many ways the Business School alumni community has given back to the School. The Dean then led the room in a toast to thank the alumni for their tireless involvement and, together with Ms Ng Pheck Choo, Director of GANO, presented everyone with custom-made tokens of appreciation.
What motivates our alumni to give back?
So what exactly spurs on our alumni to continue to give, be it as mentors, association committee members, speakers or event organisers? We spoke to some of those present to understand better why they continue to be involved with the School in their own time. Mr Ronald Wong (BBA Hons and MSc Management 2012), an NUSBSA member, highlighted the need to encourage active participation among younger alumni. This spurred his involvement in NUSBSA Connexxion, a series of networking events between current students and alumni that aims to nurture the giving spirit in current students with the hope they continue to be involved as alumni upon graduating. Exhorting fellow alumni to help make a difference, Mr Tan Boon Chin (APEX-E MBA 2003), Chair of the Annual Golf Reunion Committee 2014 and Vice President of NUS Business School Alumni Association since 2010, explained his motivation for his continual involvement: “Golf is something I have a passion for, so it is easy for me to be involved in the golf committee,” he says. “It’s my way of giving back to the School, and it is always nice to see all the old faces on a regular basis!”
Some alumni use their professional skills to give back, including Mr Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008), who volunteers his marketing skills and creative ideas to support the marketing programme for the Bizad Charity Run 2014. His conceptualisation of its promotional video was much appreciated for its creativity and humour. Another way that alumni have contributed their skills over the years is by sharing their industry knowledge with the next generation of leaders. One such volunteer was Ms Angela Sim (BBA 1998), who presented an engaging talk that covered the various grants and incentives available for SMEs at the second Mind My Business event. “I am grateful for being given the opportunity to not only share my knowledge and expertise, but also give back to my alma mater,” she explains. “It’s my way of not just giving back, but paying it forward.”
Some students start their contributions to the School early, as is the case with Mr Kapil Shukla (MBA 2011). “I am proud of the School and the education I have received here and rallying my cohort in the ranking is a way I can recognise the School for all it has done for me”, he said. Current student Sean Ling Wei Tsi, President of the Bizad Club, recognises the importance of a continued association with the School to build a strong alumni network. “Coming to an event like tonight is invaluable for me,” he says. “It shows me first hand the value of being involved, being part of something bigger than myself, and being an active alumni is something I shall certainly be after I graduate.”
As the evening wound to a close, the revelry didn’t. Alumni continued to mingle, catching up with old friends and forging new associations – all made possible because of the strong common bond they share – belonging to the NUS Business School alumni community!
We thank you all for what has been a great year.
The many ways to give back
The Alumni Appreciation Dinner 2014 got us thinking about the many different ways our alumni contribute to the School, be it time, skills, knowledge, mentorship, organisation or fundraising. So we took the opportunity to talk to some of our alumni volunteers, both in Singapore and overseas, to find out more about how they contribute and what motivates them to continue to do so despite their busy schedules and lives. (Read more)