Date: Saturday, 13th August 2016
Time: 5.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: University Town, National University of Singapore
Organised by the NUS Office of Alumni Relations, Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day is NUS’ Annual Homecoming to welcome the entire NUS community (alumni, students, faculty, staff and their families) home to campus. The much-anticipated event was held on 13 August at the NUS University Town (UTown). About 5,800 alumni, students and staff – together with their family members – came back to campus for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.
For the 3rd year running, GANO hosted a faculty booth for NUS Business School where we set up a game stall which drew the longest queue on the Green. It was great to catch up with alumnus Sean Goh (BBA 2012), who was the front man for Laid Comers, a 5-piece band who entertained the crowd that evneing.
A big THANK YOU to the student volunteers from BizConnect team (of Bizad Club) for helping us manage our Crossbow Hunting game stall. We hope to see more of our alumni next year at our booth!
[The following is extracted from The AlumNUS Magazine (Oct-Dec 2016 issue)]
The event was graced by NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong (Engineering ’65), together with NUS Board of Trustees members Professor Olaf Kübler and Ms Chong Siak Ching (Design and Environment ’81), NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan (Medicine ’83), as well as NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85).
UTown was abuzz with activities such as the Student Life Fair, Alumni’s & Students’ Sports Challenge, bazaar booths, bubble soccer and more. Several alumni groups also held their homecomings on the same day at UTown, including University Scholars Programme, NUS Environmental Studies Alumni, NUS Students’ Union Alumni and NUS Alumni Photographic Society.
Children were entertained and delighted by the wide range of activities available from a bouncy castle to animal rides and carnival games at the NUSS Kids’ booth. The mascots of NUS and NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU), LiNUS the lion and Sunny the Penguin respectively, were also a hit with both children and adults alike when they went around meeting and greeting the crowd.
Canteen vendors who took part in the Canteen Food — Past & Present competition (organised by the NUS Office of Campus Amenities) whipped up popular dishes for sampling and judging. Celebrity Ms Violet Oon (Arts and Social Sciences ’71) was one of the judges for this competition. The grand prize went to the Yong Tau Foo stall at Techno Edge.
As the day started to cool down, guests spread out their picnic mats on the green — to take a break from the action and excitement and to enjoy the performances on stage.
They were treated to a variety of music entertainment by popular alumni band ShiLi & Adi, 5-piece band Laid Comers, and student band Yoke Ling & Niki. The Taekwondo demonstration led by multi-award winner and coach Mr Lai Han Seng (Computing ’01) impressed the audience, while Catwalk-On-The-Green by NUS student models curated by Mr Daniel Boey (Arts and Social Sciences ’89) wowed the crowd, especially fashion-conscious younger alumni.
The finale of the event was a screening (the biggest outdoor movie screening on campus) of popular animated movie Kung Fu Panda 3 .