The Faculty of Engineering’s Class of 1976 recently held their second reunion at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge campus. The event saw old friends come together for an afternoon of high-tea, laughter and singing.
Once again the Class of ‘76 made the most of the reunion, ensuring that while they celebrated their past, they continued to lend a helping hand to current and future cohorts at the Faculty of Engineering. To show their support, they raised more funds for the Class of ‘76 Engineering Bursary, which was established with gifts made at their last class reunion. The Bursary is supporting its first recipient, Engineering student Darrel Wong, this Academic Year 2012/2013.
Darrel says, “My father is the sole breadwinner in my family of five and spending has to be carefully planned, especially for the big items like textbooks and school fees. This Bursary has given me the opportunity to focus on my studies instead of worrying about getting a job to support my family.”
Alumna Chan Mei Lee, who is a new addition to this year’s reunion committee, says, “All of us in the Class of ‘76 benefitted from a university education. Now that we are near retirement age and most of us have accomplished our parental duties, it’s time to care for other kids. Hopefully this spirit of helping others will go on unceasingly.”
The afternoon kicked off with a welcome address from organising committee Chairman Leong Yue Wing and was followed by an address by Professor Chan Eng Soon, Dean, Faculty of Engineering. Then it was time for three ex-classmates to share their experiences since graduation; Poh Eng Seng spoke about the things he has learned since he graduated, Lam Chun See talked about the evolution of Singapore since his university days and how he went from writing on a blog, to writing a book; and Lim Tow Soon, presented his book Tell it @ Jacob’s, which talks about the café he opened in Changi Village.
The get-together closed with voices singing songs like Country Road, You’ve Got a Friend, and the Chinese song, Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin.