The United States Ambassador to Singapore, Mr David Adelman, joined NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, at an event to thank some of the University’s loyal supporters. The reception, which celebrated the great American tradition of Thanksgiving, was attended by over 60 distinguished guests from Singapore-based American organisations, as well as friends of NUS. The celebration was held in NUS’ Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan opened the evening’s celebration by giving thanks to all those who have lent their “steadfast support” to NUS over the years. He outlined NUS’ achievements and determination to move forward and offer differentiation by embarking on new initiatives such as NUS University Town, the Yale-NUS College and the NUS Research Institute. In 2011, NUS’ Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music will celebrate 10 years of collaboration with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins with the announcement of several new joint degree programmes.
In his speech, His Excellency David Adelman shared the history of the tradition of Thanksgiving and outlined the commonalities between Singapore and the United States. He praised NUS for its accomplishments and partnerships, including with Johns Hopkins, Duke and Yale. Mr Adelman also gave thanks to all those who are serving their country around the world and would not be able to share Thanksgiving with their families.
The evening’s guests were treated to a jazz performance by Dr Tony Makarome, Derrick Lim and Huang Shan from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and they cheered with delight when both the Ambassador and the President impulsively swept their wives off their feet and led them in a dance around the hall. Dancing was followed by a dinner of Thanksgiving delicacies including roast turkey, sweet potatoes roasted with marshmallows and pumpkin pie.
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