Issue 87, June 2010
Birds of a feather flock together

Alumni, students and staff flock to Jurong Bird Park with their families to celebrate NTU Alumni Family Day 2010.

22 May was set aside for members of the NTU community to come and play with their family in the company of feathered friends.

As many as 720 showed up with family members, bright and early, at Jurong Bird Park, where the NTU Alumni Family Day was held. 

One nucleus family in particular – alumni Chua Joo Hiang (Commerce/Class of 1976) and her husband Lim Choo Guan (Science/Class of 1974), along with their children who are currently studying at NTU – spent precious, quality time with one another.

Mdm Chua said: “As the four of us are linked to the same University, we feel a sense of belonging. So, we had to come. Besides, it also gives us a chance to spend more time together as a family, which we don’t sometime get to do, caught up as we are in day-to-day goings-on.”

The Lims like the other families there strolled along the park, catching sight of birds of different species and fascinating colours. They also watched majestic eagles, hawks and falcons swooping in serial loops and soaring above treetops. 

Family ties
NTU President Dr Su Guaning, Professor Er Meng Hwa, Senior Associate Provost, Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, Chief University Advancement Officer and Mr Soon Min Yam, Director, Alumni Affairs, also graced the event in celebration of family ties.

In his welcome speech, Dr Su said: “As alumni of this University, you are part of the NTU family... This event (NTU Alumni Family Day) is a celebration of family ties and the bonds that hold a community together.”

Carnival magic
Members of the NTU community did not just spend the day with the feathered friends of the park. They also soaked up some carnival magic and indulged in stage performances and interactive games.

A Japanese Tenko Drum performance onstage got everyone’s spirit uplifted, putting them in the mood for more highlights that were lined up for the day – modern jazz dance, magic show, games, as well as a lucky draw.

Among the most memorable was listening to the little ones stretching their vocal chords trying to say “NTU”. The kid who could say NTU loudest and for the longest time was generously rewarded.

There were also telematches for the big kids and carnival-like game stalls, pop corns, candy floss and potong ice-cream for all to indulge in. 

Alumnus Tan Leong Gee (CSE/Class of 1989) who came with his wife and son enjoyed the day from start to end. Summing it up aptly, he said: “My son couldn’t stop talking about the game stalls, art workshop, magic show and competing with other kids onstage to say “NTUuuuuuuu!” We all had a ball!” 

© Alumni Affairs Office