By Poh Sook Sun, Senior Assistant Manager, Development and Planning
I joined LKCMedicine in February 2017, hired to do alumni and donor relations. Donors, we have. But alumni? At that time, our first graduates were still in Year 4!
By the second half of 2017, we started putting together ideas and strategies on how we could engage with our alumni. It is rare being able to start from a clean slate when it comes to alumni relations, without the burden of legacy and history. Here at LKCMedicine, we are home to many firsts, including the newly minted alumni. We are artists being given the gift of a plain canvas!
It is an exciting time for the School and for me personally, to see the first batch of students graduate, and to welcome each of them as an alumnus. At the appreciation dinner in April, our 52 graduates received their Alumni Card – alumni membership is free and automatic – which gives them lifetime access to the gym, medical library, and in future, the Alumni Lounge, which is being repurposed from the former Student Lounge in the HQ building and expected to be ready by August. With the Card, alumni members will receive discounts at CSB's Demand and Supply as well as ResearchAsia Books at Novena Square 2.
It is heartening to know that our inaugural cohort is already thinking of how they can give back to LKCMedicine, whether in support of student activities or future students. An Alumni Fund with contributions from graduates and matched by LKCMedicine staff and faculty for students who require financial assistance, or to support meaningful student activities is being set up. Many of the first alumni cohort have also indicated an interest in getting involved with mentoring their juniors and planning for that is in the works.
I look forward to working with Leon Tan, the first president of LKCMedicine Alumni Association and his committee to put together more initiatives which will help our alumni to stay connected with each other and stay engaged with their alma mater.