Issue 138, September 2014
A celebration of hostel camaraderie
Former and current residents of Hall of Residence 11 gather for the official launch of the Hall’s alumni association

NTU students staying on campus forge long-lasting friendships with fellow hostel residents. This relationship stays strong long after the students have graduated and moved out of the hostel, to start a new journey.

This evergreen camaraderie amongst hostel mates was clearly apparent as alumni who previously stayed at NTU’s Hall of Residence 11 came together for the official launch of the Hall of Residence 11 Alumni Association (AA).

Held on 1 September at the Hall’s Reading Room, the event was graced by former Senior Hall Fellow, Associate Professor Koh Chong Lek. At the event, the alumni and students learnt more about the Association and its objectives.

Initiated by Mr Norton Ng (EEE/2014), President of the AA and former President of the 19th Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC), the AA is the realisation of a collective vision to foster a greater sense of belonging and camaraderie within the hall. It functions as a platform for passionate ex-hall residents who wish to continue contributing back to the hall to connect with the current residents.

The main committee includes vice-presidents Mr Alan Phua (SCE/2010) and Mr Tom Lim (NIE/2013), financial consultant Mr Alvin Lye (NBS/2010), and honorary general secretaries Ms Daphne Teh (SCBE/2013) and Ms Lee Mei Rong (HSS/2012). 

The primary objective of the AA is to provide a means of networking with the past, current and future batches of hall residents. The alumni can provide contacts to aid the hall’s committees in their canvassing for various events, such as the annual Dinner and Dance. Similarly, the alumni can provide a hall-based support network to exchange information and contacts with one another, for both professional and social purposes. Through this initiative, past residents can keep in touch with current residents and fellow alumni to preserve the hall culture and spirit.

The AA committee is also working on a membership system, with possible benefits including the use of hall facilities, such as the barbecue pit and dance room, and a discount coupon system for bundled hall events.

Some 80 residents, alumni and guests attended the launch event which included a buffet dinner and lucky draw. The alumni and current residents of the hall also donated towards the JCRC fund as part of an effort to raise funds for future occasions.

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