SASS Alumni Event 2016

It was a memory-delving night on the 8th October 2016 at Uncle Chillis, Petaling Jaya Hilton for the Monash University: School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) alumni party.

Hosted in the hotel’s resident bar, the many ex-students of SASS over the years who attended had the opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni, mingle with the earlier and younger graduates; and most excitingly, meet up with the lecturers that had painstakingly guided them  to the people they are today.

The event commenced with the arrival of everyone at 6.30 p.m. and kicked off at 7.12 p.m. with a speech given by the Head of SASS, Professor Kuah Khun Eng, welcoming the alumni for dinner. An ice-breaking quiz game was carried out by the emcees of the night to test how well the ex-students remembered the many subjects, topics and materials that they had to slave over during their sweet pre-graduate days.

A handful of the lecturers that were present for those times had fun watching how deeply ingrained their imparted knowledge had remained strongly with the post-graduates even to that night. Some of the lectures and students of the night had been around since before Monash University had its own building; reminiscing the good, close-knit times of them shuffling around in rooms back in Sunway University.

It was a proud moment for everyone to see how far they had come since finishing their tertiary education and present their accomplishments to their beloved lectures. Among those held in the highest regard was Dr. Yeoh Seng Guan, who had the experience of seeing almost all the alumni present for the night, being one of the longest standing members of the school.

As the night progressed into dinner and more mingling, performances by some of the artistic members of the alumni were given, from musical to poetic to comedic shows. The first was by Shazwan, Mustafa and Kamal, known as the Free Loaders, who treated those present to a medley of acoustic songs of their own production. The next was a stand-up routine by Phoon Chi Hoe, who delivered lots of relatable university life jokes and memories, drawing guffaws from fellow students and bringing up memories for his lecturers as he marvelled at the fact that now they had to listen to him instead.

The string of talents was followed by a passionate spoken word poetry recital by Melizarani T. Selva, enticing everyone in the hall as she inflected and poured out words with gusto. An electric dance number was next by Luke Ong, who lit up the elevated stage with the aid of pumping music and in-house concert lights.

True to SASS culture of world relations, a presentation by Paulista Surjadi Bunga on the inclusive cities in Jakarta and the actions people could take to help was given, bringing the night to nostalgia.

Sarah Jade King was up next, showcasing gentle streams of ukulele-accompanied songs, giving the event a calm and relaxing atmosphere. After her, a very surprising last-minute addition took over the stage, with the entire hall screaming and cheering as infamous Dr. Andrew Ng performed an operatic melody, awing everyone as they pulled their phones out to record the precious event.

Many memories were relived, especially with the “Confession Wall” erected at the door of the event where guests could jest about their strongest feelings about the missed lecturers and classes.

The event came to a close at 10.30 p.m., with the lecturers and alumni reluctant to say goodbye after a night of catching up on one of the biggest periods of their lives.