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Classic pop welcomes alumni
Vietnamese students (front) and Dancesport performers (second row) with alumni in an evening of happy memories
Hey Jude, don't make it bad / Take a sad song and make it better / Remember to let her into your heart / Then you can start to make it better…
The lyrics of this Beatles song greeted 24 SIM Global Education alumni from the class of 1992 and earlier in the 20th Year Homecoming on Oct 11, 2013. Blue Tango, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and the Mandarin Moon Represents My Heart were other songs played by student musicians deepened the nostalgic mood.
It felt like being back in one big family reunion, remarked an alumni member as he tucked into a sumptuous dinner. The happy sentiment was also shared by most of the folks who were graduates of SIM’s popular Diploma in Management Studies (DMS). In those days in the 1980s and 1990s, DMS was one of the few tertiary qualifications that were available to working adults who were unable to attend public universities.
There was a touch of international flavour when a student group from SIM’s Vietnamese Club performed Daydream, a down-memory-lane dance depicting a young girl in a faraway land thinking of home and loved ones. Another performance, this time by a Myanmar student group, depicted a fantasy folk tale of a boy with magical powers getting his wishes fulfilled.
The reunion ended with a burst of energy from Dancesport, the student club devoted to competitive ballroom dancing. Their jive performance soon got the audience tapping their feet and as they left the hall, they vowed to return again when SIM GE organises mega homecoming in late 2014 for all alumni, both the pioneers and recent graduates.