Editor's Note

Dennis Tan

Editor's Note

Take Heart

Hearty greetings to all in the alumni family.

Having a heart is about being socially conscious with a desire to make positive changes in society. 

Our Cover Story featuring one of our alumni – Anthony Sean D’Amico (Tony) – is a perfect example of someone having this heart.

The heart of the matter is his social consciousness and passion for leading and working to make impactful and positive changes in people’s lives.

The ancients believe that our thoughts and feelings come from the heart (since heartbeats can be felt dramatically); so having a heart is also about our whole being.

Indeed, we often hear that leading from the heart would lead to desirable outcomes because competence alone would not be as effective.

There is also this debate today that the modern education system may not be fully equipped to meet or resolve some of society’s pressing and evolving needs. Learning the “best methods” and technical competency (solely from the head) may need to be augmented with other attributes, such as the “heart” element.

In this respect, SUSS has much to offer. We have seen this “heart” being used, and Tony is but one good example.

Thus, a lifelong learning journey with a good “heart” start could well be a head start to achieving fulfilling success and happiness.

“A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

 

Dennis Tan

Editor

Bring a Smile to Their Faces: A Volunteering Event

DATE/TIME

24 November 2018 (Saturday)

5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

VENUE

50 Beach View, Singapore 098604

Fees

Alumnus: $0

Guest: $0

  • Maximum 1 Guest only.
  • To ensure that sufficient volunteers to take care of the seniors, please ensure that you can make it for the event, before registering.

DETAILS

We will be bringing seniors from NTUC SilverACE (Telok Blangah) to Sentosa. We will be enjoying a dinner at Good Old Days, followed by a show at Wings of Time! Each volunteer will be taking care of 1-2 seniors. You can combine and make a bigger group if you are shy. Join them for the dinner and the show to create a night of fun and sweet memories!

SUSS alumni are to present their NRIC on the event day for verification purposes.

Guests who are not accompanied by SUSS alumni will not be allowed to join the event.

Registration

  1. Log in to Alumni Portal www.suss.edu.sg/alumniportal
  2. E-Services > Alumni Event Registration
  3. Email your full name and NRIC to mymailsupport@suss.edu.sg for alumni portal enquiries
Sign Up

Terms & Conditions

  1. SUSS reserves the rights to use/publish any photos taken at our events on corporate marketing materials or for publicity purposes.
  2. Our events are highly subsidised and we have limited capacity. Failure to turn up for an event will deprive a fellow alumnus from enjoying the benefit. We greatly appreciate your participation and thank you in advance for joining us.
  3. Parking lots may be scarce on weekends. Attending an SUSS event does not guarantee you a parking lot.
  4. Once your registration is confirmed, no cancellation or refund would be allowed.
  5. SUSS reserves the right to make changes to the event without prior notice.
  6. Complimentary or free gifts, if any, are on a while stocks last basis.
  7. All information is accurate at the time of publishing.​​

Data Analytics Workshop

DATE/TIME

3 November 2018 (Saturday)

10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

VENUE

SUSS, Block C (Room TBC)

Fees

Alumnus: $3.50

Guest: $5.00

DETAILS

Learn the basics of Data Analytics

Topics for discussion:

  • Statistical Report and Data Visualisation Techniques
  • Business Performance Dashboards
  • Overview of Data Mining and Association Analysis
  • Clustering and Predictive Modelling
  • Text Mining
  • More on Analytics

Light refreshments will be provided during the break.

Trainer Profile: Mr Paul Seah

Mr Seah has more than 4 years experience in data strategy, data governance, data protection, data quality, metadata management, data visualisation and data science, and more than 8 years application experience in IBM SPSS Statistics, IBM SPSS Modeler, SAS Enterprise Miner, R programming, Python programming and Tableau. 

Contributions:

  • Instructor of Analytics for Decision Making, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Project supervisor for Master of IT in Business (Analytics) internship, Singapore Management University

Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. Knowledge Management, Nanyang Technological University 
  • B.Sc. Business Analytics, Singapore University of Social Sciences​

SUSS alumni are to present their NRIC on event day for verification purposes.

Guests who are not accompanied by SUSS alumni will not be allowed to join the event.

Registration

  1. Log in to Alumni Portal www.suss.edu.sg/alumniportal
  2. E-Services > Alumni Event Registration
  3. For graduands of Class 2018, please register via the Student Portal.
  4. Email your full name and NRIC to mymailsupport@suss.edu.sg for alumni portal enquiries
Sign Up

Terms & Conditions

  1. SUSS reserves the rights to use/publish any photos taken at our events on corporate marketing materials or for publicity purpose.​​
  2. Our events are highly subsidised and we have limited capacity. Failure to turn up for an event will deprive a fellow alumnus from enjoying the benefit. We greatly appreciate your participation and thank you in advance for joining us.
  3. Parking lots may be scarce on weekends. Attending an SUSS event does not guarantee you a parking lot.
  4. Once your registration is confirmed, no cancellation or refund would be allowed.
  5. SUSS reserves the right to make changes to the event without prior notice.
  6. Complimentary or free gifts, if any, are on a while stocks last basis.
  7. All information is accurate at the time of publishing.​ ​​​​​​​​​​

Fun with Calligraphy

DATE/TIME

17 November 2018 (Saturday)

2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

VENUE

SUSS Campus, 463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494 (exact room TBC)

Fees

Alumnus: S$5.00

Guest: S$8.00

Calligraphy pen and tea reception will be provided

DETAILS

Ever been envious of friends with a poet’s handwriting?

Now is your chance to be introduced into the art of calligraphy!

Learn the basics of this beautiful craft and you’ll be on your way to penning picturesque​ notes and birthday wishes in no time.

SUSS alumni are to present their NRIC on event day for verification purposes.

Guests who are not accompanied by SUSS alumni will not be allowed to join the event.

Registration

  1. Log in to Alumni Portal www.suss.edu.sg/alumniportal
  2. E-Services > Alumni Event Registration
  3. Email your full name and NRIC to mymailsupport@suss.edu.sg for alumni portal enquiries
Sign Up

Terms & Conditions

  1. SUSS reserves the rights to use/publish any photos taken at our events on corporate marketing materials or for publicity purposes.
  2. Our events are highly subsidised and we have limited capacity. Failure to turn up for an event will deprive a fellow alumnus from enjoying the benefit. We greatly appreciate your participation and thank you in advance for joining us.
  3. Parking lots may be scarce on weekends. Attending an SUSS event does not guarantee you a parking lot.
  4. Once your registration is confirmed, no cancellation or refund would be allowed.
  5. SUSS reserves the right to make changes to the event without prior notice.
  6. Complimentary or free gifts, if any, are on a while stocks last basis.
  7. All information is accurate at the time of publishing.​​

Director's Desk

Evelyn Chong

Director's Desk

Changes and Chances

These days, we somehow hear less mention of chasing after the 5C’s to determine one’s success in life. Hopefully this signifies that more are now ready to look beyond materialism to define success, achievement and meaning in life.

But pursuing the “right” C’s may not be a bad thing!  Here I offer you two C’s — Changes and Chances  — to embrace. Disruptions are all around us, often changing the way we work, live and play.  We see new business models that never existed in the past, jobs made redundant and new jobs roles being created.  What do all these require of us to remain relevant in the changing world? The answer lies in the word change itself.  We too need to embrace change, to have an open mindset, to keep learning, to acquire new knowledge and skills. Even my octogenarian mum knows the attractiveness of Grab to get her to the hospital for her medical appointments!

Accepting and adjusting to changes can be frightening and intimidating at times, especially among the elderly in our midst.  Even among the younger generation, we are all not similarly wired to be readily receptive of new practices. Some may also not have the ability or the means to adapt to these new changes.  Here, I would urge those among us who have the means to do so, to offer chances to those in need, be it training, guidance, encouragement, time (to adapt) or even job opportunities. Every gesture counts.

Let’s do our best to welcome and adjust to change and keep up the spirit of lifelong learning (check here for the many concession schemes available to alumni to help you on this journey). In addition, if we can also give ourselves and others chances to innovate and try new things or try again when we fail, then life will be much more interesting and meaningful.

 

Evelyn Chong

Director, Office of Student and Alumni Relations

Acknowledgements

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Advisor
Choong Fong Ling
Director, Communications & Marketing
Editor
Dennis Tan
Assistant Editor
Lim Qiu Ping
Columnist
Gregory Francis
Members
  • Ambrose Tay
  • Charles Lee
  • Chua Lu Yen
  • Daniel Koh
  • Ignatius Yam Wei
  • Jane Lee
  • Janet Yong
  • Jocelyn Huang
  • Lee Siew Kuan
  • Li Shiwei
  • Nahai Waranya
  • Ng Pui Ling
  • Tan Seow Heang
  • Wu Yan Ping
    • Ambrose Tay
    • Charles Lee
    • Chua Lu Yen
    • Daniel Koh
    • Ignatius Yam Wei
    • Jane Lee
    • Janet Yong
    • Jocelyn Huang
    • Lee Siew Kuan
    • Li Shiwei
    • Nahai Waranya
    • Ng Pui Ling
    • Tan Seow Heang
    • Wu Yan Ping