Editor's Note

Dennis Tan

Editor's Note

2018 has come to a close. We should view such closure gratefully and look forward positively, joyously, to a new year.

We could look upon closure as a conclusion of an exam, or a project – with a sense of achievement; anticipating the next bigger thing.

The closure could also be viewed like a finishing line of a race – exhausting but satisfying.

Like a book, a closure leaves behind a gratifying chapter leading to an opening of a new fresh chapter.

2019 must be embraced with an engaging and opportunistic mind.

In this SUSS spirit of life-long professional development and community engagement, there is much that we all can look forward to.

The pursuit of excellence and fulfilment does not cease after graduation. Our beloved alma mater has launched the $500 Lifelong Learning Credit to spur us on our journey either in continuing education, career advancement or personal interest. Do make use of it.

In our increasingly challenging workspace, let’s take a glimpse at the life of two of our own recent graduates. Despite the odds, they showed their grit by contributing to society. In SUSScribe issue 43, we highlighted how Ms Amanda Chiam had spearheaded a service-learning project that offers free weekly tuition to children from low-income families; while Mr Zac Phan co-founded “Beyond Self”, a self-learning initiative that aims to empower and motivate vulnerable children. They are prime examples of those who go beyond the “self”, and put the breath into our SUSS credo of community giving.

On this happy inspiring note, let us celebrate all achievements – big and small – while wishing one another a happy (and fulfilling) year ahead!

 

Dennis Tan

Editor

A Lunch Date with SUSS

DATE/TIME

5 April 2019 (Friday)

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VENUE

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Build Your Own Bouquet

DATE/TIME

2 February 2019 (Saturday)

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

VENUE

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

Fees

Alumnus: S$27

Guest: S$45

DETAILS

Love flowers but not sure how to arrange them? Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon and learn how to select complementing blooms and foliage to create your bouquet. Let us guide you through several bouquet design techniques and share with you tips on caring for your flowers at home.

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Create Your Own Light Box

DATE/TIME

16 March 2019 (Saturday)

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

VENUE

To be advised

Fees

Alumnus: S$24

Guest: S$40

DETAILS

Light up your nights with this mesmerising 3D paper cut out lightbox with the click of a switch. Powered by USB, this art is done on a dual color lamp. The cut out ensures a beautiful color gradient and makes an excellent art piece.

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Spin Off The Calories @ Ground Zero

DATE/TIME

23 February 2019 (Saturday)

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VENUE

Ground Zero, 38 Carpenter Street, Level 3, 059917

Fees

Alumnus: S$18

Guest: S$30

DETAILS

Clip on and get ready to sweat in a high energy 45 minute Ride class set to playlists curated by our kickass instructors. Ride to the rhythm as you’re taken through climbs, sprints, jogs, pushups and high intensity intervals to give you the ultimate cardio workout.

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Director's Desk

Evelyn Chong

Director's Desk

It’s 2019 and a brand new year to look forward to.  Do you realise that this is our last “teen” year before we enter the 2020s?  What’s so special, you may ask?  Isn’t age and time just a number and moment?  Well, it’s certainly true in a sense but such milestone crossings somehow give us a sense of renewed purpose and a timely reminder to get going with realising our dreams.

With so much national and media attention on lifelong learning, you would already know its importance and I will not belabour the point.  But how about “lifelong service”?  Often the purpose of learning is not just to improve our knowledge and skills for career progress but also to enable us to contribute, and be of service to society.

As the Singapore University of Social Sciences, our mission is to provide lifelong education, equipping learners to serve society. And this mission is not limited to only those pursuing programmes in the social services sector.  Those of us involved in science and technology, business, law or humanities and behavioural sciences can also do our part in the products and services that we develop or provide to improve and impact lives. As a student, your course projects, service learning, and community projects, whether conducted locally or overseas, were aimed at enabling you to put into practice what you have learnt for social good.

We hope that all these have not come to an end upon your graduation. At Alumni Relations, we aim to continue with more active connections and collaboration with our alumni, offering more programmes and activities to help you carry on this lifelong service goal.  In this issue, you will read about some of the projects that our students and alumni have been involved in.

We hope that more of you will be inspired to continue the relentless pursuit of this lifelong service objective. Do join us in living up to our SUSS name and mission – your partnership is most valued.

Evelyn Chong

Director, Office of Student and Alumni Relations

Column

Column: Beyond Grades Towards Employability

Recent SUSS graduates' have been given a welcome head start into the job market. This group of pioneers were presented with their records of non-academic achievements encapsulated in enhanced transcripts and e-portfolios.

This development by the university highlights the graduates continuous learning outside their curriculum, and directs focus on their professional development.  It is intended to boost their employability prospects, through the identification of relevant skills and attributes that employers may be seeking.

This advantage provided by SUSS reinforces our cornerstone philosophy of the Three Hs –Head, Heart and Habit. Everything we do, from our teaching methods to our programme structure and this new initiative of e-transcripts and e-portfolio are designed to train and develop graduates who are:

Head: Professionally competent and job-ready, with strong applied skills
Heart: Socially conscious with a desire to make positive changes in society
Habit: A self-directed learner with strong work ethics and values

The new global work space we are now operating in demands an enhanced shift towards developing employability skills, and SUSS is doing just that.

Gregory Athastaraj Francis
Columnist

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