Time in a Bottle
by Gregory Francis
The song ‘Time in a Bottle’ by Jim Croce, famed American singer-songwriter echoes my journey as an alumni volunteer with the newsletter editorial group since 2008. Time has flown and here’s my own ‘bottle’ of experiences with the group.
Alumni Relations ‘15’ years of alumni engagement and building is a significant milestone in the university’s history. I first signed up to join the alumni group right after my convocation in 2007 at the counter. I was wearing my gown and on an adrenaline rush, ‘high’. The first meeting was held at SIM Management House in Namly Avenue in early 2008 where I met the first few volunteers. A few of them are still around. Juwanita from the then UniSIM’s Alumni Relations Department was present to welcome us that day.
The volunteer group was small but grew steadily. The quarterly editorial group meetings were fun and noisy at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic leased rooms where UniSIM operated from. The volunteers were a bunch of talented individuals. I volunteered to be the secretary for the Editorial team. Events were being organised even though the alumni base was small. The printed newsletter was only a few pages long.
As the years flew to 2012, the university moved into the newly developed extensions at SIM where UniSIM was a part of. A superstructure for a new breed of millennials. Changes were underway. The Alumni Relations Department was evolving and so too was the Editorial team. A new Alumni logo was designed and launched by our late former President, Mr S.R Nathan in 2011.
We fly to 2021 and UniSIM has already become an autonomous university and renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). The dynamics of Alumni Relations has fast tracked with a digital magazine for our alumni, amongst others. The Editorial group has changed with a slew of new volunteers, eager to ride the waves. Despite COVID 19’s web of entanglement that has affected our alumni’s face to face engagement to a large extent, the new logo to celebrate 15 years of successful partnership is a standpoint to envision a brighter future.