Alumni reunite on the annual Homecoming Day
|The 45th alumni also donated NT$1,600,000 to NCCU Hsin Chuan Scholarship(薪傳獎助學金). Photo: Veronica Liu (劉晏如)|
|Alumni take photo with their photo in university. Photo: Teh Pei-Qi (鄭佩棋)|
|Classmates bless each other after 30 years graduate from university. Photo: Teh Pei-Qi (鄭佩棋)|
|Alumni find their names on the namelist before 30 years ago. Photo: Epic Hsu (徐俊綱)|
|Alumni meet each other and have lunch together in Sihwei Hall. Photo: Teh Pei-Qi (鄭佩棋)|
By Chien Yu-hsuan (簡鈺璇)
Nearly 500 alumni gathered at the Siwei Hall of the National Chengchi University (NCCU) for the annual homecoming day on May 16.
Apart from more than 40 tables filled with good interaction, alumni were also greeted by old photos of the NCCU campus 30 years ago and different sports events attended by the university’s athletes hung on the wall in Si Wei Hall. The music from the 1980s was also broadcasted for the alumni to reminisce about their school days.
Frank Liang(梁昇玉), graduating in 1985 from the master’s program of the business administration, said that the two-year program at NCCU of his life, which established a solid foundation for his career, was the most important part of his life.
Liang said that students would spend 18 hours previewing for a course for each week, so they could have an effective discussion in class.
“My classmates and I formed a study group each month after we graduated from NCCU, which had lasted six years,” he said.
Daryl Hsieh(謝明峰), an alumnus graduating in 1986 from the Department of Management Information System, said that he regretted wasting much time playing video games during his time during clooege. If he could turn back the clock, Hsieh said that he would cherish his college years to cultivate his professional competence.
“With your competencies, you could find a good job at first,” Hsieh said. “However, one’s attitude is more crucial in determining whether you can be promoted or not.”
Hsieh said that leadership qualities and problem-solving abilities should also be fostered in college.
Asked if he has any unforgettable memory of NCCU, he said that he remembered men would stand in a long line to call their girlfriends, using the only payphone in the dormitory.
“If you talked too much, those who queued behind you would become angry and impatient,” he said.
Public administration alumna Lancia Liu(劉秀娟) said that she would go mountain-climbing the mountain at the back of the campus with her classmates to reach Chin-Nan Temple and had complimentary vegetarian food for lunch.
“This was the way for poor students to save money,” she said.
Liu also encouraged students to follow their heart, adding that they may not do the jobs related to their college majors.
“Although most public administration students would like to be civil servants, I did not follow them. I became an insurance sales agent instead,” she said, using herself as an example.
Chen Yi-chon(陳怡君), an graduate of the Department of Education, said that one of the professors took senior students to travel around Taiwan and visited different kinds of elementary, junior high and senior high schools in the graduation trip, including a special education school and an experimental education school. “It was very meaningful, because we could have a field research,” she said.
Chen said that she heard that Department of Education still clenched many medals in sports events.
In response, Chen said, “Before the event, seniors would train juniors, It is our tradition that lasts over thirty years, and so we could always have good performances.”
Chen Tieh-huei(陳鐵輝) and Char Lene (陳雪君), the alimni of the Department of Journalism, said that they fell in love at NCCU and got married after graduation. Chen Tieh-huei said that he was very proud of his wife, because she was the gold medal winner in the female javelin throwing category and won a sliver in a 100m running race, as well as a bronze in a relay race.
“She helped the Department of Journalism win the best team spirit award that year,” he said.
Char Lene said, “Our classmates were surprised that we got married; it is fortunate that we could hold each other's hands after 47 years.”
In order to contribute to NCCU, the 45th alumni also donated NT$1,600,000 to NCCU Hsin Chuan Scholarship(薪傳獎助學金), helping students with financial difficulties to finish college.