Banquet reunites alumni for school anniversary
|NCCU President Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) and NCCU Alumni Association Director-General Wu Jin-lin (伍錦霖) share the birthday cake. Photo: Wang Han-yang (王瀚陽)|
|The banquet is held with 90 tables set up in the gymnasium to welcome the alumni. Photo: Huang Yan-wei (黃彥瑋)|
|NCCU Football Team wins the championship after 45 years and shares the happiness with alumni. Photo: Huang Yan-wei (黃彥瑋)|
|Everybody is happy to meet with old friends. Photo: Huang Yan-wei (黃彥瑋)|
|Alumni say they become younger after returning to school. Photo: Huang Yan-wei (黃彥瑋)|
By Humphry Lee (李奇隆)
About 900 alumni of National Chengchi University (NCCU) cheerfully raised their glasses and drank a toast in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the university’s reestablishment in Taiwan.
The banquet, also known as the Homecoming Day, was held on May 17, with 90 tables set up in the gymnasium to welcome the alumni.
All the dishes in the banquet were prepared by the Royal Group Hotel CEO Winston Shen (沈方正), who is an alumnus of Department of Arabic Language and Culture.
“To present the image of NCCU, I added pouchong tea (包種茶) when I cooked the dishes,” he said, adding that the tea can be smelled and tasted.
Pouchong tea is light oolong richly grown in Wenshan District in Taipei. Alumni could smell and taste the tea in the dishes and recall having been a student in NCCU, Shen said.
Apart from the dishes, the banquet also included NCCU Football Team’s freestyle soccer performance in honor of the championship title that the team won this year at the games hosted by the University Football Association. The school team first won the championship title 45 years ago.
The team member Lee Tse-min (李則旻) took off his T-shirt and jumped the rope while showing freestyle soccer, as if he was dancing with a soccer. His performance drew applause from the audiences.
Lee said that he kept practicing before the performance. “Through the show, we hope to share the glory of winning the title with the alumni.”
Lin Se-chin (林斯津), an alumna graduating in 1968 from Department of Banking (previously the Department of Money and Banking), said that students in NCCU have become more and more energetic now. “It is as if I became younger after returning to school and seeing these students,” she added.
Lee Hui-chu (李慧珠) and Wang Hui-lin (王惠玲) were classmates who have not seen each other for 30 years after graduating from Department of Eastern Language & Literature (previously Department of Korean Language and Culture).
“It is very difficult for us to meet because of different workplaces. Our phone numbers have changed too,” Lee said.
Lee is now an associate professor in Department of International Business in Ishou University. “The Korean culture at that time was not as popular as it is now, so I chose to study in Korea for my doctoral degree, but decided to go into another field instead,” she added.
When recollecting their memory of the university, Wang said, “There used to be old-fashioned dance parties and folk song concerts in our generation, but it is quite different now.”
Lai Chang (來璋), who graduated from Department of Land Economics in 1947 when NCCU was in Nanjing, China, was the oldest alumnus to join the banquet.
“I’m now 92 years old, but I’m still healthy and happy,” he said, adding that he hoped that everyone can also gain longevity.
Greetings from the Singapore Alumni Association, an exchange student in Lithuania, and a graduate in England were also displayed over the Internet at the banquet.
“With the sense of belonging, we are just like family no matter where we are,” said Su Yi-hung (蘇逸洪), the host of the banquet and an alumnus of Department of Political Science.
The director-general of NCCU Alumni Association Wu Jin-lin (伍錦霖) said, “Upholding the mottos of NCCU, which are harmony, independence, balance and preeminence, NCCU alumni can easily reunite and give help to one another through online platform.”
NCCU President Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) said students or alumni of NCCU are learning at everywhere around the world.
“The banquet showed the strong bond between alumni and their alma mater,” Wu added. “With their dedication, the university can be better and have much more educational resources.”