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April 2017

April 2017 /


smu alumni privilege programme Launch & alumni mobile app soft launch

9th june 2017 - launch of smu ultimate frisbee alumni group

appointment of class of 2017 alumni representatives

Alumni Entrepreneurs’ Industry Night on 5th April saw the launch of the SMU Alumni Privilege Programme which offers exclusive privileges and discounts at over 40 participating merchants (new merchants and their respective discount privileges will be featured under the column “Alumni Privileges” in SMU CIRCLE). The occasion also saw the soft launch of the SMU Alumni Mobile App. Present were Mr Lau Kai Cheong, CIO and VP of Integrated Information Technology Services and his team involved in development of the application. SMU alumni may download the app SMU Mobile, at Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Once installed, they will have access to their own virtual Alumni Cards and enjoy privileges and discounts offered by merchants, be able to update their profile, view upcoming events, or search for career opportunities, all at the touch of their fingers! Entrepreneurs’ Industry Night organised by Ivan Chang, President of SMUpreneurs’ Alumni Group and his team, was a success. It was attended by over 220 attendees, including some 40 Venture Capitalists who were there to network with alumni entrepreneurs. Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced game which demands agility, strength, and speed of players. They must be athletic and remained very focused during a game. Players must work together as a team; this builds a strong sense of community! Long after graduation, a group of SMU Ultimate alumni has decided to come together to form the SMU Ultimate Frisbee Alumni Group, so that they can continue to meet and network, remain active, and connect through a game or two of Ultimate Frisbee. It will be launched on 9th June, becoming the 34th Alumni Group to join the SMU alumni community. The Group will be formed under the SMU Alumni Association (SMUAA) and will hold at least two engagement events each year. This Group comprises President Nicholas See (BSocSc, 2015), Vice President Joel Loo (BSocSc, 2016), Treasurer Micheal Krygsman (BBM, 2015), Honorary General Secretary, Joleen Wong (LLB, 2016) and Events (Head) Edmund Chin (BBM, 2015). Its formation will also provide a more formal channel for student players to connect with their seniors. Class Alumni Representatives play an important role in connecting alumni with SMU, their alma mater. 45 students from the Class of 2017 graduating cohort were selected for their ability to network, based on the recommendations of their peers as well as School administrators. They will assist OAR and SMUAA to create awareness of alumni engagement events and initiatives, and to foster closer connections with their peers. They will also represent and serve as voices for their cohort on alumni matters, and assist in organising milestone events, such as the 5th and 10th year reunions, and other alumni activities organised for their cohort. Class Alumni Representatives will be appointed officially on 14th July 2017 at the Alumni Welcome Dinner 2017, where alumni leaders will gather to welcome the graduating cohort to the alumni community. Their appointments will ensure that the graduating cohort remains connected to SMU in the years ahead!
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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

chung deming (BBM, 2006)
chef/owner, the quarters, Kush

Passionate about Singapore cuisine, SMU alumnus Chung Deming transformed his passion into a profession, with his unique take on ModSin (modern Singaporean) cuisine at his first eatery, The Quarters. Serving Singapore-inspired cuisine such as Salted Egg Fries, Satay Burgers, Chilli Crab Pasta, Duriancanboleh (Durian Crème Brûlée), and the revolutionary Buah Keluak Ice Cream, this self-taught chef has received widespread press coverage and accolades. Read about motivations, his culinary journey, his food establishments, including his second - Kush at Timbre+, and the opportunities and challenges in the Singapore food and beverage industry.

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Deming (above center) at The Quarters taking guests through The Quarters Experience. Find out more. 


 Anna (above) at the launch of the SMU Women Alumni Group in May 2016.

inspiring alumnus

anna Vanessa haotanto (bbm, 2008)
ceo and founder, the new savvy

You might have seen her headlining the infocommercial for Lifetime Asia: “What does a boss look like?” with over 1.6 million views. She has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Reuters Money, Business Insider, The Peak Magazine etc. She was also nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2017, 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Meet SMU alumna and President of the SMU Women Alumni Group, Anna Vanessa Haotanto, as she shares the joys and challenges in her entrepreneurial journey and the founding of The New Savvy, a venture aimed at helping women become more financially savvy.

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upcoming events
join us!

20 Apr - MAF Alumni Group Chill Out

25 Apr - SMU Alumni Event in San Francisco 

18 May - Professional Development Series: Fireside Chat on 'Growing Wealth in an Increasingly Unpredictable World' 

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 Launch of SMU-Accenture Alumni Group on 8th March 2017. Read about the launch of this newest Affinity Group. 

 Invited esteemed speakers and alumni shared their experience and expertise with SMU students at the the inaugural Get R.E.A.L Conference & Networking Dinner 2017 on 17th March. Read more.
Upcoming events
see you there! 

24 May - SMU Industry Night for Banking and Financial Services Sector

1 Jun - SMU Interaction Night for Past & Present FTB/FOC Organisers and Facilitators

9 Jun - Launch of SMU Ultimate Frisbee Alumni Group

14 Jul - Alumni Welcome Night for Graduating Class of 2017

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past events
in case you missed it

8 Mar - Launch of SMU-Accenture Alumni Group

17 Mar - Get R.E.A.L Conference & Networking Dinner 2017

1 Apr - Professional Development Series: Eliminate Workplace Conflicts with Emergenetics 

5 Apr - SMU Industry Night for Alumni Entrepreneurs

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 Over 220 alumni, industry partners, staff, faculty and students attended the SMU Industry Night for Alumni Entrepreneurs on 5th April 2017. Highlights of the event include the launch of the SMU Alumni Privilege Programme and the soft launch of the SMU Alumni Mobile App. Find out more.


 Fireside Chat: Growing Wealth in an Increasingly Unpredictable World (18 May 2017)


Join us in this Fireside Chat on 18th May under the Professional Development Series with Mr Ang Ser Keng from the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Hear from him as he shares a clear roadmap of how to grow wealth, as well as how to become a savvy investor, setting up a small portfolio and growing it across one’s lifecycle.



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career & professional development
courses by smu academy

- DIGITEC Conference: Digital Transformation, Smart Learning Environments & the Future of Work

- SMU Graduate Certificate in Communication and Management Strategy

- Business Mandarin Programmes and HSK Assessment

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alumni job board

- Director of Catering (Holiday Inn Atrium)

- Senior Business Development Manager (Holiday Inn Atrium)

- Compensation Benefit Analysis AMEA (Kraft Heinz)

- Head of Business Budget Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, AMEA (Kraft Heinz)

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SMU Alumni Association
b3 events catering new menu

Thank you to everyone who has given their feedback, we've heard you! Making improvements to the catering menu, B3 now has a wider menu selection to choose from, at even more competitive prices for your events. Support your alumni bistro and engage B3 for your events' catering! 

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 B3 Lunch Value Meal

Good food at value-for-money prices! Buy a main and get a free drink or side from the selected menu from 11am to 5pm every weekday from now until 31st May. See you at B3 bistro! 

alumni privileges  lifelong learning

contacts and more links

Access your virtual Alumni Card on the SMU Mobile App to enjoy the following privileges and more.  Click here for more information.

Far East Hospitality - Special Weekend Staycation Room Rates

Frasers Hospitality - 15% off Best Flexible Rate for Frasers Hospitality Hotels

Taylor Made - 30% off at Taylor Made Online Store

Triumph - $50 off for Triumph Online Store Singapore

Under Armour - 15% off Under Armour Sportswear, Athletic Shoes & Accessories

Porcelain Pte Ltd - 50% off equipment facials and 10% off products

B3: Burger Beer Bistro

15% off F&B for SMUAA members, 10% off for SMU Alumni/Staff/Faculty/Students

Sign up for SMUAA Membership here


24-25 Apr
Accenture-SMU Change Management Programme

4 May
Lead Like a Woman (Live Webinar)

15-19 May
Strategic Leadership

26 May
Cybercrime in a Digital Age - Understanding your risks

Singapore CA Exam Preparatory Workshops

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Last updated on 18 Apr 2017 .