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16 October 2015

[The Star] Bonding beyond the classroom



THE 3rd Alumni Gala Night of SEGi College Penang’s School of Hospitality and Tourism (SOHT) was a fun-filled, red carpet affair.

Held at Cititel Penang in George Town, it had about 120 current and former students, lecturers and industry players bonding over good food and entertainment.

After helping themselves to the sumptuous buffet line, attendees were engrossed with the colourful lineup of stage performances.

Rapturous cheers greeted the mime sketch and fashion show.

Later, an improvised percussion routine using household utensils by the Street Drummers group was equally well-received.

In between, there were moments of suspense and jubilation as lucky draw numbers were called out, with many taking home excellent prizes from sponsors.

College principal Cheah Teong Keat later went up on stage to lead a group dance session as students and staff alike let their hair down.

“The college has come a long way.

“We take pride in providing unique and holistic learning experiences.

“Events like this create a vibrant college community, and help students develop skills that are invaluable in today’s globalised world,” he noted in his speech earlier.

Echoing those sentiments, SOHT head C.M. Puvintharan said there are no borders in the tourism and hospitality industry, and good networking is key to a successful career.

“This is a great opportunity to get to know your seniors or industry people from outside the college.

“Because who you know is just as important as what you know. It can open a world of opportunities for your future,” he reminded current students.

Two students were presented with Best Student Awards for excelling in their respective programmes during the recent event.

The 21-year-olds were Chong Yan Jing for Diploma in Hotel Management, and Tan Kai Yang for the Diploma in Culinary Arts.

Another two — Wong Eng Lu for Diploma in Tourism Management and Foong Zi Hui for the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management programme — also received awards but were not present.

An elated Yan Jing attributed his success to being passionate about his chosen field, one which he said is all about putting smiles on people’s faces.

Similarly, Kai Yang relishes the process of cooking delicious dishes and all the intricacies that come with it. This motivates him to work harder.

“When you cook for the ones you love, and see them enjoying it, there is no better feeling,” he added.

The night ended with the crowning of the SOHT’s Hottest Guy and Lady.

Three nominees were called up on stage, and then had to do a catwalk down the runway.

The titles went to Jefferson Tan Minn-Ern, 18, and Tan Yee Ling, 22, from the hotel management and tourism management courses respectively.

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