The Geography Department organized an Alumni Christmas Reunion Party on December 20, 2003 for the dual purposes of strengthening its ties with its alumni and fundraising. The event comprised of two sessions: In the afternoon, the Department and its facilities were opened to enable visiting alumni to meet with staff members. Simultaneously, a 2-hour session was held in which four alumni from different professions shared their experiences with current students, giving them information on potential career paths. (See photo below) In the evening a cocktail reception was followed by dinner at the Riverside Seafood Restaurant. A number of staff members addressed the guests, highlighting the achievements of the Department and introducing the matching grant scheme to the alumni.
The Department is grateful that Professor Y K Fan, Vice-President (Development), attended the dinner and gave a speech, and that President C F Ng and Dean Frank Fu attended the cocktail reception. Dr K K Wong, Head of the Geography Department, and Professor S M Li sang songs in an effort to raise generous sponsorships from the alumni, which amounted to tens of thousands of dollars. In all, there were 21 tables representing approximately 250 attendees and the atmosphere was warm and delightful.
It is noteworthy that the class of 1979 and the class of 1980 each had their own table, and that the older alumni made generous donations. The Department received donations of HK$150,000. This consisted of two major components: (1) the donations from staff, alumni and friends of the Department, and (2) the sponsorship of the event and a matching donation amounting to the total of all other donations in the proportion of 1:3 by the Chow Brothers’ Education Fund of the Larry & Alex Chow family. Dr. Larry Chow, the longest serving staff member of the Department, served as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the event, with Professor S M Li, Dr. H Chung and Dr. K K Wong serving as members.