Two colours – Black and White, were all that were needed to transform a silent night into an unforgettable UTAR Ball 2016 for staff and students at Swiss Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut, Lumut, Perak on 25 June 2016.
Held at the beach for the first time, the black-and-white themed ball was organised by the Sungai Long Student Representative Council (SRC) of 2015/2016 and attracted over 165 participants from both Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses. Side-stepping from the mainstream indoor balls, UTAR Ball 2016 saw the ladies dressed immaculately in white, while the men were suavely suited up in black, allowing them to enjoy beautiful natural scenery, make new friends and get to know people of diverse backgrounds for a cross cultural experience.
Invited for the opening ceremony were UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat representing UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Acting Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong, Sungai Long Head of Department of Student Affairs Loh Nyuk Leung, and Organising Chairperson Chai Yong Se Nian.
Chai acknowledged the support from the participants and said, “I would like to thank everyone for taking the time off your busy schedule to join us tonight. Without your support, this event would not have been a success.” He also expressed gratitude to the organising members for their unfailing efforts in seeing through the event until the end. “It was really an emotional moment to see the ball carried out well. Reminiscing the efforts to overcome the difficulties faced were experiential and the hard works by only being able to imagine the entire event without being able to visit the site so often have paid off. It was unbelievable but yet a joyous moment!” enthused Chai.
Prof Ewe in his speech mentioned that it was the first time the UTAR Ball was held at a beach and it was even more meaningful having the international students as a part of the UTAR family. He hopes that such sprightly student engagement activity will continue its good tradition in the future.
As the night progressed, participants were entertained with various performances from singing performance by “The Fantastic 5 People” to magic show by MRGTC Quest Academy. Other activities that trailed along were the Student Awards presentation ceremony, Luck Draw session, and the much-anticipated “Mr Black and Ms White” prom king and queen award ceremony.
After much excitement and anticipation, the results were finally revealed with Kampar Campus Entrepreneurship student Chooi Kar Chun being crowned Mr Black while Kampar Campus Advertising student Tan Ying Lu was crowned as Ms White.
The five Student Awards winners were Sungai Long Campus student Lim Yiren for Best Student Leader; Sungai Long Campus student Chong Wai Hiem for Most Talented UTARian; Sungai Long Campus student Loh Chooi Fern for Sportsperson of the Year; Sungai Long Campus Institution of Engineers Malaysia for Best Society Award (course based); and Kampar Campus Wushu Club for Best Society Award (non-course based).
UTAR Ball 2016 was sponsored by Digi, Zalora, ESCAPE Theme Park, 3k Universe Sdn Bhd, and My lori.
拉曼大学 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman