The rampant chaos of Las Vegas was tamed that weekend
when the North Pointers hit town. Certainly the city was expecting the
boys from the hills. In count the North Point family were under two dozen.
In spirit, the city is still counting the magnanimous spread of good cheer
it was blessed with, with the presence of faces from North Point circa
1947 through 1975.
The North Point stamp on Las Vegas’ history was
enunciated Saturday morning when a contingent of alumni gathered at
baggage carousel number four to receive Reverend Fr. Van arrived from
Winnipeg, Canada. Little boys in short pants, seniors in long and all
across the P.D., L.D., U.D. spectrum, the image of students gathered in
time and space warps of one’s memories of the school on the hill
transposed itself judiciously onto the smorgasbord crowd of ex-North
Pointers assembled at McCarran International Airport. Had one looked
closely, inside their eyes that is, short and long pants in grey could be
instantly swapped and those men would not look any different than the boys
they had been on that quadrangle many years ago.
Because pictures will speak for a thousand words and
more, look for them in these here confines. Moving ahead to the meeting,
it was a very different reunion this time. It was also evident that the
network has matured and the get together was not like the last time. On
their turn to speak, each North Pointer opened out their heart and gave
voice to their feelings which are wrapped in the words that follow: Hark.
Tamding Tempo ’62 – What are the
details in the school curriculum and how is the current body of students
being taught? How are they being prepared for the umpteen courses offered
by colleges in India and abroad? What kind of training is being provided
for them to make valuable academic decisions for their future studies?
Does counseling exist to assist students prior to graduation?
Mukesh Michandani ’67 – Usually, the
parents play a major role in deciding their son’s future. It is
remarkable to witness the deep dedication everyone has to the school’s
future and their concern about the students. In addition to the vocational
guidance that the school provides the parents of the boy should be
informed of the potential and acumen that the student possesses and
thereby they may consider advising and encouraging their son in that
overall direction. Though children seem to be well informed these days
parents do influence the decision making.
Monishi Sanyal ’63 – The students need
to be constantly motivated. Can we set up a marketing drive to recruit new
alumni to join? Many who wish to network will ask themselves, “What’s
in it for me?” Devise ways to get members in. Focus on their ego, love
for the school and so on. Also the reality of life ‘out there’ should
be taught to the students.
Joki DeSouza ’71 – Since Fr. Van requires approximately $750,000
equal to the Indian Rupees for the Vision 2000+, I could set up a bond
within 30-60 days for the total amount and have the money available to Fr.
Van. The project will require the establishment of a sinking fund with
pledges from all alumni for their share of contributions over the next
three years to seven or 10 years so that the sinking fund could get
repaid. These would be funds borrowed from State Bank of India in U.S.
Dollars and swapped into Indian Rupees to reduce the borrowing costs from
13% (Indian Rupees) to 3.5%(USD).
Chuck Wong ’75 – Fr. Van has been doing
all this work for the alumni and we should now set up a chain of command
to assist and perform the tasks to grow the network.
Ronnie Leong ’64 – Our immediate goal
should be to raise enough money for current projects.
Swapan Roy ’65 – What kinds of
discipline are the boys being taught especially taking into view today’s
state of world affairs concerning terrorism.
Eddie Hsu ’57 – Put your heart behind
your efforts and results will be forthcoming. A joint endeavor of all
North Pointers needs passion. Other suggestions shall be provided later.
Ashok Sadhwani ’71 – There should be
defined objectives for all future reunions and a focus on attaining them.
We should decide soon when the next U.S. West Coast reunion should be
held. During that meeting we should be able to view the results of our
actions implemented since this reunion. Alumni who are authors should
consider writing a biography of Fr. Van and/or assist him in an
Soumitra Ghosh ’70 – We should develop
a networking strategy and bring in younger graduates who will be closer in
heart and spirit to the school thereby regenerating the worldwide alumni.
We should also implement fund raising development campaigns. Defining
goals is part of reality and we should work towards that. Pool our
resources together and put back into our school.
Peter David Fong (Sunny) ’56 – Am not
prepared and would like to contribute suggestions later.
Phil Ladenla '48 - When we reflect
on what the school has done for each of us, and what it means to each of
us, we can only show our appreciation by helping it now. So please
consider giving to the school. Give from your heart and whatever you can
afford, knowing that the economic situation has been tough this year.
Mark Jonah ’47 – Astounded that despite
all of us leaving school many years ago, we still have a passion to help
the school. I learnt discipline, tolerance and respect in school and
harbor much love for the institution that provided me with my primary
education. Students need to be taught more than just "things"
and facts. They need to be taught how to apply this knowledge in social
and business situations. They need to learn the arts of people management,
leadership, and decision making, among other skills and how to use them in
a progressively complex global society.