For archive (Updated on February 13, 2019)
I wish to pay respect to Thin Saya, Myin Saya and Kyar Saya.
I would like to thank my mentors who directly or indirectly taught me English and Communications.
I fondly remember the days that I had to read “Tom Thumb’s Essays”, “A Student’s Companion”, “Oxford English Dictionary” (OED — various sizes and editions), “Chamber’s Dictionary” (the de facto book used in Scrabble tournaments), “Rhyming Dictionary”, “Word Power/Vocabulary in [six weeks, 21 days, …” [Unknowingly] they have helped me improve my writing and communication skills. Thanks to all the authors, who are my implicit sayas and sayamas.
Dr. Chit Swe
Dr. Chit Swe (Professor of Mathematics, Founder/Director of UCC, and Rector of RASU) was/is my mentor. Saya invited over renowned computer scientists [led by Professor Harry D. Huskey] and mathematicians [e.g. Professor Frank Harary] to Rangoon to hold seminars and to design courses in computer science and applications. He taught us to use CPM/PERT (Critical Path Method/Programme Evaluation and Review Technique) for the various projects. Saya asked me to be a translator for CTK (Children’s Treasury of Knowledge), an editor for “High School Mathematics”, and a member of TOSS (Team Of System Specialists), to name a few. Thanks Saya.
U Soe Paing
Saya U Soe Paing was/is my mentor both at RIT and UCC. Together with Saya U Myo Min and the [late] Saya U Ko Ko Lay, they taught degree and diploma courses in computer science, and also conducted courses in computer programming, computer orientation, to name a few. The sayas asked me to be their assistant. Saya U Soe Paing also allowed Saya U Aung Zaw and me to co-author of the texts and guides used at UCC.
Guardian, WPD (Working People’s Daily), Forward magazine, Pan magazine, Veda magazine, Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung, Swel Daw Yeik magazine, RUBC magazine, BAPS Newsletter, Dhammananda Newsletter, Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife … published my articles, poems and translations.
I gained experience by volunteering as a Docent at the Computer History Museum (at Mountain View); a contributor of the materials taught at the Summer Dhamma Camp at Dhammananda Vihara (at Half Moon Bay); Area Governor, Club Coach, Contest Chair, Test Speaker, Club Ambassador at Toastmasters International; editor of several dhamma publications by Sayadaws; language expert at National Language Center …
Parents and Ancestors
Last but not the least, my heartfelt thanks to my beloved parents and their philanthropic forebears for instilling me the passion to help humanity in general and to my alma mater. They believed that “Any thing that’s worth doing is worth doing well.”
My beloved spouse told me that I should pay back to my alma mater, mentors and my beloved land. She cautioned that I should take care of my health to enjoy quality time with our Life Savers.
For SPZP-2000, I wrote 64 “Countdown to the Reunion” and 36 “Post_Reunion”.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary for ICST, I wrote 40+ posts and a summary.
To commemorate the 19th anniversary (in April 2018) for “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and the 45th wedding anniversary (in June 2018), I have completed 100 Trivia postings.
Since then, I have completed 2000+ posts and have revised some of them with the feedback provided by our readers (including Dr. Khin Maung U, Dr. Victor Nyunt Wai, Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint, U Khin Maung Zaw).
Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt, Sayama Daw Thida, U Kyaw Min Thein, U Wynn Htain Oo and several others mentioned that my postings are really much more than Trivia, and that they learned something informative. I have dropped “Trivia” in my revisions and replaced with selected Categories.
In 2019, I have two celebrations :
- 20th Anniversary as Founder-Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter
- Golden Jubilee of graduation from RIT