The First RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP was held in San Francisco in October 2000.
Some believed that RIT was a dying breed. The term Saya Puzaw Pwe was chosen over Saya Gadaw Pwe, which has religious connotations. The sponsors, organizers, donors and attendees profess different religions, but they wanted to repay the metta and cetana of the sayas and sayamas.
My poem “SAYA PUZAW PWE” was published in the commemorative issue of RIT Alumni International Newsletter.
S eems like it was only yesterday
A t our alma mater in a land far away
Y ou taught us to work, play, laugh, even cry
A nd coaxed us, forced us to aim for the sky
P roblems in real life, lab, computation, survey
U nderstand concepts, design, display, …
Z eal, zest, ardor, grit, passion to make it “our day”
A rchitects, engineers, we’ve come here to say
W e honor your metta, your cetana — we fully can’t repay
P resently we meet, alum from five decades we greet
W ith memories true, fond, sweet
E cstatic yet sad that the GBNF could not join this memorable fete
Thanks to the Golden Sponsors (1) U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) (2) U Yu Beng (Benny Tan, M70) (3) U Tin Myint (David Ko, M67) (4) U Khin Maung Oo (Ivan Lee, M69) (5) U Maung Maung Than (M79) and donors — large and small, young and old, near and far — SPZP-2000 revived the RIT Spirit all over the world.
My poem was reprinted on the back cover of the commemorative issue of Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002 hosted by the Singapore alumni.
There have been seven world wide SPZPs. They include
(1) SPZP-2000 (California, USA)
(2) SPZP-2002 (Singapore)
(3) SPZP-2004 (Yangon)
(4) SPZP-2007 (Singapore)
(5) SPZP-2010 (Singapore)
(6) SPZP-2012 (Yangon) : first true Home Coming
(7) SPZP-2016 (Yangon) : hosted by RITAA; free food and entertainment
Kudos to the sayas and colleagues for keeping the RIT spirit alive and well.
Thanks to my wonderful family members for letting me spend 19 years as a volunteer.