Events

1963 to 2019

The events are not exhaustive. Some micro-gatherings, mini-gatherings and gatherings are covered in several posts and Newsletter Updates. The following are some highlights for the period 1963 – 2019.

  • I spent five academic years at RIT.
  • I have spent 20 years paying back to my alma mater and my mentors.
  • Thanks to my family members for their support.

1963

  • Stood 7th in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation examination.
  • Won the Collegiate Scholarship of 75 kyats a month
  • Honored by St. Paul’s High School (SPHS) and OPA (Old Paulians’ Association)
    SPHS has five in the Top Five, seven in the Top Ten and ten in the Top Twenty in the Matriculation examination of 1963.
  • Attended the last ever I.Sc.(A) classes at Leik Khone.
  • Joined Rangoon University Boat Club with fellow Paulians Maung Maung Kyi, Kyaw Wynn and Myint Soe (Willie Soe Maung). Our crew was Runners up for the Senior Novices. We were awarded Full Green.

1964 – 1969

  • Attended the first ever 2nd BE class at the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) in November 1964.
  • Selected Luyechun in 2nd BE and joined the Inlay Khaung Daing Camp in the summer of 1965 along with Ko Sein Shwe, Ma Khin Than Myint Tin and Ko Zaw Min.
  • Served as Joint Secretary, Secretary & Magazine Committee member of the RIT EE Association
  • Served as the last ever officially elected Treasurer and Vice Captain of the Rangoon University Boat Club. The higher authorities abolished the Bye laws and prevented me from becoming RUBC Captain.
  • Started free lance writing (article, poem, translation …)
  • Published the poem “Men on the Moon” in Guardian newspaper in July 1969. USIA sent a copy of the poem to NASA and the astronauts.

1970 – 1998

Worked at

  • ​Universities’ Computer Center (UCC)
  • Department of Computer Science (DCS)
  • Institute of Computer Science and Technology (ICST)
  • Tech Companies in the Silicon Valley

Published articles and translations in Guardian, Working Peoples’ Daily (WPD), Forward Magazine, Veda Magazine, and Pan Magazine.

Volunteered for several of Saya Dr. Chit Swe’s projects including

  • High School Mathematics
  • Children’s Treasury of Knowledge
  • Team of System Specialists (TOSS)

Wrote study guides and manuals with Saya U Soe Paing and Saya U Aung Zaw.

1999

  • Started “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”
  • It started with the news and photos of some gatherings back in Burma. (a) 30th Anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 69 [reported by Ko Daniel Tint Lwin and Ma Saw Yu Tint (Alice)
    (b) Mini-gathering with Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi and other sayas and senior alumni [reported by Saya U Soe Paing]

2000

  • First RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in San Francisco, USA in October 2000
  • Commemorative web pages (thanks to KMZ)
  • Commemorative Issues of the RIT Alumni International Newsletter by U Hla Min and team
  • 64 Countdown to the Reunion posts
  • 36 Post-Reunion posts

2002

  • Second RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung”
  • by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Reprinted my “SAYA PUZAW PWE” poem as Back Cover

2004

  • Third RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon
  • Mild earthquake did not rattle the attendees

2006

  • Visited Sydney, Australia to attend three gatherings
  • RIT Alumni Dinner organized by Saya U Hla Myint, Saya U Myo Win and team
  • UCC Alumni Gathering hosted by Saya U Aung Zaw and Ma Kyawt
  • BOB Gathering at Olympic Park organized by Dr. Thann Naing (Bonnie Kyaw)

2007

  • Fourth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Contributed a poem “SWE DAW YEIK”
  • UCC mini-gathering in Yangon

2010

  • Fifth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Contributed an article : Sad and short clip — EE sayas

2012

  • Sixth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon
  • True “Home Coming” in the Gyogone Campus
  • Special publication : History of University Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar by Saya U Aung Hla Tun and team (Ko Ohn Khine and I prepared the supplemental CD for the book)
  • Special publication: Selected RIT Cartoons
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Magazine” by U Saw Lin and team
  • Reprints: Limited number of RIT Annual Magazines

2013

  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • Contributions for various projects
  • Health care for the sayas and sayamas
  • “Saya Geha” as long term project

2014

  • Shwe YaDu
  • 50th Anniversary of the opening of RIT in 1964
  • Planted 50 Swel Daw Bins
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Magazine” by Saya U Moe Aung and team (Contributed an article : “Recollections of a 69er”)
  • Paved Shwe YaDu lane and set up Swel Daw Yeik benches
  • Translated Saya U Moe Aung’s Shwe YaDu poem

2016

  • RIT/YIT/YTU Alumni Association
  • Seventh RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon
  • 10000+ attendees
  • Free food and fun (all day and all night long)
  • Platinum Jubilee for the Class of 69
  • Hosted by some 69ers for their friends (in their sunset)
  • Soonkway at Half Moon Bay Monastery (organized by U Maurice Chee)
  • Received Alumni Appreciation Award from alumni worldwide
  • Annual Dinner by Northern California RIT Alumni Association
  • Received plaque signed by Saya U Myat Htoo (Chair, BOD), U Kaung Kaung Oo (Gordon, President), and U Thaung Nyunt (Secretary)
  • Attended SPZP-2016 and Platinum Jubilee of the Class of 69

2017

  • Attended Post-SPZP2016 Gatherings
  • Awards (Distinguished Toastmaster, Alumni Appreciation, NorCal RITAA Appreciation, …) ​

2018

  • Attended 5th Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe of ICST/UCSY
  • Memories of UCC : 40+ posts
  • Trivia : 2000+ posts

2019

  • Wrote and revised posts in hlamin.com
  • Golden Jubilee of Graduation of the Class of 69

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