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Volunteer: April 1999 to 2020

Update : November 21, 2020

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Overview
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Who would appreciate the spouse and family supporting my 21+ years as volunteer messenger, editor and organizer for RIT Alumni (e.g. web site, newsletter, Facebook groups, SPZPs)?

Thanks for the support and understanding. I have posted the following:

  • Countdown to the Reunion : 64 posts
  • Post Reunion : 36 posts
  • RIT Alumni International Newsletter and Updates (1989 – present)
  • Micro Reunion and/or PZP
  • Mini Reunion and/or PZP
  • Reunion and/or PZP
  • Grand Reunion and/or PZP
  • News, articles and photos by Sayas and Alumni
  • Class of 69
  • Health Care Funds
  • Photo Albums (for trips down memory lane

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1999 to 2020
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  • 1999

    Started “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”
  • 2000

    First RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in San Francisco, USA

    Commemorative web pages (thanks to KMZ / U Khin Maung Zaw)
    64 Countdown to the Reunion posts
    36 Post-Reunion posts

    Commemorative Issue of the Newsletter by U Hla Min and team
    with my “SAYA PUZAW PWE” poem on the Front Page
  • 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
  • 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 titled “SWE DAW YEIK
  • 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 vintage 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
    Paved Shwe YaDu lane and set up Swel Daw Yeik benches
    Translated Saya U Moe Aung’s Shwe YaDu Lann poem

    Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Magazine” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
    (Contributed an article : “Recollections of a 69er”)

  • 2016

    RIT/YIT/YTU Alumni Association (Known as ARITA)

    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)
    Attended SPZP-2016 and Platinum Jubilee of the Class of 69

    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)
  • 2017

    Attended Post-SPZP2016 Gatherings

    Continue sending updates [almost daily]
  • 2018

    Wrote “Trivia” posts
    (later dropped “Trivia” in the titles)

    lifelonglearning140.wordpress.com (Archive / Raw Posts)

    hlamin.com (Paid Personal Web Site)

    Attended Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe of ICST/UCSY
  • 2019

    Completed two decades as Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter and Updates

    Visit to Singapore and Myanmar

    Moderator, RU Centennial FB Group

    Panelist at the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay

    Attended Golden Jubilee of Graduation at Gyogone Campus, and the Reunion Dinner / Entertainment organized by U Aung Min and team

    Attended Arcariya Pu Zaw of ICST/UCSY
  • 2020

    Invited as Guest for the PSA (Professional Speakers’ Association) 2020 Tour to Upper Myanmar

    (Mostly) Stay-at-home due to Pandemic

    Translated Kabyars for “Poetic Art Series

    95+ Videos broadcast daily (starting August 18, 2020)

    Countdown to RU Centennial

    On a sad note, the SPZP was postponed due to the pandemic.

    Saya U Ba Than could not invite his former students and colleagues to the Annual Birthday Soon Kway.
    However, Saya was wished by his siblings and relatives via Zoom meetings.
    His brother U Tin Htoon (A60) compiled a Photo Album / Book (with the help of Henry Kao / Htaik San) for the Life and Achievements of Saya.
    The Book was not delivered by the regular Post Office Services.
    Saya U Tin Htut offered to send the Book via DHL.
    He also pledged to donate a copy of the Bool to YTU Library.

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Swel Daw
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Ideas from Tekkatho Moe War, Maung Sein Win (Padeegone), Ko Nyunt Htay

You were the victim of a superstitious power monger
willing to crush “Pretenders to the Throne”
animate and inanimate.

Without a just and fair trial,
you were condemned to death.

When one Swel Daw Bin was axed
Two magically reappeared

When two Swel Daw Bins were hacked
Four appeared to baffle the tormentors

With each atrocious act
Swel Daw Bins rebounded and redoubled

The ADHAMMA authorities persisted
and ruthlessly rooted all Swel Daw Bins
from the Land of the Bearers/Defenders of DHAMMA

Why? Why? Why?

Swel Daws do not have destructive power
or desire to exploit
They do not have LOBA, DOSA, and MOHA
They simply display pristine, beauty and elegance
They embody the principles of trust, integrity,
and unity of mentors and mentees
students, teachers, and Loke Tha’s
They provide shade, calm and tranquillity
to those seeking rest & peace of mind

With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era
Fifty majestic Swel Daw Bins bloom gallantly
along side the famed Shwe YaDu Lann
with pleasing Shwe YaDu Benches

There have been tears of sorrow
when Swel Daws were banished from the Land

Now there are tears of joy
with many artifacts bearing your name

Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint
Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung
Swel Daw Yeik Magazine
Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
Swel Daw Yeik Sayas’ Geha Mon

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What’s in a name?
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BIT (Burma Institute of Technology) was opened at the Gyogone Campus in 1961. The degree offered was B.Sc. (Engg). Saya Dr. Aung Soe (C 61) was one of the fledgling sayas at BIT. Saya Dr. Tin Win (M 62) was one of the students who attended the Final Year classes at BIT.

BIT was renamed as RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology). The official name change took place in 1964. The degree was renamed as B.E.

We are not sure if “BIT Rangoon” was considered as an alternative to RIT. IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) has several campuses. The five oldest IIT campuses and their establishment dates are:
(a) IIT Kharagpur IITKGP 1951
(b) IIT Bombay IITB 1958
(c) IIT Kanpur IITK 1959
(d) IIT Madras IITM 1959
(e) IIT Delhi IITD 1963 [founded in 1961]

AIT (Asian Institute of Technology) was supposedly started as a school for SEATO (South East Asian Treaty Organization).

Several states (Massachusetts, Illinois, California, …) in USA are known for their Institutes of Technology. Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli received his Sc.D. in EE from MIT. He was an informal adviser to Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi and Sayagyi U Min Wun, who were among the first three engineering undergraduates to be chosen under the “TWINNING PROGRAM” initiated by Sayagyi U Ba Hli, first native Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University.

RIT was renamed as YIT (Yangon Institute of Technology) and then YTU (Yangon Technological University).

During the “Adhamma Era”, classes were relocated to far away places, and “Swel Daw Bins” were decimated. The A to G Halls were “transformed” into make-shift quarters. Wall clocks stopped. Bushes sprang up. A video of that time brought tears and anger, and the notion that “we might not live to see our alma mater in its former glory for decades to come”.

With the dawn of the some-what “Pwint Linn Era”, our alma mater rose from the ashes. Per request from H.E. U Aye Myint (EP 72), the alumni — young and old, near and far — provided physical, monetary, and spiritual support to help the alma mater in every way possible.

The first true “Home Coming” took place in December 2012. There were tears of joy. 3000 copies of the commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Magazine (not just Sar Saung) were sold out in a couple of days. Limited reprints of the 23 RIT Annual Magazines were also sold out. Autographed copies of “Selected RIT Cartoons” were also sold out. Some copies of “History of University Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar” may still be available.

There were six Annual Magazines published by RUESU (Rangoon University Engineering Student Union). Saya U Moe Aung learned and refined his publication skills as an editor/publisher of the magazine. The student unions and all professional organizations were banned following the coup d’eat in March 1962. Censorship increased with subsequent regimes.

We now have an official alumni association.

The Seventh RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP held in 2016 was grander. Free food and entertainment were provided the whole day.

Thanks to the sayas and alums for keeping the RIT Spirit (Swel Daw Yeik Spirit) alive and well.

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Memories of SPZP-2000
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SPZP-2000 Organizers

  • Saya Allen Htay (C58, GBNF)
    wrote “Brother, can you afford US 500$?”
  • Ko Benny Tan (M70), Golden Sponsor & co-chair of Working Committee, designed memorabilia : SPZP-2000 Banner, Mug, T-shirt, Calculator/clock
  • Ko Maurice Chee (M75), co-chair of Working Committee, Financial Controller, Publisher of commemorative issue of “RIT Alumni Newsletter”
  • Committee members from Northern California & Southern California took care of the planning and execution of the main event and supplementary picnic
  • Ko Khin Maung Zaw (EC76), designed and implemented htto://www.ex-rit.org; instrumental in getting the sayas and alumni world-wide get reconnected
  • Saya U Nyo Win (M65), Saya U Myat Htoo (C68), Saya U Thein Aung (Met 72) … made sure that the event was “not out of control”
  • Hired professionals to record the event
  • [Later] The VHS tape was converted to DVD

Feel free to see the DVDs, the commemorative issue of “RIT Alumni International”, 64 “Count down to the Reunion”, 36 “Post Reunion”, Photo albums …

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