Saturday, July 12, 2008

DUAL July 2008 Update

1..  Sat 12th July, 3:00pm - 5:00pm - An afternoon talk with Ross School of Business Professor Linda Lim on "Rethinking Globalization? Financial Turmoil, the US Presidential Election, and Asia"
2.  Thurs 17th July, 7:00pm - 9:00pm - DUAL Drinks
3.  Wed 30th July, 6:30pm - Wine Appreciation Evening with LSE Alumni Association of Singapore
4.  Sat 2nd August, 2:15pm - 5:15pm - Varsity LAN Gaming Tournament organized by the Cornell Club and the Stanford Club
5.  Thurs 14th August, 7:00pm - 9:30pm - Life After Bonding Seminar with the Cornell Club
6.  Career Opportunity - U of Chicago - Alumni Affairs Coordinator, Asia
1.  An afternoon talk with Ross School of Business Professor Linda Lim on "Rethinking Globalization? Financial Turmoil, the US Presidential Election, and Asia"
The University of Michigan Alumni (Singapore) is proud to invite Asia business and economic expert, Professor Linda Lim, from the Ross School of Business for an exclusive talk.

This talk is open to University of Michigan Alumni, students, friends of Michigan, DUAL Members and Members of the Public.
The topic:

Rethinking Globalization? Financial Turmoil, the US Presidential Election, and Asia

Paradoxically, as globalization's economic benefits have spread around the world, opposition to it has increased, particularly in the developed countries that were once its primary beneficiaries and champions.  At the same time, mass public opinion surveys show large, even overwhelming support for international trade and investment in
nearly all developing countries, from China to Africa—this despite the fact that globalization can and does increase economic volatility and inequality, even as it spurs income growth and reduces poverty.

In 2008, globalization's one-time world champion, the United States, finds itself caught in economic difficulties—financial market turmoil, recession and commodity price inflation—while mired in a costly and unpopular war overseas, both of which provide fodder for a presidential election campaign that has had to contend with rising
trade protectionism and anti-immigrant sentiment in all sides of the political arena. This talk will analyze these hot issues and consider their implications for Asia.

The speaker:

Professor Linda Lim, a Singaporean economist, Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, is ideally placed to discuss this subject from U.S. national, multilateral-international,Asia-regional, and corporate perspectives. She teaches MBA courses on The World Economy and Business in Asia at Michigan, one of the most globalized American states that has also been hardest-hit by recession, and is a critical "swing state" in every U.S. presidential election, including this one. She has served as consultant to the U.N. and other international agencies and multinational corporations, and on corporate boards, and her current research is on the global business strategies of corporations from China and ASEAN.

Details of the talk:

Date:      Sat 12 July 2008
Time:      3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue:    Seminar Rm 1-2 (Rm 1014)
              Lee Kong Chian School of Business
              Singapore Management University
              50 Stamford Road
              Singapore 178899
              (For location map, please click:

Admission is free. As limited seats are available, please register early by sending an email to with the following:

           - Name of Registrant
           - Cellphone Number
           - Email Address
           - Indicate if related to Michigan
About UMAS:

Currently, UMAS has about 800 members. The alumni club comprises Singaporeans and overseas expatriates based in Singapore. The membership is very diverse with the bulk of the alumni being executives who are in industries like banking, healthcare, manufacturing, etc; some are entrepreneurs; a number in government because Public Service Commission (PSC) sends many of its scholars to read engineering; several are professors in the local universities after pursuing their PhD in Michigan; and a few are musicians who returned to Singapore from UM's


2.  DUAL Drinks

Do come down and join us for DUAL Drinks every third Thursday of the Month!  It will be a great time to relax, catch up with old friends, and meet new people!

Date:    Thursday, July 17th
Time:    7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue:  Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery
            30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point
            Singapore 058282
            Tel: (65) 6438 7438
Cost:    $5 for 2 soft drinks
            $15 for 2 beer
3.  Wine Appreciation Evening with LSE Alumni Association of Singapore

You, DUAL Members, are cordially invited to an exclusive wine-appreciation session organised by the LSEAAS on Wednesday 30 July.

There is so much to learn about Italy's rich diversity of wines. These informal walk-around tasting sessions have been devised to either introduce us to, or acquaint us further with, Italy's multifarious regions and indigenous grape varieties that help make this nation's wines so very different. Estates will include Geografico, Capannelle from Tuscany, Borgogno and Boroli from Barolo, Inama from Soave.

Make sure you don't miss finding out more about Italy's excellent wines coming from the whole length of the country - from top to toe of Italy's 'boot'. 9 wines will be featured on this tasting:

1) Borgogno Barolo 1978
2) Boroli Chardonnay 2006
3) Capannelle Chianti Classico 2003
5) Geografico Ferraiolo 2003
9) Inama Soave 2003

Italian cheeses, cured sausages and other finger food will also be served together with the wines. It will be a true Italian Night!

Venue      The Burrow, Hermitage
               B1, One Marina Boulevard

Time        1830 for 1900, ends 2100+

Cost        DUAL Members           $80
               Non-members              $85

RSVP        Please email Collin @

As places are limited, please sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Yours Faithfully
LSEAAS Committee
4. Varsity LAN Gaming Tournament


Do you play Counterstrike, DOTA, Starcraft or Warcraft?


Co-organized by the Cornell Club and the Stanford Club, this tournament will be a party for all LAN game lovers whether you play for fun or to win. Prizes will be given to the winners of the respective games as well as the lucky draw. Supporters are welcome at the games.


Gamers may join the Facebook Group to network with fellow gamers, particularly if they wish to find team partners for the team games. Details of the games are as follow:


Date :                           2 August 2008 (Saturday)

Time :                           2.15pm – 5.45pm

Venue :                         IRC @ Peninsular

                                    #B1-02 Peninsular Plaza

Registration Fees :        $10 per player (for gaming time and refreshments)


The games for this tournament are as follows:


Counterstrike 1.6 – Team game; 5 players vs 5 players (5v5)


DOTA All-Stars – Team game; 5v5


Starcraft - Brood War – Individual and Team; 1v1 and 2v2


Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne - Individual and Team; 1v1 and 2v2


Games will be played in league format to maximize gaming time, and teams need not comprise players from the same university. Gamers may register themselves for more than 1 game. 1 reserve team player is allowed for a 5v5 team. Tournament open to past, present and future varsity students from UK/US and DUAL-affiliated Universities.


We look forward to meeting you on Facebook and at the Games!


Please fill in the entry form below by 22 July 2008 and send your replies to either Adeline Kooi at or Yeoh Eng Yew at


Entry Form :


Games to be played (underline applicable game/games):

Counterstrike 5v5 / DOTA 5v5 / Warcraft 3 1v1 / Warcraft 3 2v2 / Starcraft 1v1 / Starcraft 2v2


Team Leader : __________________________________

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________

Cellphone Number : ______________________________


Team Member 1 : ________________________________  

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________


Team Member 2 : ________________________________  

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________


Team Member 3 : ________________________________  

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________


Team Member 4 : ________________________________  

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________


Team Member 5 : ________________________________  

University : _____________________________________  

Email address: __________________________________


5. Life After Bonding

The Cornell Club is pleased to bring you our Life After Bonding Seminar!


Initiated last year, this is one of our self-help events where alumni gather to share about their jobs and job search with people who are interested in getting back into the job market.  Expect to hear speakers from various industries including banking and finance, consulting, hospitality, teaching.  The speaker line-up is currently still being finalized but we hope to get people from the sciences as well.


Date :                           14 August 2008 (Thursday)

Time :                           7pm – 9:30pm (inclusive of talks and networking)

Venue :                         (to be confirmed)

Registration fees :          (to be confirmed)


Save the date! As last year's experience taught us, this event was really popular so please RSVP early for your seat. Look out for the registration details in the August edition of the Cornell Club Newsletter and DUAL updates!


6.  Career Opportunity - U of Chicago - Alumni Affairs Coordinator, Asia


As part of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (Chicago GSB) Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Alumni Affairs Coordinator will assist in engaging alumni and students in Asia. This is a full time and permanent position.


Please see attached for further details.  If interested, please send a one-page cover letter and resume via email (preferred) to:

Subject line should say 'Alumni Affairs Coordinator application'



DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 18 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, INSEAD, Johns Hopkins University, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University

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