SSU is conducting a fundraising campaign to celebrate its 120th anniversary. The fundraising event aims at raising 12 billion won to build the third university campus if the reunification of North and South Korea will be achieved. In his New Year address, the president of SSU, Hahn Hern-soo, expressed his gratitude for the raised money, which at that time was already 10 billion won. Now, I’m going to talk about those who have contributed to this fundraising activity.
First, there were many alumni who showed their great affection for their alma mater; the list included Lim Won-sik
(Economics, 61, the representative of the 120th Anniversary Memorial Association), Lee Jin-sun (International Trade), and Sim Yeong-bok (Mechanical Engineering). Also, the Mechanics Alumni Association, which has helped in fundraising since 2006, raised 100 million won last year. In particular, a couple, Kim Seon-haeng(Computing, 86) and Lim Gyeong hui (Chemical Engineering, 82), have kept raising money for their alma mater since seven years ago, and the funds that they’ve raised now amount to 7,760,000won.
Second, the support from the faculty members played a great role in the success of the campaign. For example, a member of the Accounting faculty raised funds for the departmental development, hoping that the knowledge and experiences they had gained from SSU would be passed down to their students. Also, Professor Kim Myeong-won (Computing) and Professor Nam Yeong-u (Chemical Engineering) raised funds for the university development. In addition, Soongsil Convergence Research Institute (Director: Yoon Yeong-seon) saved part of its operation budget and sent 52 million won to the SSU Development Cooperation Team.
There were also many individuals who participated in the fundraising activity. CMB Vice President Lee Han-dam donated 10 million won, which will be used for the students of the College of Business Administration as scholarship grants. Saemulgyeol Saeeunhye Gangbuk Jeil Church promised to donate 200 million won. Last but not the least, about 100 Mihwangaebal cleaning personnel, who have played great roles in keeping SSU clean, were given a total of 12 million won in the form of scholarship grants.
“Thanks for accepting our fund, which is an expression of our affection for SSU, even though it is not much. Even if our job is difficult and we’re poorly paid, all of us, members of the cleaning men’s labor union, unanimously decided to give a fund for scholarships grants as parents of Soongsilian students. Also, we will try to find out what we can do for the school.”
- Yang Jae-dong(Labor Union President)