湘雅海外校友会会长2014年年度报告

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
湘雅海外校友会会长2014年年度报告
  
President Annual Report
12. 23. 2014
 
 
Dear Alumni and Friends:
 
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
In the spirit of the holiday seasons, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the major events related to this alumni association in 2014 and share a few of my thoughts with you.
 
The year of 2014 marked the centennial of our Alma Mater. To celebrate this event, our alumni gathered in Ellicott City, Maryland on June 21, 2014. The event was the result of several months of careful planning and intense work. The Organization Committee chaired by Gary Zhou, 78’ and Tialuo Li, 78’ did a splendid job in organizing the historical event. Under the banner -百年湘雅,海外传人, more than 150 alumni celebrated the centennial of Xiangya and renewed our friendship. For the first time, the Association offered travel awards to Xiangya students and fellows who were working and studying in the US/Canada. Eleven outstanding young alumni were selected from many applicants based on their academic merits. They truly represent the future of Xiangya.
 
The Centennial celebration at Xiangya in Changsha on October 18 was indeed unprecedented. Many alumni, young and old, attended the historical celebration. I met a group of alumni of class ‘58 and felt their enthusiasm, excitement, and love for the school. Like many of you, I met many of my classmates, some of whom I had not seen for more than 30 years. I was fortunate to represent this alumni association and offered our blessing to our Alma Mater during the ceremony. Also, to mark the event, the Association co-sponsored three academic symposiums with Xiangya teaching hospitals: 1) The Sino-US Forum on Minimally Invasive Surgeries and Ambulatory Anesthesia, 2) Xiangya Sino-US Anesthesia Symposium and 3) Xiangya International Pathology Symposium.
 
Back to Summer 2013, Ms. Nancy Yao-Maasbach, the director of Yale-China Association, traveled from New Haven to Boston. She wanted to discuss with me about the Yale-China Association Scholarship. For the past ten years, Yale-China Association has supported Xiangya students who were in financial hardship. However, with the downturn of the financial market during the past few years, the endowment of the scholarship had been gradually depleted and there was an urgent need to raise fund in order to continue the financial aid to Xiangya students in need. What happened after that was more than extraordinary – more than 220 Xiangya alumni and friends have made donation and total more than $510,000 was raised for the Xiangya Scholarship. Your love and compassion for these Xiangya students will truly make a difference and have a long and last-impact to the life of many ordinary Xiangya students. In the coming months, the Scholarship Steering Committee, with four members from each organization, will work out the program details. We will post the related news and information on the website (www.xyoaa.org).
 
A good organization needs a good rule and law. Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association was established more than ten years ago and many things have changed since then. In order to meet the new challenges and adapt different environment, in early 2013, the Board of Trustees reviewed the original bylaws and approved to amend the bylaws. After more than a year of intense work, discussion, and debate, the Board finally approved the amended bylaws. The amended bylaws provide a clear organizational framework that will guide this organization to move forward in many years to come.
 
While we are celebrating our accomplishment in 2014 and bracing the arrival of New Year, we should take a moment to remember the generation before us. This year is also marked by the passing of Dr. Yaofen Wen. Dr. Wen was a former Dean of Xiangya Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at Xiangya School of Medicine. He was instrumental in founding this organization back in 2002 and was a mentor for many Xiangya students and faculty. He will be remembered by many students and alumni he had taught, trained and helped during the past decades.
 
Finally, it has been my honor and privilege to serve Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association during the past three years. I want to express my sincere thanks to many alumni for your encouragement and support. It was your collective wisdom and efforts that have made the difference. In the process, I have learned a lot from many of you. Thank you.
 
 
Best wishes,
 
 
 
Wei Chao, MD, PhD
Boston, Massachusetts