CNM Alumnus Ashok Kumar Scales New Heights With Charitable Cause

Now a celebrity with a unique social initiative, Ashik Ashokan is a CNM alumnus who is making waves, one charitable cause at a time.

Heart2Climb was founded by Ashik and his former Innova Junior College classmate Ashok Kumar in 2014. To date, they have raised raised a total of $200,000. They are currently embarking on a new adventure to the world’s highest volcano Ojos Del Salado in South America. They aim to be the first Singaporeans to complete the 7 volcanic summits.

The beneficiary of their present expedition is the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), which supports Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents with certified low vision or blindness. The motivation behind this climb is to highlight the challenges that the handicapped face on a daily basis. According to Ashik, they climb mountains every day.

Ashik currently works as a digital strategist with VML Southeast Asia & India. He specialises in target audience analysation and also client liaison.

Central to his success are the many opportunities that were available while he was a Communications and New Media student in NUS. As a hardworking sub-editor of the NUS CNM magazine Campus Eye, Ashik helped cover hot topics like the 2015 General Elections- interviewing key politicians and the public.

Working with companies such as Grab and Sony Pictures after graduation, he developed a keen sense of working closely with companies and other initiatives. In the initial stages of Heart2Climb, he had a difficult time trying to secure sponsorships. However, through sheer grit and hard work, he succeeded in convincing Starhub and RedBull to sponsor his first expedition and social initiative.

Written by Aby Tirza, CNM Student, Year 2

Homecoming 2010

CNM celebrated its annual Homecoming on Saturday 24 July, welcoming a whole clan (yes, we’ve grown!) of alumni, new graduates, staff present and past — and their families. There was a sense of déjà vu as we welcomed former students as well as teachers, with Ms Cynthia Owens and Dr Byungho Park (all the way from Korea) joining in. More importantly, the exuberance of the group overshadowed the fact that everyone was from different cohorts.

So packed with energy was the afternoon that we drove the rain clouds away, though each guest was armed with a spanking new CNM umbrella. The 2010 CNM Magazine was also launched on this day.

Guests were treated to a video presentation done by students of NM3208 before a sumptuous Thai buffet. Awards were also given out by Dr Millie to the following people:

2010 Best Teacher Awards

(1)   Dr Cho Hichang
(2)   Dr Linda Perry
(3)   Dr Chung Siyoung
(4)   Mr Gui Kai Chong
(5)   Mr Chua Chong Jin
(6)   Ms Francesa Nathan

2010 Best Teaching Assistants

(1)   Mr Christopher Ong
(2)   Mr Chan Yoke Hian

2010 Best Alumnus Awards

(1)   Ms Alicia Wong JiaHui
(2)   Mr Soh Junhao

2010 Best Teaching Scholars

(1)   Ms Carol Soon Wan Ting
(2)   Mr Florian Kund Laszlo

2010 Best Well-Rounded Honours Students

(1)   Ms Jemima Ooi Ai Ping,  Best Honours student, NTUC Income Prize Award recipient, and also Best Well-Rounded Student
(2)   Ms Michelle Woo Pui Mun, Best Well-Rounded Honours student
(3)   Mr Daniel Teo Hee Boon, Best Communication Management student, and Hill & Knowlton Award recipient

Alas this was also a time we bade farewell to Ms Ou Meimin and Mr Mohamed Elmie Bin Nekmat, both of whom are leaving CNM to pursue their doctoral studies.

Congratulations once more, everyone, and godspeed!