A/P Sun Sun Lim appointed as CNM’s Deputy Head

CNM is pleased to announce the appointment of A/P Sun Sun Lim as its new Deputy Head.

A/P Lim teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in CNM. She also serves as the Graduate Coordinator and the CNM-Business School Double Degree Coordinator.

She has won seven awards for excellent teaching at both university and faculty levels.

Congratulations A/P Lim on your new appointment!

Congratulations to CNM’s winning TAs and new Graduates

At the FASS annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 20 August 2010, four of CNM’s Teaching Assistants garnered the Best Teaching Assistant Awards, making CNM the only department in the faculty with four winners.

Two of our new honours graduates from the class of 2010 also received their awards from Dean Brenda Yeoh.

Congratulations to all! You have made CNM proud!

Best Teaching Assistants
1. Mr Aaron Ng
2. Mr Lin Jin
3. Ms Jodie Luu
4. Ms Ou Meimin

Best Honours Students
1. Ms Jemima Ooi Ai Ping, Best Honours student, NTUC Income Prize Award recipient, and also Best Well-Rounded Student
2. Mr Daniel Teo Hee Boon, Best Communication Management student, Hill & Knowlton Award recipient

The winning team from CNM

The winning team from CNM

Research Talk by Mr. Preetam Rai

“Technology and Social Media and Peer-Learning in South East Asia”

Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

In this presentation we will discuss the impact of technology and social networks on the young people in South East Asia and Asia in general. We will look at how they are building platforms for knowledge sharing, self-improvement and networking beyond their borders. We will take a tour of these low cost, user generated learning events called “Barcamps” now happening all over South East Asia. We will side-track into technology and lifestyle trends: What social networks are popular in Vietnam? How can we stay on top of Korean or Arabic Internet conversations?

About the speaker:
Mr. Preetam Rai is an Educational Technologist at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He
is always on the move helping groups across Asia in putting up technological and cultural events. He was the former South East Asian editor at Global Voices Online, one of the biggest social media content aggregation services. He is often consulted by organisations to help launch their online initiatives in the region. Preetam won the Apple Distinguished Educator 2010 award for his IT and educational activities, and work with Barcamps within the region.

Congratulations A/P Sun Sun Lim on her tenure and promotion!

CNM joins Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim as she celebrates the end of an arduous year-long process of being reviewed for tenure and promotion — and passed with flying colours!

Professors are reviewed by esteemed international scholars and senior faculty members in FASS and NUS after six years of teaching, research and service to the university, to determine if they are promoted with tenure (with job security in NUS till age 65) or asked to leave.

Said CNM Head A/P Millie Rivera, “CNM is a very young department with many wonderful and young professors. Sun was the first assistant professor to go through the tenure and promotion process and by succeeding has created a space for others to follow. She is now a source of inspiration and support for her younger colleagues. Her success is shared by everyone in the department. We are delighted!”

Indeed, Sun has been a trailblazer for CNM and a great mentor to younger colleagues. Dr. Iccha Basnyat affirms, “Sun brings a wealth of knowledge and for me that has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and to grow. Regardless of whether I interact with her at a personal level as a mentor or at a professional level as a collaborator, she is very easy going and always willing to give of her time to share her experiences and her knowledge.”

More importantly, A/P Lim has been such a wonderful colleague here at CNM that within 14 hours of news of her tenure, colleagues got together to throw a surprise tenure bash for someone whom Dr. Leanne Chang terms an “amazing woman!” While we’re left in awe of how she strikes a balance with all that she does, A/P Lim attributes her success to CNM, “While the tenure process was no walk in the park, it was made that much more pleasant with the support of our wonderful CNM family!”

CNM celebrates with a Tenure Bash!

CNM celebrates with a Tenure Bash!

She was made queen of the day with a crown and sash that read “Tenured Professor.”

The newly-minted A/P Lim

The newly-minted A/P Lim

And just as you dust off your old incarnation and start a new path, you want to pass on that piece of good luck to others around you. So for good measure, the Tenure crown was tossed and we await our next king or queen.

Who's next in line for tenure?

Who's next in line for tenure?

NM2010: Principles of Fun. – New module? Nah… (I wish :D)

This was the theme of this year’s CNM Freshmen Social Camp held from 11th to 14th July. Led by the CNM society, fun and interesting activities were planned to get freshmen acquainted with the Communications and New Media (CNM) programme and usher them into the exciting university life.

The module-themed camp was carefully crafted by the planning committee for participating freshmen to understand the NUS modular system. The CNM Society Exco members, orientation team leaders and seniors who facilitated the camp played the roles of ‘Professors’, ‘Teaching assistants’ and ‘Seniors’. To take things one step further, even the camp activities were called as “Assignments” and contributed towards their group’s “CAP”. The much coveted “S/U option” cards were also given out for outstanding performance!

Furthermore, much of the unique and original programme revolved around the different aspects of CNM. There was the mini PR competition, Twitter challenge, digital logo design and photo hunt. To top things off, our distinguished guest, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Accounts Director (Hill & Knowlton); CNM Head Dr Millie and Tutor Chris shared their insights about PR and the programme on the whole while seniors shared their work and student exchange experiences.


But of course the camp was not all about CNM!

The groups had their fair share of fun in the sun during the awesome mass games at the Sports and Recreation Centre (SRC) and tasted the delicious food around school recommended by seniors during the “Scrabble-style” food hunt.

Outdoor Games at SRC

Indeed all good things must come to an end, but not before enjoying a nice evening of BBQ and interaction with some graduated seniors and teaching staff.

The night concluded with a graduation ceremony, congratulating all freshmen for completing their “first module in NUS”. Each received a parting souvenir – a mini hand-made grad mortar, while groups were presented prizes according to their final “CAP”.


All in all, it was not about the “CAP” as good times were had and friendships were forged (even some knowledge was gained!). These fond memories shared by everyone will be sure to follow us throughout university and beyond.

Average grade (NM2010): A

Group Photo


Yin Yue
Publicity Director, 6th Exco
CNM Society

Research Talk by Dr. Chung Siyoung

“You create and I will use: The contributors and users of Wikipedia”

Date: Wednesday 11 August 2010
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

The phenomenon of collaborative knowledge building has received growing attention from both researchers and practitioners. With the rapid advancement of computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools such as Web 2.0 applications, knowledge sharing has moved beyond face-to-face exchanges to virtual social contexts such as blogs, shared Web spaces, online forums, social networking sites, Wikipedia, and shared electronic databases. I am particularly interested in two aspects of such social contexts: the contributors and the users.

In this talk, I will discuss how and why people participate in collaborative knowledge-building practices in the context of Wikipedia. Wikipedia, a Web-based user-created encyclopaedia, is a prominent example of a collaborative, user-generated content outlet based on the open source model. I will also talk about key motivational and social factors that influence knowledge-sharing intentions, and how these factors are theoretically linked to attitudes, subjective norms, behavioural control beliefs, and behavioural intentions.

I also study the users of Wikipedia, examining the effect of psychological traits such as need for cognition and motivation on information search and consumption behaviour among college students. Understanding how and why people create and use collaborative learning spaces is expected to broaden our knowledge about roles and capability of social media in education and learning contexts.

About the speaker:
Chung Siyoung is a Visiting Fellow of the Communications and New Media Programme at the National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University in 2006. Her research interests are uses and effects of social media, online piracy behaviour, online privacy, and civic engagement and new media.