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To us from Malaysia, coming from hot and humid weather all the year round and never ever will see snow in our lifetime (if we never got the chance to study overseas), it was one of the most beautiful experience we had every time it snowed in Carbondale.

That would be the time we will put extra layer of thick clothing [even though sometime it was not that cold] covering every part of our body. Everyone of us got the chance of having to play snow for the very first time. How wonderful.

There were a few occasions when SIU had to be closed as many of the roads were not passable. But then for us it will be time to wander around the campus to enjoy the knee deep snow or sometime up to our waist level.

It is so memorable that we would take these opportunities to capture forever in photo shots of various locations, posing as many shots and playing childishly.

Unfortunately, those shots supposed to be captured for future nostalgic story telling to others were not kept properly and either lost or damaged by our humid weather back home. With working up our career and photos kept all over in kampung somewhere and moving from one house to another in keeping up with hectic life – we lost the those memorable shots that we intend to keep.

And that was what happened to me. Many of those photos were gone, lost or damaged.

Here are some of those that I managed to salvaged. Some had to be digitally doctored else the colors were so bad that you wonder what season they were shot – snow turned out yellowish!

Please share you photos here. Send to me your scanned photos.

With Shukri Azam – who has the most sophisticated camera among us.

The childish play … and we enjoyed it

Was this near the Student Center?

By the little “forest” next to the Student Center.

With Che Wahab Che Man … pretending it was a waist deep!

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Yes, we had a wonderful gathering on 11th October at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir. As I had promised to upload some of the photos, here they are:

Osman and Othman

Osman and Othman

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

everybody were busy talking

everybody were busy talking

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Brother Osman and family left for Dubai yesterday en route to Khartoum bringing back sweet memories of a short stay in Malaysia meeting long lost friends. It was also unfortunate that some of us were not able to make it.

However, Shuki Osman made an extra effort taking a trip all the way from Kulim to meet Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak at Batu Ferringhi despite he was not feeling well and being on medication.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

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Well, after a short notice and a simple preparation, we finally managed to gather at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir.

11102009(027)We had Wan Burhan Wan Ismail (who arrived first and brought Nasi Lemak and mineral water), Zambri Mohd Tenang (brought karipap), Othman Ismail, Megat Hisham Hassan and wife (brought homemade kuih lapis), Abdul Rauff Sarail, Moslim Jaafar and his big family (minus one), Mohd Fauzan Mohd Nor and his family (who came all the way from Malacca, and of course our special guest all the way from Sudan, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak and his family.

Khalid Zakaria called a day before that he cannot make it at the last minute and there was no news from Mohd Saupi for able to make it and so was Wan Ibrahim.

11102009(033)What was interesting to see the family members and interactions among the 2nd generations among us. Though it was the first time for some of them to meet they were able to continue the brotherly relationship like their parents did.

Thanks to all who made the effort to come and meet our brother Osman whom we had not met for over 20 years!

Will write more and upload additional photos later.

p.s. – I do not know who brought the other container of kuih lapis – sorry for not giving the rightful credit.

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Taman Tasik Ampang HilirFor those who are not familiar with Ampang area, you may want to use the map below as a guide.

Directions:

1.Using Middle Ring Road (MRR2)

a. Coming from Zoo Negara:

Pondok Tmn Tsk Ampang HilirExit at Ampang Jaya i.e. before Ampang Point flyover. Follow under the flyover to the Ampang road junction take right at the light towards the city. Turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

In case you missed the Ampang Point/Jaya exit, proceed the MRR2, U-turn at the next two exit (i.e. exit Pandan Jaya – passed Tesco). Then follow (b.)

pandangan Tmn Tsk Ampang Hilirb. Coming from Cheras:

After Tesco (Kg Pandan), take Jalan Ampang exit after Shell and the lake. Keep left and turn towards the city at Jalan Ampang. Turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

2. Coming from the city along Jalan Ampang, U-turn at the light under the MRR2 flyover. Take Jalan Ampang back towards the city, turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

The map below should be helpful.

Guide to Taman Tasik Ampang

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Calling SIU-C Alumni, especially 1982-1987, we plan to have a simple Raya picnic (with your family along).

Date: 11 October 2009 (Sunday)

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am (most of us need to rush to other Raya Open House invitations and/or wedding receptions after that – so let us all be punctual and finish on time)

Agenda: Just meet and talk, talk, talk

Location: Taman Rekreasi DBKL Tasik Ampang Hilir (just opened before Raya) – next to Shell Station along MRR2 before Ampang Point if coming from Cheras or after Ampang Point if coming from Zoo Negara (map)

Food/Drink: Simple Nasi Lemak bungkus, a little bit of pasta, and other light Raya cookies (as you will all be going to attend various functions after that) – and mineral water. Unless we have other sponsors (please tell me)

SPECIAL GUEST: Bro. Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak (Sudanese) SIU-C 1985-1987 – he and his family has been in town for vacation since yesterday – and wish to meet all his Malaysian friends.

PLEASE confirm your attendance to avoid food wastage (and also tak cukup makan!).

HELP spread the words …

Person to contact:

1. Karim Omar 019-3199-788 (akarimomar@yahoo.com)

2. Wan Burhan 016-395-6497 (logonwb@yahoo.com)

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Updated (9 Oct 09):

Confirmed coming:

  1. Mohd Zambri Tenang *
  2. Moslim Jaafar ++
  3. Wan Burhan Ismail +
  4. Othman Ismail
  5. Wan Ibrahim Wan Long *
  6. Mohd Saupi Fauzi
  7. Khalid Zakaria

Confirmed NOT coming:

  1. Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Ismail
  2. Shuki Osman
  3. Mohd Hussin Ali
  4. Mukhsin Tajuddin

Note:

  • + : with spouse
  • ++ : with family
  • * : no indication

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from Daily Egyptian:

SIUC shut down for second straight day, expected to be open today

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As the university shut down its campus for a second consecutive day Wednesday, poor weather continued to pose a hazard to students and community members around Carbondale.

The National Weather Service reported more than an inch of snow had covered the area by 5 p.m., and many motorists were trapped in banks of snow produced by city plow trucks.

Randy Mathis, a spokesman for the Carbondale Police Department, reported six crashes as of 3 p.m. All were minor wrecks with no injuries, he said, and the department had been getting several calls from motorists for assistance.

Mathis said they were still encouraging people to stay off the roadways if at all possible.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 30 degrees for today with a chance of light snow in the evening. Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high in the upper 20s, while the rest of the weekend should not include anymore snow.

Colburn Dittmer, a senior from Omaha, Neb., studying agricultural systems technology, said he saw a tow truck get stuck while trying to dislodge another vehicle from the mounds of snow.

But while some students had problems with their cars, others enjoyed the time off school.

Dittmer said he spent his Tuesday with a group of friends sloshing through the snow with a Jon boat on the back of a truck.

Sean Morgan, a senior from Naperville studying agribusiness economics, said they took his roommate’s boat out to the arena and went sledding with it. Their plans were to do more of the same on their second day off from classes.

Dittmer said he was hoping for a third snow day, but SIUC spokesman Rod Sievers said today’s classes would unlikely be cancelled.

Brad Dillard, associate director of the Physical Plant, said campus crews would work through the night to clear parking lots and walk ways on campus.

“All of our resources are at work and we have a lot of work ahead,” he said.

Sievers said the winter storm also caused damage to the campus farm, which suffered a collapsed roof because of the weight of snow and ice. Sievers said no people or animals were injured but a barricade surrounding the building would be put up to protect students and animals from the hazardous building.

SIUC campus police officer Sergeant Bennie Joe Vick said officers kept busy overnight by trying to keep students off the Campus Lake.  He said they chased between 30 to 40 students off the lake.

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From Daily Egyptian: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Administrators say retention problem main reason for decrease

Source: Provost Don Rice

Enrollment

Despite a rise in the freshman and sophomore classes, a retention problem with upperclassmen has led to a 1.5 percent decrease in enrollment, administrators say.

Provost Don Rice said enrollment for freshman and sophomore classes is up more than 11 percent from last year, but a 12.9 percent decrease in juniors and seniors is sinking early enrollment numbers.

The drop reflects a continuing problem that has plagued the university for years.

Enrollment peaked in 1991 at 24,869 students, according to university records. By fall 2007, that number had fallen to 20,983. Enrollment numbers affect everything from faculty and staff salaries to building maintenance.

more: [click here]

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